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. He and co-founder Rachel were 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 that difference when working with 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!

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Meet the Founders

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Chris and Rachel are co-founders of Mālama Solar, a local, family owned and operated business. They started this company because they knew we wanted to give back to this island and help their community learn more about renewable resources.


Rachel was born and raised on Oahu. She got her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Chris grew up in Southern California and fell in love with Hawaiʻi from a young age when his family would visit extended family in the summer, and later graduated from BYU Provo. Chris and Rachel met, fell in love, got married, and feel blessed to be raising their three children on the islands that they love so dearly. ​​


Their commitment to you is to run the type of business that people want to work with, because that's what they look for and that's the Mālama way!