Guest on Indie Business Network: Women, Wealth and Wow Podcast


I had the wonderful opportunity to talk story with the founder of Indie Business Network, Donna Marie on her “Women, Wealth and Wow” podcast. I hope that you find value in our conversation.

“Welcome to Season 2, Episode 12 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh and final episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to Neenz Faleafine of Pono Media in Hawaii. Through her business, Neenz helps entrepreneurs develop “virtual solutions for real-life results.” Some might say she is a social media consultant, but she’s really so much more than that.”

Speaking on ‘The Art of Empathetic Leadership’


Over the past ten-years I’ve focused my personal and professional studies and development on human behavior, relationships, social data mining and analysis, and how it all applies to leadership and entrepreneurial development. Across various curriculum, I learned that there are two key qualities required for leadership and entrepreneurial sustainability and success: integrity and empathy.
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Building a community for ‘Reaching Out’

Reaching Out with Neenz Faleafine

Back in September 2013, I received an email from Jay Fidell the founder of ThinkTech Hawaii, a local nonprofit with a mission to raise awareness about the importance of technology, energy, diversification, and globalism to the future of Hawaii. His email was straight-forward, asking if I’d be interested in hosting a weekly live show called “Reaching Out” which focused on social media.

I was honored and immediately accepted.

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Building a community for the David Ige for Governor 2014 campaign

David Ige and Neenz Faleafine

Professional Successes

One of the professional services my company Pono Media provides is data mining or extracting online content and filtering conversations relevant to projects and client needs. In other words, I listen. Based on the data combined with the analysis and intuition from my team and  advisors, I formulate an expert opinion on the sentiment of a targeted audience and provide reports with recommendations to my clients.

By using that process, with other services that Pono Media provides, I have been able to develop and execute winning strategies for local political candidates. In 2010 I provided my services for the Neil Abercrombie for Governor campaign, in 2012 I did the same for OHA Trustee Haunani Apoliona, State Senator Gil Kahele, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and a handful of other successful races for current political office holders.

Currently, I’ve been providing services and my personal support to the Ikaika Anderson for Congress 2014 campaign.

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Building a community for #Ikaika2014

The 2014 campaign season is upon us. Too early it seems? Actually, with the changes in the State of Hawaii Primary election and the options to walk-in or mail-in ballots well before the general election, strategically it’s perfect timing.

My company Pono Media has been retained to provide community building strategies leveraging content publishing, content marketing, and social networking by the Ikaika for Hawaii campaign.

Here is why I support Councilman Ikaika Anderson as Hawaii’s next representative in the US Congress:

  • Socially, he’s liberal, specifically, he supports marriage equality and since I just became engaged this year, I’d like to marry in my home state.
  • Fiscally, he’s conservative. Like my first bullet point, we could argue this one all day long. In a coconut shell, I see people as capable of creating their own abundance.
  • He’s a member of Hawaii’s next generation of leaders. We are in a transition, a passing of the guard if you will, and I want him on our team.

Ikaika Anderson for Congress

I am actively recruiting for his community building team, if you are interested in being part of the transformation of Hawaii, Get Involved.