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Makenna, Mother's Day Special

In Hawaiian, the word Wahine means woman. The Do it like a Wahine blog was inspired by women, for women. In this section, we give women a platform to share their stories and artistry.

By fostering stories, we gain respect and understanding of where people come from, which expands our thinking and insights in our own perspectives. Our mission is to highlight women from all around the world to support their journey, empower others and honor them with exquisite island jewelry.

Mother and child with the view of diamond head and waikiki beach on the background

For Mother's Day we had the pleasure of meeting a very special person who spreads laughter and kind energy wherever she goes. This blonde beauty with sweet words is a mom above all else. Since a very special date is approaching, Makenna shared with us what motherhood means to her. During the interview Makenna couldn't help but get emotional and we did too, because in her words she radiates immense love for her baby, for the island, and for the people around her.

a young mom with her child featuring a Larimar Island earrings

What’s your favorite part of being a mom?

Makenna: My favorite thing about being a mom is knowing that one day all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that I put into educating my son and making him a better man will pay off, breaking generational curses for both of us.

What is your favorite part of Hawaii?

Makenna: My favorite part of Hawaii is the healing aspect. When you allow the spaces in Hawaii to heal you, that’s the best thing. As a mom, I love that I get to show my son different parts of the world. That’s something that I couldn’t do when I was young. Hawaii has a different mentality. It’s very different from the microwave mentality back in the city where I was from. Here it’s very slow. We are both learning, without just going, and going, and going.

a young mother and child featuring a sustainable opal pendant called Ohana or family

What is the biggest challenge when it comes to being a mom?

Makenna: The biggest challenge is knowing that it takes a village to raise a kid. However, that village doesn’t always follow you. So, I learned to ask for help. I would love to have someone to be there with me and my son.

How do you practice self-care?

Makenna: I have an extreme way of practicing self-care. I am either meditating and being alone, or I like to have fun and connect with my friends. I am extrovert, so I like spending with people.

a young mom with the view of Diamond Head and a beach featuring a sterling silver Honu or sea turtle pendant by Island by Koa Nani

What’s your favorite beach in Hawaii?

Makenna: I love Kokoloilo Beach Park because I have met so many people there who helped me in my spiritual journey. It helped me to become the person that I am now and who I meant to be. It seems like a place where like-minded people can come together in this place of gathering.

a mom wearing a sterling silver sustainable ocean blue opal sea turtle featuring a mother and child sea turtle design

What’s your favorite jewelry from Island by Koa Nani?

Makenna: This larimar ring! – It’s my favorite piece of jewelry because when I wear larimar, it heals me and makes me feel more connected with my emotions.

Get to know her more @makhunna.


Julie Nelson

Mothers Day today!!

Veronica Garrett

I enjoyed this post. It was very inspiring. Happy Mothers Day.

karen H

Very beautiful!


Enjoy your time with your son because they do grow up so fast

Kelly M.

As a new mom myself, I am finding that it is definitely true that it takes a village!

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