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Office of Hawaiian Affairs


The Hua Kanu Business Loan Program is available to Native Hawaiians who own established businesses. 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.

The Malama Loans is the most popular loan OHA offers that support Native Hawaiian, business owners. This loan can be used for Establishing or building upon a small business; or working capital.

Slow Money Hawaii


We bring farmers and foodies together to nurture small Hawaii farmers and food entrepreneurs who are committed to increasing the local food supply using practices that are good for people and the earth. We want to help farmers grow more food for Hawaii and support the small food businesses who buy their ingredients.

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement


Business Basics Seminar

Business Consulting

HFUU, Hawaii Farmers Union United


The Hawai'i Farmers Union Foundation, HFUF, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 2015 with a Board of Directors that include representatives on Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. Our purpose is to support Hawai'i farmers for the benefit of all Hawai'i Nei, including future generations, through various scientific, educational and charitable activities.

Grow, eat, support food grown in Hawai'i via regenerative and sustainable farming methods.

Farmer Resource Network


The Farmer Resource Network provides a filterable database for farmers and farmworkers to find relevant resources such as funding opportunities, conversation programs, land access information and more. This online directory contains more than 750 organizations all over the US that work directly with farmers on a variety of issues.

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association


HTFG is dedicated to the Hawaii-grown tropical fruit community through promotion, research, education and collaboration. Website provides tropical fruit publications and scholarships.



Innovate Hawaii assists manufacturers looking to improve their business and are willing to invest time and resources to grow their company. They also administer the Manufacturing Assistance Program Grant and the Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Grant.

USDA Rural Development Hawaii


Contact for all USDA Rural Development programs.

Hawaii Minority Business Development Agency Center


Provides business analysis, market access, and capital access assistance for a small fee.

SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance


Contact for all SBA's COVID-19 programs.

Business Law Corps


Offers small business owners legal counseling at no-cost.  Appointments every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month for 30 minutes over the phone between 11am-1pm. To schedule appointment, email or call.

The Kohala Center


Beginning farmer training (blends Native Hawaiian mahi'ai and Western ag practices) 1 site;Hawaii Island (Honokaa)

Farmer and mahi'ai training specialties include soil science, soil & plant health, and canoe crop varietal knowledge & collection (Statewide)

Financial capitalization via USDA Farm Bill programs and other grant opportunities (Statewide)

Financial capitalization via microlending and loan financing (Statewide)

Business development coaching; external consultant services in marketing, etc. when funds are available (Statewide)

Cooperative development (Statewide)

Collaborative community food system development (Statewide)

Professional networking (Statewide)



Gems is a loan for energy efficiency tech(HVAC, lighting, building envelope); renewable energy(solar PV system). It is a unique monthly on-bill utility payments-no credit checks, below-market rates, immediate estimated savings, and renter-friendly (tied to the meter). This program is direct and third-party owned loans, up to 20 years at fixed rates.

HI-Cap collateral is cash as collateral for loans for start-up costs, franchise fees, improvements, expansion, and equipment. It aids in credit enhancement-near-bankable or cash-stra[[ed businesses can access capital. This program is cash collateral equal to or less than 20% of the loan, the maximum loan amount is $1 million.

HI-Cap collateral is cash as collateral for loans for start-up costs, franchise fees, improvements, expansion, and equipment. It aids in credit enhancement-near-bankable or cash-stra[[ed businesses can access capital. This program is cash collateral equal to or less than 20% of the loan, the maximum loan amount is $1 million.

Kamehameha Schools


Mahiʻai a Ola Training programs

Food Systems business consulting

Food Systems investment fund

Provide access to land and commercial property across Hawaiʻi

Oahu Resource Conservation & Development


Conservation (Oahu) & Soil Health Planning

Conservation Plan Monitoring and Nat. Resource Mgmt on Working Lands (Statewide)

Farmer-to-Farmer Learning Networks (e.g. Women Farmers Network, Cacao) (Statewide)

On-farm research and demos

Oahu Business and Constituent Educators


Creating a COVID-safe economy and supporting local businesses is vital to O‘ahu’s recovery. The Business and Constituent Educator team works one-on-one with local businesses to connect them with government and private sector resources and help companies build a path a success.

Contact us at 768-CITY (2489) or to schedule a conversation.

Hawaii Tea Society


Hawai’i Tea Society is dedicated to the development of the tea industry and tea culture in Hawai’i by providing training, outreach, education and services to all members of our community – from tea farmers to tea enthusiasts.

Hawaii Seed


Hawaii Seed supports healthier, sustainable, and non-toxic farming practices for Hawai‘i's communities. Provides videos, publications, and information about GMOs.

Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation


Hawaii Farm Bureau is connecting farmers with retailers, direct-to-consumer markets, online marketplace and delivery networks, and our own purchase and distribution programs, to help Hawaii producers stay in business and continue to feed our communities. For more information about our programs, please click here.

Native Hawaiian Business Directory


Able to assist Native Hawaiians with EIDL and PPP applications

USDA Hawaii Farm Service Agency


Contact for all FSA programs.



Honolulu bookkeeping and CFO firm offering free help with US SBA Loan applications. When contacting, reference offer from Chamber of Commerce website.

Mink Center for Business and Leadership


Offers business and legal counseling for small businesses at no to low cost by appointment. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Go Farm Hawaii


Beginning farmer training - 5 sites; 4 islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island) +AgTechnician Training (Waiawa Correctional Facility, Oahu)

Business consulting - 1:1 (Statewide; open to all existing and aspiring farmers)

Business education - on request (typically other programs; groups)/ open to thepublic (depends on topic and method of delivery)

Kaua’i Economic Development Board


KEDB's team of skilled staff and volunteers are taking proactive steps to address a wide range of Kaua`i's economic issues. KEDB’s mission statement is to improve the quality of life on Kaua`i by developing partnerships to diversify the economy, supporting industry clusters, and educating our youth and workforce to succeed in the global economy. With continued support from the community and funding by our generous member investors, KEDB can continue working to achieve its overall vision of strengthening industries and educating our youth to create a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable Kaua`i economy.

Pacific Gateway Center


Culinary Business Incubator

Education, Training & Resoruces

Micro-lending, loan, and general support (KIVA, specifically)

Business Development Consulting


Value-Added Support,

Wrap-around social services, including legal immigration services.

Interpretation and translation services

Northshore Economic Vitality Partnership


USDA Harmonized GAP Training & Certification Farm Food Safety Plans Commercial

Market Access Irrigation and Wash Water Testing On-farm Risk Analyses

Hawaii Investment Ready


Impact enterprises play a vital role in accelerating worldwide adoption of sustainable and inclusive technologies, policies and behaviors. Island economies, by virtue of their remote location and resource scarcity, have and continue to develop innovative and sustainable ways of solving their social and environmental challenges. HIR combines the wisdom of place-based knowledge with modern tools to empower entrepreneurs to increase impact while building resilient enterprises.

Kona Coffee Farmers Association


KCFA is an organization of small coffee farmers, chartered to support the Kona coffee growers community and to promote and protect 100% Kona coffee. Provides events, resources, and advocacy for members.

Slow Food Hawaii


Slow Food is a a national member-supported volunteer-run educational non-profit organization that advocates for renewed interest in and support for our local food culture. Their website maintains a list of farmers markets and CSAs.

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii


Maintains a COVID-19 Response Hub with government resources. Can be found here.

Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism


Maintains a Recovery Navigator with Ag & Food Production resources. Can be found here. Also contact for CBED's Micro Loan Program and Enterprise Zones Program.

Hawaii Small Business Development Center


Offers free, confidential business advice. To register for business advising, click here.

SCORE Mentors Hawaii


Mentoring program providing confidential business advice. To request a mentor, click here.

HDOA Agricultural Loan Division


Contact for all HDOA's loan programs.

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