Our Story

At Mālama Solar, we take pride in taking care of the environment and our customers. Here is a little about why we do what we do and why we are so passionate about it. 

Where does the name "Mālama Solar" come from?

We believe it's the responsibility of all businesses to give back to their communities, and we find that especially true in Hawaiʻi. When we first started down the path to what is now Mālama Solar, we knew two things: we wanted to be in solar because of all the benefits it provides to the environment and economy, and we wanted to give back to our community. More specifically, we wanted to give back to our islands. With these goals in mind, it made sense to choose the name "mālama" for our business.

Mālama means to take care of, or to care for, and we can't think of a better principle to live by, and to name our company after, than that. Our kuleana, or responsibility, as a business and as a people, is to care for our environment and our community. That's why, at Mālama Solar, we participate in various community organizations that promote sustainability and educating our future generations on ways to care for these beautiful islands we call home.

Why does Hawai'i need another solar company?

Our state has a goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2045, and it's going to take a lot of work by people passionate about clean energy in order to reach that goal. After working for mainland solar companies since 2010, Mālama Solar co-founder, Chris, decided it was time to branch out and do solar differently. Using his connections to local and national suppliers, installers, and lenders, he was able to put together a team to present solar in a new way that helps educate homeowners on not just the costs and savings of installing solar, but all the other benefits that come from producing your own energy.

At Mālama Solar, we take pride in taking care of our customers. We want to make sure that you feel the difference when working with a company like us. You can count on Mālama to be there for you before, during, and after installation, answering questions and providing guidance throughout the whole process. Deciding to produce your own power instead of buying it from the grid can be an intimidating decision, but our mission is to educate you enough so that you're comfortable with whatever you decide.

Meet the Founders

My name's Chris and my wife, Rachel, and I are co-founders of Mālama Solar, a family owned and operated business. Rachel and I started this company because we knew we wanted to give back to this island and help our community learn more about renewable resources. I grew up in Southern California where I played every sport I could. I fell in love with Hawaiʻi from a young age when my family would come visit extended family in the summer. After high school I went on to BYU where I studied business and psychology. Rachel was born and raised on Oahu in a fun-loving family. After graduating from Kalani High School where she played volleyball, she went on to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. We met, fell in love, got married, and decided to raise our family here in Hawaiʻi.

We're parents first and business owners second, and we absolutely love raising our three children. When we're not working, one of our favorite things to do with our kids is surf and have all-day barbecues at the beach.

Our commitment to you is to run the type of business that people want to work with, because that's what we look for and that's what people in Hawaiʻi deserve.

Thanks for checking out our company!

-Chris Ah Sue