Recent Announcements

  • Support HACBED this Holiday Season!!!
    Planning on doing some holiday shopping on-line? If so, here is an easy way to support non-profit organizations at no cost to you.

    By using that link, Amazon will make a small donation to HACBED for every purchase that you make at Again, this donation will be made by Amazon at no extra cost to you (the total cost of your purchase will remain unchanged).

    Thank you for your support!
    Posted Nov 16, 2015, 2:05 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Design Thinking Mini Bootcamp, 12/4, 8am-4pm
    Join HANO and Design Thinking Hawaii for a Design Thinking Bootcamp. 
    Date: Friday, December 4 
    Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Ko'olau Ballrooms
    45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744
    Cost: HANO Members: $145 per person; $1,000 per team of 8
    Non HANO Members: $170 per person; $1200 per team of 8

    What is Design Thinking?

    Posted Nov 12, 2015, 5:08 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Photos from 2015 North Shore Food Summit
    Please click here for a few pictures from the various field trips from day one of the 2015 North Shore Food Summit. For more information about the Food Summit, please visit the North Shore Community Land Trust website at
    Posted Oct 30, 2015, 5:58 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • 2015 North Shore Food Summit
    Thank you to all of the 2015 North Shore Food Summit attendees and participants. Thank you also to all of the wonderful hosts and guides who helped to make the tours/field visits possible. Last, but not least, thank you to the members of the North Shore Community Land Trust and representatives from partnering organizations who helped to organize, coordinate, and facilitate the event. To learn more about the 2015 North Shore Food Summit, please visit Pictures coming soon.
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 2:31 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Sustainable Community Food Systems Program at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu
    The University of Hawaii at West Oahu is now officially offering the Sustainable Community Food Systems (SCFS) degree program. Click here to download a short PDF summary of the degree. You can also click here to view a short video and article about the SCFS program. 
    Posted Oct 19, 2015, 4:38 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