Recent Announcements

  • Website Update Coming Soon!
    Our long overdue website update should be coming online very soon. During the transition to the new site, there may be small periods of time when our website becomes inaccessible. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Once the transition is complete, everyone will be able to view the new website at our same old address:

    Mahalo for your patience!
    Posted Mar 23, 2016, 7:12 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Now accepting applications for a AmeriCorps VISTA position here at HACBED!!!
    For more information about the position or to apply, please go to All interested applicants must apply through the official AmeriCorps VISTA link provided (cannot apply directly through HACBED). We will be accepting applications through the middle of March. 

    The selected applicant will have a broad range of responsibilities, but will generally be focused on financial education related activities and projects. Please visit the link for a full list of responsibilities and requirements. Mahalo and good luck!
    Posted Feb 8, 2016, 7:04 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • The Future of Food

    Posted Jan 28, 2016, 6:20 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Visit us at our new location!

    Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development

    Posted Jan 28, 2016, 5:37 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Phone lines are now open ;)
    Apologies to all those who tried to contact us by phone over the past several weeks. Fortunately, we have now successfully transferred our old business phone number (808-550-2661) to our new office location. Feel free to give us a call! Also, we are all keeping our old email addresses, so please contact us by email if that is more convenient for you. Mahalo!
    -Team HACBED
    Posted Jan 19, 2016, 4:11 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