Recent Announcements

  • 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
  • HACBED accepting application for AmeriCorp VISTA position!!!
    The application period for HACBED's financial literacy focused AmeriCorps VISTA position has now begun. We hope to make a decision by mid March and the selected applicant would officially begin around mid April. If you are interested in learning more about the position or would like to apply, please use the following link: Those interested in applying should apply directly through AmeriCorps via the link above (not through HACBED). However, please feel free to contact us (HACBED) if you have any questions about the position. Mahalo and good luck!
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 7:11 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Happy Holidays!!!
    Hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas! We just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you to all of HACBED's wonderful partners, clients, and supporters. The work that we do could not be accomplished without all of you!
    Posted Dec 26, 2014, 11:36 AM by HACBED Administrator
  • HACBED Holiday Party Today!!!
    Just a quick reminder, the HACBED holiday party is being held today at the HACBED offices. The gathering will be a great time to catch up with HACBED friends, partners, and collaborators. Please stop by in you get a chance. Happy Holidays!!!
    Posted Dec 18, 2014, 11:39 AM by HACBED Administrator
  • Donate to HACBED at no cost to you!
    Are you planning to do some online holiday shopping anyway? Now there is a way to support HACBED through at no extra cost to you! By using this link (, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to HACBED through their AmazonSmile Program for non-profit organizations. Again, do not worry, using the link (or making any purchases through AmazonSmile, for that matter) will not increase your purchase price (Amazon will simply donate half a percent of the price you would have paid anyway). Mahalo and Happy Holidays!
    Posted Dec 4, 2014, 5:03 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