We had the good fortune of connecting with Nackie Fiso-Moli and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nackie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Starting this business with my cousin, Carl happened accidentally. Carl & I started a podcast that pushed and promoted positive Pacific Islander role models and entrepreneurs. Showing our kids that role models come in brown. People that looked like them winning in life. We were going to businesses and interviewing the business owners and going to Pacific Islander events to talk to the event coordinator asking them why and how they started. Events people didn’t know that were happening in their community. We heard of a nonprofit media organization and thought we’d create our own geared specifically towards Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islanders. The Faika podcast is about events around the Bay Area, current events and interviewing Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islanders and us talking about everything and anything. Out of the pandemic our 2nd podcast started, we were approached by a Covid Response Team which is now a National Pacific Islander organization called NAOPO (National Association of Pasifika Organizations) which we are currently one of the founding members. They asked us if we would like to collaborate and start a new show called Koviki Talk which covers everything Covid19 related. Information for Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders from accurate data, resources, and guests like NHPI Doctors like Dr. Raynald Samoa who is one of the Doctors on the White House AA/NH&PI Initiative and so much more. Our office is in the Bay Area (Northern California) and we’re looking forward to many more years of pushing our community forward.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We’re a non profit organization that pushes and promotes positive Pacific Islander and entrepreneurs. We’re on of the first Pacific Islander podcast. I’m most proud of the people that are our guests. It takes a lot for them to come on our podcast and talk about themselves. Pacific Islanders prefer to be behind the scenes and not talk about themselves – humble. When they agree to come on they think they can’t talk for more than 10 minutes but they forget that it is easy to talk about things you are passionate about. Sometimes it takes a little persuading but it;s important for our community to see faces that look like them winning in life.

One of the things I’ve learned from my journey is life is short and do follow your heart and passion you have to block out the negativity. No one will believe in you but you. Block out the haters and just go for it – you can’t care about what other people think. As long as you’re not hurting anyone then keep going.

I want to make sure that there PBD highlights representation of a Pacific Islander in every space available. Our kids need to see faces that look like them doing the work.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My parents are in San Diego and I’m in the Bay Area. But I love San Diego. More so near the water front. When there we hit Ski Beach and most recently the Pacific Islander Festival was held there. The water is the best place to be. A great restaurant is Perry’s Cafe on Pacific Hwy – their speciality is frittatas (highly recommend). I also went to Galley At the Marina in Chula Vista a few times while I was there. On a Friday night they have a live band playing on the outside of the restaurant. I had a Pirates Punch which was sooo good and zucchini sticks. Their portions are a lot so be prepared to eat. The food was amazing and the staff was so friendly.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people that deserve credit and recognition is my family. My husband, Mose’s and my kids, Mack, Evi, Mena. Mylei and Malia and my fur baby Sūga. They have supported me from day one. Long hours during the week and not seeing me on weekends. My Husband, let me be me.

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