About Us

We are passionate about our work, driven by our partners' success, and inspired by the world around us.

Established 2013

Kahuna Marketing grew from a series of "what if's" that started when co-founders Michael Shipley ("Ship") and Jacob Pearson were vacationing on Kauai with their families.  Like many tourists to the island, they sat in the sand at Hanalei Bay and dreamed about living the island life.  

Over time the "what if's" evolved into "why not's."  Both Ship and Jake were working with clients and partners spread across the country.  Business travel and online meetings had become so common that you could do your job effectively from any city with an airport and an internet connection.  Why not Kauai?

In July 2013, Ship left the publisher world after nearly 8 years with Microsoft and Yahoo! to build Kahuna Marketing.  Just over a year later, Jake left his successful job to dedicate his efforts full-time to building the agency.  They found that not only is it possible to do industry-leading work from Kauai, but most of thier clients value the time shift for the inevitable afternoon fire drill.   

The slow-paced island life and abundant outdoor opportunities have become the perfect balance to an extremely fast-paced, high-pressure business.  We work harder than ever to enable a balanced lifestyle and share success and aloha with each of our partners.

Working with a Hawaii Agency

We are as accessible as the agency down the street, and as easy to meet with as the agency in New York.  Why not plan your next business trip to Kauai?