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MEO’s services are constantly changing to meet the needs of children and families, the medically needy, the elderly and other low-income individuals. All MEO programs are tangible translations of the Promise of Community Action. There are always at least a few MEO programs in need of volunteers, cash donations or inkind gifts. You can help. MEO does what poverty demands, and you are welcome to join us in whatever way you can. Call us at 249-2990.  



WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii) – Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) received $8,385.30 from Hawaii Petroleum through its Ohana Fuels, “Fuel Up. Do Good.” community giving program. Hawaii Petroleum partners with non-profit organizations that serve the needs of the community by donating a portion of each purchase from every gallon of gasoline sold at an Ohana Fuels station in this community.

During an award presentation at MEO’s headquarters, CEO Lyn McNeff said, “We are grateful to Hawaii Petroleum for their support. They are wonderful community partners. This funding will allow us to assist clients who may otherwise be turned away. Grants are typically specific, dictating who qualifies and receives assistance. If the individual does not meet the funding source’s eligibility criteria, we can’t help. These funds will allow us to help the gap” group who are in serious need of assistance. ”

Kimo Haynes, President of Hawaii Petroleum said, “The mission of our Ohana Fuels Giving Program is to help meet the needs of the communities we serve by supporting nonprofit organizations that improve overall quality of life. Ohana Fuels proudly sponsors programs that enhance the vitality of our neighborhoods, celebrate community success, and expand the capacity of local charities to serve our community”.

Ohana Fuels is Hawaii Petroleum’s retail fuel brand that provides competitive priced, quality fuels at safe, clean and convenient locations including eight stations on the island of Maui, and four stations on the island of Hawaii. Certified as a TOP TIER™ fuel, Ohana Fuels meets the premier standard of gasoline for optimum performance and fuel efficiency. Hawaii Petroleum is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which our Ohana Fuels stations operate, and gives local residents a way to support the community with every tank of gas they purchase.

For more information about Hawaii Petroleum or Ohana Fuels contact Lloyd Leong 808-769-5719 or lleong@hawaiipetroleum.com.

MEO is a non-profit Community Action Agency incorporated on March 22, 1965 under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its mission is to strengthen the community while helping people in need, restore their hope, reach their potential and enrich their lives. Last year MEO served over 23,000 individuals and touched more than 71,000 lives.

For more information about MEO contact CEO Lyn McNeff at 249-2990.


MEO Business Development Center

(Wailuku, HI October 22, 2014) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated twenty- four (24) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on October 21, 2014. The graduating students heard words of encouragement and advice from Maui County Council Chair Gladys Biasa and Council Member Mike Victorino, who were in attendance.

At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were also able to work with bankers from Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank and receive suggestions on improving their business plans and what they can expect from commercial lenders. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory dinner.

MEO BDC’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know to start, operate and grow your business.

For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 249-2990. The next Core Four classes will be held during the day, from 9 am to noon starting November 5th. One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 30th from 9am to 10am at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, October 29th from noon to 1pm. The six-week series will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.

Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday 8am to 4pm at MEO’s Family Center.

Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic to make the Core Four Business Planning Classes possible.

Craig Swift / 243-4317
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October 3, 2014

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. wishes to notify its clients, community partners and the general public that it is pleased to announce that it will begin the transition to the new MEO Transportation site the week of October 12, 2014. During this move, the transportation office staff will be temporarily located at the MEO Wailuku offices at 99 Mahalani Street. The vehicles and some support staff will work out of the Kahului site until the trailers are set and functional at the new Puunene site. The telephone and fax numbers will remain the same throughout the move.

CEO Lyn McNeff states, "We anticipate opening at our new location the first week of January 2015. We would like to thank you in advance for your support and patience during this transition."

For more information, contact MEO Transportation Harry Johnson at 877-7651


Congratulations to MEO's Employee of the Month for August, Harriett "U'i" Mokiau!

MEO's Employee of the Month for July is a long time employee and a four time recipient of this award. Congratulations to Agnes Groff!


41st Annual Maui County Senior Fair

WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)- Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is seeking vendors and community partners interested in participating in the 41st Annual Maui County Senior Fair, scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the War Memorial gymnasium in Wailuku from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  MEO is the organizer of the event.  MEO supports 60 senior citizen groups throughout Maui County, representing more than 1,800 seniors. Last year’s fair attracted over 2,500 individuals. 

Applications and payment must be received by MEO no later than Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at:

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., Community Services Department
99 Mahalani Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Attention: Gerry Lum, Director
Telephone 249-2970, extension 359


1. Tables will be assigned on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED PAID BASIS by the Fair Committee.
2. The committee may deny applications that are duplicative or over table space limitations.
3. Vendors will not be allowed to select their own table.
4. Vendors will be notified of items disapproved for sale upon receipt of the application.
5. Participation fee includes one (1) 8-foot table, tablecloth and skirt, and two (2) chairs.
6. No cooking or the use of sterno (canned heat) or gas burners shall be allowed inside of the Maui War Memorial Complex.
7. Food must be prepared in a certified kitchen.
8. Food vendors must obtain a Department of Health permit and submit a copy to MEO along with a copy of the approvedthe application. Should you have questions regarding the permitting process, contact Agnes Groff at 249-2970, extension 360.
9. Vendors selling food or items, or administering shots, must provide a certificate of insurance for $1,000,000 naming MEO as an additional insured on the policy. Senior Clubs who pay P&CC membership dues are covered under MEO’s policy and are not required to obtain additional insurance.
10. No sales of any kind will be permitted prior to the start of the Fair at 7:30 a.m.
11. No selling of beverages (water, soda, coffee, tea, etc.)



WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)- Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.’s Transportation Director Harry Johnson passed the Certified Community Transit Manager (CCTM) exam and has been approved by the Community Transportation Association of America’s (CTAA) National Certification Council the designation of "CCTM".
Mr. Johnson has worked for MEO more than twenty years in the position of driver, operations manager, assistant director and director.  CEO, Lyn McNeff said, “We celebrate Harry’s certification as it affirms MEO’s commitment to be an agency of excellence.  As we gear up to celebrate our 50th anniversary we continue to support our staff in all areas of professional development.  Staff development is one of the key ingredients in fulfilling our mission of helping people in need restore their hope, reach their potential and enrich their lives.”

Congratulations to MEO's Employee of the Month for June, CFO Debbie Lorenzo! 

BDC Core Four graduates - Lanai


MEO BDC’s Craig Swift and David Daly at Pele’s Other Garden Deli & Bistro with the Core Four graduates: Lynn Fuchigami-Costales, Natalie Jeffers, Jack Martin, Mililani Martin and Jennifer Velasco.
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MEO ​Early Childhood staff enjoy a day of staff development in Kihei, Maui.


MEO CEO Lyn McNeff and Governor Neal Abercrombie dance to Burn'n Love
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Left to right Agnes Groff, Kaui Alo-Palau and others enjoy the song Burn'n Love
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WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)-Over seven hundred Kupuna, guests and dignitaries celebrated at the 42nd Annual Kupuna Luncheon on Saturday, July 26 at the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa.  Entertainment was provided by Maui’s own “Elvis”, Darren Lee of the Burn’n Love show in Lahaina.  The annual event is a joint effort between the Maui County Planning and Coordinating Council (P&CC), who represents over sixty senior citizen clubs with more than 1,700 members, and Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO).  This event is made possible through club fundraising activities, ticket sales and generous donations.  MEO provides a meeting space for the P&CC meetings and acts as a liaison for the seniors assisting them with advocacy and education activities.


Governor Neil Abacrombie installs MEO Board of Directors and celebrates his 76th birthday at the MEO Family Center.

MEO CEO helps raise funds for MDA

MEO provides the tools to help people and change lives with programs offered through five departments:

The BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER assists small business entrepreneurs with business plan training, credit assessment, and micro-loans for startup and expansion.

COMMUNITY SERVICES provides a wide array of services including rental subsidy, employment training and job placement, Enlace Hispano (Hispanic Link), weatherization and energy assistance, senior club coordination, prisoner reintegration, Hawaiian agricultural workshops, BEST Reintegration, Ke Kahua farm and more.

EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES provides quality infant care and early childhood education, offering toddlers a Head Start toward a better education and a better life.

The TRANSPORTATION Department provides rides to the doctor, to work, to school, to adult day care, for necessary shopping, and for other needs with both standard and wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles.

The YOUTH SERVICES Department provides youth with assistance to succeed in school and life through fun-filled opportunities to learn life skills, prepare for the workforce, and serve the community. The prevention of underage drinking, substance abuse, tobacco use, teenage pregnancy, and teenage suicide is consistently blended with youth program activities.

MEO is dedicated to providing tools for living, for earning, for self-reliance, and for community involvement. All programs are designed with the underlying belief that instead of giving people a fish, it is better to teach them how to fish for themselves.

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO), chartered on March 22, 1965 is a private non-profit Community Action Agency. The current annual operating budget is $17 million dollars. MEO provides outreach and information, and administers human service programs to low-income persons, the youth, elderly, immigrants, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities and medical needs, and other disadvantaged individuals and families on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The agency was organized as a Community Action Agency under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to strengthen and coordinate efforts to eliminate poverty by providing opportunities in education, employment and training, transportation and other areas to help people, help themselves.

MEO Business Development Center

(Wailuku, HI June 20, 2014) –Maui County Council Chair Gladys Baisa and Council Member Don Couch attended MEO Business Development Program’s graduation of thirteen (13) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on June 16, 2014. Each of the Council Members spoke briefly and encouraged the entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and told them that their success would be a success for the community.

Also, the graduating students were able to receive advice and guidance from local commercial lenders. The bankers reviewed the students’ business plans and provided suggestions and guidance in launching a successful business. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulations lunch.

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Craig Swift / 243-4317

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