Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike

screenshot of, Maui nonprofit

Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike Building Program is an award-winning construction skills training program for at-risk youth in Hana, Maui—an isolated community on the island’s east coast with over two-thirds its population of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

LAUNCH: 2013
LOCATION: Maui, Hawaii


We originally met Rick Rutiz and Kirsten Whatley in 2009 when they won a contest at the Social Media Club of Hawaii (founded by Bare Feet Blogs ‘ partner Roxanne Darling) to learn about social media. We quickly experienced a “mind meld” and over the years have supported the organization in their branding and in building them a new website in WordPress that they could edit themselves. They had benefitted from having a local web developer, but only he could make changes and that was at times costly both in time and in expense. The good news, is their WordPress site has thrived for 7 years now with little more than regular software updates and adding new posts! (Maybe it’s time for an update…)


photo of Kirsten Whatley, Ma Ka Hana ‘Ike“Working with Bare Feet Studios to design our website was a dream. Both partners are incredibly knowledgeable and skilled, and took the time needed to not only come up with creative approaches, but to ensure we were well-trained to continue managing our site ourselves into the future. As a story- and image-rich program, we were especially impressed for their solutions for incorporating video onto our web platform. I highly recommend this team!”
~ Kirsten Whatley, Administrative Director
Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike