We want everyone on this big, beautiful planet of ours to easily ﬁnd and afford healthier food, eco-friendly products, you know, the good stuf. So we created an app that instantly connects you to better choices — products that are better for your health, better for your life, and oh yeah, better for the planet.
Like many of the products you’ll ﬁnd on our app, Makeena is part of a larger movement — a movement to build better businesses. Being a Certified B Corporation means we’re socially responsible and committed to BEING THE CHANGE we wish to see in the world. We give back to environmental nonproﬁts as a member of 1% for the Planet and partner with other mindful companies.
We chose the name Makeena because it means happiness in Swahili and abundance in Hawaiian. We like to say Makeena also means empowerment because it puts the power of shopping for good directly into the hands of big-hearted consumers like you.
Passionate about making the world a better place, Karen believes technology holds the key to helping more people discover, buy and enjoy healthy, eco-friendly products. Like most entrepreneurs, Karen is multi-faceted and draws on her background in the natural products and data analytics industries while building the Makeena community. Not to brag, but she holds a CPA and a law degree.
David is the guy who helped conceive how the Makeena app could support a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in software and systems development, he uses his hands-on know-how to make the app shine.
An avid cyclist, Rick is devoted to optimizing performance with healthier, better-for-you products. Rick focuses on establishing and growing Makeena’s partnerships with natural products brands. He has an extensive background in technology and professional sports.
Nicole is purpose-focused and geeks out on all things around people and marketing. Always up for a challenge, she loves to take on any project we throw at her, leveraging her extensive background in HR and Technology start-ups.
Megumi is all about really really good clean food and beverage. In fact she thrives on that and on empowering consumers to exchange ideas and more on how to lead and live healthier and happier lives.
Shonelle believes design can be both functional and creative to convey messages, be remembered, and be useful toward a greater goal. She edits all of our brand partner product photos for Makeena, as well as designs our one-pagers, banners and presentations to help spread the Makeena’s vision.