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Molokai Enterprise Community

Lead Entity: Ke Aupuni Lokahi (Leaders Working Together), Inc.

Demographics

State: Hawaii
Counties (Census Tracts): Maui (317, 318, 319)
Community Population: 5,120
Poverty Rate: 26%
Net area: 260 square miles

Background

Community Overview

Moloka’i is the fifth largest of the eight inhabited islands of Hawaii. The Island is 38 miles at its greatest length and 10 miles at its maximum width, and contains approximately 166,000 acres. The Island’s current situation can be characterized as a post-plantation/under-developed economy. Its present legacy is the remnant of a departed pineapple growing and processing economy. In recent years, the State Government has supported the development of a diversified agriculture and tourism as a means of compensating for the departure of the pineapple industry.

Strategic Plan Highlights

With the implementation of its Strategic Plan, Moloka’i seeks to achieve economic growth and community development through environmental protection, the promotion of a diversified agriculture, encouragement of tourism, and the addition of new community facilities.

Partnerships

Partnerships include participation by Federal, state, and local governments, nonprofits, area businesses, public schools, and local higher education. The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of the University of Hawaii will be a task leader, funding source, and technical advisor in various projects involving taro production, including disease and insect control, nursery and tissue propagation, and training in cultivation.

Leveraging

The Service Council has identified a range of organizations at the federal, state, and local level where it proposes to leverage $10.4 million in funding from other sources. Administrative costs are projected to be less than 15%. Other sources identified are support from local organizations in terms of in-kind contributions.

Community Involvement

Public participation in the planning process was extensive. Serious efforts were made in inducing public participation in terms of providing transportation, refreshments, and entertainment. There was extensive communication in printed form, in terms of press releases, newspaper reports, and newsletters.

Contact:

Stacey Crivello

Address:

Ke Aupuni Lokahi (Leaders Working Together), Inc.

 

P.O. Box 1634

 

Kaunakakai, HI 96748

Telephone:

808-553-8188

Fax: 808-553-8333

Email:

kal@mobettah.net

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