Recent Announcements

  • VITA Interview on KITV
    HACBED board member, Wayne Tanna, stopped by the KITV4 studio this morning to talk about the taxes and the VITA Program. Please click on the following link to watch the interview:
    Posted Apr 9, 2015, 5:25 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • HACBED Board Member, Wayne Tanna, on KITV
    On Wednesday, April 1st, HACBED Board Member, Wayne Tanna, will be interviewed on the morning news. The interview will be broadcast very early on the KITV 4. Please tune in to watch Wayne talk about the VITA Program, which provides free tax services to low- to moderate-income individuals and families. The interview will also be available for viewing online at
    Posted Mar 30, 2015, 5:57 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Application Period Now Closed for HACBED AmeriCorps VISTA Position
    The application period for the AmeriCorps VISTA Position at HACBED is now officially closed. Thank you to all those who applied. We will be making a selection in the coming weeks and will notify all applicants of the decision as soon as possible. Mahalo
    Posted Mar 6, 2015, 3:26 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Hawaii News Now Interview - 2015 VITA Program
    Current HACBED Board Member Wayne Tanna was recently interviewed by Hawaii News Now's Howard Dicus to talk about the 2015 VITA Program. You can view the short video by clicking on the following link:
    Posted Feb 19, 2015, 2:11 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • VITA Featured on Hawaii News Now
    The VITA Program was featured this morning on Hawaii News Now's Smart Money Mondays segment. 

    You can also view the video clip on either the Hawaii News Now website or the Bank of Hawaii website:
    • Hawaii News Now:
    • Bank of Hawaii (scroll to the bottom of the page):
    For more information on the VITA Program, please visit or the VITA page of the HACBED website here:

    Posted Jan 26, 2015, 2:32 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