Marie founded Kōkua in 2018, and she extracts and crafts each creation offering unparalleled transparency in the development of her science-backed, plant-based functional formulas. Connection is at the heart of her mission. Better connected to nature, self, and to each other.
Marie started out as solely a processor and manufacturer of hemp-derived CBD products for other companies, and her main focus was developing and utilizing optimal CO2 extraction methods as part of producing superiorly effective natural alternatives.
After completion of her doctorate, the custom blends she had been creating for family, friends, and neighbors proudly expanded into this line of products, now available to all. With no better way to express her motivation behind the brand, she chose the Hawaiian word, Kōkua, meaning the desire to help, aid, and assist others. Whenever possible, Marie devotes time towards the Polynesian dance studio she founded in 2013, ‘Ike Roa, to share and perpetuate the beautiful cultures of both Hawaii and Tahiti. Marie recently carried out a complete redesign of the product line and website.