Mālama Design Studio is a 9-month accelerator created to empower Native Hawaiian founders. By providing essential services in graphic design, website support, branding, and social media management, this program equips participants to build strong, sustainable businesses while promoting our rich ʻŌiwi culture. Through a cohort-based approach and personalized support, Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs gain access to professional design services, enhance their online presence, and develop compelling brand identities.
This program aspires to build pilina between cohort members across the pae ʻāina, foster economic development within the Kanaka ‘Ōiwi community and celebrate the spirit of “Eahou“, a commitment to achieving a circular, regenerative economy based on the principles of aloha ʻāina, self-determination and political sovereignty no ka lāhui. Learn more about the logo here!
Ten companies will be selected with a minimum of one per island in Hawaiʻi.
How does the 9-month program work?
Identifying Opportunities for Innovation
To truly shift the trajectory of your company, our team of creatives will be providing hands-on support to assess your current design based needs and provide strategic value directly to your roadmap.
Building Out Your Digital Presence
Our development team will help craft and implement marketing strategies, provide website support, enhance branding, and offering creative development and design solutions to help you scale your business.
Native Hawaiian Owned Businesses
We welcome applications from Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs, based in Hawaiʻi, operating early-stage businesses. Weʻre seeking founders who require help with technical solutions and are willing to collaborate with our team of creative experts for the duration of our 9-month program.
Poe Aloha ʻĀina Building for Ka Lāhui
We’re interested in supporting ʻŌiwi founders working to reduce the existing inequalities within our ecosystem, motivated by aloha ʻāina and dedicated to the path towards ea.
Our target areas include food security, land stewardship, health and wellness, renewable energy, education, housing solutions and biocultural restoration.