Aloha ♥ Hello
I'm Debi Lee, the Founder & President of Makana Mai Akua, Inc.
I'm an Eskie Mom, New England Patriots fan, philanthropist and multi-passionate entrepreneur with over 32 years of teaching, coaching and mentoring experience; a talent for jewelry design; an extraordinary knack for internet research; and an intense heartfelt connection to the Islands of Hawaii.
I'm also passionate about supporting and honoring our troops, veterans and military families for which I have a Charitable Foundation in the works.
I love to interact with friends and clients on social media and to meet new people. I want to meet you, too so you'll find all my social media links below with an open invitation... that I hope you'll accept... to visit and chat anytime :)
Makana Mai Akua, Inc. is currently based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. The name of the company is Hawaiian and, literally translated, means 'Gift from God.' It's the parent company of all my current business pursuits. You can read about them below. Although based in the smallest state in the USA, I'm blessed to be working with clients worldwide and I absolutely love it.
The greatest joy and biggest blessing of my life was being Eskie Mom to Niko, my American Eskimo Dog (they're affectionately called Eskies). He came home at 6 weeks old and filled my life with more joy than I ever dreamed possible. Unfortunately I had to say good-bye to Niko on April 5, 2016 after spending 17 years, 2 months and 28 days together. It's been devastating for me and I miss him more than words can say.
He was my child with four paws, a bonafide member of the family and spoiled rotten. He got me through some very difficult times and I treasured his presence in my life every day. I enjoyed running my company from home and having him at work with me all the time. He was Mommy's best buddy and little apprentice. I still love him with all my heart.
Niko had his own Facebook page. Unfortunately it started when a mass was found in his belly back in 2012 and he needed major surgery. He was pretty popular on facebook... being cute certainly helped :) ...so I started a page for him. I've made special friends through his page and I still post and share memories there.
My heart is still hurting, but I will bring another precious Eskie boy into my life and together we'll keep the page going because the next little one will grow up on social media. (Niko was already 9 or 10 years old when he made his debut on facebook!) So, feel free to join us there. You can read about Niko... including our precious last 4 days fulfilling his bucket list. And you'll be one of the first ones to meet my new little guy when the time comes.
~ Beautiful handcrafted jewelry for all the unique facets of you... ~™
Designs by Debi™ is my Handcrafted Jewelry Business. I specialize in Personalized Jewelry, Memorial Jewelry, One-of-a-Kind Pieces, Custom Designs and the gorgeous island-and-ocean themed Aloha Collection™. I enjoy working with my clients to create truly meaningful jewelry for them. Some of my personalized, made-to-order jewelry lines include my Personalized Keepsake Bracelets, Rainbow Bridge Pet Memorial Bracelets™, Support Your Soldier Bracelets™, Remember 9/11 Memorial Bracelets™, and Awareness Bracelets for every cause.
The Success Rebelution is an exciting extension of Awaken Dreams... and my life's mission...
Along the way, while I was learning everything I needed to learn to start and successfully run a business, I found I was really good at internet research... like unbelievably crazy good at it. So I decided to offer my services as a freelance Internet Research Specialist. I work with copywriters, content writers, publishers, editors and marketing strategists providing them with focused research for their projects.
From the very first time I visited Hawaii back in 1987, I've had a deep heartfelt connection with the Islands. I'm drawn to them in a very profound way and feel more at home when I'm there than I do here in Rhode Island where I've lived all my life. So, little by little, in my spare time, I've been working on a website all about Hawaii... the islands, the people, Hawaiian culture and language, with all sorts of great ways to share my love of Hawaii with you... and fun ways for you to share yours with me!
I'll also be making Hawaii my home. It's been quite a long time coming and I'm really looking forward to finally living in the place my heart calls home. I'll be sharing that journey with you on the blog.
Hawaii-Escape-to-Paradise.com and it's other components aren't quite ready for publishing just yet (spare time is hard to come by!). But I do tweet @HawaiiETP. And I post on the Hawaii-Escape-to-Paradise.com Facebook page, so we're ready to party! Come on over, leave your slippahs at the door and have a good time. Join the Hawaii ETP ohana (family)... stop by, feel the aloha spirit, talk story, celebrate and share your love for the Islands of Hawaii with fellow Hawaii-lovers from around the world! Just remember... no trading up to better slippahs when you leave ;-)
What does SRAJD mean?
It means that I design and handcraft every piece of jewelry I sell. You can read more here.
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