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Jul 22, 2016

A Community Thrives When Conditions are Favorable

“Developing opportunities for the Wai‘anae Coast communities to flourish based on culture, history, natural resources, and the people of the Wai‘anae Coast” is the mission of the Wai‘anae Economic Development Council which met on June 30, 2016, at the trust's Waiʻanae Coast Children's Center.

Prominent representatives from the Wai‘anae community, three federal and state agencies as well as the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands gathered to discuss their goals in the community:

  • to better improve participation and  support by strengthening community organizations;
  • by providing information to build capacity through education, training, mentoring and technical assistance;
  • by increasing access to capital through the development of new companies, partnerships, and products; and
  • by maintaining, developing and strategizing financial sustainability to market community products and services.

Projects for this upcoming year include, but are not limited to, a multi-certified kitchen, training facility, as well as a performing arts center in Nānākuli, to name a few.

Wai‘anae Moku 2030 Community Planning Summit is scheduled for August 27, 2016, with pre-summit activities from August 1st through 26th leading up to the actual summit.

An ʻōlelo noʻeau well describes the mission of the council: “Mōhala i ka wai, ka maka o ka pua” that literally translates as “where living conditions are good, people thrive.”

“E MAU ANA NŌ KA ʻIKE O NĀ KŪPUNA.”

Mahalo to Ginger Fuata for contributing content and Matt Manosca for the photos!

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