Recent Announcements

  • 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
  • 2nd Annual North Shore Food Summit
    The Second Annual North Shore Food Summit will once again gather participants and speakers from a cross-section of food system work and will build upon last year’s success by focusing our collective thoughts on the goal of restoring ancestral abundance. For more information, please visit
    Posted Aug 4, 2014, 5:03 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Next North Shore Food Summit Meeting, 7/28
    The next North Shore Food Summit planning meeting will be held on Monday, July 28th, 2014. The meeting will be held from 2pm to 4pm and attendees will be helping to form the agenda for the second day of the Food Summit. 
    Posted Jul 8, 2014, 12:36 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • ANA Grantee Meeting
    We've just returned from the annual Administration for Native Americans (ANA) grantee meeting in Washington DC. At the conference, we were able to meet many of the other grantees and learn about their projects and communities. Click on the link below to learn more about the other ANA grantees in Hawaii, as well as across the US and the Pacific:
    Posted Jun 23, 2014, 6:39 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Ho'owaiwai Network Page
    We are currently in the process of expanding and improving the Ho'owaiwai Network section of the website. Recent additions include an interactive Ho'owaiwai Network directory, as well as various maps related to financial literacy and sustainable food networks. Thank you for your patience while we continue to renovate the website. You can view the current Ho'owaiwai Network page here:
    Posted May 22, 2014, 5:29 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