The Hoʻomāhua initiative
OUR VISION to create a thriving community
28APR22: County Council Members Shane Sinenci, Kelly King, and Tamara Paltin set aside funds to launch a pilot project of the Smart Tourism system! In total $85k has been slated for FY23 in the budget but still must pass a vote. Funds projected - $10k East Maui, $25k South Maui, $50k West Maui. Project sites are being identified and consultations are underway!
21MAR22: After months of hard work to apply for County funds for a grant writer to apply for the EDA ARPA grant, we, unfortunately, lost too much time and must wait for the next round of funding. In the meantime, we will work to identify a pilot project that can help in proving the concept of Smart Tourism to better our community.
16NOV21: The Ohana Ekolu team met with Maui Mayor Victorino where he pledged his support for the Initiative! We will be working with his staff members and applying for a grant with the county to hire a grant writer so that we can apply for the EDA ARPA Indigenous Community grant! Partners In Development Foundation (PIDF) will come on board as the project fiscal sponsor.
05NOV21: The Maui County Council unanimously adopts CR21-97 supporting the implementation of The Hoʻomāhua Initiative
resolution passes FULL COUNCIL VOTE!
On Friday, November 5, 2021, The Maui County Council voted unanimously to pass CR21-97, the County Resolution in support of The Hoʻomāhua Initiative!
We would like to thank the guidance of Councilmembers Kelly King and Shane Sinenci in the process to make this happen. We would like to especially acknowledge past Councilmember Elle Cochran who during her term prepared the way four years ago so that a proposal like ours may be approved. Elle has been a great supporter and stakeholder of The Hoʻomāhua Initiative as well.
resolution passes CARE committee
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021 The Maui County Council's Climate Action, Resilience, and Environment Committee (CARE) Chair Councilmember Kelly King invited Ohana Ekolu LLC to formally present The Hoʻomāhua Initiative to the committee and drafted a resolution from the committee urging Mayor Michael Victorino to support the initiative.
After receiving public testimony and presentation, the committee than deliberated the resolution and voted 7-0 in unanimous support of the resolution "Urging Mayor Michael Victorino to support The Hoʻomāhua Initiative".
advance native hawaiian economic resiliency
perpetuatE native hawaiian culture
improve Tourism management & community planning
grow THE hawaiʻi circular economy
positively impact communities
5 phase plan to launch and grow the initiative.
NOW AUG-OCT 2021
NEXT OCT-NOV 2021
FOLLOWING DEC 2021-JUL 2024
AFTER JUL 2024
COMMUNITY & CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS
NĀ MEA ʻIKE ʻIA
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS
The Kanaka Economic Development Alliance is formed to grow relationships between Native Hawaiian businesses and resources to grow their business. KEDA features a valuable searchable website for the public to easily find Native Hawaiian businesses.