OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

OHA to host free agribusiness workshop in Hilo

HILO [June 4, 2019] – OHA is partnering with The Kohala Center, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and UH’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources to hold an agribusiness and resource workshop on June 7.

OHA is co-hosting this event in response to DHHL agricultural lessees in the East Hawaiʻi community identifying small business development training as an area of need. “The Kohala Center has helped develop and grow agricultural projects across the state, and we are happy to work with them and DHHL to provide guidance for Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs in the East Hawaiʻi homestead community,” said Robert K. Lindsey Jr., OHA trustee for Hawaiʻi Island.

The workshop is intended to be a resource for small businesses in the agriculture industry. The workshop is open to current and prospective agribusiness operators. Attendees will learn about resources available to help start-up, maintain and grow agriculture ventures. The workshop will cover funding available for agriculture projects, building business capital, marketing products, and other agribusiness opportunities.

Programs and service providers to be covered in the workshop include:

  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • State Department of Agriculture – Hawaiʻi Food Producers Fund
  • Kahiau Rural Business Development Micro-Loan Program
  • US Small Business Administration
  • UH Hilo Agriculture Program

Hilo Agribusiness and Resource Workshop

When: Friday, June 7  10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Where: University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo
Komohana Research and Extension Conference Room
875 Komohana Street
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720

The workshop is part of OHA’s I Mana Ka Lāhui series, which are smaller community workshops tailored to meet the unique needs of Native Hawaiians in a specific area.  These workshops may focus on increasing participation in Hawaiian culture; increasing educational opportunities about Hawaiian history; providing support for Native Hawaiian civic engagement; or addressing the results of OHA’s Strategic Plan.

Space is limited so those interested are encouraged to register in advance. For more information on the agribusiness and resource workshop, contact the OHA Hilo Office: Kamaile Puluʻole-Mitchell at (808) 933-3106, or email kamailep@oha.org.

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