I ka wa ma mua
ka wa ma hope.
ka wa ma hope.
From elementary teacher to entrepreneur
Kailee Freitas is a wife, mother, and the founder of Mahina Made. Born and raised in Hawai'i, she graduated from Kamehameha Schools and pursued her degree in Elementary Education. After nine fulfilling years of teaching, she decided to take on Mahina Made as a full time career. While she has no formal experience in business, Kailee has always had a knack for creativity and is fueled by her passion to honor the Hawaiian culture and integrate it into mainstream fashion and products. Mahina Made started in 2017 as a creative outlet and has since grown to a community of over 26,000 people who care about perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture.
Culture is at the center of our business. The mission of our lifestyle brand is to perpetuate and normalize Native Hawaiian culture in fashionable, modern, and practical ways. We believe that our heritage can live on through conscious choices to incorporate it into our daily lives. As lifelong learners ourselves, we integrate the knowledge we learn into our products and we hope to inspire you to always keep learning as well.
Giving back to our local communities is ingrained in our brand. We recognize that larger impacts are made when we all come together. Each quarter, we donate a portion of our profits to various Native Hawaiian nonprofits who do valuable work in caring for our land, our culture, and our people.
In 2021, we saw a real need for local businesses to support one another. We created the Ho'omau Hawai'i Market, which is a pop up shopping event featuring Hawai'i's local businesses who perpetuate Native Hawaiian culture through their products and business practices.