Recent Announcements

  • Taste of Papakolea!!!
    The "Taste of Papakolea" event is taking place on Saturday, November 8th, from 5pm to 9pm. See the flyer below for details. Call 520-8997 for more information. 

    Posted Oct 21, 2014, 2:42 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Looking for Volunteers for the 2015 VITA Season!!!
    We are now officially recruiting volunteers for the upcoming 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Season (VITA) Season. VITA is a great program that provides free tax services to those who would not otherwise be able to afford it. If you are looking to volunteer or if your school requires community service hours, this is a great opportunity. 

    To download a PDF version of the digital flyer above, please click here. Also, if you would like more information about the VITA Program in general, please contact us at or visit the page of the website here

    Posted Oct 14, 2014, 5:38 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • 13th Annual CNHA Conference
    Mahalo to Michelle Kauhane and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) for putting together a great conference. You can find more information about the conference at this link here. In addition, you can view pictures and updates from the events on the CNHA Facebook page here:
    Posted Oct 7, 2014, 5:59 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Thank you to all the Food Summit supporters!
    A big mahalo goes out to all of those who supported the 2014 North Shore Food Summit. This includes attendees, organizers, sponsors, panelists, and guest speakers, just to name a few. Congratulations also to Doug and Tim of the North Shore Community Land Trust for coordinating a great event. More info about the 2014 North Shore Food Summit can be found here:
    Posted Sep 19, 2014, 4:32 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Registration now open for North Shore Food Summit!!!
    We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the Second Annual North Shore Food Summit on September 11 and 12. The Second Annual North Shore Food Summit will build upon last year's success by focusing our collective thoughts on the goal of restoring ancestral abundance to the North Shore and beyond. In addition to the dynamic keynote presentations, discussion panels, and working groups featured last year, this year will feature a full day of field trips (Day One, Sept. 11) and a Youth Food Summit track on Day Two (Sept. 12). Please click here to register for the event.
    Posted Aug 28, 2014, 1:50 PM by HACBED Administrator
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Who are we?

The Hawai'i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) is a statewide, federally tax-exempt, non-profit organization. HACBED was established in 1992 to encourage an increase in investments in sustainable and community-based approaches to economic development. 

Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development

Our Mission

HACBED strives to...

  • address social, economic, and environmental injustice in Hawai'i through community-based economic development and
  • help strengthen the voice and actions of Hawai'i's families and communities so that they have the choice and control they need to become self-sufficient and resilient.

Pursuit of Our Mission

Above all, HACBED serves this place called Hawai'i, as well as those who choose to be of this place and work to make it their home. In particular, HACBED has a strong focus on those who face social and economic injustices. HACBED provides this service by empowering education and capacity building for communities through policy development and advocacy for positive systemic change.

A "competitive advantage" is defined as "resources that allow an entity to develop and maintain an edge over competitors who produce similar goods and services." HACBED's competitive advantages stem from its knowledge and experience as it relates to community engagement and the connections HACBED has been able to form.This advantage is founded on the belief that people “know” and “can” and is conducted through informed and skilled “listening” that strengthens the community voice and and promotes collective action. By focusing on its competitive advantages. HACBED is able to build trust and credibility while maintaining its “activist” roots, which involve addressing injustice by acting to change things that are wrong.


HACBED is sustained by...

  • the relationships and trust that has been developed in order to advance the cause of social, economic, and environmental justice that serve this place – Hawai`i, 
  • the ability to bring value to efforts that build community voice and collective action, and
  • the ability to refine and expand on the ideal mix of funding and financing to advance the organizations work and mission.
Robert Agres and friends at the conclusion of the 2012 HACBED Symposium