Who We Are

Our team is small but awesome!

Helping makers is what we do.

As a Hawaiʻi Island maker or retailer, it’s powerful to know you’re not in it alone—you’re part of a vibrant business community that’s here to offer support, and our team is honored to be a part of it. We’re here to support you however we can!

Our Co-Founders

Michelé Padayao (Mahi)

Michelé’s current focus is on strengthening relationships within our community and facilitating more sustainable business practices among our affiliates and members.

Born on O’ahu, Michelé lived abroad in Indonesia and traveled extensively at a young age thanks to her parents’ careers, which instilled in her a lasting appreciation for culture, community, and sustainability. She returned to Hawai’i in 2005 after completing her undergraduate degree to be closer to family. Michelé is a proud mother of two. She is a diehard paddler and proud member of Puna Canoe Club (#cheehoo).

Michelé holds an MBA from University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Speech Communications from Graceland University. She has, more recently, been working to empower individuals, families, and students through social services, career and family counseling, and human resource work with organizations like Hawaiʻi Community College, EPIC ’Ohana, and within Hilo’s Keaukaha community. Michelé has most recently taken a position with P.A.R.E.N.T.S., Inc.

Michelé is passionate about empowering others and firmly believes that the “think globally, act locally” approach is the best way to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our communities. She is proud to be part of the local economy movement and excited to work toward creating real and lasting prosperity for Hawai’i.

Cody Chapin

Cody works on member resource and benefit delivery as well as developing an engaging communications strategy across all platforms.

Cody has a masters in Conservation Biology from University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and a BA in Marine Science from Texas A&M—Corpus Christi. After graduating from UH in 2009, Cody spent some time on Oʻahu and the West Coast before ultimately returning to the Big Island following the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. He enjoys spending time with friends and hanai family, hiking, snorkeling, and spending as much time in or near the ocean as possible.

In addition to his role as our Co-Founder, Cody currently works as a freelance digital developer. He previously worked as a Legislative Aide in the Hawaiʻi State Legislature (2015-2016), Communications Coordinator for the Greater Seattle Business Association, and Community Manager with Seattle Good Business Network and the Seattle Made program. He looks forward to helping small businesses to succeed on the Big Island in an effort to help localize Hawaiʻi’s economy.

Big Island Made Team

Coming soon!

We are currently looking for opportunities to help us create a Social Media Internship and will be working on building capacity to support a position. Please contact us if you are interested in working with us. Mahalo!