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Kako‘o Maui Relief & Aid Services Center - Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

The hub will provide access to relief application assistance, legal aid, document replacements, mental & physical health support, Foodland vouchers, HEPA air purification systems, workforce training, financial support may be available, and more.

The hub will host both non-profit service providers and representatives from various agencies, on a rotating basis, including:

  • Imua Family Services
  • Hawai‘i Community Lending
  • Hawaiian Community Assets
  • Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
  • Papa Ola Lōkahi
  • Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc.
  • Maui Rapid Response
  • Catholic Charities of Hawai‘i

For more information, go to hawaiiancouncil.org/helpmaui/mauiresources

Come down and get assistance today in person:

Maui Mall (next to the UPS Store and TJ Max)
153 E Kamehameha Ave, Suite 101

Open: Monday - Fricay, 8 am to 6 pm

Phone: 808-204-2722
Email: kakoomaui@hawaiiancouncil.org

kakoomaui@hawaiiancouncil.org
(808) 204-2722
70 E. Ka'ahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732
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American Job Center & Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC)

The Maui American Job Center provides individualized career pathways, education and training opportunities, employment support and services, and HireNet Hawai‘i support. The American Job Center is located within the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui County Service Center.

  • There is no charge for services.  
  • Public computer access for HireNet registration and resume updates
  • Employment counselors on-site
  • Support services and training available for qualified participants
  • One-Stop-Shop for a variety of free community services
  • Job Fairs, informational sessions, resource and outreach events
  • Veterans receive priority of services

For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit us in person or give us a call.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
*Closed for Holidays

808-270-5770
Maui County Service Center, 110 ʻAlaʻihi St, Ste 209, Kahului, HI 96732
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Apply for General Excise Tax (GET) exemptions and tax credit through the Enterprise Zones (EZ) Partnership Program

About the Business Development & Support Division (BDSD)

Under the State of Hawaiʻi's Business, Economic Development & Tourism's (DBEDT), the Business Development & Support Division (BDSD) promotes industry development and diversification in Hawaii by supporting existing and emerging industries; attracting new investment and businesses that can create more high-skilled, quality jobs in the State; increasing exports of Hawaii products and services; expanding Hawaii’s participation in global trade and commerce; by supporting small business and community-based organizations; and building resiliency to downturn in defense industry spending.

EZ OVERVIEW

The Enterprise Zones (EZ) Partnership Program gives State & County benefits to companies in an effort to stimulate business activity, job preservation, and job creation in areas where they are most appropriate or most needed. If your business meets the eligibility requirements and you enroll in the program you can reduce your State taxes and receive other county benefits for up to seven years!

EZ BENEFITS

State Benefits

Businesses which satisfy annual requirements will qualify for the following State tax benefits for up to seven consecutive years:

  • 100% exemption from the General Excise Tax (GET)
    • The GET exemption applies only to revenues from EZ-eligible activities
    • Licensed contractors are also exempt from GET on construction done for an EZ enrolled business at their EZ company site
  • An 80% non-refundable State income tax credit the first year
    • This non-refundable credit goes down 10% each year for 6 more years – ending at 20%
  • An additional non-refundable income tax credit equal to 80% of annual Unemployment Insurance premiums the first year
    • This non-refundable credit goes down 10% each year for 6 more years – ending at 20%

NOTE: The two non-refundable income tax credits combined may not exceed 100% of income tax owed to the State.

County Benefits

Each county offers eligible businesses additional benefits.

Honolulu County

  • Two-year exemption from any increase in property taxes resulting from new construction by EZ firms at their EZ sites
  • Waiver of building and grading permit fees for enrolled EZ firms

Hawaii County

  • Three-year exemption from any increase in property taxes resulting from new construction by EZ firms at their EZ sites

Kauai County (Kauai & Niihau)

  • Priority business permit processing

Maui County (Maui, Lanai, and Molokai)

  • Priority business permit processing

Additional options for Manufacturing and Agricultural Businesses:

  • EZ tax credits and exemptions may be extended for businesses engaged in the manufacturing of tangible personal property or in the production or processing of agricultural products, for an additional three years
  • Allow the receipts and sales of a business’s establishment in all enterprise zones located within the same county to count towards qualification requirements.

EZ ELIGIBILITY

Companies must meet the following requirements:

  1. Your company must reside in one of the EZ locations
  2. At least half of a firm’s annual gross income must be from one or more of the following activities:
    • Agricultural production or processing
    • Manufacturing
    • Wholesaling/Distribution
    • Aviation or maritime repair or maintenance
    • Telecommunications switching and delivery systems
    • Information technology design and production
    • Medical research and clinical trials
    • For-profit training programs in international business management or environmental remediation
    • Biotechnology research, development, production, or sales
    • Repair or maintenance of assisted technology equipment
    • Certain types of call centers
    • Wind energy producers

Other businesses are not eligible, including retailers and some professional services. Contractors (firms which build, maintain, or repair real estate, such as custodial, construction, painting, electrical, and plumbing firms) also are ineligible to enroll in the EZ program.

EZ LOCATIONS

Each county may select up to six zones for approval by the Governor. Zones exist for 20 years each. Zones may also be expanded to include adjacent eligible areas during the zone’s 20-year existence. 20 zones currently exist statewide.

State of Hawaii

View a statewide map of all zone locations in Hawaii.

Honolulu County

View a map of Honolulu County zones

  • North Shore – Wahiawa – Mililani
  • Waipio
  • Leeward – Pearl City – Ewa – Central Oahu
  • Urban Honolulu
  • Waimanalo

Hawaii County

View a map of Hawaii County zones

  • Hamakua
  • Hilo-Puna
  • Kau
  • Kona
  • North Kohala

Kauai County (Kauai & Niihau)

View a map of Kauai County zones

  • North Shore Kauai
  • Kapaa
  • South Central Kauai
  • West Kauai

Maui County (Maui, Molokai, & Lanai)

View a map of Maui County zones

  • Molokai
  • Lanai
  • Greater Maui
  • West Maui

To see if your business is located within a zone, please see the Hawaii Office of Planning interactive GIS Maps: http://histategis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=3f874cf1bee84b169fe69f4c99a4eec5

EZ ENROLLMENT

To enroll in the EZ program complete the following steps:

  1. Confirm your company meets the Eligibility Requirements
  2. Create an eHawaii.gov Account. Need help? Watch the video to learn how.
  3. Go to the Enrollment Application For Businesses, login to your eHawaii.gov Account, and complete the form

Once complete, DBEDT will verify that your business is EZ-eligible and will then forward your application to your County EZ Coordinator. You will be notified by mail if your EZ application is approved. If approved, your  84-month period of eligibility will usually begin on the first day of the month following your approval date.

ANNUAL REQUIREMENTS

All companies within the EZ program are required to do the following:

  • Be sure your eHawaii.gov Account is linked to your company account. Please do the following:
  • Complete the End-of-Year Report at the end of each tax year.
    • DBEDT will review the report to determine if your business has satisfied the EZ hiring or for agricultural businesses, gross receipts requirements. Upon approval, DBEDT will issue a certification letter to your company and notify the County.
  • Allocate and apportion gross receipts from EZ-eligible activities that take place in the county throughout each tax year. Eligible activities include: manufacturing; wholesaling; agriculture; aviation and maritime cleaning, repair, and maintenance; telecommunications switching and delivery systems; information technology design and production; medical research, clinical trials, and telemedicine; and/or for-profit training programs in international business management or environmental remediation.
  • Track of the number of full-time employees during each pay period throughout each tax year (Full-time = 20 or more hours per week per pay period). Leased employees working 20 or more hours per week may be counted as full-time employees.
  • Attach copies of the certification letter to your State General Excise Tax reconciliation form and your State income tax return.
  • Complete and attach State Tax Department Form 756 (enterprise zones tax credit) to the State income tax return.
  • Contact your county EZ coordinator for instructions on how to claim the county’s EZ tax benefits, if applicable.

The Enterprise Zones Program recognizes that small family-run agricultural businesses may not necessarily employ full-time workers other than their family. As such, agricultural businesses:

  • May increase gross sales by 2% annually in lieu of meeting the hiring requirements
  • May use income from value-added products (retail and wholesale) for certification purposes only
  • In the event of a natural disaster, agricultural producers and processors may apply for EZ benefits by completing the annual Force Majeure Event Claim Application.

After a company completes seven (7) years in the EZ program they are graduated and cannot re-enroll. Agricultural production and manufacturing companies, however, can apply for a 3-Year Extension.

CONTACT INFORMATION

State EZ Coordinator: (808) 586-2582

For more information on county benefits, contact your County EZ Coordinator:

  • Honolulu County: (808) 768-4932
  • Hawaii County: (808) 961-8375
  • Kauai County: (808) 241-4948
  • Maui County (including Molokai & Lanai): (808) 270-7710

EZ Brochure

EZ Annual Reports

Hawaii Revised Statutes for EZ

Hawaii Administrative Rules for EZ

Click here to see our EZ Success Stories

CONTACT AND INFORMATION REQUESTS

Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

Business Development & Support Division

No. 1 Capital District Building
250 South Hotel Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Phone: (808) 587-2750

(808) 587-2750
No. 1 Capital District Building, 250 South Hotel Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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Apply for Maui Strong Fund grant funds for non-profit organizations from the Hawaii Community Foundation

If you are with a nonprofit organization seeking funding, please complete our short application.  If you have any questions on the application or our grants process, please email our HCF team at mauistrong@hcf-hawaii.org.

Organizations Seeking Funding

HCF is seeking funding requests for the Maui Strong Fund that have clear alignment with coordinated efforts on the ground on Maui. Requested fund amounts should align with the capacity of the organization to manage the grant funds (i.e., the organization has sufficient staff, accounting procedures, experience with programming, etc.). Independent efforts or self-deployment from neighbor islands or out-of-state organizations that have not been requested by Maui-based communities will likely not be funded. Read Maui Strong Funding Opportunity for detailed instructions on how to apply for a grant from the Maui Strong Fund.

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for financial resources from the Maui Strong Fund.

Non-501(c)(3) organizations are encouraged to find an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to serve as fiscal sponsor, and submitted projects must be charitable in nature. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

To apply for funding, please log in or register for an account to the Grants Portal. If you need assistance, please view our Applicant User Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, How-To Videos, and/or submit a support ticket.

HCF staff will review applications weekly. Applicants should receive a status update or decision from HCF staff within one to three weeks.

Maui Strong Fund Frequently Asked Questions

As of August 25, 2023, $67,559,959 has been donated to the Maui Strong Fund.

Click here to see the list of past Maui Strong Fund Grantees.

As of August 16, 2023, in little over a week after the devastating Maui wildfires, the Maui Strong Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation has received $35M from over 125,000 donors in 40 countries to support Maui communities affected by the devastating wildfires. Their team has been working with partners on the ground to understand the evolving needs and deploy these funds quickly and for high impact.

Partners in this round of funding are providing a wide range of important services including:
- coordination and shipping of fresh food and goods from Moloka‘i farmers, hunters and fishers
- temporary shelter support
- rental deposits and assistance for transitional housing- support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities- refrigerated trucks for food storage
- mobile clinics and traveling medical care
- gift cards to meet youth needs
- transportation coordination
- grief support, crisis intervention, mental health and well-being counseling
- gas and grocery gift cards
- standalone power stations
- internet access and mobile device charging
- emergency mobile pharmaceutical support
- vision clinics for those who need contacts or glasses replaced
- immigrant-focused services, including free green card replacement
- emergency shelter and feed for dogs, cats, and livestock that need temporary housing while displaced residents take care of other needs, and more.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at mauistrong@hcf-hawaii.org.

Apply for a $5,000 grant from the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program

The Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program was established by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with American Express and with support from Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, to support disaster recovery in Maui through grants to small businesses impacted by the devastating Maui wildfires of August 2023.  

In collaboration with the Maui Chamber of Commerce and LahainaTown Action Committee, the program will provide $5,000 grants and business coaching to 100 small businesses to help them recover and build long-term resilience in the face of economic challenges.

Grants

To be eligible for a $5,000 grant, businesses must:

-Employ at least three (3) but no more than twenty (20) individuals (including owners)

-Have at least one physical location or online business in Maui established on or prior to August 1, 2023

-Have experienced financial loss due to the Maui wildfires

-Not have sufficient financial resources to cover the business damage/loss that their business experienced as a result the Maui wildfires  

-Meet all other eligibility criteria specified in the application

See more on eligibility here, including ineligible businesses. Other Terms and Conditions apply.

It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of their status by June 15, 2024. For more information, visit our FAQs.

Business Coaching

Grantees must attend monthly sessions aimed at providing business owners with strategies on how to rebuild and grow their business.

These sessions will cover all aspects of building a stronger, more resilient business, including the role of disaster preparedness plans, informed by the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s educational resources. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Deadline

Eligible business owners can apply for the grant, between April 17 and May 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. HDT.  

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59PM HDT.

Apply Now

Complete this application for the chance to be selected for the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. HDT.

⁠⁠To apply, visit: ⁠https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/solutions/maui-small-business-recovery-grant-program or click here to Start Application.

For any questions, contact resilience@uschamber.com. 

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Apply for and Post job openings for the people of Maui via Hire Maui

HireMaui is a free community initiative to support thousands of residents suddenly left unemployed after the tragic wildfires on Maui. HireMaui provides a chance for displaced workers to get back on their feet and local companies to fill much needed positions.

The personal and economic consequences of sudden unemployment under tragic circumstances are profound. HireMaui is here to connect people with organizations who are ready to welcome them as employees.

Click here to find jobs and apply for temporary or long-term positions across the state

• Have a job opening you'd like to post? Register to start listing jobs today to find capable workers for positions you need to fill now.

For additional information and resources on Maui disaster relief, including financial, mental health, housing, and more, visit our Maui Resouces page.

HireMaui is a community initiative powered by the ALTRES Foundation in partnership with State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and other community partners.

Apply for emergency financial assistance from USDA Farm Service Agency Wildfire Recovery Programs

Has your agricultural operation been impacted by wildfire?

USDA offers programs that can help with wildfire recovery, as well as those that can help you manage risk on your operation.

Click here to see the USDA Wildfire Disaster Recovery assistance programs:

• The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss conditions as well as expenses associated with transportation of water and feed to livestock. ELAP is not eligible on federally managed lands.

• The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses or prevents crop planting. Producers must have obtained NAP coverage for the crop year in which the loss occurs.

• The Tree Assistance Program provides cost-share assistance to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes or vines lost during the natural disaster.
This program provides assistance for trees, bushes or vines not covered by the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program or crop insurance.

•The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides benefits to livestock owners and contract growers who experience livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by specific adverse weather, disease, or animal attacks.

• The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides benefits for grazing losses due to wildfire. LFP benefits may also be available for loss of grazing acres due to wildfires on federally managed lands on which a producer is prohibited, by a federal agency, from grazing normally permitted livestock.

Emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres allows producers to graze livestock on lands enrolled in CRP, except for during primary nesting season.

• Livestock producers who have approved applications through the 2021 Livestock Forage Disaster Program for forage losses due to severe drought or wildfire will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments to compensate for increases in supplemental feed costs through the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP).

• The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices. Common practices to help recover from wildfire include installing erosion control measures, planting trees, thinning and removing damaged trees and reseeding and replanting riparian areas.

• The Emergency Watershed Protection Program– with recovery and floodplain easement options – provides personalized advice and financial assistance to relieve imminent threats to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural disasters that impair a watershed.

• Farm Loans: USDA offers a variety of direct and guaranteed loans, including operating and emergency loans to eligible producers unable to secure commercial financing. Loans can help producers replace essential property, purchase inputs like livestock, equipment, feed and seed, cover family living expenses or refinance farm-related debts and other needs.

Learn about general eligibility for USDA’s disaster assistance programs: Disaster-Assistance-at-a-Glance Fact Sheet

For more information on USDA programs and how they can support, please contact the following or visit the Kahului Service Center at the address listed below.  

Kahului Service Center
77 Hookele Street, 2nd Floor Kahului, HI  96732

Mr. Gerald Gregory
Natural Resources Conservation Service

gerald.gregory@usda.gov

(808) 214-1747

Ms. Nenita Acob
Rural Development
nenita.acob@usda.gov
 
(808) 871-5500 ext. 4

Find help and search through 4,000 local resources in Hawai'i - Aloha United Way 211

Aloha United Way 211

From "hello" to help. We've got you covered with over 4,000 local resources. AUW 2-1-1 is Hawaiʻi's only statewide helpline connecting you with resources you need. Whether you need information and resources or immediate emergency assistance, our 211 Helpline Specialists are available to guide you. Based on your needs and location, we can find helpful resources that you can take advantage of right away.

What do you need help with?

To find resources outside of Hawaii, use your state’s 211. Find your local 211.

How can we help?

Select a method that works best for you. When you call, a live voice is on the other end - ready to help.

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or local: 808-275-2000
toll-free: 1-877-275-6569

For better results, please be ready to provide your zip code, age, and gender identity.

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AUW's 211 Helpline employs dedicated staff to curate and maintain resource data and programs. We are the best and most-trusted source of social service resources in the state of Hawaiʻi.  We will assist to connect 211 users with resources that best fit their geography and need.

info@mauiunitedway.org
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P.O. Box 275 Kahului, HI 96733
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Get support from Maui United Way's Fire Disaster Relief programs

Maui United Way (MUW) has provided support to 18 of our local nonprofit partners offering disaster relief in the wake of the devastating fires on Maui.  They are now planning for what comes next for Maui County, talking story with survivors, nonprofits, and our donors and funders to determine how to have the greatest impact.
MUW will be back with a new round of granting opportunities soon.  Please know how grateful we are to everyone who has done so much.  You embody the true spirit of aloha!  #LocalsHelpingLocals.

mauirelief@auw.org
808-244-8787
95 Mahalani St., Suite 24, Wailuku, Hawai‘i 96793
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Hawaii Workforce Infonet (HIWI)

Get the most current labor market information on jobs, wages, unemployment, and more! Browse Hawaii’s industry and employment statistics, trends, and other economic data.

HIWI is Hawaii's labor market information system maintained by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' Research and Statistics Office. It is specifically designed for employers, job seekers, researchers and analysts, and others seeking economic and workforce information. HIWI provides easy access to a complete set of data tools in one web site. Get the most current labor market information on jobs, wages, unemployment, and more!  Examples of HIWI features that help employers, job seekers, and researchers and analysts include:

For Employers: Workforce and economic data, Education and training, Affirmative Action (EEO), Occupational wages, post job openings, find workers

For Jobseekers: Find employers near you, education and training, career assistance, find a job

For Researchers & Analysts: Occupational data, Industry data, Area data, Local Employment Dynamics, Workforce data and reports with data visualizations.

Quick Data Links

Reports and Publications
LMI Info and Resources

If you need assistance on HireNet Hawaii, please call the American Job Center

Oahu: 808-768-5701
Maui/Molokai/Lanai: 808-270-5777
Hawaii: 808-935-6527
Kauai: 808-274-3056

HireNet Hawai'i

Hirenet Hawaiʻi is the largest job database for the state, and is designed with Hawaiʻi’s businesses in mind, catering to both job seekers and employers. HireNet Hawaii also offers apprenticeships and training, labor market information and service locations for the State of Hawaii.

Job Seekers and Employers: HireNet Hawaii provides a range of employment tools for job seekers and employers in Hawaii. Job seekers can access job listings, create resumes, and explore education and training opportunities on the platform.

Employer Services: Employers can post job openings, search through resumes to find potential candidates, access industry statistics, and much more on HireNet Hawaii. Employers may also receive direct referrals from HireNet Hawaiʻi’s virtual recruiter to assure they get the best match for their positions. Most importantly, all of these services are available at not cost.

Comprehensive Job Search: HireNet Hawaii aggregates job listings from various local and national job search websites, making it a one-stop resource for job seekers in Hawaii.

How to Navigate HireNetHawaii PDF

Unemployment Insurance Work Registration Instructions PDF

Resume Builder Instructions PDF

Equal Opportunity Employer/ProgramAuxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TDD/TTY Dial 711 then ask for (808)586-8844.

List your volunteer opportunities through County of Maui's Volunteer Center, Hands on Maui

Maui Wildfire Disaster Relief: We understand volunteers are needed in the short term and long term as we recover from the Maui fires.

Please sign up to list your urgent and timely volunteer needs to recruit volunteers for your program today.

The County of Maui Volunteer Center is the one resource and catalyst on Maui that leads, connects, and mobilizes volunteers and volunteer agencies to contribute to a better life on Maui. The website, www.handsonmaui.com, is our main ongoing service to the community and is interactive, informative, and educational. Non-profit agencies have the ability to register and use a complete volunteer management system. Residents and visitors are able to search for volunteer opportunities with ease.

You can also follow-us on Facebook, our Maui Volunteers Facebook page and/or Instagram.

Maui American Job Center

The American Job Center is your one-stop shop to find FREE services for job seekers and employers, including:

  • Computer access for HireNet registration and resume construction and updates
  • Employment counselors on site
  • Support services and training available for qualified participants
  • Job Fairs & support services for businesses
  • Help with job search
  • Services for individual career planning
  • Training opportunities, support, and assistance with HireNet Hawaii.

Resume Advice: Before you fill in the blanks, do some research, on what language to use, or Salary Expectations
Ready to apply for jobs? Find the Right Fit, Industry, or Sector
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  • Job Seekers: Search all Job Listings or Search for an Employer or upload your resume so employers can find YOU!
  • Employers: Post a New Job
  • Veterans: Maui AJC’s offer an array of employment and training services to veterans and other eligible persons. Specialized veteran staff known as the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) & Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) are employed at the AJCs to offer assistance to employers seeking to hire veterans with specific skills and experiences.
info@mauiajc.com
808-270-5777
110 Ala'ihi Street Suite 209 Kahului, HI 96732
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Maui Business Bridge Grants

This grant program is being offered by the State of Hawaii, County of Maui, Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO), and Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB). The purpose of this grant program is to support Maui-based businesses that have been directly or indirectly impacted by the August 8, 2023 Lahaina and Upcountry wildfires.

In order to be eligible to receive funding, business owners must have:

  • An active registration license, established prior to August 1, 2023, with the Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Please check your business registration status HERE (DCCA)
  • A primary business operating location on Maui as of July 31, 2023
  • An active Hawaii General Excise Tax ID (GET ID), with a registered business address on Maui. Please check your Hawaii GET License status HERE (GET). Scroll down to “Business” section and click “search tax licenses”.
  • NOTE: Only General Excise (GE) IDs are valid. Withholding (WH) or Transient Accommodation (TA) IDs are not eligible.
  • A copy of a recent Hawaii GET filing, dated within the period of August 31, 2022 through July 31, 2023.  A 2022 annual G49 filing is preferred to determine annual gross income.  For information on obtaining a GET filing copy, please contact the Hawaii Department of Taxation Maui District Office or log in to your Hawaii Tax Online account.

Rental Property income landlords/businesses are not eligible for this funding opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. Due to the high demand for grant funding, it may not be possible to provide grants to all eligible applicants. Grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000, with the assigned grant processing agency determined by the applicant's gross annual income for the 2022 tax year or an extrapolation of the most recent General Excise Tax (GET) filing period for businesses established for less than one year.

The grant processing agency will be assigned depending on the applicant’s gross annual income for the 2022 tax year, or for businesses established for less than 1 year, an extrapolation of the most recent General Excise Tax (GET) filing period as follows:

  • Maui Economic Opportunity: Less than $599,999
  • Maui Economic Development Board: $600,000 and above

If awarded, funds may be used for the following costs incurred as of August 9, 2023 or later:

  • Rent, lease payments, or mortgage payments on new property secured as a replacement for property destroyed or damaged during the August 8, 2023 Maui Wildfires.
  • Utility deposits and bills for a new business location secured as a replacement for property destroyed or damaged during the August 8, 2023 Maui Wildfires.
  • Insurance premiums.
  • Inventory, Equipment, Supplies and Marketing.

If awarded, funds may NOT be used for the following:

  • Rent, lease payments, or mortgage payments associated with property destroyed or damaged during the August 8, 2023 Maui Wildfires.
  • Any utility charges associated with property destroyed or damaged during the August 8, 2023 Maui Wildfires.
  • Repayment of any loans.
  • Staff salaries, wages or payroll inclusive of benefits.

Each grant processing agency reserves the right to establish additional eligibility criteria, document requirements, funding restrictions, and grant activity requirements.

If awarded, grant revenue may be taxable.  Consult with a tax professional regarding proper tax treatment of these funds.

Contact info@mauibusinessbridgegrants.org for additional information or submit an application here:

APPLY for Maui Business Bridge Grants

Request or offer housing through community resource for long-term housing, Maui Hale Match

Connecting Hawaiʻi homeowners to displaced Maui locals - A community resource for long-term housing

Signup to list your home and immediately connect with displaced families that match your home’s parameters: location, number of bedrooms, monthly rent, etc. Once you connect, take the lease conversation offline and proceed as you see fit.

Maui Hale Match has no financial assistance component, but if you connect with a FEMA-eligible family, they will likely qualify for FEMA rental assistance.

Benefits:

  • Immediately connect with local displaced families who match your listing
  • Handle the lease process as you desire
  • Your potential tenant may qualify for FEMA rental assistance.

Over 10,000 residents lost their homes in the Maui wildfires of August 2023. This platform was built after seeing that our neighbors needed an efficient way to connect with each other, as landlords and renters. And, we realized that by collecting our community’s housing requests in one place, we can share important statistics to inform decision making and empower data-driven solutions to our housing problem.

We truly hope this tool helps you, whether you are looking for a stable home or offering one to the community.

Renters: Request Housing

Landlords: Offer Housing

Landlords: Direct Lease

Landlords are needed

Maui has 12,000+ Short-Term Rentals and 12,000+ Second Homes. We must house 3,000+ Displaced Families

Maui can house it’s displaced families, but owners of short-term rentals and second-homes must open their hearts and homes. Offer Housing


Maui Data & Statistics

By collecting families’ housing needs in one place, we offer a uniquely powerful view into Maui’s housing crisis. We encourage government leaders, community organizations, builders, developers, and anyone else shaping our housing solutions to use this data to make informed decisions.

See Housing Request Statistics

See Housing Supply Statistics

See Short-Term Rental Conversion Statistics

See Rent Statistics

See more Housing resource links here

For questions & any issues, please contact: support@mauihalematch.org

Maui Hale Match is a project of Maui Rapid Response.

SBA Disaster Loans

Due to the ongoing impact of the Maui wildfires, exceptions are being made to allow SBA borrowers additional time to recover from this catastrophic event. SBA will accept late federal disaster loan applications for property damage caused by the Maui wildfires until June 11, 2024, without written explanation.  No one is obligated to accept an approved loan.

May 10, 2024 is the deadline to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), these loans are available to businesses and nonprofits across the state. EIDL are available to businesses and private non-profit organizations to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage

SBA customer service representatives are available at the following Maui locations to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application.

 

Disaster Recovery Center
Lahaina Civic Center

1840 Honoapi‘ilani Hwy (HI-30), Lahaina
Mondays-Fridays 8 am-4 pm
Saturdays 8 am-2 pm

Kako’o Maui Relief & Aid Services
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA)
70 E Ka‘ahumanu Avenue, Kahului
Mondays-Fridays 8 am-6 pm

For more information, click here.

Volunteer on a Home Build construction site with Habitat for Humanity Maui

Thank you for your interest in supporting Habitat for Humanity's Mission: to create stable, long-term housing on Maui.

Every home built, renovated, or repaired by Habitat Maui is a partnership between hundreds of volunteers, organizations, donors, and families. You can make a difference! Join us on our construction sites and work alongside our team, partner families, and other volunteers. We welcome all levels of experience.

Sign up for Home Build Construction Volunteer Opportunities:

Habitat Maui is currently building two homes in Kula, on Hawaiian Homelands. (last updated April 2024)

Are you over 18? Would you like to help out on a construction site?

Click here to sign up with our Habitat for Humanity Maui construction crew.

Program Details: 

They work Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:30-3:30. Select the day you would like to join them, and tell us a bit about yourself by answering our registration questions. You'll notice we only have space for three volunteers each day. Please only sign up for 2 consecutive days.

Volunteers interested in future disaster relief efforts, please also submit your information here: Disaster Relief Volunteer List. Your contact will be added to our list of volunteers for our rebuilding efforts for families affected by the wildfires. You will receive updates, progress and any volunteer opportunities directly for this cause.

Together, we will (re)build homes, communities and hope.

Click here to learn more about donating and volunteering towards our rebuilding efforts.

Contact Habitat for Humanity Maui:

Rainelle Lushina
Volunteer Program Director
1162 Lower Main Street, Wailuku, HI 96793

Email: Volunteer@habitat-maui.org or info@habitat-maui.org

Office Phone: 808-242-1140

Fax: 808-242-1141

Once you've submitted the registration form, you'll receive an auto generated email with the details of your chosen shift. We will confirm your date with another email within three days of your registration. The link to cancel will also be in that email.

If you have questions about our volunteer opportunities, please email Volunteer@habitat-maui.org.

Volunteer@habitat-maui.org
808-242-1140
1162 Lower Main Street Wailuku, HI 96793
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Volunteer, become an SOS Foster, or adopt a displaced animal from the Maui Humane Society

Maui Humane Society is in SOS!

They desperately need fosters (updated Dec 10, 2023)

Maui Humane Society has reached over 100% capacity in the dog kennels. We are caring for more than 60 dogs in shelter with capacity only for 40, totaling to more than 130 dogs in our shelter and in foster homes. Our Cat Ohana is filled with cats and kittens. Our Critter Corner is bursting with rabbits and Guinea Pigs.

If you have been considering fostering or adopting, NOW is the time.

Maui Humane Society has been in emergency response mode since the fires. While cats are still being rescued from the burn zone, our shelter is continuing to operate at a high capacity. When you foster one dog, you open a kennel for another dog who needs critical care before being reunited with their Ohana or adopted to a new one.

As an SOS Foster, you don't need prior fostering experience. Come to the shelter, any day of the week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our staff can help find an animal that will best fit your Ohana, get you all the supplies you need and send you on your way! If you would like to foster one of our dogs and you have your own dog(s) at home, please bring them down to the shelter so our staff can help ensure they are a good match.

View Our Adoptable and Foster Pets

(Animals with a "Foster Home" banner are already in foster homes)

  • Already a foster? Email dogfoster (for dogs) or foster (for cats/rabbits/Guinea Pigs) with availability or come in and SOS!
  • Not a foster yet? Come in for SOS foster today!
  • Want to join the foster program? Sign up today!

Volunteer at Maui Humane Society

Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back to your community! Watch the video to see why Maui Humane Society LOVES and needs our volunteers. You might just find that its the best thing you do for the animals in need, and for yourself!

We look forward to working together to save Maui’s Homeless Animals!

Volunteer with Maui Humane Society

The Volunteer Program is absolutely vital to the success of Maui Humane Society. Working with more than 16,000 hours in the last year, our volunteer team is exciting and thriving. We are extremely proud of the difference our volunteers make, in our shelter, with our animals, and throughout the community.

Interested in joining the Volunteer Program at Maui Humane Society? You can now attend our New Volunteer Orientation online. Click ‘Let’s Get Started’ to begin!

Are you visiting our island, and interested in helping out? Learn more about our Beach Buddies Visitor Program!

LET'S GET STARTED!

For ages 16 and up

As a volunteer at MHS you will have the chance to meet other volunteers, MHS staff, like minded people in your community, and countless loving pets looking for their forever homes. Challenge yourself to learn new skills, accomplish fulfilling tasks, and change the world one purposeful action at a time.

Everything our volunteers do makes a difference in the lives of our animals.You will have the opportunity to work hands on with adoptable animals, participate in community events and fundraisers, assist MHS staff and make a difference in the life of homeless pets. Sign up with a friend to maximize the fun! Make positive change, and touch the lives of the animals and people of Maui today!

There are many different ways to volunteer at Maui Humane Society. You can help with:

  • Administrative Assistance
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Cat Care & Socialization
  • Disaster & Emergency Response
  • Dog Walking & Socialization
  • Education
  • Outreach
  • Facilities/ Gardening
  • Foster Program
  • Special Events
  • Veterinary Assistance

For parents and keiki ages 5 and up

We believe instilling a sense of compassion and caring in our next generation is essential to the wellbeing of animals in our community. Volunteering as a team with your keiki is a great way to give back and lead by example.

Adult volunteers 18 and up who are a member of our Volunteer Team may bring their keiki ages 5-15 to volunteer alongside them. ‘Ohana Volunteer teams can participate in many volunteer activities such as dog walking, cat socialization, administrative help, and fundraising and special events.

There are many different ways to volunteer as ‘Ohana at Maui Humane Society. You can help with:

• Administrative Assistance
• Cat Care and Socialization
• Education
• Outreach
• Facilities and Gardening
• Foster Program
• Fundraising
• Special Events

For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (808) 877-3680 ext. 224 or volunteer@mauihumanesociety.org

Apply for Urgent Action Grants up to $5,000 from the Hawaiʻi People's Fund's "Maui Aloha: The People's Response"

Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is committed to supporting grassroots organizations implementing direct actions to reduce the harm of current systemic failures and organizing to build power for indigenous and marginalized communities. We welcome strategic proposals that aim to support our beloved community and build towards a more just and equitable future ($5,000 maximum request).

Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is mobilizing to help provide immediate relief to those directly impacted by the wildfires on Maui Island. While organizations may apply for Urgent Action Grants to support change-oriented direct actions happening in communities across the pae ʻāīna, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is prioritizing assistance to huis mobilizing to provide immediate relief to those directly impacted by the wildfires on Maui Island.

Grant amounts: The maximum grant request is $5,000.

Apply for Urgent Action Grants from Maui Aloha: The Peopleʻs Response: 
Online Application or Paper Application This paper application can be downloaded, filled out, and sent to peoples@lava.net

We understand that low-income families, houseless communities, people with disabilities, indigenous, immigrant, and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by crisis (in addition to ongoing systemic oppression). Community organizing is essential at this moment to protect ‘āina kulaiwi, heal lives and spirits, and ensure our most vulnerable communities can stay safe.

Examples of projects/responses can include:

  • Participatory mutual aid projects serving vulnerable communities (food justice, kūpuna care, childcare)
  • Building solidarity economies
  • Community centered indigenous traditional healing and medicine
  • Organizing transportation and deployment of essential goods
  • Organizing against evictions, utility shut offs, ICE and immigration enforcement
  • Organizing for mental health and grief counseling resources
  • Organizing to protect affected lands from predatory investors and speculators

To accommodate real-time response to community needs, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund will make the following special considerations to those responding to issues related to the August 2023 fires on Maui:

  • Current grantees or past grantees mobilizing in Relief and Response on Maui may seek direct awards for urgent response. Please contact the Executive Director directly at hawaiipf@gmail.com.
  • Committee will make all efforts to expedite review and make determinations within a week of receipt or less
If you are a current or past HPF grantee responding to the Maui fires, please contact us directly before filling out this application - peoples@lava.net

Read our FAQ on Funding Guidelines And Eligibility

(The People’s Fund reserves the right to expedite larger awards to past and current grantees providing direct, immediate relief to those recovering from the Maui wildfires. Email hawaiipf@gmail.com)

Since 1972, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund has stood in solidarity with those individuals and organizations who have been working to upend and heal systems of oppression for 50 years.

Tax ID/EIN 23-7250803Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of Hawaiʻi.

hawaiipf@gmail.com
808-593-9969
P.O. Box 4163 Honolulu, HI 96812
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Apply for a small business grant from Lehua Sprouts Forth Grant

The Lehua Sprouts Forth Grant, provided by Feed the Hunger Fund & Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, supports Maui small businesses and entrepreneurs on their journey to rebuilding, fostering resilience and growth toward stability.

In our first round of grants, the Feed the Hunger Fun was able to grant $45,000 to a number of Maui businesses and entrepreneurs.

This grant will remain open until all funding has been dispersed.

To apply to this second round, click this Kupu Mai Ka Lehua Application Link

The Ohia Lehua, the first plant to emerge from barren lava rock, symbolizes the resilience of the people of Lahaina affected by the August 2023 fires.

info@feed-hunger.com
(415) 432-8202
1050 Bishop Street #387 Honolulu, HI 96813
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Apply for disaster legal services with Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi

Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi is a public interest legal service provider dedicated to helping meet the legal needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and does not charge their clients for legal services.

Legal Aid and it’s pro bono partners provide free legal information and assistance to qualifying low-income individuals impacted by the Maui Wildfires regarding FEMA appeals, landlord-tenant issues, replacing documents, unemployment benefits, immigration, and disaster relief and insurance claims. We also provide free legal information resources that can be found on the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi's website here.

Disaster Legal Services may include:

FEMA Appeals

Unemployment Benefits

Public Assistance Benefits

Vital Document Replacement

Disaster Related Residential Housing Issues/Evictions

Family Law, Immigration

Consumer Matters

Mortgage Counseling

Legal Aid does not assist with: Criminal law, prisoner’s rights, lawsuits for compensation, trusts.

Click here to see Legal Aid Society of Hawaii's Legal Resources.

Click here to see eviction resources

• Click here if you NEED help

• Click here if you WANT to help

Call the Intake Hotline at (800) 499-4302 and select "Option 3" for the Disaster Callback line or complete an online intake application at www.legalaidhawaii.org and click on ONLINE INTAKEOR click here to get legal assistance

Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 11:30 am, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm  

Although our physical offices are currently closed, all other services remain available. Legal Aid Society of Hawaii staff are working harder to help our community through this challenging time.

Oahu number: (808) 536-4302 or Neighbor Islands: 1-(800) 499-4302

Choose "Option 1" for general intake OR "Option 3" for a Disaster Callback Line.

Apply for jobs through KUPU EŌ (Emergency Outreach) Maui

Emergency Outreach for Maui Recovery

The Maui wildfire disaster has claimed the lives of a still-untold number of people and devastated invaluable and unique cultural and historical sites beloved by all who know Hawaiʻi. Our heart aches for Maui, and this is a time for action and response.

The word “Eō” in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, means to call, to uplift, and to respond. In this difficult time for our Maui ʻohana, Kupu recognizes the need for both short-term and long-term response for affected communities. EŌ Maui’s approach centers on paid positions for impacted residents.

Consistent with our strengths and experience in conservation and green jobs, our programs will empower the people of Maui to restore communities and ecosystems at the same time.

Employment and Program Opportunities

EŌ (Emergency Outreach) Maui was created to offer Maui residents paid positions supporting wildlife recovery. Eō Maui opportunities range from supporting community resource providers, to providing students environmental education, and assisting in native ecosystem restoration. Interested individuals may fill out the below applications to be considered for any available position they are interested in.

For an in-depth explanation of each type of positions offered, click here to view the Eō Maui Program Descriptions.

Apply Here

info@kupuhawaii.org
808-735-1221 ext. 1007
677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1200, Honolulu, HI 96813
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Career OneStop

CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources. Your source for career exploration, training & jobs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. For information about jobs, training, career resources, or unemployment benefits call:1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627) or TTY 1-877-889-5627

Donate directly to vetted Maui Wildfires Relief Fundraisers – GoFundMe

Browse verified fundraisers for those affected by wildfires in Maui

THE WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND

Help many with one donation – Donate here to GoFundMe.org's Wildfire 2023 Relief Fund

So far, more than 500 grants have been delivered to people personally impacted by the fires on Maui. The need for relief continues to grow. Your one donation to the Wildfire Relief Fund is directly distributed to many affected.

Donate products directly from nonprofits' registries through Walmart's SparkGood

For those who prefer to shop online, you may also support local nonprofits through their wishlists by visiting walmart.com/registryforgood. You can shop for gifts and have them delivered directly to their local Salvation Army or other local nonprofit to support keiki and kupuna throughout the State.

Support local organizations on Spark Good

Search here for local charities to donate products from their registry. Search by zip code, type of charity, or by cause.

Two ways to support favorite causes:

1) donate change by rounding up your purchase at checkout on Walmart.com

2) donate products from a nonprofit’s registry & have the items shipped straight to them.

Click here to view the Wishlist for the The Salvation Army Lahaina Registry

“Mahalo for your donation. With your gift, you're helping us meet the greatest needs throughout our island community.

Created for SALVATION ARMY, LAHAINA, HI - LIGHTHOUSE CORPSLahaina, HI

Click here to view the Wishlist for the Angel Tree for The Salvation Army Maui County:

Created for SALVATION ARMY, KAHULUI, HI - CORPS COMMUNITY CENTER, Kahului, HI

“This year due to COVID-19 and the wildfires, more people than ever in our community are struggling to make ends meet. The Angel Tree program in Maui County helps families in need by providing new toys and gifts to over 2,000 keiki and kapuna each year. Your generous gift from this registry will bring joy to a local child or senior and help us Rescue Christmas."

Donate to support feeding the people of Maui through Chef Hui

Chef Hui's Maui Relief Efforts

In the first six days of activation, Chef Hui and partners produced over 50 thousand meals at the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Programs facilities. Restaurant-quality meals have been prepared for same-day delivery to shelters and community members in need.

As we decentralize to support the needs of local businesses, thousands of meals are still being prepared serve the ever-changing needs of our community. Our statewide network of chefs are still preparing meals to be frozen and shipped  to Maui through our partnership with Hawaii Food Alliance. These meals will be stored for later use, as we understand that the need for food will not go away.  Chef Hui is establishing food hubs on Maui by sourcing ingredients to create restaurant quality meals that sustain our lāhui during this time of need.

#FEEDTHEPEOPLEMAUI

Chef Hui's programs:

Maui Food Hubs

  • This program utilizes a combination of donated and purchased ingredients to support local businesses who are utilizing their own staff to provide food to communities in need. Ingredients are both donated and purchased, sourcing locally as much as possible  to create meals, meal kits and curated produce boxes  to be distributed to community members in need.
  • Chef Hui works collaboratively with our Chef Ambassadors, donors, distributors and local farmers to sustain local agriculture,  accelerate our food sustainability goals and feed the souls of those in need through providing resources, recipes and more.

Food Hub: Merriman's Kapalua

Merriaman’s Kapalua has been serving close to 1000 meals a day to communities on the Westside. They are making use of their talented chefs and cooks to prepare meals with a mix of our donated and purchased products while their front-of-the-house workers are assisting with delivering these meals to communities in need.

On the Ground: Zach Sato

Chef Hui has partnered with Chef Zach Sato of Havens to prepare both individual meals for distribution as well as preparing community dinners  in Honokowai for displaced residents.  Zack’s meals have included a  Samin Bar, Smash Burgers,  a Taco Bar utilizing local ingredients.  Typically Chef Sato and his team prepare an average of 350 meals a night.

Maui Meals Program

  • Our Maui Meals Program supports local restaurants and provides nourishment to displaced Maui residents. We purchase meals from local eateries and distribute them free of charge to fire-affected communities. This aids struggling restaurants due to decreased visitors and offers healthy, locally sourced meals to those in need.
  • This initiative counters revenue loss during the economic downturn while backing local farmers and essential feeding efforts. Meal distribution varies, reaching shelters, families, and even communities through our Chef Ambassadors cooking on-site.

Hospitality Relief

  • Hospitality ‘Ohana Dinners
  • These events will provide an opportunity for industry professionals to connect over a nutritious soulful meal, enjoy live entertainment, and network.
  • Resources and experts will be available to guide attendees through available programs to aid their recovery. Each participant will receive a gift bag with local produce, restaurant gift cards, grocery store gift cards, aprons, OluKai shoes, kitchen supplies, and more, to help ease their current burden.
  • Together, we stand united in support of our hospitality community's resilience and recovery.

Chef Hui x Southern Smoke Foundation

Chef Hui is proud to bridge the path between Southern Smoke Foundation and compassionate donors, ensuring that the assistance never wavers for F&B workers impacted by the Maui fires.

In this collaboration, every dollar raised carries immeasurable impact—100 percent of the funds directly benefit the Maui F+B workforce. Southern Smoke Foundation's unwavering commitment means they're waiving all fees, magnifying the impact of your contribution.

As of today, 183 emergency relief applications have been received from Maui, with 47 workers funded so far, amounting to a remarkable $144,000 in direct aid.

Donate to Chef Hui x Southern Smoke Relief Fund

Donate to Chef Hui

Click here to donate to Chef Hui today.

Donations made here are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law and will be used to support the restaurant and hospitality industry workers and feed people on Maui. All funds donated here will be used by people in Hawai‘i for people in Hawai‘i.

Learn more about our efforts here at www.chefhui.com and follow along @chefhuihi on Instagram

Other Ways to Give:

Donations by Check:
Checks can be made to:
Collaborative Support Services - Chef Hui

Mail to:
Chef Hui
PO Box 61676
Honolulu, HI 96839

Donations by Wire Transfer:
Email office@chefhui.com for donation information.

Chef Hui is a registered non-profit program of Collaborative Support Services. Collaborative Support Services Tax ID: 83-0599239. *All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Donations by Check:
Checks can be made to Collaborative Support Services - Chef Hui
Attn: Chef Hui
PO Box 61676
Honolulu, HI 96839

For Maui related support and questions, please email kokua@chefhui.com.

Contact us.

Please contact us at office@chefhui.com with any inquiries regarding food, partnerships or general questions. We can’t wait to work with you.

PO BOX 61676
Honolulu, HI 96839

Donate to support free equine therapy sessions from The Spirit Horse Ranch

Volunteer to help contribute to our ʻohana, Spirit Horse Ranch and Healing Hearts Team with Equine Assisted Trauma Informed Care Services to help ANYONE OF ANY AGE who has been devastated by the fires.

The trauma has affected EVERYONE and our island is in shock and grieving and we are available to help during this time. The first responders and mental health professionals are maxed at this time and we can help. These services are FREE so please book a session using our online booking tool (click the button below).

We are available and open Tuesday through Saturday for sessions which are 1 hour long.  Our program is a ground based non-riding trauma Informed care equine assisted program. Sign up today to help with equine therapy sessions with the Spirit Horse Ranch for trauma-informed care for all ages: grief processing, PTSD, anxiety, anger, fear, depression.

Located upcountry five minutes past Maui Winery.

How you can help our mission

Maui Fire Trauma-informed care therapy fund

We have opened to the community of Maui to help everyone with Trauma Informed Care Equine Assisted Service at this time to help those who are dealing with the traumatic disaster first and second hand. Your donation helps us to provide these services so we can begin to help our people heal.

We will especially need to be able to feed our 13 horses who will be serving the community and to make out reach visits with the horses where possible. The coming days and months are going to be extremely difficult on Maui and we thank you for your help!

Your contribution provides funds for adding more shaded waiting areas, contemplation mediation space, we need to hire more staff as soon as possible and train new people, and feed our amazing horses!

Donate Now

Private Donations

We need your support to allow us to help children with basic EAS.  Donations are used for:

  • Horse care
  • Legal, consultants, architect, and surveyor
  • Basic staff & Ongoing education supplemental certifications
  • Deposits & Insurance
  • A paved road to the facility
  • Sponsor a participant’s therapy

In-Kind Donations

We are in need of supplies and materials to outfit our programs, such as:

  • Saddles for therapy horses
  • Feed for horses
  • Bench for reflection
  • Art supplies
  • Gardening supplies

Contact us

Corporate Donations

All donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowed by law. For corporate donations, please submit our donations form, or contact us for alternate forms of payment. We rely on and are immensely grateful for your support.

Donate to support equine-assisted mental health services today

To volunteer, please contact us at 808-280-7070 or email info@thespirithorseranch.org, especially if you have equine experience.

For agencies that would like to bring groups please call us at 808-280-7070.

Donate to support ongoing operational needs for Maui Rapid Response

Help the Helpers.

These funds support ongoing operational needs and supplies for Maui Rapid Responseʻs Central Hub, Regional Community Resilience Hubs, and transportation.

Click here to donate directly to Maui Rapid Response's disaster response team.

Note: this fund is administered Grants Central Station, our 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. EIN:  47-0959779

Sign up to be notified of future opportunities

Maui Rapid Response is an ahupuaʻa based disaster response team made up of individuals from the Maui community and a number of nonprofit and direct-aid organizations. Founded in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 shut down, Maui Rapid Response is a decentralized citizen collective driven entirely by community values and needs, with a commitment to prioritizing support for native Hawaiians and vulnerable members of our local community. All funds raised in our Maui Mutual Aid Fund and any other fundraising efforts are administered by nonprofit fiscal sponsor Grants Central Station, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Aloha, thank you so much for offering your support.

You can reach out to our volunteers coordinator at volunteer@mauirapidresponse.org.

You can also reach our donations team at donations@mauirapidresponse.org. Hope to be in touch soon.

Donate to teachers who lost their homes and classrooms to the August wildfires in Lahaina and Kula

For those who’d like to help, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association is collecting donations as well as sharing donation pages of teachers, current and retired, affected by the Maui wildfires. Mahalo for your generosity during these difficult times.

Initial counts indicate at least 57 Maui educators have either lost their homes entirely in the fires or their homes suffered damage to the extent that they have to temporarily relocate. Another 44 teachers reported property damage from the fires. Since the flames destroyed King Kamehameha III Elementary School, all of the teachers there have lost their classrooms.

HSTA fire relief donations

Those who wish to contribute money towards the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association’s Maui fire relief effort may send checks in any amount to HSTA. Money donated will be provided directly to our educator members impacted by the wildfires. HSTA is not a 501(c)(3) and any donation is NOT tax deductible.

If you prefer to donate by check:

Please make your check out to HSTA and send it to HSTA Attn: Maui Fire Relief, 1200 Ala Kapuna St., Honolulu, HI 96819.

If you prefer to donate electronically: NEA Member Benefits has set up a GoFundMe page for HSTA Maui Fire Relief. NEA Member Benefits will cover any fees imposed by GoFundMe, which means all donations will go to impacted members.

DONATE HERE

For those wishing to donate directly to affected educators, please consider the list below. All are verified as active HSTA or HSTA-Retired members.

Click here for individual HSTA teacher donation links. This page is being updated regularly. Check back for new requests.

Donate to the Tulong for Lahaina Fund to assist Lahaina residents and business owners

The nonprofit Binhi at Ani has announced the creation of a Tulong for Lahaina Fund to assist Lahaina residents.

“Tulong means help in the Tagalog and Ilokano languages,” said organization President Melen Agcolicol, who will lead the coordination.  “And Binhi at Ani wanted to create a fund to help our kababayans, our fellow Filipinos, which comprise at least 40% of Lahaina town.”

The fund is designed to help residents that fall into one of three categories:

  1. A homeowner whose principal residence was destroyed or damaged so it is uninhabitable or deemed by a government entity as unusable as a dwelling unit for health and safety reasons.
  2. Had their own business (based in a structure–bricks and mortar versus an internet based or gig business) destroyed.
  3. Had an immediate family member die as a result of the Lahaina fire.

Binhi at Ani will award $750 to those who qualify in any of the categories listed above.  The deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2023.  An applicant can qualify for only one category. The amount of awards will be based on the number of donations received.  If more qualified applicants apply then there are funds available, it will be based on a first come, first served basis.  Depending on funds received, applications received after the due date may be considered.  All applications will be reviewed by a review panel independent of Binhi at Ani’s Board of Directors.  Applications may be accessed at BinhiAtani.org.

Tax deductible donations can be made in a number of ways.  Checks payable to Binhi at Ani and mailed to 780 Onehee Avenue, Kahului, Hawaiʻi 96732.  Through Paypal via Binhi at Ani’s website: BinhiatAni.org/donate.

For more information, contact Melen Agcolicol at 808-205-7981 or melencopy@gmail.com.

melencopy@gmail.com
808-205-7981
780 Onehee Ave., Kahului, HI 96732
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Get Technical Financial Recovery Disaster Assistance from Project ReStore HOPE Maui – Operation HOPE

Operation HOPE is committed to supporting the relief efforts in Maui and the surrounding areas. If you are small business owner or individual in need of our financial disaster recover services, please register using the link below, and a member of HOPE team will contact you.

Disaster Recovery Service Details Register for Help Now

You can also contact by calling the HOPE Coalition America hotline at 888-388-HOPE to a certified financial disaster specialist. ‍

Certified coaches to guide victims of this disaster through the complex application process for post-disaster federal relief and insurance claims. With offices in Kīhei and Lahaina, the team of certified coaches includes Maui residents who understand the unique needs of the communities impacted. Each coach guides clients through the complex application process for post-disaster federal relief and insurance claims.

Read more about Operation HOPE's Disaster Recovery Services:

• FEMA applications and appeals
• Small business recovery / SBA Loans
• Obtaining copies of destroyed documents
• Insurance claims assistance and appeals
• Managing mortgage payments on damaged houses
• Assistance negotiating and working with your creditors
• Financial counseling
• Diaster recovery budget
• Home inspections and repair contracts
• Foreclosure prevention

If you are small business owner or individual in need of our financial disaster recover services, please register using the link below, and a member of HOPE team will contact you. Get Help from Operation Hope Now

Operation HOPE does not provide direct financial aid. However, their team will work diligently with you to obtain the resources and financial help you need to facilitate your recovery.

For more information and assistance, disaster survivors are encouraged to contact Operation HOPE Inside Disaster or visit a HOPE Inside office. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge. They are available at the two locations below, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • SBA – Business Resource and Assistance Center, Maui Research & Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Suite 202, in Kīhei
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapiʻilani Highway in Lahaina.

If you have just experienced a natural disaster or are in need of immediate shelter, food, clothing or medical care, please reach out to your local American Red Cross chapter and your local authorities who should be able to direct you on how to get immediate assistance.

Find your Red Cross chapter

If you are engaged in supporting the current needs of Hawaii, as they recover from the recent fire storm, please consider joining the Coalition of the Willing, and make a commitment to provide resources, technical support or mentorship.

Get animal support from Maui Humane Society's mobile Lahaina Pet Resource Center for fire survivors

Maui Humane Society opened the Lahaina Pet Resource Center on Feb. 7, 2024, a mobile veterinary clinic offering free wellness services to pets affected by the fire.

This space will serve displaced Lahaina pet owners and those affected by the fire in an accessible location in West Maui, including the more than 400 pets living with their displaced families in temporary hotel housing. The following services will be provided:

  • Distribution of free pet food
  • Distribution of free pet supplies, such as collars, leashes, kennels, and more
  • Weekly mobile veterinary clinics for wellness services, such as vaccines, microchips, and flea prevention
  • On-site support from MHS’ Wildfire Community Liaison, who will work one-on-one with pet owners seeking resources for pet-friendly housing, financial support for off-island pet travel, resources for veterinary care, and more
  • Services offered at this location will evolve based on the needs of affected pet owners

Pet owners in need can also schedule one-on-one consultations with MHS’ Wildfire Community Liaison for specialized support.

MHS’ mobile veterinary clinic will offer free wellness services for affected pets each Wednesday at this location. Pet owners are encouraged to visit mauihumanesociety.org/events for more information about veterinary services and scheduling.

Get free equine therapy sessions upcountry at The Spirit Horse Ranch

The Spirit Horse Ranch is a certified Trauma Informed Care Facility open to all in our Maui community. We are offering free sessions with equine-assisted interventions that foster healing, resilience, and emotional well-being, grief support in a beautiful environment with horses as our partners. ❤️

The Spirit Horse Ranch offers grief support, crisis intervention, mental health, well-being counseling, and now offering an amazing technique called "brainspotting" to facilitate trauma healing and recovery. The trauma has affected EVERYONE and our island is in shock and grieving and we are available to help during this time. Our program is a ground based non-riding trauma Informed care equine assisted program. Sign up today to help with equine therapy sessions with the Spirit Horse Ranch for trauma-informed care for all ages: grief processing, PTSD, anxiety, anger, fear, depression.

In light of the recent devastating disaster fires in Maui, we have extended our program's scope to encompass all age groups free of charge to all of our Maui community members.

To schedule a free appointment, book a session using our online booking tool here.

Each session is available up to 6 people per session except on Weds mornings 10:30AM - 12:30PM.

Tuesday will now be reserved for Schools, 1st Responders and healing events, agencies clients and their staff to attend Equine and mindfulness sessions to help restore and rebuild our resilience within our giving community.

For the Lahaina residents Weds morning appointments please add your pick up address and Beachin Rides will pick you up there beginning at 8AM Weds and return in the early afternoon. If you have question please feel free to call or text us at 808-280-7070

For questions, please call (808) 280-7070 or email info@thespirithorseranch.org

To volunteer, please contact us at 808-280-7070 or email info@thespirithorseranch.org, especially if you have equine experience.

For agencies that would like to bring groups please call us at 808-280-7070.

Located upcountry five minutes past Maui Winery.

Spirit Horse Ranch (@thespirithorseranch) is a nonprofit providing trauma-informed care through equine therapy services on an idyllic, 132-acre, fifth-generation ranch located on the southwest slope of Haleakalā, Maui.

Get free, mental health crisis counseling and support from Hawai‘i UTelehealth

Hawai'i UTelehealth offers free confidential crisis counseling. The telehealth services are open to all, with a focus on Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and rural communities, as well as older adults. Call 808-375-2745, email utele@hawaii.edu or visit hawaiiutelehealth.org. Callers will be directed to the website to set up an account and be connected with a provider within a week.

Get up to a $5,000 grant and vehicle financing to help Maui families replace vehicles destroyed in wildfire

A $5,000 grant program has launched to help families replace vehicles on Maui destroyed during the August wildfires. The program was announced by Rolina Faagai, the Executive Director of Hawaiian Lending & Investments, a nonprofit founded by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations.

What is the Replacement Vehicle Program (RVP)?

The Replacement Vehicle Program (RVP) is dedicated to Native Hawaiian families that experienced transportation loss due to the Maui wildfires in August 2023.

This program provides vehicle financing with deferred payments for 12 months and a one time grant of up to $5,000 to replace a vehicle lost in the fires.

The funding is available for families that need help to purchase a new or used vehicle with help from grant funds, and/or with low cost financing.

How do I apply for the Replacement Vehicle Program?

Download this fillable PDF to start filling out a form today.

• Pickup a Consumer Assistance Kit at the Maui Mall. Visit the SCHHA Desk at the Maui Relief & Aid Services Center:
70 E Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732

• Email Rolina Faagai, Executive Director: rolina@hawaiianhomesteads.org

Contact Hawaiian Lending & Investments: 

Rolina@hawaiianhomesteads.org

(808)-208-6466

The launch of this program is based on input received at the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations’ Maui Disaster Recovery Roundtable held in late October.

Hawaiian Lending & Investments (HLI) is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) 501c3 non-profit, sponsored by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA).

HLI delivers financial services to support the capital needs of consumers, businesses, and homestead associations on or near Hawaiian Home Lands.

HLI has office locations on Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai. HLI provides services to community members throughout the state of Hawaii.

rolina@hawaiianhomesteads.org
808-208-6466
70 E Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732
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Goodwill’s SNAP Program

A Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) replacement benefit is available for recipients who experienced loss of food as a result of the recent wildfires. To apply for SNAP replacement benefits, please visit the Processing Center in your area or call the Public Assistance Information Line at 1-855-643-1643.

808-935-6527
250 Alamaha St., Ste N16B, Kahului, HI 96732
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Hire A Wildfire Evacuee

Amidst the aftermath of the Maui wildfire, our commitment extends from immediate aid to nurturing recovery. Understanding the profound economic implications and the vital need for employment opportunities for those impacted, Hawaii Tours crafted a platform to seamlessly link evacuees with potential job openings. If you’re an evacuee ready to embark on a new job journey, or an employer in a position to provide work, we’re here to facilitate this crucial connection, empowering our community’s bounce back.

Hire An Evacuee

Register For Job Interviews

Do you need help and are looking to hire?

Many of your friends, family, and neighbors in communities across the island have or will be losing their jobs. If you can help them please hire locally. We have a whole list of great people who need work. We will send over candidates to you for interviews that match what you need (we encourage companies, organizations, and governments to hire locally for rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts).

If you're interested, please fill out the "Hire An Evacuee" form on this page here.

Hawaii Tours Maui Relief Coordinator

You can reach our on-island relief coordinator – Chris Ishizaka at:

  • Email: chris@hawaiitours.com
  • Text: (808) 500-2018
  • chris@hawaiitours.com
    (808) 500-2018
    55-541 Naniloa Loop, Laie, HI 96762
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    Maui Business Action Center - Hawaii State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA)

    The Hawai‘i Dept. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) will be temporarily waiving registration fees for businesses affected by the wildfires. The waiver applies to fees for obtaining certificates of good standing and copies of business registrations documents filed with the division.

    breg@dcca.hawaii.gov
    808-243-8679
    Wells Street Professional Center, 2145 Wells St., Ste 106, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui Strong Job Fair

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    Offer support (donations, volunteer) or get support directly from community-led Maui Fire, Flood and Disaster Facebook Relief Group

    See current posted community needs, volunteer opportunities, relief events, resources, and any new local developments shared about the Maui recovery efforts.

    Anyone can OFFER support or post a NEED for support or services in this local community disaster relief Facebook page. The purpose of this local group is where we can have a "go to" hub to locally exchange information of supplies/help *needed* and services and help we can *offer* due to disasters on Maui.

    Click here to go see locally offered community assistance needs and offers

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    St. Joseph Church Emergency Kōkua Center, Upcountry Maui

    The Maui wildfires left their mark on Upcountry, Maui, destroying 16 homes in Kula and three in Olinda. In a compassionate response, the Upcountry and Catholic communities have rallied to help impacted families and created the St. Joseph Church Emergency Kōkua Center. Although initially established to help Upcountry residents impacted by the wildfires, the center also helps displaced Lahaina residents who lost homes, jobs, belongings and more.

    Donated items that can be picked up:

    • Non-perishable food
    • Baby: formula, wipes, diapers, clothes, toys, strollers and car seats.
    • NEW clothing infant-4x
    • NEW and gently used pillows, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, bed linen, towels
    • NEW hygiene and household items such as silverware, pots, pans, plates, dishes, cups and serving utensils.
    • NEW school supplies
    • NEW rubber slippers
    • Paper towels, toilet paper

    Those in need can also receive cases of water, nonperishable foods and packaged snacks.

    Delivery services:

    The Center also has a delivery service for those in need but are unable to drive to St. Joseph School at 1294 Makawao Avenue. (Drive to the top of the road.)

    For deliveries, call (808) 354-0971. Deliveries are provided by Epic Ministries, a Catholic Young Adult Ministry.

    The Center has worked collaboratively with Upcountry Catholic Churches & Community, Upcountry Strong, Sugar Beach Events, Maui Rapid Response, Brown Cross Hui, UH Maui College, Sacred Hearts of Lahaina and more.

    Emergency Kokua is expected to continue as long as there are community needs.

    In the face of ongoing challenges, the center remains steadfast, extending an invitation for more volunteers to join the cause and help meet the ever-growing needs of the community.

    For more information, email sjckokua@gmail.com.

    sjckokua@gmail.com
    +18085727652
    1294 Makawao Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
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    Support Common Ground Collective (CGC) Maui Fire Relief Efforts

    Common Ground Collective (CGC) is connecting fresh produce with those that are positioned to feed our impacted community members. If any local farms require assistance salvaging their produce, CGC is here to support.

    Donating to Support Maui Fire Efforts:

    Together with University of Hawaii, Salvation Army, World Central Kitchen, Maui Chefs Hui, the County of Maui, and the Red Cross. CGC is continuing to organize efforts and purchase supplies to provide meals and supplies to victims of the Maui Wildfires.   Your monetary donations will help us continue to support those in need during this crisis and also to develop long-term solutions to the economic fallout that our island is experiencing due to the fires.

    Direct Donations

    Monetary donations are always welcome, and gratefully received. Our Common Ground Collective donation links:
    Venmo: @cgcmaui
    Paypal

    Checks: Checks can be made out to Common Ground Collective and sent to our mailing address below.

    Common Ground Collective
    PO Box 1051
    Haiku, HI 96708

    FOOD & PRODUCE DONATIONS

    Due to a huge influx of food donations and minimal storage space. CGC is happy to accept donations of 100 lbs. or less,  outside of our harvest donations, without prior approval just contact us to coordinate a drop off. Any larger donations will need to be approved and coordinated to ensure we have the space and outlets for them so that nothing goes to waste.

    IN-KIND DONATIONS

    We gladly accept in-kind donations, such as gift-certificates or products, to auction off in our silent auctions. This is a great way to show your support whether it’s big or small, while also drawing in clients to your own business. Donation receipts for the value of each in-kind donation will be issued.​

    DONATION BOX

    We are currently seeking volunteers with Food Handlers Permits, as well as general volunteer help. To help, please fill out CGCʻs Maui Fire Relief volunteer form. We extend an invitation to anyone willing to join our efforts. Please don't hesitate to reach out. Together, we can make a difference and pave the way for recovery.

    The Salvation Army - Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division's "Love Beyond Hawaii Wildfires" Fundraiser

    The Salvation Armyʻs Hawaii Wildfires Hotline: (808)-440-1811

    The Salvation Army is responding to the wildfires by starting mass feedings for thousands of evacuees at Maui County/American Red Cross shelter.

    aloha.hawaii@usw.salvationarmy.org
    (808)-440-1811
    2950 Manoa Rd, Honolulu, HI, United States, Hawaii
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    Volunteer to assist with equine therapy sessions at The Spirit Horse Ranch

    Volunteer to help contribute to our ʻohana, Spirit Horse Ranch and Healing Hearts Team with Equine Assisted Trauma Informed Care Services to help ANYONE OF ANY AGE who has been devastated by the fires.

    The trauma has affected EVERYONE and our island is in shock and grieving and we are available to help during this time. The first responders and mental health professionals are maxed at this time and we can help. These services are FREE so please book a session using our online booking tool (click the button below).

    We are available and open Tuesday through Saturday for sessions which are 1 hour long.  Our program is a ground based non-riding trauma Informed care equine assisted program. Sign up today to help with equine therapy sessions with the Spirit Horse Ranch for trauma-informed care for all ages: grief processing, PTSD, anxiety, anger, fear, depression.

    Located upcountry five minutes past Maui Winery.

    To volunteer, please contact us at 808-280-7070 or email info@thespirithorseranch.org, especially if you have equine experience.

    For agencies that would like to bring groups please call us at 808-280-7070.

    Volunteer to help the upcountry Kula recovery community through Mālama Kula programs

    Mālama Kula is an action-oriented, results-driven organization that was formed to provide disaster relief in response to the Kula Fire, but also also aims to address current challenges facing the Kula community.

    Currently the work days and service projects are ongoing 2-3 times per week, and work days vary depending upon weather, site location, contractor availability, etc. Contact the Mālama Kula for more details at malamakula@gmail.com to find our more about how to volunteer today.

    Visit malamakula.org to see our services, programs, aid, and support for the town and residents of Kula to help Kula fire victims recover.

    Kula Disaster and Fire Relief

    From day one of the Kula Fire, the Mālama Kula team had boots on the ground and rallied to help serve our neighbors. We’re committed to offering that same level of support in the event of future disasters.

    Kula Community Work Days

    Want to help out, volunteer, and make a difference? Join in one of service projects that help make Kula the clean, beautiful, community-oriented town that we’re all proud to call home.

    Email malamakula@gmail.com to find our more about how to volunteer today.

    Our Purpose

    Mālama Kula is an organization based in Kula, Hawaii, that helps provide programs, funding, and services toward community cleanup, disaster relief and mitigation, invasive species management, challenges facing the area’s rural and agricultural economy, and social networking and educational events that help foster and strengthen community.

    It advocates for services that will help protect property, life, infrastructure, and health, and manages educational programs that not only highlight the area’s rich history from a cultural and ecological perspective, but also provide training toward skills and knowledge that benefit the Kula community."

    What Programs Does Mālama  Kula Currently Support?

    The amount of need in our Kula community became glaringly apparent when we nearly watched our town go up in flames.

    From providing immediate disaster relief to victims affected by the fire, to programs and services for green waste, air sampling/testing, and Axis deer fencing, our programs aim to address underserved services where our community is in need of support.  

    Click here to see all of our upcountry programs:

    • Kula Green Waste Removal

    • Air, Soil, and Human Health Testing

    • Kula Disaster and Fire Relief

    • Axis Deer Fencing And Support

    • Kula Curbside Recycling

    • Neighbors Hiring Neighbors

    • Infrastructure Advocacy

    malamakula@gmail.com
    PO Box 1134 Kula HI 96790
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    Volunteer with Maui Rapid Response

    Help out where it’s needed the most.

    Join Maui Rapid Response in making a meaningful difference in our community.

    CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT

    As a volunteer, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring Maui can recover. We are committed to making a lasting impact, and we need your help to achieve this.

    To sign up for a shift, simply sign up for a slot at one of the opportunities currently available at the links below. This helps us stay organized and easily get you signed up for shifts. Continuity is key for building relationships, and staying grounded in our community. We’d love if you could sign up for the same shift more than once and get to know the task and people around it.

    Maui Rapid Response Volunteer Hubs:

    (updated Dec 14, 2023)

    West Maui Support: Join the Hawaii Tours x Maui Rapid Response team! This is an all day event that leaves Lahaina at 5pm* Meet a Hawaii Tours driver at the Maui Lani Longs Drugs at 7am. Transportation provided. Return will be on the 5pm Hawaii Tours Lahaina shuttle arriving back to Wailuku about 6pm. Exact destination and task determined by the day's needs. Be prepared to spend the day outside doing light physical labor such as donation allocation. Expect some downtime. Food and water provided. Bring sun protection and a water bottle. Mahalo for coming along with us! We are grateful for your support. You will help community hubs on West Maui tremendously.  

    WHERE & WHEN TO MEET:
    7am Maui Longs, 135 Kehalani Village Dr, Wailuku, 96793. Return about 6pm to same location.

    'Ohana and Keiki Exchange:  'Ohana and Keiki Exchange is the first saturday of every month from 9-11am at King Lutheran Church. Please sign up for a shift to help this tremendous effort going strong since 2016 by visiting their Eventbrite link below and choosing a free ticket. There you will select a time to volunteer. More info at the link as well. Please click on this Eventbrite link to volunteer!

    Honokowai Relief: Please show up prepared to listen, take initiative, and support those in need however you are able. Maui Rapid Response is honored to help staff Honokowai Beach Park Ohana with volunteers. HPB Ohana, located in West Maui, came together immediately after the August fires. Their courage, bravery, aloha, and stamina have provided a remarkable center for resource and activity. With this we ask for volunteers who would like to malama this location to be respectful of the intense conditions this location has been through. Please show up prepared to listen, take initiative, and support those in need however you are able. Mahalo nui for your interest in the truest form of community led disaster relief. This effort is not sustainable without you! We appreciate your flexibility, gratitude, and strength of heart.

    This opportunity is organized and monitored by volunteers at Honokowai Beach Park Ohana.

    Ice Cream Aunties Missions of Aloha:
    The Ice Cream Aunties Missions of Aloha began as supplies deliveries and door-to-door wellness checks in several neighborhoods on the West Side of Maui in response to the fire that devastated the area. The hours are long as we begin at the Kahului hub at 1pm and often donʻt finish our mission until 6:30pm-7:00pm. You may be asked to lift up to 25lbs and will need to be fit enough to get in and out of the back of a RAM 1500, or similar sized pickup truck. Each mission begins at the Maui Rapid Response hub in Kahului, where we load the pickup truck before heading to Nāpili Noho (the furthest of the hubs we visit).

    THEN, we visit: Pōhaku Park (S-Turns), Honokowai Park, Nā ‘Aikāneʻs hub in Kā‘anapali, Hawaiian Homesteads at Leiali‘i, the neighborhood below Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena, on our way out of the west side to head back to the hub.

    Have a unique skill to contribute? Let us know.

    OFFER SPECIALIZED SUPPORT

    Please fill out our Google Form and select “I Am Offering Help” if you haven’t already done so. This way, we can contact you to use your unique skills for specific deployments that come up. When you complete the form below, you join our Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter as a way to learn about new deployments as they arise. Mahalo nui for your continued support and flexibility as we move and grow to meet our community’s needs.

    SIGN UP & BE NOTIFIED OF FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

    Maui Rapid Response is an ahupuaʻa based disaster response team made up of individuals from the Maui community and a number of nonprofit and direct-aid organizations. Founded in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 shut down, Maui Rapid Response is a decentralized citizen collective driven entirely by community values and needs, with a commitment to prioritizing support for native Hawaiians and vulnerable members of our local community. All funds raised in our Maui Mutual Aid Fund and any other fundraising efforts are administered by nonprofit fiscal sponsor Grants Central Station, a 501(c)(3) organization.

    Apply for grants and loans supporting Native Hawaiians and Hawaiʻi-based nonprofits from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Grants Program

    OHA Grants Program

    The purpose of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grants Program is to support Hawaiʻi based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs, and initiatives to serve our Lāhui in alignment with OHA’s Strategic Foundations, Directions & Outcomes. Read more about OHA’s Strategic Plan.

    Reminder, to be eligible for OHA Grant funding consideration, an applicant shall:
    • Be registered to do business in the State of Hawaiʻi
    • Provide services to Native Hawaiians and/or Native Hawaiian community(ies) in the State of Hawaiʻi
    • Have an IRS Letter of Determination
    • Be compliant with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express
      • NOTE: Registration with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express may take 3-4 weeks. Please make sure you are registered and all information is up to date. The current CVC (Certificate of Vendor Compliance) from Hawaiʻi Compliance Express is an OHA grant eligibility requirement.

    OHA Grants program does not give funds directly to individuals, all funds are distributed through an awarded nonprofit organization.

    Organization Capacity Building & Event Grant Types is also COMING SOON! (as of last OHA update: 4/13/2024)

    REMINDER: All application activities will be conducted via the OHA Grants Portal.

    No hard copies of applications will be made available by OHA or accepted under any circumstances.

    The OHA Grants Team is also actively working to better monitor existing grant contracts; serve the awarded grantees toward contract completion; introduce new grant types; and recruit, hire and train additional needed resources.

    Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina and Kula

    Kanaaho Grant is for eligible Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula.

    On April 10, 2024, the Office of Hawaii Affairs (OHA) launched the OHA Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina & Kula to provide direct financial assistance to impacted Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula. The grant funds will support the empowerment of impacted Native Hawaiians to determine their own greatest needs, to meet those needs in the face of disaster, and improve the economic stability of Native Hawaiians.

    Eligibility

    The OHA Kanaaho Grants will provide critical support to Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula.

    • It is the first disbursement of the $5 million in disaster aid funding that the OHA Board of Trustees approved to support wildfire survivors.
    • A $9,000 grant will be awarded to eligible homeowners who experienced hardship; while a $4,000 grant will be awarded to eligible renters who experienced hardship.

    Who can apply for aid?

    • OHA’s Kanaaho Grants will be distributed to qualified head of households that meet the grant application criteria.
    • The applicant must be 1) Native Hawaiian, 2) provide proof of residency,  3) provide proof of homeownership or renter status and 4) a completed W-9 form is also required for payment purposes only. The relief aid will not be taxed. Please download the W-9 from www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

    Wildfire survivors who resided in the wildfire impact zones are advised to collect their documentation so they can submit a complete application on April 10, 2024.

    Download the Kanaaho Grant checklist of required documents.

    The application period opens on April 10, 2024 and OHA will accept aid applications for a 6 month period.

    As we continue along the lengthy recovery process, our hope at OHA is that we support one another, uplift one another, and rebuild together as a community united in aloha.

    Need Kōkua?

    • Visit the OHA Maui Office
      • We will have computer stations set up and staff to help upload your documents
      • We will have modified hours to serve kānaka at the OHA Maui Office
        • Wed. – Fri., April 10-12: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
        • Sat., April 13: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
        • Mon. – Thurs., April 15-18: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
        • Friday, April 19: Closed for application processing
    • Community Outreach
      • OHA will be at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Lahaina Civic Center
        • 4/15 – 4/16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
        • 4/17 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • OHA Offices Statewide
      • During the initial two week application period from 4/10 to 4/19 our staff will be working at the Maui Office to provide kōkua to our beneficiaries. Only the Molokaʻi and Kona Offices will be available to kōkua with grant application submissions.
      • Starting on April 22, 2024, Beneficiary Services Agents will be available at all OHA Offices statewide to provide kōkua with grant application submissions.

    OHA Grants Portal

    Click Here to Enter the OHA Grants Portal

    The OHA Grants Portal is an online application, monitoring, and reporting system for nonprofit organizations who are an applicant or grantee.

    See Video Tutorials below on how to navigate the OHA Grants Portal (Foundant):

    Applicant tutorial videos:
    Applicant & Grantee tutorial videos:
    Application Evaluator tutorial videos:

    OHA Grant Application Evaluators

    Are you interested in being an OHA Grant Application Evaluator?
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Be Native Hawaiian
    • Provide fair and objective mana‘o
    • Have knowledge/experience in the assigned grant type/area
    • Have analytical skills and ability to use the database scoring system
    • Have access to a computer with reliable internet
    • Commit the required amount of time to attend a one hour virtual training orientation, complete approximately 10-20 application evaluations, as well as a 2-6 hour virtual evaluation team convene upon completion of evaluations. (Estimated 10-30 hours depending on number of applications you are assigned to evaluate.)
    Anticipated Activities
    • Completion of Conflict of Interest Form – To ensure you have no affiliations with applicants.
    • Completion of Confidentiality Form – To ensure a confidential evaluation process.
    • Virtual Grant Application Evaluator Orientation
    • Online Application Evaluation – All applications will be evaluated via the OHA Grants Portal.
    • Virtual Evaluation Team Convene
    • Honorarium – Once the evaluation process is complete, you have the opportunity to accept an honorarium from OHA.

    If you are willing to commit to this process, please e-mail grantreview@oha.org with the following information:

    • First & Last Name;
    • Email;
    • Phone Number; and
    • A short statement on why you are interested in being an OHA Grant Application Evaluator.

    Upon receipt of the information above, a Grant Evaluator Information Form will be emailed for completion.

    OHA Grants E-mail List

    If you would like to receive e-mail updates on OHA Grant Solicitations (nonprofit organizations only) please e-mail grantsinfo@oha.org with your organization name and e-mail address.

    OHA Grantees & Annual Report

    Each year OHA shares its list of Grantees in its Annual report.  To view funded projects, click link here to view their Annual Reports.

    OHA Loans for Your Growth

    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is committed to ensuring Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana have access to resources to assist them in pursuing their financial goals. Through caring, supportive growth, our lending program can provide Native Hawaiians with an improved sense of economic well-being.

    Our Mission:

    To enhance access for all persons of Native Hawaiian ancestry to credit, capital, and financial services & skills so as to create jobs, wealth, and economic & social well­-being for all the people of Hawai‘i

    Through these programs, Native Hawaiians have expanded businesses, improved homes, continued their educations—and more.

    Learn more about what makes the OHA Loan program different than a traditional financial institution.

    Disaster Relief Loan Program

    OHA’s Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (NHRLF) Board of Directors approved a new disaster relief loan. Native Hawaiians experiencing a loss as a result of the disasters are now eligible for loans of up to $20,000 at four percent interest with up to six months of deferred payments. Loans may be used for home improvement, vehicle repair or replacement, or business stabilization.

    EXISTING LOAN BORROWERS:

    OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Disaster Relief Loan Program

    Existing loan borrowers who are affected by a natural disaster are eligible for the following:

    • Deferral of their current loan payments of at least three months, possibly up to six months depending upon their current situation, circumstances and loss.
    • Rate on loan will stay the same
    • Maturity date will be extended to accommodate the deferral period
    • Loss must be verified, and a direct effect to their living environment/situation, or job/business affected by the disaster

    Disaster Relief Loan:

    Native Hawaiians who are affected by a natural disaster are eligible to apply for the Disaster Relief Loan:

    • Loan amount of up to $20,000
    • Loan rate of four percent
    • Loan term of up to seven years
    • Borrower still needs to qualify for the loan based on the Operational Guidelines
    • We will defer the first three months of payments and possibly up to six months depending upon the situation, circumstances and loss. The loss would have to impact their living environment/situation, and/or job/business affected by the disaster.
    • Loss must be verified. (Examples of verification would be documentation, pictures, etc.).

    For information about Disaster Relief Loans, email NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org  or call 594-1835.

    Business Loans:

    OHA Mālama Business and Hua Kanu loan programs offer low cost loans to existing and start-up businesses. Learn more about business loans.

    Mālama Business Loans

    Mālama Business Loans are the most popular loans OHA offer that supports Native Hawaiian business owners.

    Some uses of the loan:

    Establishing or building upon a small business; working capital

    Amount:

    $2,500 – $149,999 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    Rates & Terms
    • 4.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    Eligibility
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    • Business must be registered with DCCA and in good standing
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s) if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • Existing business (more than 3 years in business): current YTD profit and loss statement & balance sheet
    • Startup business (less than 3 years in business): current business plan to include 3 year profit & loss forecast statement
    • Document breaking down the use of funds for business working capital
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, etc.)
    • ALL members of the business must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry and provide the documents listed above
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses

    Hua Kanu Business Loan

    Hua Kanu Business Loan Program is available to Native Hawaiians who own established business. Created on July 17, 2013, the low-cost loans are intended to help these small-businesses expand. It is meant to provide them access to credit and capital that allow them to grow as well as remain financially viable.

    Some uses of the loan:
    • Purchase equipment or inventory
    • Working capital
    Amount:

    $150,000 – $1,000,000

    Rates & Terms
    • Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis
    • OHA refers potential loan applicants to a technical assistance provider that guides applicants in completing the loan application packet
    • There are certain activities for which loan monies cannot be used
    • Note: The OHA Hua Kanu Business Loan is NOT the OHA Mālama Loan
    • 7-year loan term; interest rate is 4.00% APR
    Eligibility Requirements
    • All Principals must be U.S. Citizens
    • All Principals must be Hawaii Residents
    • Principals must be Native Hawaiian: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Business Plan
    • Verification of Collateral – The loan-to-value ratio must not exceed 100% [acceptable collateral includes real estate (100% assessed value), equipment (100% assessed value), receivables, inventory, purchase orders and contracts may be considered]
    • Tax Returns – 1 to 3 years of business tax returns may be required depending on the size of the loan requested
    • Financial pro forma for a period of 2 to 3 years
    • Certificate of Good Standing from DCCA
    • Verification of being an eligible applicant
    • Verification that the loan proceeds will not be used for unallowable activities
    • Other items as may be required by the bank, OHA, or the technical assistance provider
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses
    Apply

    To inquire about a Hua Kanu loan, please contact us at (808) 470-0867, NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org, or contact your OHA neighbor island office.

    Mahi ‘Ai Business Loan

    Learn more about the Mahi ‘Ai Business Loan on OHA's website.

    Some uses of the loan:

    Establish or expand your small agricultural business; working capital for produce and livestock; available for a broad spectrum of farming methods; including in-ground or above-ground farming, greenhouse, hydroponic, and more.

    Loan Amounts:

    $2,500 – $100,000 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    Rates & Terms
    • 4.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    • Up to 6 months loan deferment
    Eligibility Requirements
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    • Business must be registered with DCCA and in good standing
    Loan Document Checklist

    ALL members of the business must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry and provide the following documents:

    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s) if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • Existing business (more than 3 years in business): current YTD profit and loss statement & balance sheet
    • Startup business (less than 3 years in business): current business plan to include 3 year profit & loss forecast statement
    • Document breaking down the use of funds for business working capital
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, etc.
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses

    Personal Loans

    OHA offers five types of personal loans for consumers: education, home improvement, debt consolidations, emergency funds and career advancement. Learn more about personal loans.

    If you need a loan product that is not listed here, please contact us at (808) 594-1888, or email NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org.

    OHA Consumer Micro Loan

    In addition, OHA administers a separate Consumer Micro Loan Program that provides low-cost loans to Native Hawaiians experiencing temporary financial hardship due to unforeseen events, or who wish to enhance their careers.

    Loans of up to $7,500 with a five percent interest rate can be used for unexpected home or auto repair and emergency health situations.

    To learn more about the Consumer Micro Loan Program, contact Lareina Meinecke at cmlp@ohaloanfund.org or call (808) 594-1823.

    Some uses of the loan
    • Death in the Family/Funeral Expense
    • Emergency Health Situation
    • Unexpected Home or Auto Repairs
    • CDL License
    • Apprenticeship Programs
    • Career Development Courses
    Unallowable Uses
    • Debt Consolidation or Refinancing
    • Vacation
    • Investment
    • Re-Lending by Borrower
    • Home Remodeling
    • Past due utilities or rent
    • Down payment loans
    • Auto purchase
    Amount:

    $500 to $7,500

    Rates & Terms
    • Simple interest, fixed at 5%
    • Up to five years
    • Collateral not required
    • No gross annual income limit
    • Primary applicant must have sufficient income
    • Co-applicant or guarantor can strengthen the loan
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry, at least 18 years of age and a resident of the State of Hawaii
    • Applicant should have a satisfactory credit history with a minimum credit score of 600 and the ability to repay the loan
    • Two years of employment history is preferred
    • Debt-to-income ratio of no more than 50%
    • Loan must be for applicant’s benefit
    • Loans are available to individuals only. Partnerships, corporations, sole proprietorships, etc., are excluded
    Required documents:
    • Identification: Government issued ID (State drivers’ license or state identification)
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Income: All W-2 employees, one month of consecutive pay stubs. If you have not worked with the company for at least two years, include previous year W2’s. Self-employed, two years of federal tax returns, including all schedules. Social security recipients, current year’s award letter or two month’s consecutive bank statements.
    • Verification of the use of funds: Estimate or Invoice
    • Statement of request: Letter as to why you are applying for a loan (Only required if submitting a paper application)

    Mālama Education Loan

    Education can be expensive, and full of unexpected expenses. This Mālama Education loan can help meet school-related expenses—from preschool, through grade school, and even post-secondary education.

    Some uses of the loan:
    • School tuition (e.g., preschool, trade school, K – 12, college, post graduate)
    • Campus charges, books, etc.
    Amount:

    $2,500 – $20,000

    Rates & Terms
    • 5.00% – 6.00% APR
    • Up to a 1-year term
    Eligibility
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    Required Documents
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • Tuition and expenses/fees breakdown
    • Acceptance letter
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs

    Mālama Debt Consolidation Loan

    Approved use of the Mālama Debt Consolidation Loan:
    • Consolidate existing debts (Applicants to submit creditor statements for debts being paid off)
    AMOUNT: $2,500 – $20,000
    RATES & TERMS
    • 5.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    ELIGIBILITY
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 650 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs
    • Most recent statements for your credit cards and loans

    *Please be aware that if your loan is approved, revolving accounts may be required to be closed.

    Mālama Home Improvement Loan

    https://loans.oha.org/personal/malama-home-improvement-loan/

    SOME USES OF THE LOAN:
    • Renovate existing home: home repairs, extend home, retaining wall,  drive-way, fencing, sidewalk, new appliances
    AMOUNT:

    $2,500 – $100,000 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    RATES & TERMS
    • 5.00% – 6.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    ELIGIBILITY
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian Ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • Contractor’s estimate or breakdown of supplies from home improvement store
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory)

    Apply Now

    Applying for a loan is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

    1. Create a secure user account
    2. Gather your documents
    3. Complete the online application

    The process typically takes 20-25 minutes. Once you complete the application, a lending associate will contact you within two business days. Once an application has been approved, documents can be signed and funds disbursed usually within five to eight business days.

    The Loan Portal is compatible with most computers and laptops.  You may experience technical issues when applying with a cell phone or tablet device.  For more information or if you require trouble shooting assistance, please contact us at (808) 594-1835, NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org, or contact your OHA neighbor island office.

    LOAN APPLICATION HELPFUL TIP

    To ensure your loan application is processed in a timely manner, we highly recommend submitting your loan application once you have prepared all required documents and are ready to upload the documents to the online loan application. If you submit a completed application (all required documents provided) your loan processing wait time will be significantly shorter.  MAHALO

    Apply Now

    Success Stories

    Success Stories

    OHA is proud to support the success of our Native Hawaiian Entrepreneurs. Here are some of our Hua Kanu and Mālama Loan clients in the news. Read our success stories.

    For loan and grant Q&A's visit OHA's FAQ page here.

    Who is eligible for a loan from OHA?
    What documents do I need to apply for a loan?
    How do I apply for a loan?
    How DO I make loan payments?

    Office Locations

    Office hours across the state are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The OHA offices are closed on State holidays.

    An appointment is suggested for locations marked with an asterisk *.

    East Hawai‘i (Hilo)
    484 Kalanikoa St.
    Hilo, HI 96720
    Phone: (808) 295-0236
    Fax: (808) 933-3110

    West Hawai‘i (Kona)*
    75-1000 Henry St., Suite 205
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
    Phone: (808) 327-9525
    Fax: (808) 327-9528

    Maui*
    737 Lower Main St., Suite B2.,
    Wailuku, HI 96793
    Phone: (808) 873-3364
    Fax: (808) 873-3361

    Moloka’i & Lāna’i*
    P.O. Box 1717
    Kaunakakai, HI 96748
    Phone: (808) 560-3611
    Fax: (808) 560-3968

    O’ahu
    560 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite 200
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    Phone: (808) 594-1835
    Fax: (808) 594-1865

    Kaua’i & Ni’ihau*
    4405 Kukui Grove St. Suite 103
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 241-3390
    Fax: (808) 241-3508

    * – Appointments suggested for these locations

    grantsinfo@oha.org
    (808) 873-3364
    560 N. Nimitz Hwy #200 Honolulu, HI 96817
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    County of Maui Office of Economic Development (OED)

    OED works in partnership with the community, business and government sectors to strengthen and diversify the economy by supporting existing businesses, and assist in the attraction, development and expansion of new businesses and events that will in turn provide new jobs for our community. Services include industry assistance; grants for programs, events and community projects; workforce development; and business resource centers on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i.

    economic.development@co.maui.hi.us
    808-270-7710
    2200 Main St., Ste. 305, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    County’s Construction Permits & Applications

    Building, electrical, plumbing, fire protection permits; inspections & more

    County’s Development Services

    Administers subdivision, building, electrical, plumbing, grading & other construction related ordinances

    County’s Long Range Planning

    Formulates long range planning activities to facilitate the development of a desirable living environment

    Get small businesses export development help to expand your sales with the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP)

    What is HiSTEP?

    Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program, known as HiSTEP, is a comprehensive program designed to assist Hawaii small businesses with their export development. The goal is to increase the number of small businesses that want to export as well as the value of exports for those small businesses that currently export. Today it is easier than ever for companies, regardless of size, to sell goods and services across the globe and this program can help achieve that.

    HiSTEP has three integrated components:

    1. Export Readiness Program (HiSTEP-ERP): The Export Readiness Program (HiSTEP-ERP) is a training and advising program to prepare Hawaii companies to begin or expand their export market development. The program includes one-on-one export business advising and export training seminars. HiSTEP-ERP is open to all types of businesses considering exporting. At the conclusion of the program, companies will have a go-to-market strategy and export plan. View the current list of seminars scheduled for the HiSTEP program here.
    2. Market Entry and Expansion Activities (MEEA) (Formerly HiSTEP-HP): Market Entry and Expansion Activities (MEEA), Formerly Hawaiʻi Pavilions (HiSTEP-HP), is a program that creates opportunities for Hawaiʻi companies to sell in overseas markets, either through digital platforms or via in-person trade shows.

      Makuake is Japan’s leading pre-sales e-commerce platform that enables Hawaiʻi companies to promote new products to Japanese consumers. Ongoing: Makuake, Japan (CONSUMER)

      Interested companies should first register for HiSTEP and review the information here. Please email lyle.h.fujikawa@hawaii.gov and scott.t.tome@hawaii.gov.

      MEEA trade shows include but are not limited to:

    3. Company Assistance (HiSTEP-CA): The Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program – Company Assistance (HiSTEP–CA) is designed to increase exports of Hawaii produced goods and services by assisting individual Hawaii companies  with export market development activities such as participation in trade shows and missions.

    HiSTEP is supported by a grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

    The 2024 HiSTEP Registration is now open. Please fill out the 2024 HiSTEP Registration Form.

    There is no cost to register and no obligation to participate in any of the HiSTEP activities. Once registered, you will be paired with one of our HiSTEP partners for an initial consultation. You only need to fill it out once, but we use other online forms for all HiSTEP activities.

    Read more about HiSTEP:

    HiSTEP Resources

    CONTACT AND INFORMATION REQUESTS

    Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

    Business Development & Support Division

    Address:

    No. 1 Capital District Building
    250 South Hotel Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

    Phone: (808) 587-2750

    (808) 587-2750
    No. 1 Capital District Building, 250 South Hotel Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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    Maui County Film Office (MCFO)

    A division of the County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development, MCFO is dedicated to the growth of the islands’ creative industry through film,TV and new media. Services include: Film permit processing, assistance in working with authorizing agencies, online location database, crew information and support services, and industry-related business development.

    filmmaui@mauicounty.gov
    808-270-5770
    2200 Main St., Ste. 305, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui County Virtual Job Fair

    The County of Maui’s Virtual Job Fair is an online resource for employers seeking workers, and for residents seeking employment and career opportunities. The website provides job search tools, career counseling, and information on career training opportunities, resume building, internships, college certificates/degrees, financial aid opportunities and more.

    This project is a collaboration between the County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development, the Maui County Workforce Development Board and the University of Hawaii Maui College.

    Quality Jobs, Equity Strategy, and Training (QUEST) Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG)

    The Quality Jobs, Equity Strategy, and Training (QUEST) Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) seeks to help dislocated workers and other eligible participants, including underserved and historically marginalized individuals, develop economic resilience to future economic shocks through employment, training, and entry into high-quality jobs, especially in growing and critical industries.

    To qualify for the QUEST Internship Program, participants must fall into one of the following categories.

    QUEST Eligibility Criteria:

    • Fired or quit a job to take care of family member or because of unsafe working conditions due to COVID pandemic and still unemployed
    • Worked fewer than 30 hours/week for last 4 weeks
    • Had no paid work in your area of training, education, or certification for last 26 weeks
    • Retired or separated from military service within last 36 months
    • Formerly incarcerated
    • Laid off due to lack of work or company closure
    • Self-employed and income was reduced 25% over last six months
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

    SCORE of Maui County

    SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides free and confidential small business counseling by dedicated and experienced volunteer counselors.

    kuhao@co.maui.hi.us
    808-873-8247
    Maui County Service Center, 110 ʻAlaʻihi St, Ste 209, Kahului, HI 96732
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    State of Hawai'i Workforce Development Division (WDD) Registered Apprenticeships Program

    Registered Apprenticeships are unique long-term training programs that combines On-the-Job Learning with Related Training Instruction, which allow job seekers to learn specialized skills for various trades and occupations.  In Hawai‘i, there are over 100 registered apprenticeship programs available that represent a wide variety of occupations.  After completing training, an apprentice becomes a journeyworker and can earn a higher salary as well as pursue career goals as a foreman, supervisor, contractor, or even set up their own business.

    Benefits of Apprenticeships

    • Learn from highly-trained skilled trades workers
    • Reduce risk of injury while on the job through proper training
    • Receive “Certification of Completion” after satisfactory completion of the program
    • Periodic pay increases
    • Upon completion of apprenticeship program and become a journeyworker, receive substantially higher wages
    • Apprentices/Journeyworkers that join respective unions receive healthcare as well as retirement and other benefits

    How do I join an Apprenticeship?

    With the sheer number of apprenticeship programs available in Hawai‘i, there are no set standards for all apprenticeships.  However, most programs have the following minimum requirements:

    • Be at least 16 years of age
    • Be a High School graduate or have GED
    • Pass an industry test for occupation
    • Be physically fit for occupation

    Recruitment Notices:

    Hawaiʻi Apprenticeship Week

    In conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week, Hawaiʻi celebrates Registered Apprenticeship in the state through Hawaiʻi Apprenticeship Week (HAW).

    • HAW 2023 – More information coming soon!
    • Save the Dates! – November 13-17th, there will be different events on certain days of the week.

    For contractors and employers, hiring qualified employees from officially approved, registered apprenticeship programs makes good business sense. By hiring apprentices from an officially approved and registered programs in the State of Hawai‘i, contractors and employers are guaranteed a highly skilled and competent workforce that produces consistent and quality results.

    List of Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs* *This list does not reflect the latest updates on certain programs

    List of Non-Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs

    Career and Technical Education (CTE)

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an educational program that aligns academic standards with technical knowledge and skills to prepare students for careers in current or emerging occupations and further education. CTE is the only educational program in which course content is guided by business and industry input.

    There are a number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at our Hawaii Department of Education High Schools and at our University of Hawaii Community Colleges. CTE programs provide students with the opportunity to gain work experience through hands-on classes, internships, and industry-certification opportunities. CTE programs or Career and Technical Education programs—depending on the school, provides a wide range of learning experiences through different career paths, fields, and industries. From skilled trades such as automotive technology, construction, or electrical contracting, to programs as diverse as agriculture, architecture, business, culinary arts, engineering, healthcare, or veterinary medicine.

    Connect with Maui American Job Center at 808-270-5777. Get expedited help by clicking here.

    View nine career pathways (projected)

    View the list of CTE Programs

    p20hi@hawaii.edu
    (808)956-5606
    2444 Dole Street (Bachman Annex 6) Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822
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    Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference

    September 19-22, 2023 Top scientific conference in space situational/domain awareness

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    Altres Staffing

    Whether you’re looking for a job, needing to find talent, or outsource your HR we have offices across the islands to help out.

    Find a job

    ALTRES has been placing jobseekers at Hawaii’s top companies for over 50 years. Let us help you find a position that’s right for you. Plus, it’s totally FREE to job seekers.

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    We’re the only local staffing company with the expertise to find qualified people your organization truly needs. With offices on Oahu, Big Island and Maui, we’re here to help.

    Outsource Your HR

    Whether your business is just starting out, growing quickly, or fully established, we have HR solutions – including payroll, accounting and benefits – to support your needs.

    (808) 877-5555
    967 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
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    AmeriCorps Hawai`i

    Our Commission has proudly chosen “Serve Hawai‘i with Aloha” as our motto. Our programs and presence throughout Hawai‘i have grown, and we are very proud of the thousands of members that have worked diligently to make our state a better place to live. We are excited about our future, and we hope that our outreach will continue to add value and contribute to promoting community service and volunteerism throughout Hawai‘i.

    AmeriCorps is designed to achieve direct results in addressing the nation’s critical education, human, public safety, and environmental needs at the community level. The program provides meaningful opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their country in organized efforts, fostering civic responsibility, building community, and providing educational opportunity for those who make a substantial commitment to service. Please use this website as a portal for information regarding opportunities or networking to promote our core values illustrated in the Commissions adoption of our Hawai‘i State Plan.  We ask you to partner with us in helping to expand AmeriCorps opportunities throughout Hawai‘i. Please feel free to contact us for any information or questions that you might have.


    AmeriCorps*State

    AmeriCorps*State programs are administered by the Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service. The programs are funded directly from AmeriCorps formerly known as the Corporation for National Service (CNCS) or from Hawaii’s formula grant. The currently funded programs are a mix of new programs (first year funding) and continuing programs (second to third-year funding). These programs focus on advocacy of domestic violence victims, capacity building of parents with disabled children, assisting youth to achieve educational success, access to justice for the poor and working poor, and educational and cultural outreach to private and public school students. AmeriCorps members, mentors, staff and clients are diverse in age, ethnicity, cultures, and traditions.  Click here for more information on AmeriCorps*State Programs in Hawai‘i.

    AmeriCorps*VISTA

    AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.

    AmeriCorps Seniors

    AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers make a difference in their communities. For decades, volunteers age 55+ have been serving their communities through AmeriCorps Seniors programs, led by AmeriCorps, the federal agency for service, volunteering, and civic engagement. Each year, AmeriCorps Seniors engages more than 200,000 older adults in volunteer service through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs, enriching the lives of the volunteers and benefiting their communities. Click here for a list of AmeriCorps Seniors Programs in Hawai‘i.

    Apply for grants & loans through Oahu Agriculture and Conservation Association

    Grants & Loans For Farmers and Ranchers

    OACA provides farmers, ranchers and agriculture organizations with support to grow their businesses. OACA provides one-to-one support in applying for grants and loans. We can assist with funding research, comprehensive grant writing/application development, review of grant applications prior to submission, connecting to lenders and more. Submit our intake form above for assistance.

    ​OACA also connect producers to help with disaster assistance, farm loans, conservation practices, manufacturing, branding and marketing, composting, and infrastructure.

    Click here to see the running list of Grants & Loans For Farmers and Ranchers.

    oahuaca@gmail.com
    P. O. Box 4, 92-1770 Kunia Rd., Kunia, Hawai`i 96759
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    Building Association of Hawai‘i

    Voice of the Construction Industry, promotes members through advocacy & education

    Community Plan Maps

    Strategic planning documents which guide government action & decision-making

    Construction Industry of Maui

    Unifying the building community through active advocacy, communication & education

    County of Maui Department of Agriculture

    Support the development and continued management of a sustainable regional agricultural system for Maui County, to promote resident and ecosystem health and well-being and create a thriving circular agro-economic system that can be a model for the rest of the world.

    808-270-8276
    2154 Kaohu Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Get FREE academic, leadership, workforce training and tools to help you find a job and for healthy living – Goodwill Hawaiiʻs WIOA Youth Program, "Ola I Ka Hana"

    Get FREE training and tools to help you find a job

    Goodwill Hawaii’s Ola I Ka Hana program equips youth with the skills to achieve their academic, employment, and healthy living goals. In a non-traditional classroom setting, youth will acquire the skills necessary to prepare themselves for a successful future. Our individual and group sessions maximize and customize the learning process to each individual learning style. Community service projects provide youth with hands-on experience that develops decision-making skills to help them successfully transition into adulthood. Services are individualized based on the youth and their family input. The frequency of services is determined by individual needs.

    You’ll find help with:
    • Find entry-level work experience
    • Build skills to obtain a High School Equivalency or GED
    • Develop leadership skills
    • Explore post-secondary education opportunities
    • Live a healthier and more positive lifestyle

    Connect with Maui American Job Fair at 808-270-5777
    Discover more details about our program on the informational flyer: Ola I Ka Hana

    SERVICES ARE FREE. WALK-INS WELCOME! Services are at no charge to anyone 18 years or older who meet current eligibility criteria. Call your local American Job Center for details.

    WE ARE OPEN! Monday - Friday 7:45 am - 4:30 pm

    Call to schedule an appointment. Contact us by island for more info on how we can help you achieve your goals: OAHU • BIG ISLAND • MAUI • KAUAI

    Learn more at Goodwill Hawaii's Career Services webpage.

    OAHU: 
    1075 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96814
    Phone: (808) 792-8587 • Fax: (808) 690-9807

    MAUI American Job Center Hawaii
    110 Ala’ihi St. Ste. 209 Kahului, HI 96732
    Phone: (808) 270-5543 • Fax: (808) 443-5831

    250 Alamaha St. Ste. N16B, Kahului, HI 96732
    Phone: (808) 442-8914x2311 • Fax: (808) 443-5831

    BIG ISLAND
    500 Kalanianaole Ave. Ste. 3, Hilo, HI 96720
    Phone: (808) 443-5865 • Fax: (808) 443-5831 74-5599

    Luhia St. #F-4, Luhia Center II, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
    Phone: (808) 443-5865 • Fax: (808) 443-5831

    Get animal support from the East Maui Animal Refuge

    The East Maui Animal Refuge, also known as the Boo Boo Zoo, is a no-kill, non-profit rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals.

    We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Haiku that takes in animals who are orphaned, injured, in distress, or have nowhere else to go.

    Follow us on FaceBook and Instagram. Please contact us through phone (808)495-1591 or via email: teambooboozoo@gmail.com.

    Please see our volunteer opportunities and text Andrea at 808-495-1591 or email teambooboozoo@gmail.com to discuss requirements and schedule a training appointment. Thank you for your interest!

    teambooboozoo@gmail.com
    (808)495-1591
    25 Maluaina Place Haiku, Hawaii 96708
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    Hawaii Business Express (One-Stop Registration)

    Online for State/IRS. Register a business/trade name, GET license, employee income tax withholding number and unemployment insurance ID number.

    Hawaii Business Research Library (HBRL)

    Start-up and established business research assistance: business lists, demographic profiles, market trends, industry analysis, database searches, business ratios and sample business plans.

    library@hisbdc.org
    808-875-5990
    Maui Research & Technology Park, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Ste 264, Kihei, HI 96753
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    Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network, Maui Center (HiSBDC)

    Support services for small or new businesses, training, free advising through professional staff and business professionals, business planning assistance.

    808-875-5990
    Maui Research & Technology Park, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Ste 264, Kihei, HI 96753
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    Hawaii Tourism Authority

    Offering tourism market research, partnership opportunities & industry news

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    HiEmployment

    HiEmployment can expertly identify and place the talent you need — wherever, whenever you need it. Our Hawaii-specific focus, along with decades of business experience in the state, guarantees insight, expertise and relationships that competing recruiting and staffing firms simply cannot match. So whether you are looking for a new CEO or short-term staff, HiEmployment has the people and connections you need to make that next big push to victory.

    If you’re ready to apply for our jobs, please fill out our online employment application to get started!Build A Winning TeamHiEmployment can expertly identify and place the talent you need—wherever, whenever you need it. Our Hawaii-specific focus, along with decades of business experience across the state, guarantees insight, expertise and relationships that competing recruiting and staffing firms simply cannot match. HiEmployment has the people and connections you need to make that next big push to victory.

    A Place For Everyone — From CEOs to Short-Term Staff

    Our Hawaii employment agency can connect you to a short-term job with a Hawaii temp agency or a full-time, permanent position, depending on your unique needs.

    Temporary Staffing: We find talented people, to fulfill an organization's short-term needs, quickly and efficiently.

    Temp-to-Hire: While temporary staffing can be beneficial, we accommodate for the option to hire an employee permanently.

    Permanent Placement: We learn everything we can about our employees and clients to provide lasting and rewarding Hawaii employment matches.

    Consultation Services: Talk to an expert! Whether you’re looking for a new career or looking for short term staff—we can help.

    Executive Search: We recruit executive personnel for clients across all industries.

    Searching For Talent? Visit our Employer Site here

    jobs@hi-employment.com
    808-856-4000
    62 N Market Street, Suite 300, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Indeed

    With Indeed, you can search millions of jobs online to find the next step in your career. With tools for job search, resumes, company reviews and more...

    Job seekers

    Find a career you'll love. Search through over 1 million job postings and explore which careers have the highest job satisfaction, best salaries, and more. Browse top paying jobs.

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    Post a job on Indeed: Get started with a job post that has the potential to be seen by 70.8 million monthly users.

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    Indeed Hiring Lab

    Indeed Hiring Lab creates innovative data insights on the global labor market that inspire new conversations about the state of work. As the economic research arm of Indeed, the world’s number one job site, Hiring Lab is driven by a team of leading economists and data scientists who provide real-time thought leadership on global labor market conditions, including hiring trends, salary information, popular skills, and employer benefits. Hiring Lab analyzes millions of data points across time collected from Indeed’s proprietary job postings, resumes, and job seeker behaviors to reveal emerging trends in the United States and across the world.

    Internal Revenue Service

    Online application (no cost) for Federal Business Identification Number - also known as Employer’s Identification Number (EIN). The Internet ONLINE EIN application is the preferred method for customers to apply for and obtain an EIN. Once the application is completed, the information is validated during the online session, and an EIN is issued immediately

    KUPU

    Empowering Youth, Restoring Land.

    Kupu, meaning to grow, sprout, or increase, connects youth and young adults with opportunities to discover their potential and create a better future for their community, their environment, and themselves. We also support a network of partners who serve youth and ʻāina, helping them achieve their goals.

    Our mission is to empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage pono (integrity) with ke Akua (God), self, and others.

    Nonprofit Kupu provides internships and service-learning opportunities for youth that are designed to build both technical and leadership skills, with an emphasis on conservation, sustainability, and environmental education. Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) programs, which serve youth ages 16-24, provide two to four months of full-time paid work experience paired with mentoring and academic supports. In addition, Kupu’s leadership and fellowship programs place youth and young professionals in a paid position in a single organization for up to a year.  Kupu’s mission is to empower AmeriCorps participants to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity with self and others. Ultimately, Kupu participants in the Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps and the Conservation Leadership Development Program engages teens and young adults in service while teaching them about responsibility, community, and citizenship. At the same time, the work of Kupu participants provides their community with much-needed aid. Kupu participants also become community leaders by recruiting and leading volunteers. Kupu aims to develop strong citizens that will serve the community through the program and beyond.

    Participate

    Kupu operates a dozen programs, ranging from environmental education to paid experiences and on-the-job training in sustainability-focused professions. Participate in a program with Kupu. Join a KUPU Program today.

    Host

    Are you leading a sustainability or conservation organization today? Learn how we can support you while creating opportunities for the next generation. Build your organization’s capacity. Become a Host Site

    info@kupuhawaii.org
    808-735-1221 ext. 1007
    677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1200, Honolulu, HI 96813
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    Kamaʻaina Jobs

    Job Seekers:

    Start your job search by choosing a keyword for the position you are looking for or by choosing a location you are looking to be hired in. New jobs are posted daily. Learn more about how we can find your job together.

    REGISTER Register with KamaainaJobs.com to take full advantage of our services.

    JOB ALERTS As companies post jobs to KamaainaJobs.com, we email them to our Job Alert Subscribers.

    SEARCH JOBS Find the best local jobs, new jobs are posted daily. Don't miss them, register today.

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    Get ready to find your next candidate today. Post your position today and start getting results. Whether you are looking for a software developer or administrative assistant, Kamaaina Jobs is for you. Learn more about why you should post your job with us.

    POST MY JOB We've got what you need when you're looking to hire your next candidate

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    Lokahi Pacific

    Lokahi Pacific develops projects that enrich the economic climate of the county, increases the inventory of affordable and special needs housing, and ensures that residents participate in that enrichment and share in its benefits. Programs offered for start-up businesses include incubator offices, conference room, a training room, and a shared-use, licensed 2-station commercial kitchen in the Lokahi Pacific Business Incubator Program at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center, 62 N. Market St. Ste. 300 Wailuku; call (808) 442-3028.

    808-242-5761
    1935 Main St., Ste. 204, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Lāna‘i 96763

    Directory of Lāna‘i businesses & community resources

    Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce

    Promote the prosperity and resilience of the Lana‘i business community, connectivity to our neighbor islands, and sustainable growth and opportunity for all.

    808-769-6770
    P.O. Box 630730, Lana‘i City, HI 96763
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    Made in Hawaii

    “Buy Hawaiʻi Give Aloha” is now “Made in Hawaiʻi.” This online portal highlights Hawaiʻi-made products and brands. When you buy from Made In Hawaiʻi companies, your money stays here at home, supporting local businesses, creating jobs and strengthening our island economy.

    Maui Business Action Center

    Starting a New Business in Hawaii? Contact Maui BAC to learn how to search a business name; register a business entity, trade name, trademark and service mark; and file online using Hawaii Business Express at https://hbe.ehawaii.gov/.

    bac@dcca.hawaii.gov
    808-243-8679
    Hawaii State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA), Wells Street Professional Center, 2145 Wells St., Ste 106, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui Chamber of Commerce

    Business advocacy, marketing and networking, seminars and training classes, business referrals/resource center, and Made in Maui County products branding program. Presenter of the annual Made in Maui County Festival.

    office@mauichamber.com
    808-244-0081
    62 North Market St., Ste 302, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB)

    MEDB offers business assistance to companies ranging from startups to mature growth companies, with a focus in the innovation and technology sectors. Programs include workshops, training sessions, and one-on-one coaching that support professional development, including topics such as entrepreneurship, capital formation, operations, marketing, business infrastructure, minority-owned certifications, and more. In-person events provide networking opportunities to build business relationships.

    info@medb.org
    808-875-2300
    1305 N. Holopono St., Ste. 1, Kihei, HI 96753
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    Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) – Business Development Center (BDC)

    Maui Island: 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI 96793 • Tel: 808-249-2990 • Email: micro@meoinc.org 

    Molokai Branch: 380 Kolapa Pl., Kaunakakai, HI 96748 • Tel: 808-553-3216 • Email: molokai@meoinc.org

    Micro-Enterprise Loan Program for low- and moderate-income people offering business loans from $500 to $50,000. Also, a six-week entrepreneurial course held six times a year on Maui (four times a year on Moloka‘i), business consulting services, and personal credit improvement programs.

    Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce

    Chamber advances and stimulates interest and participation in the business and professional community to facilitate exchange of information, broaden opportunities and promote growth.

    mauifilipinocc@gmail.com
    P.O. Box 331033, Kahului, HI 96733
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    Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC)

    MFTC offers food science services, as well as workshops and training sessions on food safety, food labeling, exporting to Japan, and other entrepreneurial business support. This nonprofit also oversees the County’s Kahikolu Plan, A Maui Watershed Protection Initiative  to reduce the island’s axis deer population and protect vital watersheds.

    Maui Hotel & Lodging Association

    MHLA represents Maui County’s visitor industry on policymaking and industry-related issues on the county and state government levels and serves as the industry’s liaison to the general public.

    808-244-8625
    85 N Church St, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui Job Corps Center, Makawao

    When it comes to your future, you should have choices. Choose your path, and Hawaii Job Corps will provide you with FREE career training so you can gain the skills and tools you need to be successful. Maui Job Corps Center is located in Makawao, HI. Offering a cafeteria, wellness center and recreation area, Maui Job Corps can offer you a supportive community and safe space.

    At Hawaii Job Corps, students can ...

    ENGAGE: Find a supportive community to lean on.

    LEARN: earn your high school diploma or equivalent and gain skills to be successful in a career.

    EARN: Take your training and education and put them into action.

    Training opportunities: Job Corps offers an on-the-job experience designed to get you workforce-ready. LEARN MORE

    Refer a student: Whether you’re a parent or guardian, school counselor or mentor, we know you want the best for the young person in your life. Job Corps helps them reach their goals, find their purpose and guide them along their journey to a better future. LEARN MORE

    Hire a Job Corps grad: Hardworking. Professionally trained. Experienced. All three phrases describe our Job Corps students. Check out our employer resources to connect with the next generation of industry professionals. LEARN MORE

    Are you eligible?

    Generally, Job Corps students are 16 through 24 years old; low-income individuals; meet citizenship, residency, DACA or other approved status requirements; meet background requirements; are ready and motivated to succeed

    800-733-JOBS
    500 Ike Dr Makawao, HI 96768
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    Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

    Promotes and sustains Hawaiian culture and seeks to improve the socioeconomic status of Native Hawaiians in business. Provides educational and cultural workshops, networking, leadership roles and community service.

    Maui Nui First - Business Directory

    This County of Maui online resource features an extensive list of businesses, products, services and activities that make “Maui Nui” – Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i – no ka oi (the best). Free listings for Maui County businesses.

    Moloka‘i Chamber of Commerce

    Provides business support, networking opportunities, and an environment where members can get together to find collaborative solutions to strengthen their businesses and our island economy and increase our Statewide presence.

    info@molokaichamber.org
    808-658-0608
    40 Ala Malama Avenue, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
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    Moloka‘i Community Services Council

    Provides non-profit sponsorship for human services, charitable programs and community-building projects.

    mcsc@molokai.org
    808-553-3244
    P.O. Box 2047, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
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    Moloka‘i Kuhaʻo Business Center

    Serves as an advocate and vehicle of empowerment for Molokai's families to achieve both individually and collectively financial independence and abundance in the formation of healthy and sustainable businesses.

    808-553-8100
    2 Kamoi St., Ste. 600, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
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    Monster

    Job seekers can search for jobs and find the right fit.

    Search by popular categories, titles, locations, and more. Browse Jobs on Monster.

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    People Ready

    PeopleReady has reimagined and simplified the path that connects people and work. Whether you need workers or you’re looking for new job opportunities, we’re ready to deliver results for you today.FIND JOBS or FIND WORKERS today on People Ready. We are Ready. Access PeopleReady 24/7 with Our JobStack App.

    Find a Job: Take the next step in your job search.

    PeopleReady makes your job search easier. Explore our work opportunities across a wide variety of industries.

    Our game-changing JobStack app gives businesses 24/7 access to qualified local talent, while job seekers can accept jobs that work around their schedule.

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    3111-br@peopleready.com
    1 808-877-7886
    325 Hukilike St 1, Kahului, HI, United States, Hawaii
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    Pulama Lāna‘i

    Land & resource management company promoting preservation, progress & sustainability on Lāna‘i. They develop solutions ranging from conservation programs to hydroponic gardening to freshwater systems that serve both residents and guests.

    Business/Employee Training

    ALU LIKE, Inc.

    Alu Like provides “kokua” to Native Hawaiians who are committed to achieving their own potential. Their mission is to kōkua Hawaiian Natives committed to achieving their potential for themselves, their families and their communities.

    • Youth employment and training opportunities for Native Hawaiian, Native American, and Alaska Native youth ages 14-24
    • Take advantage of the Hana Lima Scholarship Program

    Connect with Maui American Job Center at 808-270-5777. Get expedited help by clicking here.

    Alu Like, Inc. Services:

    Ho‘āla Hou – High Risk Reduction: The Ho‘āla Hou Department continue to provide on-going substance free activities at various schools statewide and partner with other local agencies

    Ho‘omānea ‘Ōiwi – Employment & Training: The Ho‘omānea ‘Ōiwi Department provides outreach, intake, assessment, career counseling, work experience, occupational skills training, educational & tuition assistance, tutoring and internships.

    Ka Ipu Kā‘eo – CTE & Scholarships: The Ka Ipu Kā‘eo Department consists of programs relating to fostering and furthering education for Native Hawaiians, specifically in the area of vocational, or career and technical education and training, which includes technology, natural resources, health and culinary arts.

    Kūlia Like – Individual & Family Stability: ūlia Like looks to strengthen individual’s and families’ economic situations. Services provided are to enhance skills to make financial and survival decisions towards self-sufficiency.

    Kumu Kahi – Elderly Services: The mission of the Kumu Kahi Department is to advocate for and support Native Hawaiian elderly in enriching and enhancing their lives by preserving and restoring their health and well-being, sense of dignity, self-respect and cultural identity.

    Ka Waihona Puke ‘Ōiwi – Native Hawaiian Library: The Ka Waihona Puke ‘Ōiwi offers library resources for adults and children. Our collections include basic references and reading material, a Native Hawaiian research collection, and a unique collection of quilt patterns.

    info@alulike.org
    808.535.6700
    Hale O Nā Limahana, 2969 Mapunapuna Place, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96819
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    American Job Center & Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC)

    The Maui American Job Center provides individualized career pathways, education and training opportunities, employment support and services, and HireNet Hawai‘i support. The American Job Center is located within the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui County Service Center.

    • There is no charge for services.  
    • Public computer access for HireNet registration and resume updates
    • Employment counselors on-site
    • Support services and training available for qualified participants
    • One-Stop-Shop for a variety of free community services
    • Job Fairs, informational sessions, resource and outreach events
    • Veterans receive priority of services

    For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit us in person or give us a call.

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    *Closed for Holidays

    808-270-5770
    Maui County Service Center, 110 ʻAlaʻihi St, Ste 209, Kahului, HI 96732
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    Apply for General Excise Tax (GET) exemptions and tax credit through the Enterprise Zones (EZ) Partnership Program

    About the Business Development & Support Division (BDSD)

    Under the State of Hawaiʻi's Business, Economic Development & Tourism's (DBEDT), the Business Development & Support Division (BDSD) promotes industry development and diversification in Hawaii by supporting existing and emerging industries; attracting new investment and businesses that can create more high-skilled, quality jobs in the State; increasing exports of Hawaii products and services; expanding Hawaii’s participation in global trade and commerce; by supporting small business and community-based organizations; and building resiliency to downturn in defense industry spending.

    EZ OVERVIEW

    The Enterprise Zones (EZ) Partnership Program gives State & County benefits to companies in an effort to stimulate business activity, job preservation, and job creation in areas where they are most appropriate or most needed. If your business meets the eligibility requirements and you enroll in the program you can reduce your State taxes and receive other county benefits for up to seven years!

    EZ BENEFITS

    State Benefits

    Businesses which satisfy annual requirements will qualify for the following State tax benefits for up to seven consecutive years:

    • 100% exemption from the General Excise Tax (GET)
      • The GET exemption applies only to revenues from EZ-eligible activities
      • Licensed contractors are also exempt from GET on construction done for an EZ enrolled business at their EZ company site
    • An 80% non-refundable State income tax credit the first year
      • This non-refundable credit goes down 10% each year for 6 more years – ending at 20%
    • An additional non-refundable income tax credit equal to 80% of annual Unemployment Insurance premiums the first year
      • This non-refundable credit goes down 10% each year for 6 more years – ending at 20%

    NOTE: The two non-refundable income tax credits combined may not exceed 100% of income tax owed to the State.

    County Benefits

    Each county offers eligible businesses additional benefits.

    Honolulu County

    • Two-year exemption from any increase in property taxes resulting from new construction by EZ firms at their EZ sites
    • Waiver of building and grading permit fees for enrolled EZ firms

    Hawaii County

    • Three-year exemption from any increase in property taxes resulting from new construction by EZ firms at their EZ sites

    Kauai County (Kauai & Niihau)

    • Priority business permit processing

    Maui County (Maui, Lanai, and Molokai)

    • Priority business permit processing

    Additional options for Manufacturing and Agricultural Businesses:

    • EZ tax credits and exemptions may be extended for businesses engaged in the manufacturing of tangible personal property or in the production or processing of agricultural products, for an additional three years
    • Allow the receipts and sales of a business’s establishment in all enterprise zones located within the same county to count towards qualification requirements.

    EZ ELIGIBILITY

    Companies must meet the following requirements:

    1. Your company must reside in one of the EZ locations
    2. At least half of a firm’s annual gross income must be from one or more of the following activities:
      • Agricultural production or processing
      • Manufacturing
      • Wholesaling/Distribution
      • Aviation or maritime repair or maintenance
      • Telecommunications switching and delivery systems
      • Information technology design and production
      • Medical research and clinical trials
      • For-profit training programs in international business management or environmental remediation
      • Biotechnology research, development, production, or sales
      • Repair or maintenance of assisted technology equipment
      • Certain types of call centers
      • Wind energy producers

    Other businesses are not eligible, including retailers and some professional services. Contractors (firms which build, maintain, or repair real estate, such as custodial, construction, painting, electrical, and plumbing firms) also are ineligible to enroll in the EZ program.

    EZ LOCATIONS

    Each county may select up to six zones for approval by the Governor. Zones exist for 20 years each. Zones may also be expanded to include adjacent eligible areas during the zone’s 20-year existence. 20 zones currently exist statewide.

    State of Hawaii

    View a statewide map of all zone locations in Hawaii.

    Honolulu County

    View a map of Honolulu County zones

    • North Shore – Wahiawa – Mililani
    • Waipio
    • Leeward – Pearl City – Ewa – Central Oahu
    • Urban Honolulu
    • Waimanalo

    Hawaii County

    View a map of Hawaii County zones

    • Hamakua
    • Hilo-Puna
    • Kau
    • Kona
    • North Kohala

    Kauai County (Kauai & Niihau)

    View a map of Kauai County zones

    • North Shore Kauai
    • Kapaa
    • South Central Kauai
    • West Kauai

    Maui County (Maui, Molokai, & Lanai)

    View a map of Maui County zones

    • Molokai
    • Lanai
    • Greater Maui
    • West Maui

    To see if your business is located within a zone, please see the Hawaii Office of Planning interactive GIS Maps: http://histategis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=3f874cf1bee84b169fe69f4c99a4eec5

    EZ ENROLLMENT

    To enroll in the EZ program complete the following steps:

    1. Confirm your company meets the Eligibility Requirements
    2. Create an eHawaii.gov Account. Need help? Watch the video to learn how.
    3. Go to the Enrollment Application For Businesses, login to your eHawaii.gov Account, and complete the form

    Once complete, DBEDT will verify that your business is EZ-eligible and will then forward your application to your County EZ Coordinator. You will be notified by mail if your EZ application is approved. If approved, your  84-month period of eligibility will usually begin on the first day of the month following your approval date.

    ANNUAL REQUIREMENTS

    All companies within the EZ program are required to do the following:

    • Be sure your eHawaii.gov Account is linked to your company account. Please do the following:
    • Complete the End-of-Year Report at the end of each tax year.
      • DBEDT will review the report to determine if your business has satisfied the EZ hiring or for agricultural businesses, gross receipts requirements. Upon approval, DBEDT will issue a certification letter to your company and notify the County.
    • Allocate and apportion gross receipts from EZ-eligible activities that take place in the county throughout each tax year. Eligible activities include: manufacturing; wholesaling; agriculture; aviation and maritime cleaning, repair, and maintenance; telecommunications switching and delivery systems; information technology design and production; medical research, clinical trials, and telemedicine; and/or for-profit training programs in international business management or environmental remediation.
    • Track of the number of full-time employees during each pay period throughout each tax year (Full-time = 20 or more hours per week per pay period). Leased employees working 20 or more hours per week may be counted as full-time employees.
    • Attach copies of the certification letter to your State General Excise Tax reconciliation form and your State income tax return.
    • Complete and attach State Tax Department Form 756 (enterprise zones tax credit) to the State income tax return.
    • Contact your county EZ coordinator for instructions on how to claim the county’s EZ tax benefits, if applicable.

    The Enterprise Zones Program recognizes that small family-run agricultural businesses may not necessarily employ full-time workers other than their family. As such, agricultural businesses:

    • May increase gross sales by 2% annually in lieu of meeting the hiring requirements
    • May use income from value-added products (retail and wholesale) for certification purposes only
    • In the event of a natural disaster, agricultural producers and processors may apply for EZ benefits by completing the annual Force Majeure Event Claim Application.

    After a company completes seven (7) years in the EZ program they are graduated and cannot re-enroll. Agricultural production and manufacturing companies, however, can apply for a 3-Year Extension.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    State EZ Coordinator: (808) 586-2582

    For more information on county benefits, contact your County EZ Coordinator:

    • Honolulu County: (808) 768-4932
    • Hawaii County: (808) 961-8375
    • Kauai County: (808) 241-4948
    • Maui County (including Molokai & Lanai): (808) 270-7710

    EZ Brochure

    EZ Annual Reports

    Hawaii Revised Statutes for EZ

    Hawaii Administrative Rules for EZ

    Click here to see our EZ Success Stories

    CONTACT AND INFORMATION REQUESTS

    Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

    Business Development & Support Division

    No. 1 Capital District Building
    250 South Hotel Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

    Phone: (808) 587-2750

    (808) 587-2750
    No. 1 Capital District Building, 250 South Hotel Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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    Apply for a $5,000 grant from the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program

    The Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program was established by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with American Express and with support from Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, to support disaster recovery in Maui through grants to small businesses impacted by the devastating Maui wildfires of August 2023.  

    In collaboration with the Maui Chamber of Commerce and LahainaTown Action Committee, the program will provide $5,000 grants and business coaching to 100 small businesses to help them recover and build long-term resilience in the face of economic challenges.

    Grants

    To be eligible for a $5,000 grant, businesses must:

    -Employ at least three (3) but no more than twenty (20) individuals (including owners)

    -Have at least one physical location or online business in Maui established on or prior to August 1, 2023

    -Have experienced financial loss due to the Maui wildfires

    -Not have sufficient financial resources to cover the business damage/loss that their business experienced as a result the Maui wildfires  

    -Meet all other eligibility criteria specified in the application

    See more on eligibility here, including ineligible businesses. Other Terms and Conditions apply.

    It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of their status by June 15, 2024. For more information, visit our FAQs.

    Business Coaching

    Grantees must attend monthly sessions aimed at providing business owners with strategies on how to rebuild and grow their business.

    These sessions will cover all aspects of building a stronger, more resilient business, including the role of disaster preparedness plans, informed by the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s educational resources. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

    Deadline

    Eligible business owners can apply for the grant, between April 17 and May 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. HDT.  

    The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59PM HDT.

    Apply Now

    Complete this application for the chance to be selected for the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. HDT.

    ⁠⁠To apply, visit: ⁠https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/solutions/maui-small-business-recovery-grant-program or click here to Start Application.

    For any questions, contact resilience@uschamber.com. 

    Related Links

    Apply for and Post job openings for the people of Maui via Hire Maui

    HireMaui is a free community initiative to support thousands of residents suddenly left unemployed after the tragic wildfires on Maui. HireMaui provides a chance for displaced workers to get back on their feet and local companies to fill much needed positions.

    The personal and economic consequences of sudden unemployment under tragic circumstances are profound. HireMaui is here to connect people with organizations who are ready to welcome them as employees.

    Click here to find jobs and apply for temporary or long-term positions across the state

    • Have a job opening you'd like to post? Register to start listing jobs today to find capable workers for positions you need to fill now.

    For additional information and resources on Maui disaster relief, including financial, mental health, housing, and more, visit our Maui Resouces page.

    HireMaui is a community initiative powered by the ALTRES Foundation in partnership with State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and other community partners.

    Apply for the Maui Relief Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for families with dependent children

    In partnership with the state Department of Human Services, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is administering the Maui Relief TANF Program that will provide help with housing, auto and utility payments and other expenses for income-eligible families with children who were directly impacted by the Aug. 8 wildfires.

    The Maui Relief TANF Program “Program” provides benefits to eligible families with dependent children with household incomes at or below 350% of the federal poverty level* who either experienced property damage or loss, or lost earnings or employment as a direct result of the wildfire disaster. The Program benefits are not intended to meet a family’s recurring needs and will not extend beyond four (4) months.

    Rental and mortgage, utilities, and auto down payment on a new vehicle and loan payment assistance are available, as well as gift cards for clothing and school supplies.

    Families with dependent children in their household, directly and indirectly impacted by the wildfires and earning less than 350 percent of the poverty level (which for a family of four is $120,750 annually) are eligible for the benefits.

    U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

    Applications are accepted online and in-person:

    • In person: The Maui Relief TANF Program, which launched on Oct. 20, continues to accept applications in-person at MEO offices in Wailuku. Applications are accepted in-person at MEO’s Wailuku office: 99 Mahalani St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (except holidays). Applicants should bring required documents with them.

    • Online: The application for the Maui Relief TANF Program can be accessed from the MEO website. To apply for the Maui Relief TANF Program, go to www.meoinc.org and go to the Maui Relief TANF program under “Quick Links” or click this link directy.

    For more information, leave a message on the Maui Relief TANF Program phone line at (808) 243-4404 and staff will return the call.

    Families must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be a Hawai‘i resident.
    • Have at least one dependent child, up to age 24 years who is under the care of a relative.
    • Impacted by the Aug.  8 wildfires with property loss or damage or loss of earnings or job.
    • Family’s annual gross income is no more than 350 percent of the 2023 Hawai‘i federal poverty level, which is $79,380 for a family of two or $120,750 for a family of four.

    The relief payments include:

    • One-time deposit and payments of up to four months for long-term (at least 12 months) housing. Monthly payments are based on the actual housing cost, up to $4,000.
    • One-time personal automobile down payment of up to $5,000.
    • Personal automobile loan payments for up to four months, based on actual cost, up to $500 per month.
    • One-time utility deposit of up to $2,000 and utility payments of up to four months, with a maximum of $750 per month, which both may be applied toward multiple utility sources.
    • Clothing allowance up to $350 per child under 18 years old and up to $500 for children ages 18 to 24 years and adults.
    • School supply allowance up to $300 for each school-age child.

    A family may apply for benefits based on their current needs. The benefits received may not duplicate other emergency and disaster relief assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross or other disaster assistance organization.

    For more information about the Maui Relief TANF Program, call 808-243-4404 or email nrst@meoinc.org.

    MEO operates the program in partnership with the state Department of Human Services and Hawaii Community Foundation.

    Attend online work skills workshop through State of Hawai'i Job Fairs and Training Opportunities

    Enhance your workplace success with our new online courses: Helpful, Useful, & Basic (H.U.B.) Workplace Skills and Learning Platform

    Are you looking to quickly learn about basic skills you may need on the job?  The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), Workforce Development Division (WDD) Learning Platform might be for you.

    It is a free online learning area available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll be able to find recordings and learn helpful, useful, and basic (H.U.B.) practices about a variety of subjects. Our goal is to help make your job search and work easier by connecting you with H.U.B. Tips & Strategies. Here’s a list of our current resources within the H.U.B. Learning Platform:

    Job H.U.B. Workshops – Explore a number of different computer skills and subjects – Google Docs, Google Drive, Email, Internet & Web, and Zoom

    Job H.U.B. Summit – Hear insights and strategies focused on a jobseeker’s journey of Finding You, Finding the Job for You, and Taking Action & Getting the Job.

    Work Skills H.U.B. Workshop* Resources – Access the learning resources for the face-to-face workshop.

    Staff H.U.B. Workshops – Open to DLIR staff and their partners across Hawaii. Email request to sheila.g.buyukacar@hawaii.gov. Learn from these “Figuring it Out” workshops about a variety of digital capabilities used in the workplace – current recordings in Microsoft Teams, PowerPoint & Meetings and Zoom.

    Click here to register for the H.U.B. Platform

    Find a job to help with Maui recovery through Hoʻola Maui job portal

    Employment Opportunities

    Hoʻōla Maui NHOs are accepting applications for the positions on their Hoʻola job postings page. We encourage Maui residents to review the position descriptions and qualifications and apply immediately to the postings on the Hoʻola job postings page. Some positions do not require prior experience and training will be provided.

    For job inquiries, please contact employment@hoolamaui.com

    View Application Portal

    Join the Hoʻōla Maui Jobs Interest Form: Please complete this form to receive email updates on position availability and hiring. SIGN UP

    Preference will be given to local organizations, firms, and individuals under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

    Find a paid internship through the State of Hawaiʻi's Hele Imua internship program

    Paid Internships today. Quality Jobs Tomorrow. Earn while you learn, get on-the-job training, and gain work experience. No experience necessary.

    Hele Imua is a 12-week internship opportunity for the State of Hawaiʻi. The purpose of this program is to provide eligible candidates exposure to various high-demand occupations in state government that may transition into gainful employment within Hawaii’s labor market. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) Workforce Development Division (WDD).

    These services are 100% federally funded under a QUEST grant to the State of Hawaii.

    Intern Applicant Forms for State Internship

    Please email both completed application forms, a current resume, and a cover letter between 250 and 500 words to your WDD local office as follows:

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

    Host Agency – State Department/Division (Employer)

    DLIR WDD seeks to partner with state departments and divisions that can offer real on-the-job work experience, training, and supervision for select interns of the Hele Imua program.  Interns may conduct duties that are the same or similar to those of your current employees.  This program is intended to prepare interns for a possible career in state government and offers job seekers an inside look and feel of what it is like to work for a state agency while at the same time allowing you the opportunity to stretch your resources further with the assistance of one or more interns.

    Interns will be registered with the DLIR payroll system and will be paid by DLIR.  There is no cost to the employer with the exception of time for supervision and the cost of supplies necessary for the intern to complete assigned tasks and duties.  The Hele Imua Program will offer each selected intern a duration of up to 12 consecutive weeks to complete their internship with the possibility of extension.

    Please email an intern position description (one paragraph) to:  dlir.wdd.intern@hawaii.gov

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

    Find disaster relief resources with Aloha United Way 211 Resource Helpline

    Aloha United Way 211 Resource Helpline: Our 211 helpline specialists are ready to help. CALL 211 or TEXT for assistance.

    We stand United for Maui. As we move forward through these difficult times, our commitment to building a more resilient community is more needed than ever.

    Visit Maui United Way's website for more information on current Maui Fire Disaster Relief efforts.

    View Aloha United Way's map of vetted Maui Disaster Resources

    Search our database for vetted resources

    Aloha United Way’s 211 service is Hawai’i’s only comprehensive statewide information and referral helpline. Our 211 Specialists are specifically trained to help you find food, shelter, financial assistance, childcare, parenting support, kūpuna care, disability services, and health services related to COVID-19 and vaccinations.

    Search Services by Category:

    Aging and Disabilities: Deafness and Blindness • Assistive Technology • Therapy • Advocacy • Senior and Older Adults

    Education: Educational Programs • Schools/Institutions • School Supplies

    Crisis: Domestic Violence • Crisis Services • Disaster Resources

    Financial: Utility Assistance • Money Management • Rent Assistance

    Employment: Job Preparation and Training • Job Search

    Family and Children: Youth Development • Child Care • Parenting Support

    Food: Emergency Food • Food Collection and Outlets • Meals

    Healthcare: Health Insurance • COVID-19 • Dental Care • Health Facilities

    Housing/Shelter: Housing Expense Assistance • Emergency Housing • Permanent Housing

    Legal: Courts • Law Enforcement • General Legal Services

    Transportation: Local Transportation • Long Distance Transportation • Transportation Expense Assistance • Transportation Passes • Travelers Assistance

    Mental Health and Addiction: Mental Health Care Facilities • Mental Health Assessment & Treatment • Mental Health Support Services • Substance Use Disorder Services

    Find help and search through 4,000 local resources in Hawai'i - Aloha United Way 211

    Aloha United Way 211

    From "hello" to help. We've got you covered with over 4,000 local resources. AUW 2-1-1 is Hawaiʻi's only statewide helpline connecting you with resources you need. Whether you need information and resources or immediate emergency assistance, our 211 Helpline Specialists are available to guide you. Based on your needs and location, we can find helpful resources that you can take advantage of right away.

    What do you need help with?

    To find resources outside of Hawaii, use your state’s 211. Find your local 211.

    How can we help?

    Select a method that works best for you. When you call, a live voice is on the other end - ready to help.

    call

    Call 2-1-1

    or local: 808-275-2000
    toll-free: 1-877-275-6569

    For better results, please be ready to provide your zip code, age, and gender identity.

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    Text "Help"

    to: 877-275-6569

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    Click here to search our online Resource Database to find help you need!

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    Search Service by Category

    Aging and Disabilities

    Senior and Older Adults

    Assistive Technology

    Therapy

    Deafness and Blindness

    Advocacy

    Crisis

    Domestic Violence

    Crisis Services

    Disaster Resources

    Education

    Educational Programs

    Schools/Institutions

    School Supplies

    Employment

    Job Preparation and Training

    Job Search

    Family and Children

    Child Care

    Parenting Support

    Youth Development

    Financial

    Utility Assistance

    Money Management

    Rent Assistance

    Food

    Emergency Food

    Food Collection and Outlets

    Meals

    Healthcare

    Health Insurance

    COVID-19

    Dental Care

    Health Facilities

    Housing/Shelter

    Emergency Housing

    Permanent Housing

    Housing Expense Assistance

    Legal

    Courts

    Law Enforcement

    General Legal Services

    Mental Health and Addiction

    Mental Health Care Facilities

    Mental Health Assessment & Treatment

    Mental Health Support Services

    Substance Use Disorder Services

    Transportation

    Local Transportation

    Long Distance Transportation

    Transportation Expense Assistance

    Transportation Passes

    Travelers Assistance

    AUW's 211 Helpline employs dedicated staff to curate and maintain resource data and programs. We are the best and most-trusted source of social service resources in the state of Hawaiʻi.  We will assist to connect 211 users with resources that best fit their geography and need.

    info@mauiunitedway.org
    211
    P.O. Box 275 Kahului, HI 96733
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    Free OSHA, HAZMAT, and HAZWOPER Certification Classes for Maui Residents via the Hawaiian Trades Academy - Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

    The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is launching a comprehensive workforce development program to provide Maui residents with OSHA construction, HAZMAT, and HAZWOPER certifications.

    This program seeks to equip local Maui residents with the necessary skills, training, and certifications that are necessary to actively participate in recovery efforts and good paying jobs, ensuring safety, efficiency, and long-term community resilience. Future additional training in the construction and transportation fields will also be made available. Additional classes, including Commercial Drivers Licensing (CDL), will soon be announced.

    Classes will begin September 15, 2023 and are free for all Maui residents. Class schedules and times TBA.

    If you are interested in these classes, please sign up using the Work Training Form here to help us identify the community's immediate workforce needs and interest.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a Work Training Sign-Up Form to sign up for upcoming classes and to receive announcements about future programs. A formal application will be opened for enrollment at a later time. Mahalo.

    In response to community concerns about keeping jobs in Hawai‘i for local businesses and workers, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement has pivoted its Hawaiian Trades Academy to focus on workforce development with the launch of its Maui Workforce Development Program.

    For more information, email kakoomaui@hawaiiancouncil.org or call (808) 204-2722.

    Get FREE employment, education, and training services from Goodwill Hawaii

    GOODWILL PROGRAMS

    (updated Dec 19, 2023)

    Goodwill Hawaiʻi was recently awarded a new one-year contract by the State of Hawaiʻi DLIR Office of Community Services to provide Employment Core Services to Lahaina’s immigrant population or any other Maui resident who was displaced from work as a direct or indirect result of the Maui fires in August.

    Job seekers who enroll in the program will be paired with a Goodwill employment counselor and together they will develop an individualized action plan including specific supports needed to obtain the desired job. Supports can include translation services for non-English speakers, updating resumes, preparing for job interviews, and vocational training assistance.

    Goodwill also provides wrap-around services for all of its clients, ranging from tax preparation to financial literacy training and other social and human services.

    Statewide Goodwill Hawaiʻi assists more than 7,000 people annually, including low-income families, adults with disabilities, immigrants, reintegrating individuals, at-risk youth and others with employment, educational, financial literacy and social services. For more info, visit www.goodwillhawaii.org.

    Career Services

    DO YOU NEED HELP FINDING A JOB OR WANT TO ADVANCE IN YOUR CAREER?

    It can be difficult to support yourself and your family if you do not have the right education, training and resources. Our employment counselors will work with you for FREE to identify, prepare for and land the job or career that you’ve always dreamed of. Some services are based on eligibility and location.

    We will provide one-on-one help for Maui residents who’ve been displaced from work or have experienced a loss of income. Goodwill employment counselors will work together with job seekers to develop an individualized action plan including specific supports needed to obtain the desired job.

    Job seekers needing assistance can visit the Goodwill office in Kahului (250 Alamaha Street, Suite N16B).

    EMAIL: rsaludares@higoodwill.org

    CALL: 808-443-5870 ext. 1470 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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    To schedule an appointment, contact us by island for more info on how we can help you achieve your goals: 

    OAHU • BIG ISLAND • MAUI • KAUAI

    SERVICES ARE FREE. WALK-INS WELCOME!

    Services are at no charge to anyone 18 years or older who meet current eligibility criteria. Call your local American Job Center for details.

    WE ARE OPEN! Monday - Friday 7:45 am - 4:30 pm

    Job seekers needing assistance can visit the Goodwill office in Kahului (250 Alamaha Street, Suite N16B)

    Email rsaludares@higoodwill.org or call 808-443-5870 ext. 1470 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

    Learn more at Goodwill Hawaii's Career Services webpage.

    Goodwill also provides wrap-around services for all of its clients, ranging from tax preparation to financial literacy training and other social and human services.

    The Adult & Dislocated Worker program is designed to help workers get back to work as quickly as possible and overcome barriers to employment. When individuals become dislocated workers as a result of job loss, mass layoffs, global trade dynamics, or transitions in economic sectors, the Dislocated Worker program provides services to assist them in re-entering the workforce:

    • Working individuals terminated or laid-off
    • Individuals employed at a facility that will close within 180 days
    • Displaced spouses of the military or displaced homemakers
    • Displaced by natural disasters or economic conditions
    • Identify a career pathway
    • Develop a specialized employment plan
    • Learn about the local job market and opportunities
    • Get tuition assistance for online and in-person course
    • Access job readiness training
    • Keep your job and earn a promotion
    • Acquire tools to become self-sufficent

    WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program equips adults and others displaced from their job with the tools they need to secure and maintain competitive employment.   Our dedicated and trained employment counselors provide each participant with one-on-one guidance and job-coaching to assist in achieving their employment and career goals. Services are individualized based on your input and frequency of services is determined by your needs. Call your Local American Job Center for upcoming training schedule and the next available start date.

    808-443-5870 ext. 1470
    2610 Kilihau Street Honolulu, HI 96819-2020
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    Get FREE workforce training classes from CNHA's Hawaiian Trades Academy for Maui residents interested in clean-up and rebuild-related jobs

    Free Workforce Training Classes for Maui Residents

    CNHAʻs Hawaiian Trades Academy is offering free workforce training classes to Maui residents interested in clean-up and rebuild-related jobs. Check out below for our active programs and application link to apply.

    We continually seek community feedback to stay informed of immediate workforce needs / interest, which helps us plan for more or new programs. Fill out the Interest Form below to let us know what program(s) you are interested in.

    Sign-Up Form

    About Hawaiian Trades Academy

    The Hawaiian Trades Academy launched in 2019 to provide workforce development for economically and socially disadvantaged communities. The program goal is to raise the household income of families in Hawaiʻi.

    Since its inception in 2019, the Hawaiian Trades Academy has received over $1.3M in grants; delivered 12 academies spanning Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Oʻahu; and, serviced over 390 students in Carpentry, CDL, Fire, Police, and Solar academies. We are exploring more programs to deliver across the pae ʻāina.

    Accelerator classes take place over an 8-14-week span. Participants learn and develop trade skills, gain mentoring, and leave the program with numerous certifications, like CDL licenses, OSHA-10 certification, respiratory and/or First Aid training. All programs include financial empowerment and Hawaiʻi culture education, and job placement assistance.

    Am I a good fit?

    Eligibility

    • 18 years and older (specific age requirements may apply for certain programs)
    • Hawaiʻi resident
    • Interested/passionate in starting a trade career
    • Looking to learn new skills and change careers

    Fill out the interest form below to receive future announcements and notifications about upcoming programs. INTEREST FORM

    Aloha, mahalo for your interest in our Maui CDL-A licensing program. If you are interested in attending a Maui CDL-A training class, please fill out our Maui Workforce Development application and select CDL-A as an interest. We will reach out to you from there. Should you have any questions, please contact us at trades@hawaiiancouncil.org. Mahalo.

    SIGN-UP FORM

    Get individual disability assistance from the Hawaii Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

    State VR programs provide VR services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in competitive integrated employment or supported employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

    • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides services to Hawai’i community members who experience barriers to employment due to a physical or cognitive disability.
    • Designed to assist job seekers with disabilities prepare, secure, and retain competitive employment in an integrated work setting.
    • Furnishes the finest resources and opportunities for training, support, and career placement. Productive partnerships with other state agencies, private non-profits, and employers pave the way for our consumers to find successful employment with the reality of competitive wages.

    Under the WIOA, DVR has embraced initiatives to invest in the skills of students with disabilities along with their families, as well as disenfranchised youth, as they access opportunities to become self-sufficient adults in tomorrow’s workforce. DVR remains committed to partnering with Hawai‘i’s employers to reinforce networks of support so participants can achieve their hopes and aspirations for meaningful employment and thrive as active citizens in our community.

    DVR’s offices on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i, are accessible statewide within our communities in order to meet the needs of those individuals seeking our services.

    Get job/employment assistance from Wagner-Peyser Employment Services through the American Job Center Hawaii

    The Wagner-Peyser Employment Service focuses on providing a variety of services including job search assistance, help getting a job referral, and placement assistance for job seekers. Additionally, re-employment services are available for unemployment insurance claimants, as well as recruitment services to employers with job openings.The “Welcome Team” offers programs such as:

    • Objective Personal Assessment that identifies qualifying barriers to employment
    • Skills Assessments
    • Competency Testing
    • Career Interest Surveys
    • Pathway Planning
    • Trade Act Assistance (TAA) Disability and Education Initiative

    Unemployment Insurance Call Center (for all UI claims):

    • 1-808-762-5751 or 1-808-762-5752
    • 1-833-901-2272 or 1-833-901-2275

    American Job Center Hawaii – Oahu
    Dole Cannery Complex

    680 Iwilei Road, Suite 700, Honolulu, HI 96817
    Map Directions  |  Ph: (808) 768-5701  | Website

    American Job Center Hawaii – Hawaii Island
    Hilo (NEW LOCATION)                                                                            

    88 Kanoelehua Avenue, Suite A-204, Hilo, HI 96720
    Map Directions  |  Ph: (808) 935-6527  | Website

    American Job Center Hawaii – Maui
    Kahului

    110 Ala’ihi Street, Suite 209, Kahului, HI 96732
    Map Directions  |  Ph: (808) 270-5777 | Website

    American Job Center Hawaii – Kauai
    Lihue

    4444 Rice St. #302, Lihue, HI 96766
    Map Directions  | Ph: (808) 274-3056  |  Fax: (808) 274-3059

    Get small businesses export development help to expand your sales with the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP)

    What is HiSTEP?

    Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program, known as HiSTEP, is a comprehensive program designed to assist Hawaii small businesses with their export development. The goal is to increase the number of small businesses that want to export as well as the value of exports for those small businesses that currently export. Today it is easier than ever for companies, regardless of size, to sell goods and services across the globe and this program can help achieve that.

    HiSTEP has three integrated components:

    1. Export Readiness Program (HiSTEP-ERP): The Export Readiness Program (HiSTEP-ERP) is a training and advising program to prepare Hawaii companies to begin or expand their export market development. The program includes one-on-one export business advising and export training seminars. HiSTEP-ERP is open to all types of businesses considering exporting. At the conclusion of the program, companies will have a go-to-market strategy and export plan. View the current list of seminars scheduled for the HiSTEP program here.
    2. Market Entry and Expansion Activities (MEEA) (Formerly HiSTEP-HP): Market Entry and Expansion Activities (MEEA), Formerly Hawaiʻi Pavilions (HiSTEP-HP), is a program that creates opportunities for Hawaiʻi companies to sell in overseas markets, either through digital platforms or via in-person trade shows.

      Makuake is Japan’s leading pre-sales e-commerce platform that enables Hawaiʻi companies to promote new products to Japanese consumers. Ongoing: Makuake, Japan (CONSUMER)

      Interested companies should first register for HiSTEP and review the information here. Please email lyle.h.fujikawa@hawaii.gov and scott.t.tome@hawaii.gov.

      MEEA trade shows include but are not limited to:

    3. Company Assistance (HiSTEP-CA): The Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program – Company Assistance (HiSTEP–CA) is designed to increase exports of Hawaii produced goods and services by assisting individual Hawaii companies  with export market development activities such as participation in trade shows and missions.

    HiSTEP is supported by a grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

    The 2024 HiSTEP Registration is now open. Please fill out the 2024 HiSTEP Registration Form.

    There is no cost to register and no obligation to participate in any of the HiSTEP activities. Once registered, you will be paired with one of our HiSTEP partners for an initial consultation. You only need to fill it out once, but we use other online forms for all HiSTEP activities.

    Read more about HiSTEP:

    HiSTEP Resources

    CONTACT AND INFORMATION REQUESTS

    Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

    Business Development & Support Division

    Address:

    No. 1 Capital District Building
    250 South Hotel Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

    Phone: (808) 587-2750

    (808) 587-2750
    No. 1 Capital District Building, 250 South Hotel Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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    HireNet Hawai'i

    Hirenet Hawaiʻi is the largest job database for the state, and is designed with Hawaiʻi’s businesses in mind, catering to both job seekers and employers. HireNet Hawaii also offers apprenticeships and training, labor market information and service locations for the State of Hawaii.

    Job Seekers and Employers: HireNet Hawaii provides a range of employment tools for job seekers and employers in Hawaii. Job seekers can access job listings, create resumes, and explore education and training opportunities on the platform.

    Employer Services: Employers can post job openings, search through resumes to find potential candidates, access industry statistics, and much more on HireNet Hawaii. Employers may also receive direct referrals from HireNet Hawaiʻi’s virtual recruiter to assure they get the best match for their positions. Most importantly, all of these services are available at not cost.

    Comprehensive Job Search: HireNet Hawaii aggregates job listings from various local and national job search websites, making it a one-stop resource for job seekers in Hawaii.

    How to Navigate HireNetHawaii PDF

    Unemployment Insurance Work Registration Instructions PDF

    Resume Builder Instructions PDF

    Equal Opportunity Employer/ProgramAuxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TDD/TTY Dial 711 then ask for (808)586-8844.

    MEO Employment Services

    MEO provides a comprehensive range of services and training to assist low income and legal permanent residents prepare for employment and to help them maintain employment once they are hired.

    Once eligibility, which includes low income and/or legal permanent residency are determined, intake and assessment proceeds.  MEO staff will formally assess each client’s aptitudes, skills, interests, English proficiency, family stability and determine barriers to employment and job security.

    So if you:

    • are looking for work
    • need help getting prepared for an interview
    • need help getting to and from work
    • need a specific skill to get hired or increase your pay
    • don’t know how to create a resume
    • need help with the English language
    • want to participate in a training to make you more employable
    • could benefit from financial literacy

    If you have employment barriers such as being unemployed or underemployed, child care, health care, limited work history, or a criminal record.

    Contact MEO’s Employment Services Specialist:  Jan Cerizo at 808-243-4371 or email janeth.cerizo@meoinc.org

    Vocational Training is also provided through MEO’s Employment Services program.  Clients learn a new skill and become more employable.  The following are photos showing clients who participated in the phlebotomy and nurse aide training.  Upon graduation, they immediately secured employment in the health care field.

    Click here for an MEO Employment Services Application


    (808) 243-4371
    99 Mahalani Street Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui American Job Center

    The American Job Center is your one-stop shop to find FREE services for job seekers and employers, including:

    • Computer access for HireNet registration and resume construction and updates
    • Employment counselors on site
    • Support services and training available for qualified participants
    • Job Fairs & support services for businesses
    • Help with job search
    • Services for individual career planning
    • Training opportunities, support, and assistance with HireNet Hawaii.

    Resume Advice: Before you fill in the blanks, do some research, on what language to use, or Salary Expectations
    Ready to apply for jobs? Find the Right Fit, Industry, or Sector
    Research Companies: Preview Virtual Booths connect with employers with one click.

    Ready to Get Started?

    • Sign in or Register today
    • Job Seekers: Search all Job Listings or Search for an Employer or upload your resume so employers can find YOU!
    • Employers: Post a New Job
    • Veterans: Maui AJC’s offer an array of employment and training services to veterans and other eligible persons. Specialized veteran staff known as the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) & Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) are employed at the AJCs to offer assistance to employers seeking to hire veterans with specific skills and experiences.
    info@mauiajc.com
    808-270-5777
    110 Ala'ihi Street Suite 209 Kahului, HI 96732
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    Maui County Virtual Job Fair

    The County of Maui’s Virtual Job Fair is an online resource for employers seeking workers, and for residents seeking employment and career opportunities. The website provides job search tools, career counseling, and information on career training opportunities, resume building, internships, college certificates/degrees, financial aid opportunities and more.

    This project is a collaboration between the County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development, the Maui County Workforce Development Board and the University of Hawaii Maui College.

    Maui County Virtual Job Fair

    The Maui County Virtual Job Fair has great resources to help you through the process of applying for jobs. In addition to getting your resume and cover letter in good shape, you can also find companies hiring now, research companies that you’re interested in, and determine your value, so you’re ready to negotiate your salary and benefits. There are resources to also help build skills, get training, take courses and earn certificates, get career advice, and financial aid links.

    Job Seekers: 

    Start searching for Maui County jobs
    Search Maui County Employers
    Upload your resume so employers can find YOU!

    Get Training:

    Build Skills – UHMC HO’ĀLA Extended Learning and Workforce Development offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online. All of the courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.

    Connect with ELWD Programs – Courses and certificates are offered in the following programs. Click on a program title to view more information or click the expand icon to view subjects within each program.

    CareerLink – Students seeking assistance with the following: Resume | Cover Letter | Mock Interview | Career Assessment | Job Search Preparation | Cooperative Education | Career Spots Videos – Short video clips of career tips.

    Earn a degree – UHMC Programs of Study

    Career Guidance:

    Get Career Guidance – Academic & Career Counseling Online & Phone Appointments Available. Academic counselors are available to meet online via Zoom as well as by phone during our regular business hours.

    Hana Career Pathways – FREE Renewable Energy & Solar Trainings. Speak with Keisha Nakamura, Hana Lima Project
    Ph: 808-984-3740 Email: keishan@hawaii.edu

    Financial Aid – The UHMC Financial Aid Office is here to help you access higher education and to support your success by minimizing economic barriers and providing financial education.

    Federal Student Aid – Learn the steps for obtaining financial aid.

    Employers: Get featured at the Maui County Virtual Job Fair

    info@mauiajc.com
    808.270.5777
    110 Ala'ihi Street Suite 209 Kahului, HI 96732
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    Quality Jobs, Equity Strategy, and Training (QUEST) Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG)

    The Quality Jobs, Equity Strategy, and Training (QUEST) Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) seeks to help dislocated workers and other eligible participants, including underserved and historically marginalized individuals, develop economic resilience to future economic shocks through employment, training, and entry into high-quality jobs, especially in growing and critical industries.

    To qualify for the QUEST Internship Program, participants must fall into one of the following categories.

    QUEST Eligibility Criteria:

    • Fired or quit a job to take care of family member or because of unsafe working conditions due to COVID pandemic and still unemployed
    • Worked fewer than 30 hours/week for last 4 weeks
    • Had no paid work in your area of training, education, or certification for last 26 weeks
    • Retired or separated from military service within last 36 months
    • Formerly incarcerated
    • Laid off due to lack of work or company closure
    • Self-employed and income was reduced 25% over last six months
    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

    Register for an Apprenticeship Program - State of Hawaii Workforce Development Division

    Registered Apprenticeships are unique long-term training programs that combines On-the-Job Learning with Related Training Instruction, which allow job seekers to learn specialized skills for various trades and occupations.  In Hawai‘i, there are over 100 registered apprenticeship programs available that represent a wide variety of occupations.  After completing training, an apprentice becomes a journeyworker and can earn a higher salary as well as pursue career goals as a foreman, supervisor, contractor, or even set up their own business.

    Benefits of Apprenticeships

    • Learn from highly-trained skilled trades workers
    • Reduce risk of injury while on the job through proper training
    • Receive “Certification of Completion” after satisfactory completion of the program
    • Periodic pay increases
    • Upon completion of apprenticeship program and become a journeyworker, receive substantially higher wages
    • Apprentices/Journeyworkers that join respective unions receive healthcare as well as retirement and other benefits

    How do I join an Apprenticeship?

    With the sheer number of apprenticeship programs available in Hawai‘i, there are no set standards for all apprenticeships.  However, most programs have the following minimum requirements:

    • Be at least 16 years of age
    • Be a High School graduate or have GED
    • Pass an industry test for occupation
    • Be physically fit for occupation

    List of Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs*

    *For questions and more information about Registered Apprenticeship contact the Workforce Development Division at dlir.workforce.develop@hawaii.gov or call (808) 586-8877

    SCORE of Maui County

    SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides free and confidential small business counseling by dedicated and experienced volunteer counselors.

    kuhao@co.maui.hi.us
    808-873-8247
    Maui County Service Center, 110 ʻAlaʻihi St, Ste 209, Kahului, HI 96732
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    State of Hawai'i Workforce Development Division (WDD) Registered Apprenticeships Program

    Registered Apprenticeships are unique long-term training programs that combines On-the-Job Learning with Related Training Instruction, which allow job seekers to learn specialized skills for various trades and occupations.  In Hawai‘i, there are over 100 registered apprenticeship programs available that represent a wide variety of occupations.  After completing training, an apprentice becomes a journeyworker and can earn a higher salary as well as pursue career goals as a foreman, supervisor, contractor, or even set up their own business.

    Benefits of Apprenticeships

    • Learn from highly-trained skilled trades workers
    • Reduce risk of injury while on the job through proper training
    • Receive “Certification of Completion” after satisfactory completion of the program
    • Periodic pay increases
    • Upon completion of apprenticeship program and become a journeyworker, receive substantially higher wages
    • Apprentices/Journeyworkers that join respective unions receive healthcare as well as retirement and other benefits

    How do I join an Apprenticeship?

    With the sheer number of apprenticeship programs available in Hawai‘i, there are no set standards for all apprenticeships.  However, most programs have the following minimum requirements:

    • Be at least 16 years of age
    • Be a High School graduate or have GED
    • Pass an industry test for occupation
    • Be physically fit for occupation

    Recruitment Notices:

    Hawaiʻi Apprenticeship Week

    In conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week, Hawaiʻi celebrates Registered Apprenticeship in the state through Hawaiʻi Apprenticeship Week (HAW).

    • HAW 2023 – More information coming soon!
    • Save the Dates! – November 13-17th, there will be different events on certain days of the week.

    For contractors and employers, hiring qualified employees from officially approved, registered apprenticeship programs makes good business sense. By hiring apprentices from an officially approved and registered programs in the State of Hawai‘i, contractors and employers are guaranteed a highly skilled and competent workforce that produces consistent and quality results.

    List of Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs* *This list does not reflect the latest updates on certain programs

    List of Non-Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs

    Career and Technical Education (CTE)

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an educational program that aligns academic standards with technical knowledge and skills to prepare students for careers in current or emerging occupations and further education. CTE is the only educational program in which course content is guided by business and industry input.

    There are a number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at our Hawaii Department of Education High Schools and at our University of Hawaii Community Colleges. CTE programs provide students with the opportunity to gain work experience through hands-on classes, internships, and industry-certification opportunities. CTE programs or Career and Technical Education programs—depending on the school, provides a wide range of learning experiences through different career paths, fields, and industries. From skilled trades such as automotive technology, construction, or electrical contracting, to programs as diverse as agriculture, architecture, business, culinary arts, engineering, healthcare, or veterinary medicine.

    Connect with Maui American Job Center at 808-270-5777. Get expedited help by clicking here.

    View nine career pathways (projected)

    View the list of CTE Programs

    p20hi@hawaii.edu
    (808)956-5606
    2444 Dole Street (Bachman Annex 6) Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822
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    Apply for jobs through KUPU EŌ (Emergency Outreach) Maui

    Emergency Outreach for Maui Recovery

    The Maui wildfire disaster has claimed the lives of a still-untold number of people and devastated invaluable and unique cultural and historical sites beloved by all who know Hawaiʻi. Our heart aches for Maui, and this is a time for action and response.

    The word “Eō” in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, means to call, to uplift, and to respond. In this difficult time for our Maui ʻohana, Kupu recognizes the need for both short-term and long-term response for affected communities. EŌ Maui’s approach centers on paid positions for impacted residents.

    Consistent with our strengths and experience in conservation and green jobs, our programs will empower the people of Maui to restore communities and ecosystems at the same time.

    Employment and Program Opportunities

    EŌ (Emergency Outreach) Maui was created to offer Maui residents paid positions supporting wildlife recovery. Eō Maui opportunities range from supporting community resource providers, to providing students environmental education, and assisting in native ecosystem restoration. Interested individuals may fill out the below applications to be considered for any available position they are interested in.

    For an in-depth explanation of each type of positions offered, click here to view the Eō Maui Program Descriptions.

    Apply Here

    info@kupuhawaii.org
    808-735-1221 ext. 1007
    677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1200, Honolulu, HI 96813
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    Apprenticeship USA

    Search open apprenticeship programs and job opportunities from employers across the country and directly apply with the employer of the apprenticeship program. There are thousands of active apprenticeship programs across the country serving many industries, occupations, and geographic locations. Search and connect with an active apprenticeship program to learn more about how and when to apply to their apprenticeship program.

    For career seekers:

  • Become an Apprentice
  • Apprenticeship Job Finder
  • Equal Employment Opportunity for Apprentices and Applicants
  • Service Members and Veterans
  • For employers:

    For educators:

    Looking for Local Help with apprenticeships?

    Career Seekers, contact your local American Job Center.

    Attend adult education classes and workforce development programs at McKinley Community School for Adults

    Adult Education emphasizes life-long learning and programs that are designed to accommodate the interests and changing needs of individuals.  We strive to build the skills for adults to make themselves, their families, and communities better.

    • Services for adults and youth 18+
    • Attain GED
    • Workforce Development Diploma
    • Substitute Teacher Courses,
    • Paraprofessional Testing and other DOE certifications
    • Basic skills or English language classes

    Due to the recent fire on the Maui property, there are no in-person programs on site until further notice.  We hope to have a resolution shortly.
    Please reach us at 808-830-0414 or 808-830-0415 for service. you may also text an inquiry to those numbers. We can be contacted via phone from 7:30am-4:00pm.


    The Maui Campus offers the following programs that are designed to accommodate the interests and changing needs of the adult learner.

    • English Language Learners
    • Adult Basic Education
    • Adult School Diploma Programs (GED/HiSET)
    • Workforce Development Diploma Program(WDD)

    You can also email staff at kurt.ginoza@k12.hi.us, eric.balinbin@k12.hi.us, jcochran@mcsamaui.k12.hi.us

    • Moloka`i Students should contact Miss Geneva at geneva.castrolichtenstein@k12.hi.us to setup initial E-CASAS assessment.
    • Lana`i students should contact David McHugh at 649-9292.
    • Hana students should contact us at 873-3082.  
    • Minors need to properly approved with a 4140 before withdrawing from their home high school.  Please call at 808-873-3082 if you have ore questions.  
    kurt.ginoza@k12.hi.us
    808-830-0414
    634 Pensacola Street, Rm. 216, Honolulu, HI 96814
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    Career Link

    Our center provides assistance with resume and cover letter development, help preparing for a job interview with practice interview questions, and advice on how to best communicate abilities to a potential employer.

    careerLK@hawaii.edu
    (808) 984-3318
    310 W. Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, Hawaii 96732
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    Career OneStop

    CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources. Your source for career exploration, training & jobs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. For information about jobs, training, career resources, or unemployment benefits call:1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627) or TTY 1-877-889-5627

    GoodJobs Hawaii

    Your next good job starts here.

    Good Jobs Hawai'i offers FREE short-term skills training that lead to a pathway for a better-paying job and accelerate one’s career in Hawai'i’s high-demand sectors including: Healthcare, Technology, Clean energy/Skilled trades, and Creative industries. After completing the course, participants will be connected with local businesses to explore potential employment opportunities. The program will offer employment readiness support and wrap-around services to prepare participants to apply for good jobs statewide.

    Check out our free training options. Good Jobs Hawaiʻi offers free skills training in Hawai‘i’s high-demand sectors including:

    • Healthcare
    • Technology
    • Clean energy/Skilled trades
    • Creative industries

    After completing the course, participants will be connected with local businesses to explore potential employment opportunities. The program will offer employment readiness support and wrap-around services to prepare participants to apply for good jobs statewide.

    Get Started Now! or get help deciding.

    Employers

    If your company is already engaged in Sector Partnerships in Healthcare or IT and you’re ready to train and hire local workers for entry level jobs, we can help you get started. Interested in bringing a paid intern onboard? We can assist you! Begin Training and Hiring: Healthcare Begin Training and Hiring: IT

    Hawai'i Green Jobs Initiative

    Hawai'i Green Jobs Initiative features current green job openings in Hawaii, information about local green training programs and training providers, and Hawaii's green labor market. This portal is a service of the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) which is responsible for ensuring and increasing the economic security, well-being, and productivity of Hawaii's workers.

    Data Dashboard: Numbers and TrendsIndustry TrendsOccupational Profiles

    Services for Job Seekers: Search for Jobs Hawaii Directory of Green EmployersLearn about Green Careers

    Services for Employers: Enter Job OrdersSearch for WorkersTraining for your Employees

    Green Training Services: Green Training Programs & Green Training Providers

    Need help? Visit the Hawaii Green Jobs Initiative Online Assistance Center

    State Toll-Free access numbers for each island:

    Hawai'i: 974-4000 (at the tone enter 69025, and press #)
    Maui: 984-2400 (at the tone enter 69025, and press #)
    Kauai: 274-3141 (at the tone enter 69025, and press #)
    Molokai/Lanai: 1-800-468-4644 (at the tone enter 69013, and press #)

    dlir.rs.greenjobshawaii@hawaii.gov
    (808) 586-9025
    830 Punchbowl Street, Room 304 Honolulu, HI 96813
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    Hawai'i Workforce Development Division

    Click Here to Learn More about State of Hawaiʻi Workforce Development Division Internship Programs

    Click Here to Apply to Internship Programs

    Job Seeker Services
    Employer Services


    ATTENTION EMPLOYERS:
    DLIR WDD in collaboration with the Counties seeks to partner with state departments and divisions and other employers that can offer real on-the-job work experience, training, and supervision for selected interns. Interns may conduct duties that are the same or similar to those of your current employees.  This program is intended to prepare interns for possible careers and offers job seekers an inside look and feel of what it is like to work for you while at the same time allowing you the opportunity to stretch your resources further with the assistance of one or more interns.

    Please email an intern position description (one paragraph) to:  dlir.wdd.intern@hawaii.gov

    Hawaii Business Research Library (HBRL)

    Start-up and established business research assistance: business lists, demographic profiles, market trends, industry analysis, database searches, business ratios and sample business plans.

    library@hisbdc.org
    808-875-5990
    Maui Research & Technology Park, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Ste 264, Kihei, HI 96753
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    Hawaii is Hiring

    Hawaii is Hiring serves as a one-stop resource designed to connect kama'aina to employment, training, internships, apprenticeships, and education opportunities throughout Hawaii. It provides local job seekers and new graduates with a streamlined job board and simple access to training and education tools valued in Hawaii’s in-demand and emerging industries. Hawaii is Hiring also helps residents find local short-term certificate programs and earn-and-learn opportunities like internships and apprenticeships that provide workers of all ages with opportunities to gain new skills to re-enter the workforce.

    I’m ready to find a job

    I just graduated.What’s my next move?

    I want to get more training or education

    I want to explore internships and apprenticeships

    I need support or relief

    Resources to Get in the Door

    Housing Stability Program CNHA & Catholic Charities of Hawaiʻi

    CNHA has partnered with Catholic Charities of Hawaii to help Oʻahu households.

    With a variety of services and workshops, our Housing Stability Program will support Oʻahu renters to maintain or obtain stable housing.

    Please be advised, HSS does not provide any direct financial assistance for Utilities and Rent.

    Click here to apply now

    Who May Qualify

    • Oʻahu residents who are renting on-island
    • One person per household can apply
    • Applicants with total household income at or below 80% AMI

    Honolulu County 80% Area Median Income (AMI) Table

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Please have these documents ready before applying:

    • Government-issued photo ID
    • Proof of Oʻahu residency
    • Rent agreement
    • Past due rent or utility notice
    • Previous year’s tax documents or pay stubs of two (2) months most recent income
    • Proof of COVID-19 pandemic related hardship, such as an Unemployment Insurance letter or letter of termination from employer
    • Additional documents may be required**

    Uploading Documents:

    • Ensure your documents are saved to your computer
    • Click on My Applications on the menu bar and select your Application
    • Find Notes & Attachments
    • Select Upload Files
    • Select your documents from your computer to upload

    Contact us today: 

    Phone: (808) 596-8155

    Email: info@hawaiiancouncil.org

    info@hawaiiancouncil.org
    (808) 596-8155
    91-1270 Kinoiki St., Bldg. 1 Kapolei, HI 96707
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    Job Corps

    Job Corps is the nationalʻs largest free, residential career training and education program for low-income young adults ages 16- through 24.

    They have over 120 campuses across the U.S. where students gain the experience needed to begin a career or apprenticeship, advance to higher education, or join the military. The best part? It’s free. Job Corps is not just a career training program. You’ll also receive everyday staples AND a supportive community.

    On top of getting free career training and education you need to succeed, you’ll also get loads of free extras such as housing, basic medical care, nutritious meals, books & supplies, living allowance, training clothing, and a supportive community. Focus on your goals and your future, and we’ll take care of the rest.

    Job Corps offers an on-the-job experience designed to get you workforce-ready.

    Industries that Job Corps offers an on-the-job experience designed to get you workforce-ready:

    Advanced Manufacturing

    Automotive and Machine Repair

    Construction

    Finance and Business

    Health Care

    Homeland Security

    Hospitality

    Information Technology

    Renewable Resources and Energy

    KUPU

    Empowering Youth, Restoring Land.

    Kupu, meaning to grow, sprout, or increase, connects youth and young adults with opportunities to discover their potential and create a better future for their community, their environment, and themselves. We also support a network of partners who serve youth and ʻāina, helping them achieve their goals.

    Our mission is to empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage pono (integrity) with ke Akua (God), self, and others.

    Nonprofit Kupu provides internships and service-learning opportunities for youth that are designed to build both technical and leadership skills, with an emphasis on conservation, sustainability, and environmental education. Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) programs, which serve youth ages 16-24, provide two to four months of full-time paid work experience paired with mentoring and academic supports. In addition, Kupu’s leadership and fellowship programs place youth and young professionals in a paid position in a single organization for up to a year.  Kupu’s mission is to empower AmeriCorps participants to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity with self and others. Ultimately, Kupu participants in the Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps and the Conservation Leadership Development Program engages teens and young adults in service while teaching them about responsibility, community, and citizenship. At the same time, the work of Kupu participants provides their community with much-needed aid. Kupu participants also become community leaders by recruiting and leading volunteers. Kupu aims to develop strong citizens that will serve the community through the program and beyond.

    Participate

    Kupu operates a dozen programs, ranging from environmental education to paid experiences and on-the-job training in sustainability-focused professions. Participate in a program with Kupu. Join a KUPU Program today.

    Host

    Are you leading a sustainability or conservation organization today? Learn how we can support you while creating opportunities for the next generation. Build your organization’s capacity. Become a Host Site

    info@kupuhawaii.org
    808-735-1221 ext. 1007
    677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1200, Honolulu, HI 96813
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    Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i’s AmeriCorps Project Kaulike

    Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i’s AmeriCorps Project Kaulike

    Are you a recent graduate considering a career or law or a professional considering a career change? Looking for meaningful opportunities to build your resume or law school application? Are you committed to serving your community and those in need? ​Legal Aid’s AmeriCorps Member Advocates positions may be the right opportunity for you! Full-Time positions are available on O‘ahu, on Hawai‘i Island in Kona, Maui, and Kaua‘i.

    The Mission and Duties:
    Project Kaulike is a key component of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i’s efforts to provide legal services to Hawai‘i’s low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families. Project Kaulike members are non-attorney advocates working alongside and under the guidance of Legal Aid attorneys and paralegals.

    We are looking for individuals who have good people skills, an interest in helping others, good computer skills, an interest in the law, and who excel working as part of a team. Experience working with disadvantaged individuals and/or legal experience is helpful but not required.  Training is provided.

    Are You Interested?

    To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@legalaidhawaii.org.  Please indicate location of interest. Applicants who are not residing in Hawai‘i at the time of application are requested to please include information related to your connection to, or specific interest in, Hawai‘i. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.

    Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce

    Promote the prosperity and resilience of the Lana‘i business community, connectivity to our neighbor islands, and sustainable growth and opportunity for all.

    808-769-6770
    P.O. Box 630730, Lana‘i City, HI 96763
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    MEO & National Farmworker Job Training Program (NFJP)

    Have you worked on a farm or ranch for 30 days and/or earned at least $800 within the last two years?

    If so, you might be eligible for the National Farmworker Jobs Program. NFJP is a job training and employment assistance program for farmworkers and their families. Our Case Managers provide assistance in finding employment, job training, educational opportunities and support services.

    This assistance is offered at no cost to the participants.

    How does the National Farmworker Job Training Program work? 

    Program participants have confidential, direct relationships with staff. We are ready to help you grow and thrive! Call or email us today!

    Dee Kahuhu - Program Manager p) 808-243-4368 e) dennise.kahuhu@meoinc.org

    Suzette Bacarro - Case Manager p) 808-243-4369 e) suzette.bacarro@meoinc.org

    Uilani Ah Chan - Case Manager p) 808-243-4370 e) uilani.ahchan@meoiinc.org

    To learn more, see the Farmworker Benefits and Farm Benefits flyer.

    To apply to the NFJP, fill out this MEO application.

    (808) 249-2990
    99 Mahalani Street Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui Chamber of Commerce

    Business advocacy, marketing and networking, seminars and training classes, business referrals/resource center, and Made in Maui County products branding program. Presenter of the annual Made in Maui County Festival.

    office@mauichamber.com
    808-244-0081
    62 North Market St., Ste 302, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) – Business Development Center (BDC)

    Maui Island: 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI 96793 • Tel: 808-249-2990 • Email: micro@meoinc.org 

    Molokai Branch: 380 Kolapa Pl., Kaunakakai, HI 96748 • Tel: 808-553-3216 • Email: molokai@meoinc.org

    Micro-Enterprise Loan Program for low- and moderate-income people offering business loans from $500 to $50,000. Also, a six-week entrepreneurial course held six times a year on Maui (four times a year on Moloka‘i), business consulting services, and personal credit improvement programs.

    Maui Economic Opportunity's (MEO) Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

    SCSEP fosters and promotes part-time employment opportunities in community service activities for low income senior citizens who are fifty-five (55) years of age or older. We also assist older workers in transitioning to unsubsidized employment.

    Basic SCSEP Eligibility Requirements:

    • Unemployed.
    • 55 years or older.
    • Resident of Maui County.
    • Gross income of the family in which the applicant is a member of the household shall not exceed 125% of the poverty levels established by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Please call or visit our offices for more information. You may ask for Carmelei Leano, programs specialist, or any case manager for additional information.

    To apply, please bring the following documents: Social Security card and photo ID, Residence verification, Citizenship/alien status (U.S. passport, resident card), Family income verification (pay stubs, Social Security statement of benefits)

    To apply, fill out the MEO's Senior Community Service Employment Program Application

    Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC)

    MFTC offers food science services, as well as workshops and training sessions on food safety, food labeling, exporting to Japan, and other entrepreneurial business support. This nonprofit also oversees the County’s Kahikolu Plan, A Maui Watershed Protection Initiative  to reduce the island’s axis deer population and protect vital watersheds.

    Maui Job Corps Center, Makawao

    When it comes to your future, you should have choices. Choose your path, and Hawaii Job Corps will provide you with FREE career training so you can gain the skills and tools you need to be successful. Maui Job Corps Center is located in Makawao, HI. Offering a cafeteria, wellness center and recreation area, Maui Job Corps can offer you a supportive community and safe space.

    At Hawaii Job Corps, students can ...

    ENGAGE: Find a supportive community to lean on.

    LEARN: earn your high school diploma or equivalent and gain skills to be successful in a career.

    EARN: Take your training and education and put them into action.

    Training opportunities: Job Corps offers an on-the-job experience designed to get you workforce-ready. LEARN MORE

    Refer a student: Whether you’re a parent or guardian, school counselor or mentor, we know you want the best for the young person in your life. Job Corps helps them reach their goals, find their purpose and guide them along their journey to a better future. LEARN MORE

    Hire a Job Corps grad: Hardworking. Professionally trained. Experienced. All three phrases describe our Job Corps students. Check out our employer resources to connect with the next generation of industry professionals. LEARN MORE

    Are you eligible?

    Generally, Job Corps students are 16 through 24 years old; low-income individuals; meet citizenship, residency, DACA or other approved status requirements; meet background requirements; are ready and motivated to succeed

    800-733-JOBS
    500 Ike Dr Makawao, HI 96768
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    Moloka‘i Kuhaʻo Business Center

    Serves as an advocate and vehicle of empowerment for Molokai's families to achieve both individually and collectively financial independence and abundance in the formation of healthy and sustainable businesses.

    808-553-8100
    2 Kamoi St., Ste. 600, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
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    Offer support (donations, volunteer) or get support directly from community-led Maui Fire, Flood and Disaster Facebook Relief Group

    See current posted community needs, volunteer opportunities, relief events, resources, and any new local developments shared about the Maui recovery efforts.

    Anyone can OFFER support or post a NEED for support or services in this local community disaster relief Facebook page. The purpose of this local group is where we can have a "go to" hub to locally exchange information of supplies/help *needed* and services and help we can *offer* due to disasters on Maui.

    Click here to go see locally offered community assistance needs and offers

    Online Training from University of Hawai‘i Maui College's Office of Extended Learning & Workforce Development (ELWD)

    UHMC HO’ĀLA Extended Learning and Workforce Development offers a wide range of highly interactive online courses that you can take entirely online. All of the courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.UHMC Training offers diversified up skill training and certifications for those who would like to choose a brand new career path or better the one they are currently on.

    uhmcelwd@hawaii.edu
    808-984-3231
    310 W. Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, Hawaii 96732
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    Support human rights work for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through Arc of Maui County

    Our Arc of Maui County group home in Kihei evacuated two nights in a row while our group home in Lahaina was completely relocated to Wailuku. All of this plus the upcoming months till our participants can return safely home to Lahaina will greatly impact our agency financially. We have collaborated with multiple agencies for donations of supplies but what we need now is the financial help.

    Please consider making a donation to ensure all participants within our care have a safe environment to live and receive essential services through our programs.
    Donate Arc of Maui County today.

    Providing services to families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1954. Arc of Maui County was established in 1954 by a group of parents and concerned citizens who sought services for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities when none were available. This agency is the shared vision of many dedicated parents, family members, people with disabilities, staff and advocates from the community and across the nation.

    Arc of Maui County's mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by actively supporting programs and services that assure full inclusion and participation in the community throughout life with focus on the individuals’ strengths, abilities and inherent value. They are entitled to the respect, dignity, safety and security enjoyed by other members of society; and are equal before the law. A developmental disability can be cognitive, physical or both and begins before adulthood. Its essential life functioning activities.

    Programs include:

    1) Residential services with five (5) state licensed group homes on Maui and Molokai;
    2) Adult Day Health group settings at two (2) locations on Maui;
    3) One-on-One community services providing personal assistance with daily activities on Maui, Molokai and rural Hana; and
    4) Vocational/employment services to build job skills and exploring community employment and support on Maui and Molokai.

    arcinfo@arcofmaui.org
    808-242-5781
    140 North Market St Suite 202B Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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    UH Maui Collegeʻs Office of Extended Learning & Workforce Development (ELWD)

    Our goal is to address Maui County workforce training needs, community job placement demands, international engagement opportunities, diversified agriculture and food entrepreneurship opportunities, and continue providing broader access to higher education through the University Center. View the following categories on our site: apprenticeships, food innovation, sustainability, workforce training, Maui Language Institute, and customized training.

    APPRENTICE CAREERLINKWORKFORCE TRAININGCUSTOMIZED TRAININGFOOD INNOVATIONSUSTAINABILITYMAUI LANGUAGE INSTITUTEUNIVERSITY CENTER

    PROGRAMS

    DISCOVER YOUR PATH

    COUNSELING & ADVISING

    (808) 984-3500
    310 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave Kahului, Hawaiʻi 96732-1617
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    Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)

    US Dept. of Labor’s site, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides resources and expertise to assist and prepare Veterans to obtain meaningful careers, maximize their employment opportunities, and protect their employment rights. Start searching for a job today

    Employers may also get assistance in facilitating the employment of qualified veterans. We prepare America's veterans, service members, and military spouses for meaningful careers, provide them with employment resources and expertise, protect their employment rights, and promote their employment opportunities.

    VETS Programs:

  • HIRE Vets Medallion Program (HVMP):The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.
  • Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP): HVRP is a federal program that awards money to non- and for-profit organizations and government agencies that work to prepare and place veterans experiencing homelessness in jobs.
  • Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG): JVSG provides funding to State Workforce Agencies for staff to provide career services to veterans with significant barriers to employment and to assist employers to fill their workforce needs.
  • National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI): The National Veterans' Training Institute provides specialized training and professional skills enhancement of State Workforce Agencies and other veterans' service providers' staff.
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 is a federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for uniformed Service members and their civilian employers.
  • Transition Assistance Program (TAP): The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools, and training to ensure service members, and their spouses, are prepared for the next step in civilian life.
  • Off-Base Transition Training (OBTT): The Off-Base Transition Training (OBTT) pilot program is an opportunity earned through service for veterans, veterans currently serving in the National Guard and Reserve, and their spouses to take control of their career through workshops to help meet their employment goals.

  • Active duty?
    Get assistance finding a job. The Employment Navigator and Partnership Pilot (ENPP) provides one-on-one career assistance to interested transitioning service members and their spouses at select military installations worldwide.

    Grants & Opportunities

    Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP): HVRP is a federal program that awards money to non- and for-profit organizations and government agencies that work to prepare and place veterans experiencing homelessness in jobs. Learn More About Applying for a HVRP Grant

    Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG): JVSG provides funding to State Workforce Agencies for staff to provide career services to veterans with significant barriers to employment and to assist employers to fill their workforce needs. Learn More About Applying for a JVSG Grant:

    Stand Down: Stand Down events assist veterans experiencing homelessness by providing a wide range of employment, social, and health services. VETS awards these noncompetitive grants on a first-come, first-served basis to support one-day or multi-day events at up to $7,000 or $10,000, respectively. The critical services provided at these events are often the catalyst that enables those individuals to reenter the workforce. Learn More About Applying for a Stand Down Grant

    Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Adults & Dislocated Workers

    Goodwill Hawaii’s WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker program equips adults and others displaced from their job with the tools they need to secure and maintain competitive employment. Counselors provide one-on-one guidance and job coaching to assist participants in achieving their employment and career goals.

    Entrepreneurial Resources

    American Job Center & Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC)

    The Maui American Job Center provides individualized career pathways, education and training opportunities, employment support and services, and HireNet Hawai‘i support. The American Job Center is located within the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui County Service Center.

    • There is no charge for services.  
    • Public computer access for HireNet registration and resume updates
    • Employment counselors on-site
    • Support services and training available for qualified participants
    • One-Stop-Shop for a variety of free community services
    • Job Fairs, informational sessions, resource and outreach events
    • Veterans receive priority of services

    For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit us in person or give us a call.

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    *Closed for Holidays

    808-270-5770
    Maui County Service Center, 110 ʻAlaʻihi St, Ste 209, Kahului, HI 96732
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    Apply for General Excise Tax (GET) exemptions and tax credit through the Enterprise Zones (EZ) Partnership Program

    About the Business Development & Support Division (BDSD)

    Under the State of Hawaiʻi's Business, Economic Development & Tourism's (DBEDT), the Business Development & Support Division (BDSD) promotes industry development and diversification in Hawaii by supporting existing and emerging industries; attracting new investment and businesses that can create more high-skilled, quality jobs in the State; increasing exports of Hawaii products and services; expanding Hawaii’s participation in global trade and commerce; by supporting small business and community-based organizations; and building resiliency to downturn in defense industry spending.

    EZ OVERVIEW

    The Enterprise Zones (EZ) Partnership Program gives State & County benefits to companies in an effort to stimulate business activity, job preservation, and job creation in areas where they are most appropriate or most needed. If your business meets the eligibility requirements and you enroll in the program you can reduce your State taxes and receive other county benefits for up to seven years!

    EZ BENEFITS

    State Benefits

    Businesses which satisfy annual requirements will qualify for the following State tax benefits for up to seven consecutive years:

    • 100% exemption from the General Excise Tax (GET)
      • The GET exemption applies only to revenues from EZ-eligible activities
      • Licensed contractors are also exempt from GET on construction done for an EZ enrolled business at their EZ company site
    • An 80% non-refundable State income tax credit the first year
      • This non-refundable credit goes down 10% each year for 6 more years – ending at 20%
    • An additional non-refundable income tax credit equal to 80% of annual Unemployment Insurance premiums the first year
      • This non-refundable credit goes down 10% each year for 6 more years – ending at 20%

    NOTE: The two non-refundable income tax credits combined may not exceed 100% of income tax owed to the State.

    County Benefits

    Each county offers eligible businesses additional benefits.

    Honolulu County

    • Two-year exemption from any increase in property taxes resulting from new construction by EZ firms at their EZ sites
    • Waiver of building and grading permit fees for enrolled EZ firms

    Hawaii County

    • Three-year exemption from any increase in property taxes resulting from new construction by EZ firms at their EZ sites

    Kauai County (Kauai & Niihau)

    • Priority business permit processing

    Maui County (Maui, Lanai, and Molokai)

    • Priority business permit processing

    Additional options for Manufacturing and Agricultural Businesses:

    • EZ tax credits and exemptions may be extended for businesses engaged in the manufacturing of tangible personal property or in the production or processing of agricultural products, for an additional three years
    • Allow the receipts and sales of a business’s establishment in all enterprise zones located within the same county to count towards qualification requirements.

    EZ ELIGIBILITY

    Companies must meet the following requirements:

    1. Your company must reside in one of the EZ locations
    2. At least half of a firm’s annual gross income must be from one or more of the following activities:
      • Agricultural production or processing
      • Manufacturing
      • Wholesaling/Distribution
      • Aviation or maritime repair or maintenance
      • Telecommunications switching and delivery systems
      • Information technology design and production
      • Medical research and clinical trials
      • For-profit training programs in international business management or environmental remediation
      • Biotechnology research, development, production, or sales
      • Repair or maintenance of assisted technology equipment
      • Certain types of call centers
      • Wind energy producers

    Other businesses are not eligible, including retailers and some professional services. Contractors (firms which build, maintain, or repair real estate, such as custodial, construction, painting, electrical, and plumbing firms) also are ineligible to enroll in the EZ program.

    EZ LOCATIONS

    Each county may select up to six zones for approval by the Governor. Zones exist for 20 years each. Zones may also be expanded to include adjacent eligible areas during the zone’s 20-year existence. 20 zones currently exist statewide.

    State of Hawaii

    View a statewide map of all zone locations in Hawaii.

    Honolulu County

    View a map of Honolulu County zones

    • North Shore – Wahiawa – Mililani
    • Waipio
    • Leeward – Pearl City – Ewa – Central Oahu
    • Urban Honolulu
    • Waimanalo

    Hawaii County

    View a map of Hawaii County zones

    • Hamakua
    • Hilo-Puna
    • Kau
    • Kona
    • North Kohala

    Kauai County (Kauai & Niihau)

    View a map of Kauai County zones

    • North Shore Kauai
    • Kapaa
    • South Central Kauai
    • West Kauai

    Maui County (Maui, Molokai, & Lanai)

    View a map of Maui County zones

    • Molokai
    • Lanai
    • Greater Maui
    • West Maui

    To see if your business is located within a zone, please see the Hawaii Office of Planning interactive GIS Maps: http://histategis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=3f874cf1bee84b169fe69f4c99a4eec5

    EZ ENROLLMENT

    To enroll in the EZ program complete the following steps:

    1. Confirm your company meets the Eligibility Requirements
    2. Create an eHawaii.gov Account. Need help? Watch the video to learn how.
    3. Go to the Enrollment Application For Businesses, login to your eHawaii.gov Account, and complete the form

    Once complete, DBEDT will verify that your business is EZ-eligible and will then forward your application to your County EZ Coordinator. You will be notified by mail if your EZ application is approved. If approved, your  84-month period of eligibility will usually begin on the first day of the month following your approval date.

    ANNUAL REQUIREMENTS

    All companies within the EZ program are required to do the following:

    • Be sure your eHawaii.gov Account is linked to your company account. Please do the following:
    • Complete the End-of-Year Report at the end of each tax year.
      • DBEDT will review the report to determine if your business has satisfied the EZ hiring or for agricultural businesses, gross receipts requirements. Upon approval, DBEDT will issue a certification letter to your company and notify the County.
    • Allocate and apportion gross receipts from EZ-eligible activities that take place in the county throughout each tax year. Eligible activities include: manufacturing; wholesaling; agriculture; aviation and maritime cleaning, repair, and maintenance; telecommunications switching and delivery systems; information technology design and production; medical research, clinical trials, and telemedicine; and/or for-profit training programs in international business management or environmental remediation.
    • Track of the number of full-time employees during each pay period throughout each tax year (Full-time = 20 or more hours per week per pay period). Leased employees working 20 or more hours per week may be counted as full-time employees.
    • Attach copies of the certification letter to your State General Excise Tax reconciliation form and your State income tax return.
    • Complete and attach State Tax Department Form 756 (enterprise zones tax credit) to the State income tax return.
    • Contact your county EZ coordinator for instructions on how to claim the county’s EZ tax benefits, if applicable.

    The Enterprise Zones Program recognizes that small family-run agricultural businesses may not necessarily employ full-time workers other than their family. As such, agricultural businesses:

    • May increase gross sales by 2% annually in lieu of meeting the hiring requirements
    • May use income from value-added products (retail and wholesale) for certification purposes only
    • In the event of a natural disaster, agricultural producers and processors may apply for EZ benefits by completing the annual Force Majeure Event Claim Application.

    After a company completes seven (7) years in the EZ program they are graduated and cannot re-enroll. Agricultural production and manufacturing companies, however, can apply for a 3-Year Extension.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    State EZ Coordinator: (808) 586-2582

    For more information on county benefits, contact your County EZ Coordinator:

    • Honolulu County: (808) 768-4932
    • Hawaii County: (808) 961-8375
    • Kauai County: (808) 241-4948
    • Maui County (including Molokai & Lanai): (808) 270-7710

    EZ Brochure

    EZ Annual Reports

    Hawaii Revised Statutes for EZ

    Hawaii Administrative Rules for EZ

    Click here to see our EZ Success Stories

    CONTACT AND INFORMATION REQUESTS

    Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

    Business Development & Support Division

    No. 1 Capital District Building
    250 South Hotel Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

    Phone: (808) 587-2750

    (808) 587-2750
    No. 1 Capital District Building, 250 South Hotel Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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    Apply for a $5,000 grant from the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program

    The Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program was established by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with American Express and with support from Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, to support disaster recovery in Maui through grants to small businesses impacted by the devastating Maui wildfires of August 2023.  

    In collaboration with the Maui Chamber of Commerce and LahainaTown Action Committee, the program will provide $5,000 grants and business coaching to 100 small businesses to help them recover and build long-term resilience in the face of economic challenges.

    Grants

    To be eligible for a $5,000 grant, businesses must:

    -Employ at least three (3) but no more than twenty (20) individuals (including owners)

    -Have at least one physical location or online business in Maui established on or prior to August 1, 2023

    -Have experienced financial loss due to the Maui wildfires

    -Not have sufficient financial resources to cover the business damage/loss that their business experienced as a result the Maui wildfires  

    -Meet all other eligibility criteria specified in the application

    See more on eligibility here, including ineligible businesses. Other Terms and Conditions apply.

    It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of their status by June 15, 2024. For more information, visit our FAQs.

    Business Coaching

    Grantees must attend monthly sessions aimed at providing business owners with strategies on how to rebuild and grow their business.

    These sessions will cover all aspects of building a stronger, more resilient business, including the role of disaster preparedness plans, informed by the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s educational resources. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

    Deadline

    Eligible business owners can apply for the grant, between April 17 and May 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. HDT.  

    The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59PM HDT.

    Apply Now

    Complete this application for the chance to be selected for the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. HDT.

    ⁠⁠To apply, visit: ⁠https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/solutions/maui-small-business-recovery-grant-program or click here to Start Application.

    For any questions, contact resilience@uschamber.com. 

    Related Links

    Apply for a small business grant from Lehua Sprouts Forth Grant

    The Lehua Sprouts Forth Grant, provided by Feed the Hunger Fund & Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, supports Maui small businesses and entrepreneurs on their journey to rebuilding, fostering resilience and growth toward stability.

    In our first round of grants, the Feed the Hunger Fun was able to grant $45,000 to a number of Maui businesses and entrepreneurs.

    This grant will remain open until all funding has been dispersed.

    To apply to this second round, click this Kupu Mai Ka Lehua Application Link

    The Ohia Lehua, the first plant to emerge from barren lava rock, symbolizes the resilience of the people of Lahaina affected by the August 2023 fires.

    info@feed-hunger.com
    (415) 432-8202
    1050 Bishop Street #387 Honolulu, HI 96813
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    County of Maui Department of Agriculture

    Support the development and continued management of a sustainable regional agricultural system for Maui County, to promote resident and ecosystem health and well-being and create a thriving circular agro-economic system that can be a model for the rest of the world.

    808-270-8276
    2154 Kaohu Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    County of Maui Office of Economic Development (OED)

    OED works in partnership with the community, business and government sectors to strengthen and diversify the economy by supporting existing businesses, and assist in the attraction, development and expansion of new businesses and events that will in turn provide new jobs for our community. Services include industry assistance; grants for programs, events and community projects; workforce development; and business resource centers on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i.

    economic.development@co.maui.hi.us
    808-270-7710
    2200 Main St., Ste. 305, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Get small businesses export development help to expand your sales with the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP)

    What is HiSTEP?

    Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program, known as HiSTEP, is a comprehensive program designed to assist Hawaii small businesses with their export development. The goal is to increase the number of small businesses that want to export as well as the value of exports for those small businesses that currently export. Today it is easier than ever for companies, regardless of size, to sell goods and services across the globe and this program can help achieve that.

    HiSTEP has three integrated components:

    1. Export Readiness Program (HiSTEP-ERP): The Export Readiness Program (HiSTEP-ERP) is a training and advising program to prepare Hawaii companies to begin or expand their export market development. The program includes one-on-one export business advising and export training seminars. HiSTEP-ERP is open to all types of businesses considering exporting. At the conclusion of the program, companies will have a go-to-market strategy and export plan. View the current list of seminars scheduled for the HiSTEP program here.
    2. Market Entry and Expansion Activities (MEEA) (Formerly HiSTEP-HP): Market Entry and Expansion Activities (MEEA), Formerly Hawaiʻi Pavilions (HiSTEP-HP), is a program that creates opportunities for Hawaiʻi companies to sell in overseas markets, either through digital platforms or via in-person trade shows.

      Makuake is Japan’s leading pre-sales e-commerce platform that enables Hawaiʻi companies to promote new products to Japanese consumers. Ongoing: Makuake, Japan (CONSUMER)

      Interested companies should first register for HiSTEP and review the information here. Please email lyle.h.fujikawa@hawaii.gov and scott.t.tome@hawaii.gov.

      MEEA trade shows include but are not limited to:

    3. Company Assistance (HiSTEP-CA): The Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program – Company Assistance (HiSTEP–CA) is designed to increase exports of Hawaii produced goods and services by assisting individual Hawaii companies  with export market development activities such as participation in trade shows and missions.

    HiSTEP is supported by a grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

    The 2024 HiSTEP Registration is now open. Please fill out the 2024 HiSTEP Registration Form.

    There is no cost to register and no obligation to participate in any of the HiSTEP activities. Once registered, you will be paired with one of our HiSTEP partners for an initial consultation. You only need to fill it out once, but we use other online forms for all HiSTEP activities.

    Read more about HiSTEP:

    HiSTEP Resources

    CONTACT AND INFORMATION REQUESTS

    Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

    Business Development & Support Division

    Address:

    No. 1 Capital District Building
    250 South Hotel Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

    Phone: (808) 587-2750

    (808) 587-2750
    No. 1 Capital District Building, 250 South Hotel Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
    Visit website

    Hawaii Business Express (One-Stop Registration)

    Online for State/IRS. Register a business/trade name, GET license, employee income tax withholding number and unemployment insurance ID number.

    Hawaii Business Research Library (HBRL)

    Start-up and established business research assistance: business lists, demographic profiles, market trends, industry analysis, database searches, business ratios and sample business plans.

    library@hisbdc.org
    808-875-5990
    Maui Research & Technology Park, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Ste 264, Kihei, HI 96753
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    Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network, Maui Center (HiSBDC)

    Support services for small or new businesses, training, free advising through professional staff and business professionals, business planning assistance.

    808-875-5990
    Maui Research & Technology Park, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Ste 264, Kihei, HI 96753
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    Internal Revenue Service

    Online application (no cost) for Federal Business Identification Number - also known as Employer’s Identification Number (EIN). The Internet ONLINE EIN application is the preferred method for customers to apply for and obtain an EIN. Once the application is completed, the information is validated during the online session, and an EIN is issued immediately

    Lokahi Pacific

    Lokahi Pacific develops projects that enrich the economic climate of the county, increases the inventory of affordable and special needs housing, and ensures that residents participate in that enrichment and share in its benefits. Programs offered for start-up businesses include incubator offices, conference room, a training room, and a shared-use, licensed 2-station commercial kitchen in the Lokahi Pacific Business Incubator Program at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center, 62 N. Market St. Ste. 300 Wailuku; call (808) 442-3028.

    808-242-5761
    1935 Main St., Ste. 204, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce

    Promote the prosperity and resilience of the Lana‘i business community, connectivity to our neighbor islands, and sustainable growth and opportunity for all.

    808-769-6770
    P.O. Box 630730, Lana‘i City, HI 96763
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    Made in Hawaii

    “Buy Hawaiʻi Give Aloha” is now “Made in Hawaiʻi.” This online portal highlights Hawaiʻi-made products and brands. When you buy from Made In Hawaiʻi companies, your money stays here at home, supporting local businesses, creating jobs and strengthening our island economy.

    Maui Business Action Center

    Starting a New Business in Hawaii? Contact Maui BAC to learn how to search a business name; register a business entity, trade name, trademark and service mark; and file online using Hawaii Business Express at https://hbe.ehawaii.gov/.

    bac@dcca.hawaii.gov
    808-243-8679
    Hawaii State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA), Wells Street Professional Center, 2145 Wells St., Ste 106, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui Chamber of Commerce

    Business advocacy, marketing and networking, seminars and training classes, business referrals/resource center, and Made in Maui County products branding program. Presenter of the annual Made in Maui County Festival.

    office@mauichamber.com
    808-244-0081
    62 North Market St., Ste 302, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB)

    MEDB offers business assistance to companies ranging from startups to mature growth companies, with a focus in the innovation and technology sectors. Programs include workshops, training sessions, and one-on-one coaching that support professional development, including topics such as entrepreneurship, capital formation, operations, marketing, business infrastructure, minority-owned certifications, and more. In-person events provide networking opportunities to build business relationships.

    info@medb.org
    808-875-2300
    1305 N. Holopono St., Ste. 1, Kihei, HI 96753
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    Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) – Business Development Center (BDC)

    Maui Island: 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI 96793 • Tel: 808-249-2990 • Email: micro@meoinc.org 

    Molokai Branch: 380 Kolapa Pl., Kaunakakai, HI 96748 • Tel: 808-553-3216 • Email: molokai@meoinc.org

    Micro-Enterprise Loan Program for low- and moderate-income people offering business loans from $500 to $50,000. Also, a six-week entrepreneurial course held six times a year on Maui (four times a year on Moloka‘i), business consulting services, and personal credit improvement programs.

    Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce

    Chamber advances and stimulates interest and participation in the business and professional community to facilitate exchange of information, broaden opportunities and promote growth.

    mauifilipinocc@gmail.com
    P.O. Box 331033, Kahului, HI 96733
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    Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC)

    MFTC offers food science services, as well as workshops and training sessions on food safety, food labeling, exporting to Japan, and other entrepreneurial business support. This nonprofit also oversees the County’s Kahikolu Plan, A Maui Watershed Protection Initiative  to reduce the island’s axis deer population and protect vital watersheds.

    Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

    Promotes and sustains Hawaiian culture and seeks to improve the socioeconomic status of Native Hawaiians in business. Provides educational and cultural workshops, networking, leadership roles and community service.

    Maui Nui First - Business Directory

    This County of Maui online resource features an extensive list of businesses, products, services and activities that make “Maui Nui” – Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i – no ka oi (the best). Free listings for Maui County businesses.

    Moloka‘i Chamber of Commerce

    Provides business support, networking opportunities, and an environment where members can get together to find collaborative solutions to strengthen their businesses and our island economy and increase our Statewide presence.

    info@molokaichamber.org
    808-658-0608
    40 Ala Malama Avenue, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
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    Moloka‘i Kuhaʻo Business Center

    Serves as an advocate and vehicle of empowerment for Molokai's families to achieve both individually and collectively financial independence and abundance in the formation of healthy and sustainable businesses.

    808-553-8100
    2 Kamoi St., Ste. 600, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
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    Offer support (donations, volunteer) or get support directly from community-led Maui Fire, Flood and Disaster Facebook Relief Group

    See current posted community needs, volunteer opportunities, relief events, resources, and any new local developments shared about the Maui recovery efforts.

    Anyone can OFFER support or post a NEED for support or services in this local community disaster relief Facebook page. The purpose of this local group is where we can have a "go to" hub to locally exchange information of supplies/help *needed* and services and help we can *offer* due to disasters on Maui.

    Click here to go see locally offered community assistance needs and offers

    SCORE of Maui County

    SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides free and confidential small business counseling by dedicated and experienced volunteer counselors.

    kuhao@co.maui.hi.us
    808-873-8247
    Maui County Service Center, 110 ʻAlaʻihi St, Ste 209, Kahului, HI 96732
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    Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Adults & Dislocated Workers

    Goodwill Hawaii’s WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker program equips adults and others displaced from their job with the tools they need to secure and maintain competitive employment. Counselors provide one-on-one guidance and job coaching to assist participants in achieving their employment and career goals.

    Financial Resources

    Apply for Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and American Express have opened the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program, which supports Maui-based small businesses impacted by the devastating wildfires of August 2023. The program will provide 100 businesses with $5,000 grants and business coaching to help them rebuild and grow their business.

    To be eligible for a grant, businesses must:  

    • Employ between three and twenty individuals (including owners),
    • Have at least one physical or online business location in Maui (established on or prior to August 1, 2023),
    • Have incurred financial loss due to the wildfires, and
    • Have a related financial need.

    The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59PM HDT.

    To apply:

    https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/solutions/maui-small-business-recovery-grant-program

    For any questions, please contact resilience@uschamber.com. 

    Apply for Maui Strong Fund grant funds for non-profit organizations from the Hawaii Community Foundation

    If you are with a nonprofit organization seeking funding, please complete our short application.  If you have any questions on the application or our grants process, please email our HCF team at mauistrong@hcf-hawaii.org.

    Organizations Seeking Funding

    HCF is seeking funding requests for the Maui Strong Fund that have clear alignment with coordinated efforts on the ground on Maui. Requested fund amounts should align with the capacity of the organization to manage the grant funds (i.e., the organization has sufficient staff, accounting procedures, experience with programming, etc.). Independent efforts or self-deployment from neighbor islands or out-of-state organizations that have not been requested by Maui-based communities will likely not be funded. Read Maui Strong Funding Opportunity for detailed instructions on how to apply for a grant from the Maui Strong Fund.

    501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for financial resources from the Maui Strong Fund.

    Non-501(c)(3) organizations are encouraged to find an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to serve as fiscal sponsor, and submitted projects must be charitable in nature. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

    To apply for funding, please log in or register for an account to the Grants Portal. If you need assistance, please view our Applicant User Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, How-To Videos, and/or submit a support ticket.

    HCF staff will review applications weekly. Applicants should receive a status update or decision from HCF staff within one to three weeks.

    Maui Strong Fund Frequently Asked Questions

    As of August 25, 2023, $67,559,959 has been donated to the Maui Strong Fund.

    Click here to see the list of past Maui Strong Fund Grantees.

    As of August 16, 2023, in little over a week after the devastating Maui wildfires, the Maui Strong Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation has received $35M from over 125,000 donors in 40 countries to support Maui communities affected by the devastating wildfires. Their team has been working with partners on the ground to understand the evolving needs and deploy these funds quickly and for high impact.

    Partners in this round of funding are providing a wide range of important services including:
    - coordination and shipping of fresh food and goods from Moloka‘i farmers, hunters and fishers
    - temporary shelter support
    - rental deposits and assistance for transitional housing- support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities- refrigerated trucks for food storage
    - mobile clinics and traveling medical care
    - gift cards to meet youth needs
    - transportation coordination
    - grief support, crisis intervention, mental health and well-being counseling
    - gas and grocery gift cards
    - standalone power stations
    - internet access and mobile device charging
    - emergency mobile pharmaceutical support
    - vision clinics for those who need contacts or glasses replaced
    - immigrant-focused services, including free green card replacement
    - emergency shelter and feed for dogs, cats, and livestock that need temporary housing while displaced residents take care of other needs, and more.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at mauistrong@hcf-hawaii.org.

    Apply for State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Temporary Assistance for Other Needy Families (TAONF)

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a Federal and State-funded program that provides direct cash assistance payments to families, refers recipients to DHS’s First-to-Work program, and teaches necessary family skills. TANF and TAONF provide monthly cash benefits to families for food clothing, shelter, and other essentials.  

    For help, call 1-855-643-1643 or email mauipc@dhs.hawaii.gov.

    Maui Processing Center
    54 High Street, #125, Wailuku, HI 96793

    Lunalilo Building
    35 Lunalilo Street, Suite 300, Wailuku, HI 96783

    Qualifications:

    To qualify for this financial assistance, a family must include children under the age of 18 and have gross income below 185% of the 2006 Federal Poverty level (FPL).  For a household of three persons, this means the monthly gross income must be less than $2,941 and the net income must be under $610, if the household includes an employable adult.  

    For households where all adults are disabled, care is required for a disabled household member, or there is a child younger than six (6) months of age, the net income must be under $763 per month.  Effective April 18, 2013, assets are disregarded under the TANF and TAONF Programs.  Families may receive no more than sixty (60) months of cash assistance benefits in their lifetime through the TANF or TAONF Program.

    TANF Brochure (REV 04-2022)

    SNAP and Financial Assistance Application Form (DHS 1240 REV 11-2021

    Public Assistance Information System (Online Application Form)

    Statewide Benefit Processing Centers

    Apply for an Agricultural Micro Grant from Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO)

    Applications for the popular Agricultural Micro Grant Program 4.0 – which offers up to $25,000 in grants to Maui County small farmers and ranchers – will be available beginning Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023.

    The $3 million Maui County-funded program, administered by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center, is open to operating farms on less than 12 acres and livestock ranches up to 40 acres possessing a county business or state general excise license as of July 1, 2023. Preference will be given to women and Native Hawaiians.

    Grants may be used to directly impact the availability of locally-grown produce, livestock and poultry and other related products. Funds can be used for:
    - Farming equipment and machinery.
    - Processing and storage equipment.
    - Farm infrastructure, expansion and upgrades.
    - Inventory and supplies.
    - Packaging and materials.
    - Technology equipment.

    The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 30, 2023.

    The following documentation is required:
    - Completed application.
    - Farm Needs Statement.
    - Copy of an original general excise tax license or filed form G-45 or G-49 2022.
    - Photo ID.
    - 2022 state tax form N-11 (proof of residency).

    Farmers may apply on the MEO website at https://www.meoinc.org/agricultural-micro-grant-program/ or in-person at MEO’s Wailuku office, 99 Mahalani St.

    For more information, contact the MEO Business Development Center by phone at (808) 249-2990 or by email at bdcinfo@meoinc.org.

    Two in-person informational grant workshops will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at MEO Family Center Wailuku, and Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center Pukalani. Both gatherings begin at 5 p.m. Grant application and award information will be presented to help farmers and ranchers understand the process and the documents required.

    The 2022-23 Agriculture Micro-Grant program, funded by Maui County and operated by MEO’s BDC, funded more than 118 small farmers.

    Apply for financial assistance from the Maui Homeowner Assistance Fund (MHAF) – Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi (CCH)

    The Maui County Homeowner Assistance Fund assists eligible homeowners who are experiencing financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic going back to January 21, 2020, and have incomes at or below 150% of the area median income. The program will be administered by Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, with financial assistance primarily for mortgage loans.

    The program is now accepting applications. To learn more about eligibility requirements, or how to apply, please click below.

    Learn More

    Maui County homeowners affected negatively by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive financial assistance for mortgage, other qualified housing expenses and other resources to help them avoid foreclosure under the Maui Homeowner Assistance Fund (MHAF) Program that launched Monday, May 6, 2024. Homeowners displaced by the Maui Wildfires also may be eligible for assistance and are encouraged to apply. Eligible County of Maui homeowners are encouraged to apply to CCH for assistance regardless of race, ethnicity, or religious affiliation. There is currently a waitlist for the prescreening process.

    The County of Maui selected Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi (CCH) to administer MHAF, a COVID-19 program funded by the U.S. Department of The Treasury that is intended to assist eligible homeowners with mortgage and/or other qualified housing expense assistance. Eligible homeowners must have incomes at or below 150 percent of the area median income and must have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship after January 21, 2020, which is a 10 percent reduction in household income or 10 percent increase in household expenses related only to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other eligibility requirements apply.

    Initial financial assistance funding for the program is $7 million; this initial round of funding is expected to assist between 117 and 280 homeowners. Eligible homeowners may receive up to $60,000 in financial assistance, which is primarily for mortgage loans but can be provided for other qualified housing expenses.

    “Our community has withstood numerous waves of adversity over the past few years, and as our community recovers from these crises, we stand together to support our people with the help of experienced partners like Catholic Charities Hawai‘i,” Mayor Richard Bissen said. “Although we experienced some operational delays, I have pledged my unwavering commitment to providing aid to our homeowners who desperately need financial assistance.

    ”Catholic Charities Hawai‘i noted it is grateful for this important partnership with the County of Maui that can assist qualifying homeowners needing financial assistance. “Many people are still struggling from the long-term financial impacts caused by the pandemic, in which their personal situation may have been exacerbated by the recent wildfires,” said Rob Van Tassell, CEO and President of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i.

    Maui County homeowners may visit CCH’s website for more information, at www.catholiccharitieshawaii.org/maui-homeowner-assistance to apply or learn more about the program.

    A prescreen questionnaire is available on the webpage to help determine if a homeowner meets program eligibility requirements. If program eligibility requirements are met, homeowners will receive a link to complete a full application. The application process may take up to three to four months. Applications will be accepted once per household.

    The program will temporarily pause application intake after receiving the first 100 completed applications to allow timely processing of applications and payments to the financial lenders. The program will resume application intake after processing the first 100 applications. Announcements regarding application intake statuses will be made.

    Financial assistance will be prioritized to arrears first and then to future mortgage payments, for up to 12 months or until the maximum assistance amount is reached, whichever occurs first. Future payments for other qualified housing expenses are limited to a maximum of three months or until the maximum assistance amount is reached, whichever occurs first.

    To receive financial assistance for other qualified housing expenses, eligible homeowners are not required to have an eligible mortgage. Other qualified housing expenses include Homeowner Association (HOA) fees, Planned Unit Development (PUD) Community Association Fees, Leasehold Fees, Property Taxes, Utilities (water, sewer, trash, gas, electric), and Homeowners Insurance. Other services may be offered, including HUD Certified Housing Counseling or Legal Services.

    CCH will work with program applicants’ respective mortgage or financial lender to determine the applicant’s eligibility for funding. Approved assistance amounts will be paid directly to the mortgage servicer or other qualified housing expense provider. Actual assistance paid is subject to the mortgage servicer’s or other qualified housing expense provider’s acceptance and application of funds. Assistance will not be provided to homeowners on a reimbursement basis.

    Assistance cannot be provided to homeowners receiving assistance from other programs for the same benefit period.

    Contact Us

    Questions can be directed to CCH by email at mauihafhelp@catholiccharitieshawaii.org or by phone at (808) 873-4673, option 1 then option 3, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, including weekends.

    Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
    Clarence T. C. Ching Campus
    1822 Ke‘eaumoku Street
    Honolulu, HI 96822

    Email: info@catholiccharitieshawaii.org

    O‘ahu: (808) 521-4357
    Hawai‘i: (808) 933-4357
    Maui: (808) 873-4673
    Kaua‘i: (808) 241-4673

    mauihafhelp@catholiccharitieshawaii.org
    (808) 873-4673
    Clarence T. C. Ching Campus, 1822 Ke‘eaumoku Street Honolulu, HI 96822
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    Apply for grants and loans supporting Native Hawaiians and Hawaiʻi-based nonprofits from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Grants Program

    OHA Grants Program

    The purpose of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grants Program is to support Hawaiʻi based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs, and initiatives to serve our Lāhui in alignment with OHA’s Strategic Foundations, Directions & Outcomes. Read more about OHA’s Strategic Plan.

    Reminder, to be eligible for OHA Grant funding consideration, an applicant shall:
    • Be registered to do business in the State of Hawaiʻi
    • Provide services to Native Hawaiians and/or Native Hawaiian community(ies) in the State of Hawaiʻi
    • Have an IRS Letter of Determination
    • Be compliant with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express
      • NOTE: Registration with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express may take 3-4 weeks. Please make sure you are registered and all information is up to date. The current CVC (Certificate of Vendor Compliance) from Hawaiʻi Compliance Express is an OHA grant eligibility requirement.

    OHA Grants program does not give funds directly to individuals, all funds are distributed through an awarded nonprofit organization.

    Organization Capacity Building & Event Grant Types is also COMING SOON! (as of last OHA update: 4/13/2024)

    REMINDER: All application activities will be conducted via the OHA Grants Portal.

    No hard copies of applications will be made available by OHA or accepted under any circumstances.

    The OHA Grants Team is also actively working to better monitor existing grant contracts; serve the awarded grantees toward contract completion; introduce new grant types; and recruit, hire and train additional needed resources.

    Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina and Kula

    Kanaaho Grant is for eligible Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula.

    On April 10, 2024, the Office of Hawaii Affairs (OHA) launched the OHA Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina & Kula to provide direct financial assistance to impacted Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula. The grant funds will support the empowerment of impacted Native Hawaiians to determine their own greatest needs, to meet those needs in the face of disaster, and improve the economic stability of Native Hawaiians.

    Eligibility

    The OHA Kanaaho Grants will provide critical support to Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula.

    • It is the first disbursement of the $5 million in disaster aid funding that the OHA Board of Trustees approved to support wildfire survivors.
    • A $9,000 grant will be awarded to eligible homeowners who experienced hardship; while a $4,000 grant will be awarded to eligible renters who experienced hardship.

    Who can apply for aid?

    • OHA’s Kanaaho Grants will be distributed to qualified head of households that meet the grant application criteria.
    • The applicant must be 1) Native Hawaiian, 2) provide proof of residency,  3) provide proof of homeownership or renter status and 4) a completed W-9 form is also required for payment purposes only. The relief aid will not be taxed. Please download the W-9 from www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

    Wildfire survivors who resided in the wildfire impact zones are advised to collect their documentation so they can submit a complete application on April 10, 2024.

    Download the Kanaaho Grant checklist of required documents.

    The application period opens on April 10, 2024 and OHA will accept aid applications for a 6 month period.

    As we continue along the lengthy recovery process, our hope at OHA is that we support one another, uplift one another, and rebuild together as a community united in aloha.

    Need Kōkua?

    • Visit the OHA Maui Office
      • We will have computer stations set up and staff to help upload your documents
      • We will have modified hours to serve kānaka at the OHA Maui Office
        • Wed. – Fri., April 10-12: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
        • Sat., April 13: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
        • Mon. – Thurs., April 15-18: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
        • Friday, April 19: Closed for application processing
    • Community Outreach
      • OHA will be at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Lahaina Civic Center
        • 4/15 – 4/16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
        • 4/17 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • OHA Offices Statewide
      • During the initial two week application period from 4/10 to 4/19 our staff will be working at the Maui Office to provide kōkua to our beneficiaries. Only the Molokaʻi and Kona Offices will be available to kōkua with grant application submissions.
      • Starting on April 22, 2024, Beneficiary Services Agents will be available at all OHA Offices statewide to provide kōkua with grant application submissions.

    OHA Grants Portal

    Click Here to Enter the OHA Grants Portal

    The OHA Grants Portal is an online application, monitoring, and reporting system for nonprofit organizations who are an applicant or grantee.

    See Video Tutorials below on how to navigate the OHA Grants Portal (Foundant):

    Applicant tutorial videos:
    Applicant & Grantee tutorial videos:
    Application Evaluator tutorial videos:

    OHA Grant Application Evaluators

    Are you interested in being an OHA Grant Application Evaluator?
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Be Native Hawaiian
    • Provide fair and objective mana‘o
    • Have knowledge/experience in the assigned grant type/area
    • Have analytical skills and ability to use the database scoring system
    • Have access to a computer with reliable internet
    • Commit the required amount of time to attend a one hour virtual training orientation, complete approximately 10-20 application evaluations, as well as a 2-6 hour virtual evaluation team convene upon completion of evaluations. (Estimated 10-30 hours depending on number of applications you are assigned to evaluate.)
    Anticipated Activities
    • Completion of Conflict of Interest Form – To ensure you have no affiliations with applicants.
    • Completion of Confidentiality Form – To ensure a confidential evaluation process.
    • Virtual Grant Application Evaluator Orientation
    • Online Application Evaluation – All applications will be evaluated via the OHA Grants Portal.
    • Virtual Evaluation Team Convene
    • Honorarium – Once the evaluation process is complete, you have the opportunity to accept an honorarium from OHA.

    If you are willing to commit to this process, please e-mail grantreview@oha.org with the following information:

    • First & Last Name;
    • Email;
    • Phone Number; and
    • A short statement on why you are interested in being an OHA Grant Application Evaluator.

    Upon receipt of the information above, a Grant Evaluator Information Form will be emailed for completion.

    OHA Grants E-mail List

    If you would like to receive e-mail updates on OHA Grant Solicitations (nonprofit organizations only) please e-mail grantsinfo@oha.org with your organization name and e-mail address.

    OHA Grantees & Annual Report

    Each year OHA shares its list of Grantees in its Annual report.  To view funded projects, click link here to view their Annual Reports.

    OHA Loans for Your Growth

    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is committed to ensuring Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana have access to resources to assist them in pursuing their financial goals. Through caring, supportive growth, our lending program can provide Native Hawaiians with an improved sense of economic well-being.

    Our Mission:

    To enhance access for all persons of Native Hawaiian ancestry to credit, capital, and financial services & skills so as to create jobs, wealth, and economic & social well­-being for all the people of Hawai‘i

    Through these programs, Native Hawaiians have expanded businesses, improved homes, continued their educations—and more.

    Learn more about what makes the OHA Loan program different than a traditional financial institution.

    Disaster Relief Loan Program

    OHA’s Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (NHRLF) Board of Directors approved a new disaster relief loan. Native Hawaiians experiencing a loss as a result of the disasters are now eligible for loans of up to $20,000 at four percent interest with up to six months of deferred payments. Loans may be used for home improvement, vehicle repair or replacement, or business stabilization.

    EXISTING LOAN BORROWERS:

    OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Disaster Relief Loan Program

    Existing loan borrowers who are affected by a natural disaster are eligible for the following:

    • Deferral of their current loan payments of at least three months, possibly up to six months depending upon their current situation, circumstances and loss.
    • Rate on loan will stay the same
    • Maturity date will be extended to accommodate the deferral period
    • Loss must be verified, and a direct effect to their living environment/situation, or job/business affected by the disaster

    Disaster Relief Loan:

    Native Hawaiians who are affected by a natural disaster are eligible to apply for the Disaster Relief Loan:

    • Loan amount of up to $20,000
    • Loan rate of four percent
    • Loan term of up to seven years
    • Borrower still needs to qualify for the loan based on the Operational Guidelines
    • We will defer the first three months of payments and possibly up to six months depending upon the situation, circumstances and loss. The loss would have to impact their living environment/situation, and/or job/business affected by the disaster.
    • Loss must be verified. (Examples of verification would be documentation, pictures, etc.).

    For information about Disaster Relief Loans, email NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org  or call 594-1835.

    Business Loans:

    OHA Mālama Business and Hua Kanu loan programs offer low cost loans to existing and start-up businesses. Learn more about business loans.

    Mālama Business Loans

    Mālama Business Loans are the most popular loans OHA offer that supports Native Hawaiian business owners.

    Some uses of the loan:

    Establishing or building upon a small business; working capital

    Amount:

    $2,500 – $149,999 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    Rates & Terms
    • 4.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    Eligibility
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    • Business must be registered with DCCA and in good standing
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s) if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • Existing business (more than 3 years in business): current YTD profit and loss statement & balance sheet
    • Startup business (less than 3 years in business): current business plan to include 3 year profit & loss forecast statement
    • Document breaking down the use of funds for business working capital
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, etc.)
    • ALL members of the business must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry and provide the documents listed above
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses

    Hua Kanu Business Loan

    Hua Kanu Business Loan Program is available to Native Hawaiians who own established business. Created on July 17, 2013, the low-cost loans are intended to help these small-businesses expand. It is meant to provide them access to credit and capital that allow them to grow as well as remain financially viable.

    Some uses of the loan:
    • Purchase equipment or inventory
    • Working capital
    Amount:

    $150,000 – $1,000,000

    Rates & Terms
    • Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis
    • OHA refers potential loan applicants to a technical assistance provider that guides applicants in completing the loan application packet
    • There are certain activities for which loan monies cannot be used
    • Note: The OHA Hua Kanu Business Loan is NOT the OHA Mālama Loan
    • 7-year loan term; interest rate is 4.00% APR
    Eligibility Requirements
    • All Principals must be U.S. Citizens
    • All Principals must be Hawaii Residents
    • Principals must be Native Hawaiian: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Business Plan
    • Verification of Collateral – The loan-to-value ratio must not exceed 100% [acceptable collateral includes real estate (100% assessed value), equipment (100% assessed value), receivables, inventory, purchase orders and contracts may be considered]
    • Tax Returns – 1 to 3 years of business tax returns may be required depending on the size of the loan requested
    • Financial pro forma for a period of 2 to 3 years
    • Certificate of Good Standing from DCCA
    • Verification of being an eligible applicant
    • Verification that the loan proceeds will not be used for unallowable activities
    • Other items as may be required by the bank, OHA, or the technical assistance provider
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses
    Apply

    To inquire about a Hua Kanu loan, please contact us at (808) 470-0867, NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org, or contact your OHA neighbor island office.

    Mahi ‘Ai Business Loan

    Learn more about the Mahi ‘Ai Business Loan on OHA's website.

    Some uses of the loan:

    Establish or expand your small agricultural business; working capital for produce and livestock; available for a broad spectrum of farming methods; including in-ground or above-ground farming, greenhouse, hydroponic, and more.

    Loan Amounts:

    $2,500 – $100,000 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    Rates & Terms
    • 4.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    • Up to 6 months loan deferment
    Eligibility Requirements
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    • Business must be registered with DCCA and in good standing
    Loan Document Checklist

    ALL members of the business must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry and provide the following documents:

    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s) if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • Existing business (more than 3 years in business): current YTD profit and loss statement & balance sheet
    • Startup business (less than 3 years in business): current business plan to include 3 year profit & loss forecast statement
    • Document breaking down the use of funds for business working capital
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, etc.
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses

    Personal Loans

    OHA offers five types of personal loans for consumers: education, home improvement, debt consolidations, emergency funds and career advancement. Learn more about personal loans.

    If you need a loan product that is not listed here, please contact us at (808) 594-1888, or email NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org.

    OHA Consumer Micro Loan

    In addition, OHA administers a separate Consumer Micro Loan Program that provides low-cost loans to Native Hawaiians experiencing temporary financial hardship due to unforeseen events, or who wish to enhance their careers.

    Loans of up to $7,500 with a five percent interest rate can be used for unexpected home or auto repair and emergency health situations.

    To learn more about the Consumer Micro Loan Program, contact Lareina Meinecke at cmlp@ohaloanfund.org or call (808) 594-1823.

    Some uses of the loan
    • Death in the Family/Funeral Expense
    • Emergency Health Situation
    • Unexpected Home or Auto Repairs
    • CDL License
    • Apprenticeship Programs
    • Career Development Courses
    Unallowable Uses
    • Debt Consolidation or Refinancing
    • Vacation
    • Investment
    • Re-Lending by Borrower
    • Home Remodeling
    • Past due utilities or rent
    • Down payment loans
    • Auto purchase
    Amount:

    $500 to $7,500

    Rates & Terms
    • Simple interest, fixed at 5%
    • Up to five years
    • Collateral not required
    • No gross annual income limit
    • Primary applicant must have sufficient income
    • Co-applicant or guarantor can strengthen the loan
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry, at least 18 years of age and a resident of the State of Hawaii
    • Applicant should have a satisfactory credit history with a minimum credit score of 600 and the ability to repay the loan
    • Two years of employment history is preferred
    • Debt-to-income ratio of no more than 50%
    • Loan must be for applicant’s benefit
    • Loans are available to individuals only. Partnerships, corporations, sole proprietorships, etc., are excluded
    Required documents:
    • Identification: Government issued ID (State drivers’ license or state identification)
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Income: All W-2 employees, one month of consecutive pay stubs. If you have not worked with the company for at least two years, include previous year W2’s. Self-employed, two years of federal tax returns, including all schedules. Social security recipients, current year’s award letter or two month’s consecutive bank statements.
    • Verification of the use of funds: Estimate or Invoice
    • Statement of request: Letter as to why you are applying for a loan (Only required if submitting a paper application)

    Mālama Education Loan

    Education can be expensive, and full of unexpected expenses. This Mālama Education loan can help meet school-related expenses—from preschool, through grade school, and even post-secondary education.

    Some uses of the loan:
    • School tuition (e.g., preschool, trade school, K – 12, college, post graduate)
    • Campus charges, books, etc.
    Amount:

    $2,500 – $20,000

    Rates & Terms
    • 5.00% – 6.00% APR
    • Up to a 1-year term
    Eligibility
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    Required Documents
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • Tuition and expenses/fees breakdown
    • Acceptance letter
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs

    Mālama Debt Consolidation Loan

    Approved use of the Mālama Debt Consolidation Loan:
    • Consolidate existing debts (Applicants to submit creditor statements for debts being paid off)
    AMOUNT: $2,500 – $20,000
    RATES & TERMS
    • 5.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    ELIGIBILITY
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 650 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs
    • Most recent statements for your credit cards and loans

    *Please be aware that if your loan is approved, revolving accounts may be required to be closed.

    Mālama Home Improvement Loan

    https://loans.oha.org/personal/malama-home-improvement-loan/

    SOME USES OF THE LOAN:
    • Renovate existing home: home repairs, extend home, retaining wall,  drive-way, fencing, sidewalk, new appliances
    AMOUNT:

    $2,500 – $100,000 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    RATES & TERMS
    • 5.00% – 6.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    ELIGIBILITY
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian Ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • Contractor’s estimate or breakdown of supplies from home improvement store
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory)

    Apply Now

    Applying for a loan is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

    1. Create a secure user account
    2. Gather your documents
    3. Complete the online application

    The process typically takes 20-25 minutes. Once you complete the application, a lending associate will contact you within two business days. Once an application has been approved, documents can be signed and funds disbursed usually within five to eight business days.

    The Loan Portal is compatible with most computers and laptops.  You may experience technical issues when applying with a cell phone or tablet device.  For more information or if you require trouble shooting assistance, please contact us at (808) 594-1835, NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org, or contact your OHA neighbor island office.

    LOAN APPLICATION HELPFUL TIP

    To ensure your loan application is processed in a timely manner, we highly recommend submitting your loan application once you have prepared all required documents and are ready to upload the documents to the online loan application. If you submit a completed application (all required documents provided) your loan processing wait time will be significantly shorter.  MAHALO

    Apply Now

    Success Stories

    Success Stories

    OHA is proud to support the success of our Native Hawaiian Entrepreneurs. Here are some of our Hua Kanu and Mālama Loan clients in the news. Read our success stories.

    For loan and grant Q&A's visit OHA's FAQ page here.

    Who is eligible for a loan from OHA?
    What documents do I need to apply for a loan?
    How do I apply for a loan?
    How DO I make loan payments?

    Office Locations

    Office hours across the state are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The OHA offices are closed on State holidays.

    An appointment is suggested for locations marked with an asterisk *.

    East Hawai‘i (Hilo)
    484 Kalanikoa St.
    Hilo, HI 96720
    Phone: (808) 295-0236
    Fax: (808) 933-3110

    West Hawai‘i (Kona)*
    75-1000 Henry St., Suite 205
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
    Phone: (808) 327-9525
    Fax: (808) 327-9528

    Maui*
    737 Lower Main St., Suite B2.,
    Wailuku, HI 96793
    Phone: (808) 873-3364
    Fax: (808) 873-3361

    Moloka’i & Lāna’i*
    P.O. Box 1717
    Kaunakakai, HI 96748
    Phone: (808) 560-3611
    Fax: (808) 560-3968

    O’ahu
    560 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite 200
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    Phone: (808) 594-1835
    Fax: (808) 594-1865

    Kaua’i & Ni’ihau*
    4405 Kukui Grove St. Suite 103
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 241-3390
    Fax: (808) 241-3508

    * – Appointments suggested for these locations

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    560 N. Nimitz Hwy #200 Honolulu, HI 96817
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    Apply for the Maui Relief Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for families with dependent children

    In partnership with the state Department of Human Services, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is administering the Maui Relief TANF Program that will provide help with housing, auto and utility payments and other expenses for income-eligible families with children who were directly impacted by the Aug. 8 wildfires.

    The Maui Relief TANF Program “Program” provides benefits to eligible families with dependent children with household incomes at or below 350% of the federal poverty level* who either experienced property damage or loss, or lost earnings or employment as a direct result of the wildfire disaster. The Program benefits are not intended to meet a family’s recurring needs and will not extend beyond four (4) months.

    Rental and mortgage, utilities, and auto down payment on a new vehicle and loan payment assistance are available, as well as gift cards for clothing and school supplies.

    Families with dependent children in their household, directly and indirectly impacted by the wildfires and earning less than 350 percent of the poverty level (which for a family of four is $120,750 annually) are eligible for the benefits.

    U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

    Applications are accepted online and in-person:

    • In person: The Maui Relief TANF Program, which launched on Oct. 20, continues to accept applications in-person at MEO offices in Wailuku. Applications are accepted in-person at MEO’s Wailuku office: 99 Mahalani St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (except holidays). Applicants should bring required documents with them.

    • Online: The application for the Maui Relief TANF Program can be accessed from the MEO website. To apply for the Maui Relief TANF Program, go to www.meoinc.org and go to the Maui Relief TANF program under “Quick Links” or click this link directy.

    For more information, leave a message on the Maui Relief TANF Program phone line at (808) 243-4404 and staff will return the call.

    Families must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be a Hawai‘i resident.
    • Have at least one dependent child, up to age 24 years who is under the care of a relative.
    • Impacted by the Aug.  8 wildfires with property loss or damage or loss of earnings or job.
    • Family’s annual gross income is no more than 350 percent of the 2023 Hawai‘i federal poverty level, which is $79,380 for a family of two or $120,750 for a family of four.

    The relief payments include:

    • One-time deposit and payments of up to four months for long-term (at least 12 months) housing. Monthly payments are based on the actual housing cost, up to $4,000.
    • One-time personal automobile down payment of up to $5,000.
    • Personal automobile loan payments for up to four months, based on actual cost, up to $500 per month.
    • One-time utility deposit of up to $2,000 and utility payments of up to four months, with a maximum of $750 per month, which both may be applied toward multiple utility sources.
    • Clothing allowance up to $350 per child under 18 years old and up to $500 for children ages 18 to 24 years and adults.
    • School supply allowance up to $300 for each school-age child.

    A family may apply for benefits based on their current needs. The benefits received may not duplicate other emergency and disaster relief assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross or other disaster assistance organization.

    For more information about the Maui Relief TANF Program, call 808-243-4404 or email nrst@meoinc.org.

    MEO operates the program in partnership with the state Department of Human Services and Hawaii Community Foundation.

    Find help and search through 4,000 local resources in Hawai'i - Aloha United Way 211

    Aloha United Way 211

    From "hello" to help. We've got you covered with over 4,000 local resources. AUW 2-1-1 is Hawaiʻi's only statewide helpline connecting you with resources you need. Whether you need information and resources or immediate emergency assistance, our 211 Helpline Specialists are available to guide you. Based on your needs and location, we can find helpful resources that you can take advantage of right away.

    What do you need help with?

    To find resources outside of Hawaii, use your state’s 211. Find your local 211.

    How can we help?

    Select a method that works best for you. When you call, a live voice is on the other end - ready to help.

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    Call 2-1-1

    or local: 808-275-2000
    toll-free: 1-877-275-6569

    For better results, please be ready to provide your zip code, age, and gender identity.

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    Click here to search our online Resource Database to find help you need!

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    AUW's 211 Helpline employs dedicated staff to curate and maintain resource data and programs. We are the best and most-trusted source of social service resources in the state of Hawaiʻi.  We will assist to connect 211 users with resources that best fit their geography and need.

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    Get Technical Financial Recovery Disaster Assistance from Project ReStore HOPE Maui – Operation HOPE

    Operation HOPE is committed to supporting the relief efforts in Maui and the surrounding areas. If you are small business owner or individual in need of our financial disaster recover services, please register using the link below, and a member of HOPE team will contact you.

    Disaster Recovery Service Details Register for Help Now

    You can also contact by calling the HOPE Coalition America hotline at 888-388-HOPE to a certified financial disaster specialist. ‍

    Certified coaches to guide victims of this disaster through the complex application process for post-disaster federal relief and insurance claims. With offices in Kīhei and Lahaina, the team of certified coaches includes Maui residents who understand the unique needs of the communities impacted. Each coach guides clients through the complex application process for post-disaster federal relief and insurance claims.

    Read more about Operation HOPE's Disaster Recovery Services:

    • FEMA applications and appeals
    • Small business recovery / SBA Loans
    • Obtaining copies of destroyed documents
    • Insurance claims assistance and appeals
    • Managing mortgage payments on damaged houses
    • Assistance negotiating and working with your creditors
    • Financial counseling
    • Diaster recovery budget
    • Home inspections and repair contracts
    • Foreclosure prevention

    If you are small business owner or individual in need of our financial disaster recover services, please register using the link below, and a member of HOPE team will contact you. Get Help from Operation Hope Now

    Operation HOPE does not provide direct financial aid. However, their team will work diligently with you to obtain the resources and financial help you need to facilitate your recovery.

    For more information and assistance, disaster survivors are encouraged to contact Operation HOPE Inside Disaster or visit a HOPE Inside office. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge. They are available at the two locations below, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    • SBA – Business Resource and Assistance Center, Maui Research & Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Suite 202, in Kīhei
    • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapiʻilani Highway in Lahaina.

    If you have just experienced a natural disaster or are in need of immediate shelter, food, clothing or medical care, please reach out to your local American Red Cross chapter and your local authorities who should be able to direct you on how to get immediate assistance.

    Find your Red Cross chapter

    If you are engaged in supporting the current needs of Hawaii, as they recover from the recent fire storm, please consider joining the Coalition of the Willing, and make a commitment to provide resources, technical support or mentorship.

    Get support from Maui United Way's Fire Disaster Relief programs

    Maui United Way (MUW) has provided support to 18 of our local nonprofit partners offering disaster relief in the wake of the devastating fires on Maui.  They are now planning for what comes next for Maui County, talking story with survivors, nonprofits, and our donors and funders to determine how to have the greatest impact.
    MUW will be back with a new round of granting opportunities soon.  Please know how grateful we are to everyone who has done so much.  You embody the true spirit of aloha!  #LocalsHelpingLocals.

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    Hoʻoulu Maui Nui Business Directory

    Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, and various community partners have put together an online resource directory to support our islands’ small businesses. Whether you are looking to retool and/or respond to COVID-19, this directory offers a list of local service providers who can help you conduct your business safely, adapt and/or pivot your operations, and help you invest in technology infrastructure to expand virtual platforms, web-based marketing and e-commerce.

    If ineligible for FEMA assistance, apply for financial assistance from the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS) Rental Assistance program (RAP)

    The State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services Rental Assistance program (RAP) is connecting FEMA-ineligible families with long-term rentals listed on Airbnb or through the Hawai’i Fire Relief Housing Program. This program will house FEMA-ineligible survivors of Maui wildfires for up to 12 months.

    December 1, 2023 (Updated 12/12/23) – Governor Josh Green, M.D., and the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced the launch of the DHS Rental Assistance Program (RAP) specifically to help survivors of the Maui wildfires who are not eligible for FEMA assistance. With $2.5 million in initial funding, the innovative new RAP will make a significant difference for the many survivors still in need of housing solutions. RAP will work to secure housing for up to 12 months for eligible households by connecting them with Airbnb or through the HelpingMaui.org initiative that is being operated by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) as the Kākoʻo Maui Housing Program.

    The RAP will be facilitated by community-based organization Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) in collaboration with Airbnb, and is designed to work best in Hawai‘i’s unique housing market. For households that move into short-term rentals with less than a six-month minimum duration, DHS and GEM will work to immediately book a consecutive stay to ensure housing over a longer period.

    Households that have been identified as FEMA-ineligible and are in need of housing will be contacted by DHS, GEM, or the American Red Cross through the recently launched interim Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP). Once a household is confirmed for the program, DHS and GEM will work quickly to identify potential property options through Airbnb or the HHFDC Hawai‘i Fire Relief Housing Program. Additionally, GEM will provide a food box for each household in the RAP with sufficient food for the first week in their new accommodations.  

    Benefits:

    • Use Airbnb’s platform
    • Airbnb AirCover for hosts
    • Can offer your unit for less than 1 year

    List your property on AirBnB:

    For Maui Hosts: New listing guidance: Download AirBnB guide PDF


    If you have additional questions, or to participate in this program and list with Airbnb, please contact GEM at hawaii@globalempowermentmission.org.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    (Updated 12/12/23)

    Click here for the DHS RAP FAQs

    DHS RAP FAQs pdf version

    Q: Who is leading this program?

    The DHS RAP is being led by the Department of Human Services (DHS), in collaboration with Global Empowerment Mission (GEM). GEM is a non-profit organization that will facilitate this program on behalf of DHS and is the primary point of contact for any inquiries.

    Please email hawaii@globalempowermentmission.org if you are a survivor interested in this program, or a property owner interested in possibly listing your short-term rental.

    Q: Who is eligible for this program?  
    This rental assistance program is specifically for Maui wildfire survivors who are ineligible for FEMA assistance.

    Q: What kind of housing is available?  
    The RAP will require that properties be conventional housing options, such as a single-family home, condominium, apartment, or similar with connect on to infrastructure. This means no tents/ yurts/ campers/ etc.
    Requirements include:
    • Connect on to county electric grid
    • Running water
    • Sewer
    • Conventional construction

    Q: How can you apply?  
    Households that have been identified as FEMA-ineligible and are in need of housing will be contacted by DHS, GEM, or the American Red Cross through the recently launched interim Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP). If you are a survivor of the Maui wildfires, and believe you are ineligible for FEMA assistance and would like to inquire directly about DHS RAP, please email hawaii@globalempowermentmission.org for more information.

    Q: What costs are covered? What are the limits on rent amounts?  
    To ensure that the program is aligned with market needs and sufficient for families in need, the State of Hawai‘i has approved average monthly rates (AMRs) for properties in this program at the following rates:
    • 0-1 Bedroom: $5,000/month
    • 2 Bedrooms: $7,000/month
    • 3 Bedrooms: $9,000/month
    • 4 Bedrooms: $11,000/month

    NOTE: these are maximum rates, inclusive of all taxes and fees, but these rates are not guaranteed.

    Q: What does the program include?  


    The RAP will help find, book, and pay for housing for Maui wildfire survivors that qualify for this program up to 12 months.

    Q: How long will the program be available for?  


    The RAP will provide housing support for Maui wildfire survivors that qualify for this program for up to 12 months.

    Q: How is this program being funded/ how much funding is available?  
    Funding is provided by the State of Hawaii. Governor Green has allocated an initial $2.5 million in funding for this RAP.  

    General Information for Property Owners:

    • The DHS RAP program provides funding to target the short-term rental (STR) market.
    • While we encourage property owners to participate in this program, please note this program is specifically for the STRs that have not already leased their property to wildfire survivors or other local residents on a long-term basis.
    • If you are a STR owner and have do not currently have a tenant in your property on a long-term basis, we encourage you to participate in this program and suggest you list with Airbnb.
    • Doing so will greatly streamline the process of matching a survivor with your property and getting them into much needed housing quickly—and afford you as the owner all the protections and benefits of an Airbnb host. Note, Airbnb has agreed to waive its fees for this program.
    • Further, listing through Airbnb will also streamline the booking/leasing process. IF you are an STR owner who has already listed your property on the Hawaii Fire Housing Relief site, we encourage you to also list with Airbnb for the DHS RAP.
    • Please review the posted .pdf from Airbnb with listing guidance for more information on how to list with Airbnb.  

    Note the following:
    • Short-term rentals are required to pay State of Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET) and Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT). Short term stays are less than six months.  If a STR property is booked longer than 180 days, the TAT will not apply.
    • The publicized RAP monthly rates are the MAXIMUM price point for STRs located in West Maui, inclusive of all taxes and fees. However, the maximum payment is NOT guaranteed. With free market pricing, listings will compete.
    • In pricing your property, we ask you include tax and any additional fees such as for cleaning, parking, or for pet allowances.
    • While the response to this program has been overwhelming posi ve, we want to be clear that terminating an existing lease with a Hawaii resident to list your property with this program is unacceptable. All reports of this conduct will be referred to the Department of the Attorney General for follow-up and any appropriate legal action, and those properties will be flagged and ineligible to participate in the DHS RAP un l that follow up is complete.

    “Housing is an immediate and highly personal need for the survivors of the Maui wildfires, and particularly households that do not qualify for FEMA support. No one affected by this disaster should be prevented from receiving the assistance they need. I have directed my administration to find creative, flexible ways to help everyone,” said Governor Josh Green, M.D. “This program is a direct result of this work, and we will continue to evolve and refine our approach to best meet our community’s needs. I am pleased to announce this rental assistance program so that no one is left behind.”  

    A survivor who was recently placed through this program told the team, “Thank you for the help you have given us, a stable place to stay for six months. I will have my family sleeping in the same place again, and may God bless them.”  

    “Since the start of the fires, the Airbnb host community has played an important role in relief efforts by offering emergency, short-term stays for residents displaced by the fires,” said Airbnb Public Policy Manager Alex April. “Airbnb is proud to continue supporting Maui’s recovery by working with the state of Hawai‘i and our hosts to offer additional housing for fire survivors.”  

    “GEM is proud to partner with DHS and work to provide efficient and effective solutions for those most in need,” said Michael Capponi, founder and president of GEM.  

    “The Department of Human Services is grateful to Governor Green for continuing to prioritize supporting the survivors of the Maui wildfires. This new housing program is a novel way to enable us to help more families find places to live and to recover without having to worry about where they will move next, or high rental costs,” said DHS Deputy Director Trista Speer. “Survivors, especially those that don’t qualify for federal assistance, need the state to step in and the Department of Human Services is proud to offer this help through Governor Green’s leadership and motto for equity.”  

    Hawai‘i Media Contact:
    State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services
    Amanda Stevens – Public Information Officer
    astevens@dhs.hawaii.gov  

    DHS Maui Recovery Program and Media Contact:
    Sherilyn Kajiwara
    skajiwara-ctr@dhs.hawaii.gov

    Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program - Hawai`i Community Lending

    (Announced May 2, 2024)

    Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program

    Hawai‘i Community Lending (HCL) was created by native Hawaiians on Maui who were unable to qualify for a Hawaiian Homelands lease. HCL was created to fund the affordable housing ecosystem from homebuyer to homebuilder to homeowner. Working to help solve the statewide housing crisis, HCL offers products and services for local and native Hawaiians to build, buy, and save homes from foreclosure. HCL started its work in 2002 in the Paukukalo homestead to help native Hawaiians obtain mortgages to receive their lease and get on the land.

    HCL expanded their Maui roots to serve native Hawaiians across the state. In 2007, HCL assisted Leiali‘i homestead families in Lahaina obtain mortgages. 16 years later, when the August 8th fires struck, our team moved quickly to launch the Kanaka Anti-Displacement Fund to bring services to the 104 impacted Leiali‘i families, committing ourselves to help them prevent displacement and rebuild.

    Now, HCL has been called on to expand our services under the Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program to serve all Lahaina owner-occupant homeowners.

    Eligibility

    • Lahaina homeowner
    • Lived in home as primary residence before impact

    Services

    • FEMA and SBA loan applications and appeals
    • Access to grants and loans to prevent foreclosure
    • Help with forbearance and modifications of first mortgages
    • Referrals to emergency financial counseling and filing insurance claims
    • Assistance with obtaining construction and mortgage financing for rebuild from HCL or its partner lenders

    Accepting applications July 1, 2024.

    If you are a Lahaina homeowner who occupied your home at the time of the fires, you may sign up to be placed on an interest list by completing this Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program Interest Form to secure your space in the Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program:

    CLICK HERE FOR INTEREST FORM

    Questions?

    Please contact kokua@hawaiiancommunity.net.

    For more information, visit www.HawaiiCommunityLending.com.    

    Maui Outreach Offices

    As we grieve the devastation to our Maui community, HCL is 100% committed to the recovery effort.

    HCL's long-term goal is to assist those impacted on Maui to rebuild their homes. They are here to support residents throughout this journey, providing guidance, resources, and assistance every step of the way.

    We are working to provide essential information and services to those in need. In addition to immediate relief efforts, we are actively setting up a comprehensive ‘toolkit’ filled with resources to aid you on your path to recovery.

    HCL's team has two offices on Maui — one in a converted shipping container in Lahaina and one in Maui Mall in Kahului — so we are on site to respond to your needs and help you recover from the fire destruction.

    Kahului Maui office of Hawaii Community Lending

    Kahului Office

    In Kākoʻo Maui Resource Hub in partnership with Hawaiian Community Assets
    Maui Mall, 70 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave.
    Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome

    Hawaii Community Lending Lahaina Maui Office

    Lahaina Office

    Stationed near the Lahaina Civic Center and the Leiali‘i subdivision
    Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. walk-ins welcome
    Fri. - Sun. by appointment.

    Contact Hawai`i Community Lending

    (808) 587-7656 (Call or Text)

    HCL's Pledge to Maui ‘Ohana

    • Preventing foreclosure and securing land access.
    • Financial aid for disaster victims.
    • Kānakā Anti-Displacement Fund to protect native Hawaiians.
    • Dedicated team working to make rebuilding easier.

    Join Hawai‘i Community on the journey to rebuild and restore Maui’s strength. We’re here for you every step of the way.

    Maui County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    Helps both tenants and landlords who are struggling financially from the economic effects of COVID-19. Program can provide assistance towards rent or household utility bills going back to March 13, 2020, current bills, or future bills, depending on a household’s needs.  Households who have received previous rent or utility assistance from other COVID-19 relief programs and are in need of further assistance are also encouraged to apply. For information, click here. The Maui County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Help Line is(808) 873-4673.

    Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) – Business Development Center (BDC)

    Maui Island: 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI 96793 • Tel: 808-249-2990 • Email: micro@meoinc.org 

    Molokai Branch: 380 Kolapa Pl., Kaunakakai, HI 96748 • Tel: 808-553-3216 • Email: molokai@meoinc.org

    Micro-Enterprise Loan Program for low- and moderate-income people offering business loans from $500 to $50,000. Also, a six-week entrepreneurial course held six times a year on Maui (four times a year on Moloka‘i), business consulting services, and personal credit improvement programs.

    Offer support (donations, volunteer) or get support directly from community-led Maui Fire, Flood and Disaster Facebook Relief Group

    See current posted community needs, volunteer opportunities, relief events, resources, and any new local developments shared about the Maui recovery efforts.

    Anyone can OFFER support or post a NEED for support or services in this local community disaster relief Facebook page. The purpose of this local group is where we can have a "go to" hub to locally exchange information of supplies/help *needed* and services and help we can *offer* due to disasters on Maui.

    Click here to go see locally offered community assistance needs and offers

    Student Loans

    Principal and interest payments on federally-held student loans have been automatically suspended through January 31, 2022. For more information about coronavirus relief and support for student loan borrowers, visit Consumer Finance Protection Bureau student loans.

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides relief for eligible organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the CARES Act:

    • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) established several temporary funding programs for eligible small businesses, nonprofits, and U.S. agricultural businesses
    • The U.S. Treasury extended coronavirus tax relief programs to eligible employers severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Resources:

    Grant Resources

    Kako‘o Maui Relief & Aid Services Center - Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

    The hub will provide access to relief application assistance, legal aid, document replacements, mental & physical health support, Foodland vouchers, HEPA air purification systems, workforce training, financial support may be available, and more.

    The hub will host both non-profit service providers and representatives from various agencies, on a rotating basis, including:

    • Imua Family Services
    • Hawai‘i Community Lending
    • Hawaiian Community Assets
    • Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation
    • Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
    • Papa Ola Lōkahi
    • Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc.
    • Maui Rapid Response
    • Catholic Charities of Hawai‘i

    For more information, go to hawaiiancouncil.org/helpmaui/mauiresources

    Come down and get assistance today in person:

    Maui Mall (next to the UPS Store and TJ Max)
    153 E Kamehameha Ave, Suite 101

    Open: Monday - Fricay, 8 am to 6 pm

    Phone: 808-204-2722
    Email: kakoomaui@hawaiiancouncil.org

    kakoomaui@hawaiiancouncil.org
    (808) 204-2722
    70 E. Ka'ahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732
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    Apply for American Red Cross Financial Assistance

    Enrollment for the initial phase of Red Cross financial assistance ended on September 18, 2023. However, the American Red Cross is offering another round of financial assistance for people whose primary home was destroyed or is unlivable due to the Maui wildfires, and who are continuing to experience unmet recovery needs.

    Bridge Financial Assistance Program:

    • Starting Monday, October 16, if your home was destroyed or is unlivable due to the wildfires, you may get an invitation to complete an application directly from the Red Cross, by email, text message or phone call. Please respond to the message so you can get this help.
    • Starting Monday, October 23, if you have not heard from the Red Cross and believe you may be eligible, go to redcross.org/hihelp to find the nearest Red Cross service center to speak to a worker in person.

    To be eligible for this program, households must apply for the program between October 16 and November 7, and meet the following requirements:

    • Your pre-disaster primary residence (renter or homeowner) is in a confirmed disaster-impacted geographic area in Maui County and is either destroyed or has sustained significant structural damage that requires extensive repairs, or the damage is so severe that repairs are not feasible.
    • You need financial assistance for unmet recovery needs resulting from the disaster.
    • You must be able to provide proof of identity and residence at the disaster-impacted address.

    To apply for this assistance:

    • Follow the instructions received by email, text or phone call from the Red Cross, beginning October 16. If you receive an invitation, applications may be completed virtually or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) for support.
    • Visit redcross.org/hihelp beginning October 23 to find the nearest service center where Red Cross workers will be available to support.

    We strongly encourage people to apply for federal Disaster Assistance at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Approval for FEMA assistance is not a requirement to receive Red Cross financial assistance.

    For questions about American Red Cross financial assistance or other support, please call: 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767)

    Apply for FEMA's Critical Needs Assistance

    The fastest way to apply is through DisasterAssistance.gov. You can also apply through the FEMA mobile app or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

    Critical Needs Assistance is a one-time $700 payment per household.

    For more information on FEMA disaster assistance, visit FEMA Individual Assistance.

    After you complete your application for assistance, you will receive a FEMA application number.  Write down this number and keep it for future reference.

    Also learn more about the steps after applying here.

    Other helpful information:

    FEMA is committed to providing equal access to disaster recovery resources and assistance. Let FEMA know if you or anyone in your household has a disability or language need.

    If you have insurance, you should file a claim with your insurance company immediately. FEMA assistance cannot help with losses already covered by insurance.

    Apply for Maui Strong Fund grant funds for non-profit organizations from the Hawaii Community Foundation

    If you are with a nonprofit organization seeking funding, please complete our short application.  If you have any questions on the application or our grants process, please email our HCF team at mauistrong@hcf-hawaii.org.

    Organizations Seeking Funding

    HCF is seeking funding requests for the Maui Strong Fund that have clear alignment with coordinated efforts on the ground on Maui. Requested fund amounts should align with the capacity of the organization to manage the grant funds (i.e., the organization has sufficient staff, accounting procedures, experience with programming, etc.). Independent efforts or self-deployment from neighbor islands or out-of-state organizations that have not been requested by Maui-based communities will likely not be funded. Read Maui Strong Funding Opportunity for detailed instructions on how to apply for a grant from the Maui Strong Fund.

    501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for financial resources from the Maui Strong Fund.

    Non-501(c)(3) organizations are encouraged to find an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to serve as fiscal sponsor, and submitted projects must be charitable in nature. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

    To apply for funding, please log in or register for an account to the Grants Portal. If you need assistance, please view our Applicant User Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, How-To Videos, and/or submit a support ticket.

    HCF staff will review applications weekly. Applicants should receive a status update or decision from HCF staff within one to three weeks.

    Maui Strong Fund Frequently Asked Questions

    As of August 25, 2023, $67,559,959 has been donated to the Maui Strong Fund.

    Click here to see the list of past Maui Strong Fund Grantees.

    As of August 16, 2023, in little over a week after the devastating Maui wildfires, the Maui Strong Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation has received $35M from over 125,000 donors in 40 countries to support Maui communities affected by the devastating wildfires. Their team has been working with partners on the ground to understand the evolving needs and deploy these funds quickly and for high impact.

    Partners in this round of funding are providing a wide range of important services including:
    - coordination and shipping of fresh food and goods from Moloka‘i farmers, hunters and fishers
    - temporary shelter support
    - rental deposits and assistance for transitional housing- support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities- refrigerated trucks for food storage
    - mobile clinics and traveling medical care
    - gift cards to meet youth needs
    - transportation coordination
    - grief support, crisis intervention, mental health and well-being counseling
    - gas and grocery gift cards
    - standalone power stations
    - internet access and mobile device charging
    - emergency mobile pharmaceutical support
    - vision clinics for those who need contacts or glasses replaced
    - immigrant-focused services, including free green card replacement
    - emergency shelter and feed for dogs, cats, and livestock that need temporary housing while displaced residents take care of other needs, and more.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at mauistrong@hcf-hawaii.org.

    Apply for USDA grants and loans for purchasing, building, or repairing homes from the USDA's Rural Development Single Family Housing Program

    Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Programs give families and individuals the opportunity to buy, build, or repair affordable homes located in rural America. Eligibility for these loans, loan guarantees, and grants is based on income and varies according to the average median income for each area.

    USDA Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Programs give families and individuals the opportunity to buy, build, or repair affordable homes located in rural America - https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-programs

    For Homeowners:

    For Homebuyers:

    • Single Family Housing Direct Loans Program provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes, or grants to elderly 62 years and older very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.
    • Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program assists low- and very-low-income applicants to purchase or build a decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas with no money down and provides payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability.
    • Guaranteed Loan Program assists approved lenders in providing low- and moderate-income households the opportunity to own adequate, modest, decent, safe and sanitary dwellings as their primary residence in eligible rural areas. Refinance options are also available.

    USDA Rural Development can also support homeowners, businesses, and communities in recovering and rebuilding, especially in providing long-term support through repairing homes, essential community facilities, and rural water systems. For more information, individuals can review Rural Development’s disaster toolkit.

    For more information on USDA programs and how they can support, please contact the following or visit the Kahului Service Center at the address listed below.

    Mr. Gerald Gregory
    Natural Resources Conservation Service  
    gerald.gregory@usda.gov
    Direct Phone: (808) 214-1747

    Nenita E. Acob
    Area Specialist
    Maui Satellite Office, Rural Development
    United States Department of Agriculture
    Direct Phone:  (808) 214-1733 / Fax:  (855) 878-2464

    Kahului Service Center
    77 Hookele Street, 2nd Floor
    Kahului, HI  96732

    Apply for Urgent Action Grants up to $5,000 from the Hawaiʻi People's Fund's "Maui Aloha: The People's Response"

    Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is committed to supporting grassroots organizations implementing direct actions to reduce the harm of current systemic failures and organizing to build power for indigenous and marginalized communities. We welcome strategic proposals that aim to support our beloved community and build towards a more just and equitable future ($5,000 maximum request).

    Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is mobilizing to help provide immediate relief to those directly impacted by the wildfires on Maui Island. While organizations may apply for Urgent Action Grants to support change-oriented direct actions happening in communities across the pae ʻāīna, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is prioritizing assistance to huis mobilizing to provide immediate relief to those directly impacted by the wildfires on Maui Island.

    Grant amounts: The maximum grant request is $5,000.

    Apply for Urgent Action Grants from Maui Aloha: The Peopleʻs Response: 
    Online Application or Paper Application This paper application can be downloaded, filled out, and sent to peoples@lava.net

    We understand that low-income families, houseless communities, people with disabilities, indigenous, immigrant, and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by crisis (in addition to ongoing systemic oppression). Community organizing is essential at this moment to protect ‘āina kulaiwi, heal lives and spirits, and ensure our most vulnerable communities can stay safe.

    Examples of projects/responses can include:

    • Participatory mutual aid projects serving vulnerable communities (food justice, kūpuna care, childcare)
    • Building solidarity economies
    • Community centered indigenous traditional healing and medicine
    • Organizing transportation and deployment of essential goods
    • Organizing against evictions, utility shut offs, ICE and immigration enforcement
    • Organizing for mental health and grief counseling resources
    • Organizing to protect affected lands from predatory investors and speculators

    To accommodate real-time response to community needs, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund will make the following special considerations to those responding to issues related to the August 2023 fires on Maui:

    • Current grantees or past grantees mobilizing in Relief and Response on Maui may seek direct awards for urgent response. Please contact the Executive Director directly at hawaiipf@gmail.com.
    • Committee will make all efforts to expedite review and make determinations within a week of receipt or less
    If you are a current or past HPF grantee responding to the Maui fires, please contact us directly before filling out this application - peoples@lava.net

    Read our FAQ on Funding Guidelines And Eligibility

    (The People’s Fund reserves the right to expedite larger awards to past and current grantees providing direct, immediate relief to those recovering from the Maui wildfires. Email hawaiipf@gmail.com)

    Since 1972, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund has stood in solidarity with those individuals and organizations who have been working to upend and heal systems of oppression for 50 years.

    Tax ID/EIN 23-7250803Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of Hawaiʻi.

    hawaiipf@gmail.com
    808-593-9969
    P.O. Box 4163 Honolulu, HI 96812
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    Apply for a $5,000 grant from the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program

    The Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program was established by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with American Express and with support from Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, to support disaster recovery in Maui through grants to small businesses impacted by the devastating Maui wildfires of August 2023.  

    In collaboration with the Maui Chamber of Commerce and LahainaTown Action Committee, the program will provide $5,000 grants and business coaching to 100 small businesses to help them recover and build long-term resilience in the face of economic challenges.

    Grants

    To be eligible for a $5,000 grant, businesses must:

    -Employ at least three (3) but no more than twenty (20) individuals (including owners)

    -Have at least one physical location or online business in Maui established on or prior to August 1, 2023

    -Have experienced financial loss due to the Maui wildfires

    -Not have sufficient financial resources to cover the business damage/loss that their business experienced as a result the Maui wildfires  

    -Meet all other eligibility criteria specified in the application

    See more on eligibility here, including ineligible businesses. Other Terms and Conditions apply.

    It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of their status by June 15, 2024. For more information, visit our FAQs.

    Business Coaching

    Grantees must attend monthly sessions aimed at providing business owners with strategies on how to rebuild and grow their business.

    These sessions will cover all aspects of building a stronger, more resilient business, including the role of disaster preparedness plans, informed by the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s educational resources. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

    Deadline

    Eligible business owners can apply for the grant, between April 17 and May 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. HDT.  

    The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59PM HDT.

    Apply Now

    Complete this application for the chance to be selected for the Maui Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. HDT.

    ⁠⁠To apply, visit: ⁠https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/solutions/maui-small-business-recovery-grant-program or click here to Start Application.

    For any questions, contact resilience@uschamber.com. 

    Related Links

    Apply for a small business grant from Lehua Sprouts Forth Grant

    The Lehua Sprouts Forth Grant, provided by Feed the Hunger Fund & Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, supports Maui small businesses and entrepreneurs on their journey to rebuilding, fostering resilience and growth toward stability.

    In our first round of grants, the Feed the Hunger Fun was able to grant $45,000 to a number of Maui businesses and entrepreneurs.

    This grant will remain open until all funding has been dispersed.

    To apply to this second round, click this Kupu Mai Ka Lehua Application Link

    The Ohia Lehua, the first plant to emerge from barren lava rock, symbolizes the resilience of the people of Lahaina affected by the August 2023 fires.

    info@feed-hunger.com
    (415) 432-8202
    1050 Bishop Street #387 Honolulu, HI 96813
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    Apply for aid from the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Disaster Relief Fund, "Bayanihan Relief Fund"

    The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation has set up a Bayanihan recovery fund to provide resources to support the immediate and long-term recovery needs of the people affected by the devastating Maui wildfires on Aug. 8. We are working with local, national and international partners to get an understanding of the quickly evolving priorities. We are committed to recovery as we rise together as a community. We have set up this fund to help provide those affected with basic needs, and to support long-term economic recovery and small business support, especially for our kababayan on Maui.

    Were you affected by the recent Maui fires? We set-up this fund for you. But in order to avoid waste, we want to know your specific needs at the moment. We are also aware this will be a marathon so please help us reach out to others affected and invite them to sign-up via the Bayanihan Relief Fund - Signup Form here.

    The objectives and parameters of this program are to:

    • Respond QUICKLY and deploy funds in a timely manner, and with flexibility for high-impact results to support life-sustaining and life-preserving needs.
    • This fund is available to all directly affected by the wildfires - lost a loved one, a home or other property, or loss of livelihood. Use of funds shall be executed by the Bayanihan Fund committee, and approved by the members of the Maui Filipino Chamber Board. Use of funds must meet the immediate needs of the community, and shall fill in the gaps to complement efforts from other community organizations.
    • Those affected must complete a simple form on mauifilipinochamber.com to request for support and indicate their needs.
    • Recognizing that recovery will take some time, this fund may also be used in execution of other programs related to resilience and recovery such as: organizing resource fairs with partner orgs in medical care, shelter, as well as grief support and trauma-informed care, document recovery, job placement and counseling, micro-grants for start-up businesses, and others determined by the Committee. This includes programs that will rebuild resilience and creation of preventive strategies that will engage the Maui community members and leaders, towards strengthening Maui’s economy as well.
    • Aid may be distributed to the household representative on a first-come, first-serve basis on this list, as funds are available. We understand needs vary so you can buy the items you need.
    • Must be Lahaina or Upcountry residents affected (house burned, displaced) by the Aug. 8 Maui fires.
    • Only one entry per household.

    We will rebuild and recover! Kaya natin 'to. For a list of resources for those affected: visit www.mauifilipinochamber.com

    These funds are donated by partner organizations Asia American Initiative, NaFFAA, FPACC, COFACC, SoCal Filipinos, Kokua Maui partners in Hawaii (FCCH, PMAH, Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Philippines Business Economic Council, West Hawaii Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Filipino Chamber of Commerce Big Island, Filipino Jaycees of Honolulu, UP Alumni Association of Hawaii, FAUW), and generous individuals!

    mauifilipinocc@gmail.com
    PO Box 331033, Kahului, Hawaii 96733
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    Apply for emergency financial assistance from USDA Farm Service Agency Wildfire Recovery Programs

    Has your agricultural operation been impacted by wildfire?

    USDA offers programs that can help with wildfire recovery, as well as those that can help you manage risk on your operation.

    Click here to see the USDA Wildfire Disaster Recovery assistance programs:

    • The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss conditions as well as expenses associated with transportation of water and feed to livestock. ELAP is not eligible on federally managed lands.

    • The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses or prevents crop planting. Producers must have obtained NAP coverage for the crop year in which the loss occurs.

    • The Tree Assistance Program provides cost-share assistance to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes or vines lost during the natural disaster.
    This program provides assistance for trees, bushes or vines not covered by the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program or crop insurance.

    •The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides benefits to livestock owners and contract growers who experience livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by specific adverse weather, disease, or animal attacks.

    • The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides benefits for grazing losses due to wildfire. LFP benefits may also be available for loss of grazing acres due to wildfires on federally managed lands on which a producer is prohibited, by a federal agency, from grazing normally permitted livestock.

    Emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres allows producers to graze livestock on lands enrolled in CRP, except for during primary nesting season.

    • Livestock producers who have approved applications through the 2021 Livestock Forage Disaster Program for forage losses due to severe drought or wildfire will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments to compensate for increases in supplemental feed costs through the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP).

    • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices. Common practices to help recover from wildfire include installing erosion control measures, planting trees, thinning and removing damaged trees and reseeding and replanting riparian areas.

    • The Emergency Watershed Protection Program– with recovery and floodplain easement options – provides personalized advice and financial assistance to relieve imminent threats to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural disasters that impair a watershed.

    • Farm Loans: USDA offers a variety of direct and guaranteed loans, including operating and emergency loans to eligible producers unable to secure commercial financing. Loans can help producers replace essential property, purchase inputs like livestock, equipment, feed and seed, cover family living expenses or refinance farm-related debts and other needs.

    Learn about general eligibility for USDA’s disaster assistance programs: Disaster-Assistance-at-a-Glance Fact Sheet

    For more information on USDA programs and how they can support, please contact the following or visit the Kahului Service Center at the address listed below.  

    Kahului Service Center
    77 Hookele Street, 2nd Floor Kahului, HI  96732

    Mr. Gerald Gregory
    Natural Resources Conservation Service

    gerald.gregory@usda.gov

    (808) 214-1747

    Ms. Nenita Acob
    Rural Development
    nenita.acob@usda.gov
     
    (808) 871-5500 ext. 4

    Apply for financial aid (grants, loans, mortgage relief) and disaster assistance support from the Kānaka Anti-Displacement Fund

    The Maui wildfire disaster temporarily displaced 271 kānaka (Native Hawaiian) homeowners from their land in Lahaina. Our people will need financial support and expertise to secure insurance claim monies and disaster assistance necessary to stay in place and rebuild. Unfortunately, kānaka may not have the funds to afford the costs of submitting a claim in the first place or to appeal insurance and FEMA denials. Without access to support and expertise, our people will be displaced from their homelands and potentially, from Hawaiʻi altogether.

    The fund is to support the Native Hawaiian population facing challenges such as the Maui wildfire disaster that uprooted 271 Kānaka homeowners from their ancestral lands in Lāhainā. The fund rallies to provide the necessary financial aid and expertise required to secure insurance claims and disaster assistance. The fund will ensure our kānaka community remains rooted in their homeland, protecting our people’s place within the rich tapestry of Hawaiʻi’s cultural heritage.

    The fund's objectives:

    • Prevent displacement of indigenous kānaka maoli in Maui and Hawaiʻi due to disasters.
    • Provide financial aid and expertise for insurance claims and disaster assistance.
    • Address financial barriers preventing kānaka from claiming insurance or appealing denials.

    Support Services Provided:

    Under the Kānaka Anti-Displacement Fund, HCL ʻOhana Advocates will collaborate with homeowners to:

    • Secure copies of certified policies from insurance companies active on the disaster date.
    • Obtain mortgage forbearances, modifications, grants, and loans.
    • Establish an emergency budget with HUD-certified housing counselors.
    • Complete FEMA disaster assistance applications and file appeals.
    • Retain a public insurance adjuster (PA) for insurance policy reviews and to fight on the homeowner’s behalf to get the monies they deserve for rebuilding.

    The mortgage forbearance program allows you to temporarily halt mortgage payments, providing essential financial relief. During this period, you won't face fees, penalties, or additional interest beyond your regular payments.

    Visit one of our two offices on Maui, call or text 808-587-7656 or visit www.hawaiicommunitylending.com

    Kahului Office In Kāko‘o Maui Resource Hub
    Maui Mall, 70 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave.
    Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.

    Lahaina Office – opening soon
    Near Lahaina Civic Center and Leiali‘i subdivision

    Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins welcome, Fri. – Sun. by appointment.

    For more information, or to apply for assistance, fill out their Contact Form on their website here and select, "Maui Wildfire Relief & Recovery" from the "nature of your inquiry" menu drop-down.

    The Fund has been established by Hawaiʻi Community Lending (HCL), a US Treasury certified native CDFI, to provide deferred payment loans and technical assistance for impacted kānaka.

    Hawaii Community Lending is a 501c3 nonprofit Native community development financial institution that increases access to credit and capital for the  economic self-sufficiency of underserved Hawaii residents with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians.

    Apply for financial assistance grants from Alzheimer’s Association Hawaiʻi's Maui Caregiver Respite Assistance Program

    We Are Here for You!

    Currently, nearly 100,000 kupuna and others in Hawaii are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, or another form of dementia. Serving Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, the Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii is here to help.

    In response to the devastating Maui fires that displaced many families, the Alzheimer’s Association- Hawaiʻi is offering caregiver respite financial assistance to families impacted by the fires.

    Alzheimer's Association - Hawaii's Maui Emergency Caregiver Respite Fund

    This financial assistance program aims to provide support and temporary relief to caregivers caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another forms of dementia during this challenging time.

    The caregiver respite financial assistance program will cover caregiving services of up to $2,500 per family in and outside of the home or a temporary residence, adult day care, or placement at an assisted living facility.

    To apply for the program, please click here. If you have questions, please call our office at 808.591.2771 or email alohainfo@alz.org.


    For additional support, we encourage Maui residents to reach out to the Maui County Office of Aging at 808.270.7774.
    Maui and Hawaii Island Fires: Emergency Situations and People with Dementia Info Sheet

    For more information about Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, visit alz.org/hawaii or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

    For more information, and families in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the Maui County Office of Aging at 808-270-7774 or the Alzheimer’s Association of Hawaiʻi at 808-591-2771.

    Maui and Hawaii Island Fires: Emergency Situations and People with Dementia Info Sheet

    Helpful Resources

    808.591.2771
    677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 301, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
    Visit website

    Apply for grants & loans through Oahu Agriculture and Conservation Association

    Grants & Loans For Farmers and Ranchers

    OACA provides farmers, ranchers and agriculture organizations with support to grow their businesses. OACA provides one-to-one support in applying for grants and loans. We can assist with funding research, comprehensive grant writing/application development, review of grant applications prior to submission, connecting to lenders and more. Submit our intake form above for assistance.

    ​OACA also connect producers to help with disaster assistance, farm loans, conservation practices, manufacturing, branding and marketing, composting, and infrastructure.

    Click here to see the running list of Grants & Loans For Farmers and Ranchers.

    oahuaca@gmail.com
    P. O. Box 4, 92-1770 Kunia Rd., Kunia, Hawai`i 96759
    Visit website

    Apply for grants and loans supporting Native Hawaiians and Hawaiʻi-based nonprofits from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Grants Program

    OHA Grants Program

    The purpose of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grants Program is to support Hawaiʻi based nonprofit organizations that have projects, programs, and initiatives to serve our Lāhui in alignment with OHA’s Strategic Foundations, Directions & Outcomes. Read more about OHA’s Strategic Plan.

    Reminder, to be eligible for OHA Grant funding consideration, an applicant shall:
    • Be registered to do business in the State of Hawaiʻi
    • Provide services to Native Hawaiians and/or Native Hawaiian community(ies) in the State of Hawaiʻi
    • Have an IRS Letter of Determination
    • Be compliant with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express
      • NOTE: Registration with Hawaiʻi Compliance Express may take 3-4 weeks. Please make sure you are registered and all information is up to date. The current CVC (Certificate of Vendor Compliance) from Hawaiʻi Compliance Express is an OHA grant eligibility requirement.

    OHA Grants program does not give funds directly to individuals, all funds are distributed through an awarded nonprofit organization.

    Organization Capacity Building & Event Grant Types is also COMING SOON! (as of last OHA update: 4/13/2024)

    REMINDER: All application activities will be conducted via the OHA Grants Portal.

    No hard copies of applications will be made available by OHA or accepted under any circumstances.

    The OHA Grants Team is also actively working to better monitor existing grant contracts; serve the awarded grantees toward contract completion; introduce new grant types; and recruit, hire and train additional needed resources.

    Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina and Kula

    Kanaaho Grant is for eligible Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula.

    On April 10, 2024, the Office of Hawaii Affairs (OHA) launched the OHA Kanaaho Grant for Lahaina & Kula to provide direct financial assistance to impacted Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula. The grant funds will support the empowerment of impacted Native Hawaiians to determine their own greatest needs, to meet those needs in the face of disaster, and improve the economic stability of Native Hawaiians.

    Eligibility

    The OHA Kanaaho Grants will provide critical support to Native Hawaiian homeowners and renters in the wildfire impact zones of Lahaina and Kula.

    • It is the first disbursement of the $5 million in disaster aid funding that the OHA Board of Trustees approved to support wildfire survivors.
    • A $9,000 grant will be awarded to eligible homeowners who experienced hardship; while a $4,000 grant will be awarded to eligible renters who experienced hardship.

    Who can apply for aid?

    • OHA’s Kanaaho Grants will be distributed to qualified head of households that meet the grant application criteria.
    • The applicant must be 1) Native Hawaiian, 2) provide proof of residency,  3) provide proof of homeownership or renter status and 4) a completed W-9 form is also required for payment purposes only. The relief aid will not be taxed. Please download the W-9 from www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

    Wildfire survivors who resided in the wildfire impact zones are advised to collect their documentation so they can submit a complete application on April 10, 2024.

    Download the Kanaaho Grant checklist of required documents.

    The application period opens on April 10, 2024 and OHA will accept aid applications for a 6 month period.

    As we continue along the lengthy recovery process, our hope at OHA is that we support one another, uplift one another, and rebuild together as a community united in aloha.

    Need Kōkua?

    • Visit the OHA Maui Office
      • We will have computer stations set up and staff to help upload your documents
      • We will have modified hours to serve kānaka at the OHA Maui Office
        • Wed. – Fri., April 10-12: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
        • Sat., April 13: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
        • Mon. – Thurs., April 15-18: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
        • Friday, April 19: Closed for application processing
    • Community Outreach
      • OHA will be at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Lahaina Civic Center
        • 4/15 – 4/16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
        • 4/17 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • OHA Offices Statewide
      • During the initial two week application period from 4/10 to 4/19 our staff will be working at the Maui Office to provide kōkua to our beneficiaries. Only the Molokaʻi and Kona Offices will be available to kōkua with grant application submissions.
      • Starting on April 22, 2024, Beneficiary Services Agents will be available at all OHA Offices statewide to provide kōkua with grant application submissions.

    OHA Grants Portal

    Click Here to Enter the OHA Grants Portal

    The OHA Grants Portal is an online application, monitoring, and reporting system for nonprofit organizations who are an applicant or grantee.

    See Video Tutorials below on how to navigate the OHA Grants Portal (Foundant):

    Applicant tutorial videos:
    Applicant & Grantee tutorial videos:
    Application Evaluator tutorial videos:

    OHA Grant Application Evaluators

    Are you interested in being an OHA Grant Application Evaluator?
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Be Native Hawaiian
    • Provide fair and objective mana‘o
    • Have knowledge/experience in the assigned grant type/area
    • Have analytical skills and ability to use the database scoring system
    • Have access to a computer with reliable internet
    • Commit the required amount of time to attend a one hour virtual training orientation, complete approximately 10-20 application evaluations, as well as a 2-6 hour virtual evaluation team convene upon completion of evaluations. (Estimated 10-30 hours depending on number of applications you are assigned to evaluate.)
    Anticipated Activities
    • Completion of Conflict of Interest Form – To ensure you have no affiliations with applicants.
    • Completion of Confidentiality Form – To ensure a confidential evaluation process.
    • Virtual Grant Application Evaluator Orientation
    • Online Application Evaluation – All applications will be evaluated via the OHA Grants Portal.
    • Virtual Evaluation Team Convene
    • Honorarium – Once the evaluation process is complete, you have the opportunity to accept an honorarium from OHA.

    If you are willing to commit to this process, please e-mail grantreview@oha.org with the following information:

    • First & Last Name;
    • Email;
    • Phone Number; and
    • A short statement on why you are interested in being an OHA Grant Application Evaluator.

    Upon receipt of the information above, a Grant Evaluator Information Form will be emailed for completion.

    OHA Grants E-mail List

    If you would like to receive e-mail updates on OHA Grant Solicitations (nonprofit organizations only) please e-mail grantsinfo@oha.org with your organization name and e-mail address.

    OHA Grantees & Annual Report

    Each year OHA shares its list of Grantees in its Annual report.  To view funded projects, click link here to view their Annual Reports.

    OHA Loans for Your Growth

    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is committed to ensuring Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana have access to resources to assist them in pursuing their financial goals. Through caring, supportive growth, our lending program can provide Native Hawaiians with an improved sense of economic well-being.

    Our Mission:

    To enhance access for all persons of Native Hawaiian ancestry to credit, capital, and financial services & skills so as to create jobs, wealth, and economic & social well­-being for all the people of Hawai‘i

    Through these programs, Native Hawaiians have expanded businesses, improved homes, continued their educations—and more.

    Learn more about what makes the OHA Loan program different than a traditional financial institution.

    Disaster Relief Loan Program

    OHA’s Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (NHRLF) Board of Directors approved a new disaster relief loan. Native Hawaiians experiencing a loss as a result of the disasters are now eligible for loans of up to $20,000 at four percent interest with up to six months of deferred payments. Loans may be used for home improvement, vehicle repair or replacement, or business stabilization.

    EXISTING LOAN BORROWERS:

    OHA Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Disaster Relief Loan Program

    Existing loan borrowers who are affected by a natural disaster are eligible for the following:

    • Deferral of their current loan payments of at least three months, possibly up to six months depending upon their current situation, circumstances and loss.
    • Rate on loan will stay the same
    • Maturity date will be extended to accommodate the deferral period
    • Loss must be verified, and a direct effect to their living environment/situation, or job/business affected by the disaster

    Disaster Relief Loan:

    Native Hawaiians who are affected by a natural disaster are eligible to apply for the Disaster Relief Loan:

    • Loan amount of up to $20,000
    • Loan rate of four percent
    • Loan term of up to seven years
    • Borrower still needs to qualify for the loan based on the Operational Guidelines
    • We will defer the first three months of payments and possibly up to six months depending upon the situation, circumstances and loss. The loss would have to impact their living environment/situation, and/or job/business affected by the disaster.
    • Loss must be verified. (Examples of verification would be documentation, pictures, etc.).

    For information about Disaster Relief Loans, email NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org  or call 594-1835.

    Business Loans:

    OHA Mālama Business and Hua Kanu loan programs offer low cost loans to existing and start-up businesses. Learn more about business loans.

    Mālama Business Loans

    Mālama Business Loans are the most popular loans OHA offer that supports Native Hawaiian business owners.

    Some uses of the loan:

    Establishing or building upon a small business; working capital

    Amount:

    $2,500 – $149,999 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    Rates & Terms
    • 4.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    Eligibility
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    • Business must be registered with DCCA and in good standing
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s) if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • Existing business (more than 3 years in business): current YTD profit and loss statement & balance sheet
    • Startup business (less than 3 years in business): current business plan to include 3 year profit & loss forecast statement
    • Document breaking down the use of funds for business working capital
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, etc.)
    • ALL members of the business must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry and provide the documents listed above
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses

    Hua Kanu Business Loan

    Hua Kanu Business Loan Program is available to Native Hawaiians who own established business. Created on July 17, 2013, the low-cost loans are intended to help these small-businesses expand. It is meant to provide them access to credit and capital that allow them to grow as well as remain financially viable.

    Some uses of the loan:
    • Purchase equipment or inventory
    • Working capital
    Amount:

    $150,000 – $1,000,000

    Rates & Terms
    • Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis
    • OHA refers potential loan applicants to a technical assistance provider that guides applicants in completing the loan application packet
    • There are certain activities for which loan monies cannot be used
    • Note: The OHA Hua Kanu Business Loan is NOT the OHA Mālama Loan
    • 7-year loan term; interest rate is 4.00% APR
    Eligibility Requirements
    • All Principals must be U.S. Citizens
    • All Principals must be Hawaii Residents
    • Principals must be Native Hawaiian: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Business Plan
    • Verification of Collateral – The loan-to-value ratio must not exceed 100% [acceptable collateral includes real estate (100% assessed value), equipment (100% assessed value), receivables, inventory, purchase orders and contracts may be considered]
    • Tax Returns – 1 to 3 years of business tax returns may be required depending on the size of the loan requested
    • Financial pro forma for a period of 2 to 3 years
    • Certificate of Good Standing from DCCA
    • Verification of being an eligible applicant
    • Verification that the loan proceeds will not be used for unallowable activities
    • Other items as may be required by the bank, OHA, or the technical assistance provider
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses
    Apply

    To inquire about a Hua Kanu loan, please contact us at (808) 470-0867, NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org, or contact your OHA neighbor island office.

    Mahi ‘Ai Business Loan

    Learn more about the Mahi ‘Ai Business Loan on OHA's website.

    Some uses of the loan:

    Establish or expand your small agricultural business; working capital for produce and livestock; available for a broad spectrum of farming methods; including in-ground or above-ground farming, greenhouse, hydroponic, and more.

    Loan Amounts:

    $2,500 – $100,000 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    Rates & Terms
    • 4.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    • Up to 6 months loan deferment
    Eligibility Requirements
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    • Business must be registered with DCCA and in good standing
    Loan Document Checklist

    ALL members of the business must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry and provide the following documents:

    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s) if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs if applicant is working as a wage earner
    • Existing business (more than 3 years in business): current YTD profit and loss statement & balance sheet
    • Startup business (less than 3 years in business): current business plan to include 3 year profit & loss forecast statement
    • Document breaking down the use of funds for business working capital
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, etc.
    Unallowable Loan Activities
    • Investing in high-interest accounts
    • Certificates of deposit (CODs) or other investments
    • Relending of the loan amount by the borrower
    • Purchasing land or buildings
    • Constructing buildings
    • Purchasing or financing equity in private businesses

    Personal Loans

    OHA offers five types of personal loans for consumers: education, home improvement, debt consolidations, emergency funds and career advancement. Learn more about personal loans.

    If you need a loan product that is not listed here, please contact us at (808) 594-1888, or email NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org.

    OHA Consumer Micro Loan

    In addition, OHA administers a separate Consumer Micro Loan Program that provides low-cost loans to Native Hawaiians experiencing temporary financial hardship due to unforeseen events, or who wish to enhance their careers.

    Loans of up to $7,500 with a five percent interest rate can be used for unexpected home or auto repair and emergency health situations.

    To learn more about the Consumer Micro Loan Program, contact Lareina Meinecke at cmlp@ohaloanfund.org or call (808) 594-1823.

    Some uses of the loan
    • Death in the Family/Funeral Expense
    • Emergency Health Situation
    • Unexpected Home or Auto Repairs
    • CDL License
    • Apprenticeship Programs
    • Career Development Courses
    Unallowable Uses
    • Debt Consolidation or Refinancing
    • Vacation
    • Investment
    • Re-Lending by Borrower
    • Home Remodeling
    • Past due utilities or rent
    • Down payment loans
    • Auto purchase
    Amount:

    $500 to $7,500

    Rates & Terms
    • Simple interest, fixed at 5%
    • Up to five years
    • Collateral not required
    • No gross annual income limit
    • Primary applicant must have sufficient income
    • Co-applicant or guarantor can strengthen the loan
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry, at least 18 years of age and a resident of the State of Hawaii
    • Applicant should have a satisfactory credit history with a minimum credit score of 600 and the ability to repay the loan
    • Two years of employment history is preferred
    • Debt-to-income ratio of no more than 50%
    • Loan must be for applicant’s benefit
    • Loans are available to individuals only. Partnerships, corporations, sole proprietorships, etc., are excluded
    Required documents:
    • Identification: Government issued ID (State drivers’ license or state identification)
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Income: All W-2 employees, one month of consecutive pay stubs. If you have not worked with the company for at least two years, include previous year W2’s. Self-employed, two years of federal tax returns, including all schedules. Social security recipients, current year’s award letter or two month’s consecutive bank statements.
    • Verification of the use of funds: Estimate or Invoice
    • Statement of request: Letter as to why you are applying for a loan (Only required if submitting a paper application)

    Mālama Education Loan

    Education can be expensive, and full of unexpected expenses. This Mālama Education loan can help meet school-related expenses—from preschool, through grade school, and even post-secondary education.

    Some uses of the loan:
    • School tuition (e.g., preschool, trade school, K – 12, college, post graduate)
    • Campus charges, books, etc.
    Amount:

    $2,500 – $20,000

    Rates & Terms
    • 5.00% – 6.00% APR
    • Up to a 1-year term
    Eligibility
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    Required Documents
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • Tuition and expenses/fees breakdown
    • Acceptance letter
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs

    Mālama Debt Consolidation Loan

    Approved use of the Mālama Debt Consolidation Loan:
    • Consolidate existing debts (Applicants to submit creditor statements for debts being paid off)
    AMOUNT: $2,500 – $20,000
    RATES & TERMS
    • 5.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    ELIGIBILITY
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 650 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs
    • Most recent statements for your credit cards and loans

    *Please be aware that if your loan is approved, revolving accounts may be required to be closed.

    Mālama Home Improvement Loan

    https://loans.oha.org/personal/malama-home-improvement-loan/

    SOME USES OF THE LOAN:
    • Renovate existing home: home repairs, extend home, retaining wall,  drive-way, fencing, sidewalk, new appliances
    AMOUNT:

    $2,500 – $100,000 (Loan amounts over $50,000 require non-real estate collateral)

    RATES & TERMS
    • 5.00% – 6.00% APR
    • Up to a 7-year term
    ELIGIBILITY
    • U.S. Citizen
    • State of Hawai‘i Resident
    • Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian Ancestry
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Credit score 600 or higher
    • Debt-to-income ratio is no more than 45%
    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
    • Proof of Hawaiian ancestry: verified by current OHA Hawaiian Registry card
    • Proof of Hawaii residency: driver’s license or state ID
    • Contractor’s estimate or breakdown of supplies from home improvement store
    • 2 years most recent federal tax returns with all schedules
    • 2 years most recent W-2(s)
    • 1 month current consecutive pay stubs
    • If applying for more than $50,000: itemized list of assets to use as collateral (each item valued $5,000+ and can include personal items and business assets such as vehicles, equipment, inventory)

    Apply Now

    Applying for a loan is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

    1. Create a secure user account
    2. Gather your documents
    3. Complete the online application

    The process typically takes 20-25 minutes. Once you complete the application, a lending associate will contact you within two business days. Once an application has been approved, documents can be signed and funds disbursed usually within five to eight business days.

    The Loan Portal is compatible with most computers and laptops.  You may experience technical issues when applying with a cell phone or tablet device.  For more information or if you require trouble shooting assistance, please contact us at (808) 594-1835, NHRLF@ohaloanfund.org, or contact your OHA neighbor island office.

    LOAN APPLICATION HELPFUL TIP

    To ensure your loan application is processed in a timely manner, we highly recommend submitting your loan application once you have prepared all required documents and are ready to upload the documents to the online loan application. If you submit a completed application (all required documents provided) your loan processing wait time will be significantly shorter.  MAHALO

    Apply Now

    Success Stories

    Success Stories

    OHA is proud to support the success of our Native Hawaiian Entrepreneurs. Here are some of our Hua Kanu and Mālama Loan clients in the news. Read our success stories.

    For loan and grant Q&A's visit OHA's FAQ page here.

    Who is eligible for a loan from OHA?
    What documents do I need to apply for a loan?
    How do I apply for a loan?
    How DO I make loan payments?

    Office Locations

    Office hours across the state are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The OHA offices are closed on State holidays.

    An appointment is suggested for locations marked with an asterisk *.

    East Hawai‘i (Hilo)
    484 Kalanikoa St.
    Hilo, HI 96720
    Phone: (808) 295-0236
    Fax: (808) 933-3110

    West Hawai‘i (Kona)*
    75-1000 Henry St., Suite 205
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
    Phone: (808) 327-9525
    Fax: (808) 327-9528

    Maui*
    737 Lower Main St., Suite B2.,
    Wailuku, HI 96793
    Phone: (808) 873-3364
    Fax: (808) 873-3361

    Moloka’i & Lāna’i*
    P.O. Box 1717
    Kaunakakai, HI 96748
    Phone: (808) 560-3611
    Fax: (808) 560-3968

    O’ahu
    560 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite 200
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    Phone: (808) 594-1835
    Fax: (808) 594-1865

    Kaua’i & Ni’ihau*
    4405 Kukui Grove St. Suite 103
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 241-3390
    Fax: (808) 241-3508

    * – Appointments suggested for these locations

    grantsinfo@oha.org
    (808) 873-3364
    560 N. Nimitz Hwy #200 Honolulu, HI 96817
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    Apply to get small business, non-profit, and community organizational support from the Kāko‘o Maui Fund

    The Kāko‘o Maui Fund is a donation campaign to aid communities impacted by the Maui wildfires.

    Currently the Kāko‘o Maui Fund is accepting funding applications from small businesses, non-profits, and community organizations. If you have been impacted and need support, please fill out the following form.

    Funds will support shelter, food, financial assistance, and more.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at maui@hawaiiancouncil.org, info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or call (808) 596-8155.

    Click here to apply and start a Kāko‘o Maui Support & Funding Application

    County of Maui Office of Economic Development (OED)

    OED works in partnership with the community, business and government sectors to strengthen and diversify the economy by supporting existing businesses, and assist in the attraction, development and expansion of new businesses and events that will in turn provide new jobs for our community. Services include industry assistance; grants for programs, events and community projects; workforce development; and business resource centers on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i.

    economic.development@co.maui.hi.us
    808-270-7710
    2200 Main St., Ste. 305, Wailuku, HI 96793
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    Donate to the Hawaiʻi People's Fundʻs Maui Aloha: The People's Response

    Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is mobilizing to help provide immediate relief to those directly impacted by the wildfires on Maui Island.

    Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is committed to supporting grassroots organizations implementing direct actions to reduce the harm of current systemic failures and organizing to build power for indigenous and marginalized communities. We welcome strategic proposals that aim to support our beloved community and build towards a more just and equitable future ($5,000 maximum request).

    Donate to MAUI ALOHA: The People's Response

    While organizations may apply for Urgent Action Grants to support change-oriented direct actions happening in communities across the pae ʻāīna, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund is prioritizing assistance to huis mobilizing to provide immediate relief to those directly impacted by the wildfires on Maui Island.

    Grant amounts: The maximum grant request is $5,000.

    We understand that low-income families, houseless communities, people with disabilities, indigenous, immigrant, and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by crisis (in addition to ongoing systemic oppression). Community organizing is essential at this moment to protect ‘āina kulaiwi, heal lives and spirits, and ensure our most vulnerable communities can stay safe.

    Examples of projects/responses can include:

    • Participatory mutual aid projects serving vulnerable communities (food justice, kūpuna care, childcare)
    • Building solidarity economies
    • Community centered indigenous traditional healing and medicine
    • Organizing transportation and deployment of essential goods
    • Organizing against evictions, utility shut offs, ICE and immigration enforcement
    • Organizing for mental health and grief counseling resources
    • Organizing to protect affected lands from predatory investors and speculators

    To accommodate real-time response to community needs, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund will make the following special considerations to those responding to issues related to the August 2023 fires on Maui:

    • Current grantees or past grantees mobilizing in Relief and Response on Maui may seek direct awards for urgent response. Please contact the Executive Director directly at hawaiipf@gmail.com.
    • Committee will make all efforts to expedite review and make determinations within a week of receipt or less

    (The People’s Fund reserves the right to expedite larger awards to past and current grantees providing direct, immediate relief to those recovering from the Maui wildfires. Email hawaiipf@gmail.com)

    Since 1972, the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund has stood in solidarity with those individuals and organizations who have been working to upend and heal systems of oppression for 50 years. Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of Hawaiʻi.

    hawaiipf@gmail.com
    808-593-9969
    P.O. Box 4163 Honolulu, HI 96812
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    Get support from Maui United Way's Fire Disaster Relief programs

    Maui United Way (MUW) has provided support to 18 of our local nonprofit partners offering disaster relief in the wake of the devastating fires on Maui.  They are now planning for what comes next for Maui County, talking story with survivors, nonprofits, and our donors and funders to determine how to have the greatest impact.
    MUW will be back with a new round of granting opportunities soon.  Please know how grateful we are to everyone who has done so much.  You embody the true spirit of aloha!  #LocalsHelpingLocals.

    mauirelief@auw.org
    808-244-8787
    95 Mahalani St., Suite 24, Wailuku, Hawai‘i 96793
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    Get up to a $5,000 grant and vehicle financing to help Maui families replace vehicles destroyed in wildfire

    A $5,000 grant program has launched to help families replace vehicles on Maui destroyed during the August wildfires. The program was announced by Rolina Faagai, the Executive Director of Hawaiian Lending & Investments, a nonprofit founded by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations.

    What is the Replacement Vehicle Program (RVP)?

    The Replacement Vehicle Program (RVP) is dedicated to Native Hawaiian families that experienced transportation loss due to the Maui wildfires in August 2023.

    This program provides vehicle financing with deferred payments for 12 months and a one time grant of up to $5,000 to replace a vehicle lost in the fires.

    The funding is available for families that need help to purchase a new or used vehicle with help from grant funds, and/or with low cost financing.

    How do I apply for the Replacement Vehicle Program?

    Download this fillable PDF to start filling out a form today.

    • Pickup a Consumer Assistance Kit at the Maui Mall. Visit the SCHHA Desk at the Maui Relief & Aid Services Center:
    70 E Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732

    • Email Rolina Faagai, Executive Director: rolina@hawaiianhomesteads.org

    Contact Hawaiian Lending & Investments: 

    Rolina@hawaiianhomesteads.org

    (808)-208-6466

    The launch of this program is based on input received at the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations’ Maui Disaster Recovery Roundtable held in late October.

    Hawaiian Lending & Investments (HLI) is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) 501c3 non-profit, sponsored by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA).

    HLI delivers financial services to support the capital needs of consumers, businesses, and homestead associations on or near Hawaiian Home Lands.

    HLI has office locations on Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai. HLI provides services to community members throughout the state of Hawaii.

    rolina@hawaiianhomesteads.org
    808-208-6466
    70 E Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732
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    Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program - Hawai`i Community Lending

    (Announced May 2, 2024)

    Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program

    Hawai‘i Community Lending (HCL) was created by native Hawaiians on Maui who were unable to qualify for a Hawaiian Homelands lease. HCL was created to fund the affordable housing ecosystem from homebuyer to homebuilder to homeowner. Working to help solve the statewide housing crisis, HCL offers products and services for local and native Hawaiians to build, buy, and save homes from foreclosure. HCL started its work in 2002 in the Paukukalo homestead to help native Hawaiians obtain mortgages to receive their lease and get on the land.

    HCL expanded their Maui roots to serve native Hawaiians across the state. In 2007, HCL assisted Leiali‘i homestead families in Lahaina obtain mortgages. 16 years later, when the August 8th fires struck, our team moved quickly to launch the Kanaka Anti-Displacement Fund to bring services to the 104 impacted Leiali‘i families, committing ourselves to help them prevent displacement and rebuild.

    Now, HCL has been called on to expand our services under the Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program to serve all Lahaina owner-occupant homeowners.

    Eligibility

    • Lahaina homeowner
    • Lived in home as primary residence before impact

    Services

    • FEMA and SBA loan applications and appeals
    • Access to grants and loans to prevent foreclosure
    • Help with forbearance and modifications of first mortgages
    • Referrals to emergency financial counseling and filing insurance claims
    • Assistance with obtaining construction and mortgage financing for rebuild from HCL or its partner lenders

    Accepting applications July 1, 2024.

    If you are a Lahaina homeowner who occupied your home at the time of the fires, you may sign up to be placed on an interest list by completing this Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program Interest Form to secure your space in the Lahaina Homeowner Recovery Program:

    CLICK HERE FOR INTEREST FORM

    Questions?

    Please contact kokua@hawaiiancommunity.net.

    For more information, visit www.HawaiiCommunityLending.com.    

    Maui Outreach Offices

    As we grieve the devastation to our Maui community, HCL is 100% committed to the recovery effort.

    HCL's long-term goal is to assist those impacted on Maui to rebuild their homes. They are here to support residents throughout this journey, providing guidance, resources, and assistance every step of the way.

    We are working to provide essential information and services to those in need. In addition to immediate relief efforts, we are actively setting up a comprehensive ‘toolkit’ filled with resources to aid you on your path to recovery.

    HCL's team has two offices on Maui — one in a converted shipping container in Lahaina and one in Maui Mall in Kahului — so we are on site to respond to your needs and help you recover from the fire destruction.

    Kahului Maui office of Hawaii Community Lending

    Kahului Office

    In Kākoʻo Maui Resource Hub in partnership with Hawaiian Community Assets
    Maui Mall, 70 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave.
    Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome

    Hawaii Community Lending Lahaina Maui Office

    Lahaina Office

    Stationed near the Lahaina Civic Center and the Leiali‘i subdivision
    Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. walk-ins welcome
    Fri. - Sun. by appointment.

    Contact Hawai`i Community Lending

    (808) 587-7656 (Call or Text)

    HCL's Pledge to Maui ‘Ohana

    • Preventing foreclosure and securing land access.
    • Financial aid for disaster victims.
    • Kānakā Anti-Displacement Fund to protect native Hawaiians.
    • Dedicated team working to make rebuilding easier.

    Join Hawai‘i Community on the journey to rebuild and restore Maui’s strength. We’re here for you every step of the way.

    Maui Business Bridge Grants

    This grant program is being offered by the State of Hawaii, County of Maui, Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO), and Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB). The purpose of this grant program is to support Maui-based businesses that have been directly or indirectly impacted by the August 8, 2023 Lahaina and Upcountry wildfires.

    In order to be eligible to receive funding, business owners must have:

    • An active registration license, established prior to August 1, 2023, with the Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Please check your business registration status HERE (DCCA)
    • A primary business operating location on Maui as of July 31, 2023
    • An active Hawaii General Excise Tax ID (GET ID), with a registered business address on Maui. Please check your Hawaii GET License status HERE (GET). Scroll down to “Business” section and click “search tax licenses”.
    • NOTE: Only General Excise (GE) IDs are valid. Withholding (WH) or Transient Accommodation (TA) IDs are not eligible.
    • A copy of a recent Hawaii GET filing, dated within the period of August 31, 2022 through July 31, 2023.  A 2022 annual G49 filing is preferred to determine annual gross income.  For information on obtaining a GET filing copy, please contact the Hawaii Department of Taxation Maui District Office or log in to your Hawaii Tax Online account.

    Rental Property income landlords/businesses are not eligible for this funding opportunity.

    Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. Due to the high demand for grant funding, it may not be possible to provide grants to all eligible applicants. Grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000, with the assigned grant processing agency determined by the applicant's gross annual income for the 2022 tax year or an extrapolation of the most recent General Excise Tax (GET) filing period for businesses established for less than one year.

    The grant processing agency will be assigned depending on the applicant’s gross annual income for the 2022 tax year, or for businesses established for less than 1 year, an extrapolation of the most recent General Excise Tax (GET) filing period as follows:

    • Maui Economic Opportunity: Less than $599,999
    • Maui Economic Development Board: $600,000 and above

    If awarded, funds may be used for the following costs incurred as of August 9, 2023 or later:

    • Rent, lease payments, or mortgage payments on new property secured as a replacement for property destroyed or damaged during the August 8, 2023 Maui Wildfires.
    • Utility deposits and bills for a new business location secured as a replacement for property destroyed or damaged during the August 8, 2023 Maui Wildfires.
    • Insurance premiums.
    • Inventory, Equipment, Supplies and Marketing.

    If awarded, funds may NOT be used for the following:

    • Rent, lease payments, or mortgage payments associated with property destroyed or damaged during the August 8, 2023 Maui Wildfires.
    • Any utility charges associated with property destroyed or damaged during the August 8, 2023 Maui Wildfires.
    • Repayment of any loans.
    • Staff salaries, wages or payroll inclusive of benefits.

    Each grant processing agency reserves the right to establish additional eligibility criteria, document requirements, funding restrictions, and grant activity requirements.

    If awarded, grant revenue may be taxable.  Consult with a tax professional regarding proper tax treatment of these funds.

    Contact info@mauibusinessbridgegrants.org for additional information or submit an application here:

    APPLY for Maui Business Bridge Grants

    Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) – Business Development Center (BDC)

    Maui Island: 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI 96793 • Tel: 808-249-2990 • Email: micro@meoinc.org 

    Molokai Branch: 380 Kolapa Pl., Kaunakakai, HI 96748 • Tel: 808-553-3216 • Email: molokai@meoinc.org

    Micro-Enterprise Loan Program for low- and moderate-income people offering business loans from $500 to $50,000. Also, a six-week entrepreneurial course held six times a year on Maui (four times a year on Moloka‘i), business consulting services, and personal credit improvement programs.

    Offer support (donations, volunteer) or get support directly from community-led Maui Fire, Flood and Disaster Facebook Relief Group

    See current posted community needs, volunteer opportunities, relief events, resources, and any new local developments shared about the Maui recovery efforts.

    Anyone can OFFER support or post a NEED for support or services in this local community disaster relief Facebook page. The purpose of this local group is where we can have a "go to" hub to locally exchange information of supplies/help *needed* and services and help we can *offer* due to disasters on Maui.

    Click here to go see locally offered community assistance needs and offers

    USDA Agencies Support

    USDA offers a variety of programs to help farmers, ranchers, communities, and businesses that have been hard hit by natural disaster events. Below you’ll find available FSA programs; visit farmers.gov for additional USDA programs that can help agricultural producers recover.

    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers numerous disaster assistance programs to cover crop and livestock losses, address farmland damage, and cover production and physical losses. For more information, individuals should visit the FSA’s Disaster Assistance Programs webpage and use FSA’s Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool to see which programs may be most relevant to their needs.

    USDA's Disaster Assistance Programs include:

    Livestock Assistance:

    • Learn more about the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) – View and download the 2023 LFP Fact Sheet

    • Learn more about the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

    • Learn more about the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP)

    Farmland Damage Programs:

    • Learn more about the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) Learn more about the ECP

    • Learn more about the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) Learn more about the EFRP

    Crop Losses Programs:

    • Learn more about the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program Learn more about the NAP

    • Learn more about the Tree Assistance Program Learn more about the TAP

    The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) operates the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help producers plan and implement conservation practices on land impacted by natural disasters.

    USDA Rural Development can also support homeowners, businesses, and communities in recovering and rebuilding, especially in providing long-term support through repairing homes, essential community facilities, and rural water systems. For more information, individuals can review Rural Development’s disaster toolkit.

    For more information on USDA programs and how they can support, please contact (808) 871-5500 +3or visit:

    USDA Kahului Service Center
    77 Hookele Street, Ste. 202
    Kahului, Hawaii 96732

    USDA Rural Development Disaster Assistance Programs

    USDA Rural Development Disaster Assistance

    The USDA Rural Development Disaster Assistance is crucial for rural communities affected by crises and disasters. It offers essential support to homeowners, businesses, and communities to aid in their recovery and rebuilding process. If you are facing immediate needs due to a disaster and live in a President-declared disaster area, we recommend first seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    The resource guide provides information on programs and services offered by RD and other government agencies. It aims to support rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by disasters by helping them with long-term recovery and planning efforts. 

    We Care Letters are generated for RD Home loan borrowers when a major disaster occurs in a state. We want you to know that USDA Rural Development is here to help you when a disaster happens and causes damage to your property or affects your income. Our aim is to make sure you are aware of the assistance we can provide during these difficult times.

    For more information, individuals can review the USDA's Rural Development’s Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Resources Guide for Rural Communities. USDA RD offers more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs and servicing options that can help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by disaster, and support long-term planning and recovery efforts that build for the future.

    USDA RD has more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs available to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America . Many of these programs can also help community efforts related to disaster preparedness, resiliency, and recovery . USDA RD partners with local leaders, developers, local, state, and Tribal governments, cooperatives, nonprofits, private organizations and a nationwide network of participating lenders to help build resiliency through planning and preparedness, and to help rural people and communities suffering the effects of disasters.

    USDA RD programs support a variety of needs including:

    • Transitional Housing and Home Repair
    • Infrastructure and Emergency Equipment Financing
    • Essential Community Facilities
    • Telehealth, Distance Learning and Rural Broadband Connectivity
    • Rural Business Planning and Recovery

    Learn about general eligibility for USDA’s disaster assistance programs: Disaster-Assistance-at-a-Glance Fact Sheet

    Contact: 

    Nenita E. Acob

    Area Specialist
    Maui Satellite Office, Rural Development
    United States Department of Agriculture
    Phone:  (808) 214-1733 / Fax:  (855) 878-2464
    www.rd.usda.gov

    We Care Letters
    Help for Rural Americans (usda.gov)

    Publications | Rural Development (usda.gov)

    USDA Rural Development Multi-family Housing Programs

    Multifamily Housing assists rural property owners through loans, loan guarantees, and grants that enable owners to develop and rehabilitate properties for low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals and families as well as domestic farm laborers.Multifamily Housing works with the owners of its direct and farm labor housing loan properties to subsidize rents for low-income tenants who cannot afford to pay their full rent. Additionally, when a direct loan ends before its initial term, Multifamily Housing provides vouchers to protect eligible tenants who otherwise may face hardship if they cannot find other affordable housing.

    Multifamily Housing Direct Loans: This program provides competitive financing for affordable multi-family rental housing for low-income, elderly, or disabled individuals and families in eligible rural areas. Click here for more Information.

    Multifamily Housing Loan Guarantees: The program works with qualified private-sector lenders to provide financing to qualified borrowers to increase the supply of affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in eligible rural areas and towns. Click here for more Information

    Off-Farm Labor Direct Loans & Grants: This program provides affordable financing to develop housing for year-round and migrant or seasonal domestic farm laborers. Click here for more Information

    On-Farm Labor Housing Loans: This program provides affordable financing to develop or rehabilitate affordable rental housing for very-low income domestic, migrant, and seasonal farm laborers. Click here for more Information

    Multifamily Housing Preservation & Revitalization (MPR): This program restructures loans for existing Rural Rental Housing and Off-Farm Labor Housing projects to help improve and preserve the availability of safe affordable rental housing for low income residents. Click here for more Information.

    Multifamily Housing Rental Assistance Program: This program provides payments to owners of USDA-financed Rural Rental Housing or Farm Labor Housing projects on behalf of low-income tenants unable to pay their full rent. Click here for more Information.

    Multifamily Tenant Voucher Program: This program provides vouchers to protect eligible tenants in Multifamily Direct Loan properties who may face hardship when the loan on the property is prepaid, or the property is foreclosed. Click here for more Information.

    Multifamily Housing Nonprofit Transfer Technical Assistance Grants: USDA Rural Development awards grants to eligible nonprofit organizations and public housing authorities (PHAs) to provide technical assistance (TA) and other services to enable affordable housing preservation through the transfer of Multifamily Housing Direct Loan properties from current owners to nonprofits or PHAs. Click here for more Information.

    Off-Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance Grants: USDA Rural Development awards grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance to applicants for Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans and grants. Click here for more Information.

    For more information on USDA programs and how they can support, please contact the following or visit the Kahului Service Center at the address listed below.

    Mr. Gerald Gregory
    Natural Resources Conservation Service  
    gerald.gregory@usda.gov
    Direct Phone: (808) 214-1747

    Nenita E. Acob
    Area Specialist
    Maui Satellite Office, Rural Development
    United States Department of Agriculture
    Direct Phone:  (808) 214-1733 / Fax:  (855) 878-2464

    Kahului Service Center
    77 Hookele Street, 2nd Floor
    Kahului, HI  96732

    USDA Rural Development can support homeowners, businesses, and communities in recovering and rebuilding, especially in providing long-term support through repairing homes, essential community facilities, and rural water systems. For more information, individuals can review USDA's Rural Development’s Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Resources Guide for Rural Communities.