Michelé Padayao, Co-Founder
Michelé’s current focus is to strengthen relationships within our business community, plan and promote member events, and facilitate more sustainable business practices among our affiliates and members.
Born on O’ahu, Michelé had the opportunity to live abroad in Indonesia and travel 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 upon completion of her undergraduate degree to be closer to family. Michelé is a proud mother of two and both she and her husband are diehard paddlers and proud members of Puna Canoe Club (#cheehoo).
Michelé holds an MBA from University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Speech Communications from Graceland University. Most recently in her career, she has worked 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 is passionate about helping and 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 today. She is proud to be part of the localist movement and excited to work toward creating real and lasting prosperity for Hawai’i.
Cody Chapin, Co-Founder
Cody is responsible for member resource and benefit delivery as well as developing our engagement and communications strategy across all programming, including web development, social media, and newsletters.
Cody holds a masters in Conservation from University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and a BA in Marine Science from Texas A&M—Corpus Christi. Following graduation from UH in 2009, Cody spent some time on Oʻahu and the West Coast before ultimately returning to the Big Island in early 2019. He enjoys spending time with friends and hanai family, hiking, snorkeling, and spending as much time in or near the ocean as possible.
Cody most recently served 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. He looks forward to and helping small, locally owned businesses to succeed both on Hawaiʻi Island and throughout the state.
Melvin Jadulang, Advisor
Melvin is the owner of Makakū, LLC, a local company offering organizational development and managed information technology solutions for Hawaiʻi’s small and medium-sized enterprises. He is an organizational change consultant specializing in change planning, development, and information technology asset management. We are very lucky to have such a knowledgeable expert on board to help provide valuable insight and resources for our business as well as our members’ businesses!
Our team is part of Hawaiʻi Localist.
Big Island Made is a program of our parent organization, Hawaiʻi Localist, LLC, a business development and marketing company dedicated to strengthening Hawaiʻi’s homegrown economy. Our staff and advisors below administer Big Island Made as well as other programs—coming soon—managed by Hawaiʻi Localist.