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Over $2 Million in Grant Funds Released by Mayor’s OED

During the second half of fiscal year 2017, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development issued more than $2 million dollars in grant monies to various local organizations. Grantees were selected based on their economic impact within Maui County through business and/or jobs created or sustained. Improvements to Maui County in the areas of environment, agriculture, business, sports, arts and culture were also considered.

“These economic development grants are a vital way that our tax dollars help create jobs and sustain our local economy,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Funds have helped preserve our environment and open space, support our small businesses, and share our host culture with residents and visitors. I’m pleased to see how far these funds go toward strengthening our community on many levels.”

The list of grantees includes the following:

University of Hawai`i, $895,000

Maui Invasive Species Project

To detect and control high priority invasive species in Maui County that threatens the island environment, agriculture, economy, and quality of life, while educating the public on invasive species issues.

Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, $305,000

Promotion of Maui’s Agricultural Sector

Will help Maui’s farmers & ranchers to remain competitive, providing marketing and promotional campaigns, educational workshops, and professional development programs to help strengthen agriculture in Maui County.

University of Hawai`i, $300,000

Coqui Frog Eradication Project

Funds for operations of coqui frog control around the Maliko Gulch area.

University of Hawai`i, $72,100

Hawaii Business Research Library

Funds will support the operations of HBRL and provide economic research opportunities for businesses through production of an annual Maui County Data Book.

Friends of Old Maui High School, $65,000

Campus Maintenance and Preservation

Funds will be used for preservation, maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds at the Old Maui High School campus in Hamakuapoko.

Maui Community Theater, $53,045

Iao Theater Restoration

Restoration and maintenance for Iao Theater.

Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., $45,000

Maui High School Automotive Program

To sustain the quality of excellence in automotive career technical workforce development training.

Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc., $37,500

Lanai Building Strength Project

To strengthen the Lanai Chamber organization, economically promote business activities and produce the Lanai Fifth FridayTown Party.

Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc., $35,000

4-H Upcountry Fair

To support the 4-H Upcountry Fair.

Lohaki Pacific, $32,000

2017 Small Business Revitalization

A series of small matching grants given to small businesses in Lanai and Molokai to help purchase equipment, better operations, and promote business growth.

Kaupo Community Association, Inc., $30,000

Old Kaupo School Restoration

Historic Renovation of the Old Kaupo School for use as Community Center and Southeast Maui Hazard Mitigation and Response Facility.

Lanai Community Association, $20,000

The Lanai Pineapple Festival

Funds will be used to promote the festival and help with production costs.

Maui Olive Company, LLC, $19,000

Propane Generator for Olive Mill

To purchase equipment to initiate a new olive oil industry.

Theatre Theatre Maui, $17,000

West Maui Youth Theater

Provide low-cost and no-cost performance based performing arts training and experience to the youth of West Maui.

University of Hawaii, $15,000

Food Industry X-celerator Program

Assist local food entrepreneurs in growing value-added food manufacturing businesses targeting chefs & restaurateurs.

Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc., $11,500

Hoaloha ‘Aina South Maui Volunteers

Continued restoration, maintenance and protection of Kihei dune areas, including native flora and fauna.

Kipahulu Ohana, Inc., $10,000

Kipahulu Kitchen Leach Field Expansion

Compressor replacement in walk-in chiller; Tiller for Kapahu Living Farm and other agricultural operations.

Lokahi Pacific, $10,000

Makawao Paniolo Parade

To support the annual Makawao Paniolo Parade.

Molokai Community Service Council, Inc., $10,000

Hiro’s Ohana Grill

Hospitality training for employees.

Something for Somebody, LLC, $10,000

Vendor Program & Product Broker

To promote/support Molokai businesses.

Na Mamo O Muolea, $5,000

Hana Akule Hui

Partially fund the 8th Annual Hana Limu Festival. Funding will also go toward ongoing invasive plant removal, campsite improvements and trail maintenance at Muolea Point.

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, $5,000

Purple Heart Battalion

A two-part exhibit on the 100th Infantry Battalion held at the NVMC open to the public, school groups and visitors.

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, $3,500

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

To support students’ introduction to hospitality as a career path.




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