January 8, 2024

Maui Economic Recovery Commission launch marks a milestone in community collaboration and hope for a resilient tomorrow

A heartfelt mahalo to everyone who joined us for the landmark kick-off of the Maui Economic Recovery Commission on January 5th! Your diverse perspectives and unwavering commitment to Maui's recovery filled the room with hope and promise. Mahalo for being the driving force behind this monumental initiative!

The Maui Economic Recovery Commission (ERC) is a coalition of vibrant community leaders, representing the richness of Maui and Hawai‘i's diverse tapestry. Together, we stand united in our vision to keep our local people home and steer hope toward a brighter economic future.

Comprised of influential community stakeholders across various sectors - from business and culture to economics and workforce development - the ERC embodies the spirit of collaboration and service. Sponsored by the State of Hawai‘i Departmental of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) and guided by the capable leadership of Jimmy Tokioka (DBEDT) and Luana Mahi (County's Office of Economic Development), this commission aims to uplift Maui after the challenges of the 2023 fires.

At its core, the ERC is dedicated to fostering inclusivity, ensuring that every voice is heard and valued. Our collective purpose revolves around generating recommendations that drive Maui's economic resurgence while empowering local residents to shape their community's recovery.

Together, our mission is crystal clear:

  • Forge a resilient path for Lahaina and Kula's economic recovery
  • Advocate for deserved outcomes through policies and regulations
  • Unite our community towards a common goal

We're embarking on a journey of discovery and collaboration. The initial phase involves learning, listening, and exchanging insights to chart the best course forward. From January through April, our facilitated Zoom meetings will serve as spaces for diverse perspectives to converge, fostering understanding and shared learnings.

As we progress, we invite every member to actively engage, share insights, and gather feedback from their communities. Together, we're weaving a tapestry of hope, resilience, and prosperity for Maui's brighter tomorrow.

Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to contribute! Together, we'll pave the way for Maui's economic recovery.