Tavola is adamant in advising the importance of building your financial literacy as a hopeful Moana entrepreneur. Financial literacy is the number one key thing for newcomers, but you must bring your kaupapa and cultural grounding with you. Having an accountant who is supportive of your ideas and culturally competent is key. Once she built a relationship with hers, Tavola gained clarity with her financials; and how to make money work for her.

“My accountant changed my whole life, changed my outlook, changed my relationship with money. She enabled me to stop letting money control my business but actually letting my business flow, and the ideas flow and the money just works itself out,” Tavola says.