“helping people... changing lives

We’re helping people, changing lives. You definitely can, too! 

MEO is a nonprofit Community Action Agency committed to helping low income individuals and families become stable and achieve economic security. MEO’s services are constantly changing to meet the needs of children and families, the disabled and medically needy, and the elderly and other low-income individuals. MEO works with more than twenty-five community partners to help people and change lives. All MEO programs are tangible translations of the Promise of Community Action. Call us at 249-2990.

MEO Employment Opportunities here 


*Project Graduation 2020 funding is available to all Maui County public and private high schools *

MEO (Maui Economic Opportunity) has announced $41,700.00 in Maui County funding has been made available for Project Graduation Programs for 2020 high school graduating classes in an effort to promote alcohol and drug free graduation celebrations. Deadline for completed applications and W9 forms is a February 28, 2020.  See below...

Medicare 101 Education Seminar for 2020

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Senior Scoop 2020 1st Qtr - Click Here!

BEST program specialist Bishop Pahia.

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REVISED Press Release- Lahaina Honolua Senior Club celebrates 50 years

For immediate Release- Lahaina, Maui, HI

The car wash will take place Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Old Lahaina Luau parking lot located at 1251 Front Street, Lahaina from 9:00am to 12:00pm. A donation of $10.00 per car is suggested.

The Lahaina Honolua Senior Club consists of 105 members ranging from 63 to 99 years old.

For more information contact Zilpah Kaimiola 249-2990

This is Me

The U.S. Census Bureau proudly presents this powerful rendition of “This is Me” performed by Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander artists and dancers from across the country to invite and inspire their community to be seen, heard, and counted in the 2020 Census.

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Give Your Child A Head Start - click here

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Dale A Tu Hijo un Head Start - Dale aqui

MOLOKAI Head Start - click here

BDC Core Four December Graduation - click here

December 2019 Annual Party - click here

Congratulations to Alex Domingo, MEO's November 2019 Employee of the Month!

Molokai Bus Blessing of P162

Molokai receives a new ADA accessible bus

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Mahalo to the Maui County Mayor, Maui Dept of Transportation and the Maui County Council for the new wheelchair accessible bus for Molokai. This bus was blessed yesterday and will be used to service the expanded rural shuttle that transports residents to and from the East and West ends of the island into Kaunakakai Town.


During the last fiscal year, MEO provided nearly 24,000 trips on the island of Molokai.


ECS - Staff Development & Annual Party

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Congratulations to Maria Lores-Browne, MEO's October 2019 Employee of the Month!

Congradulations to Gay Sibonga, MEO's September 2019 Employee of the Month!

PUBLIC NOTICE: MEO is now accepting bids for an Improvement Project. Click here for more details.

MEO is now on AmazonSmile!

When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. If you wish to support MEO in this way, simply go to https://smile.amazon.com, search for "Maui Economic Opportunity" or "MEO" under "Or pick your own charitable organization", and select MEO as your charitable organization to support.

What Is the 2020 Census?
It’s written in the U.S. Constitution, and why it’s important. The census data and how it is used and secured, how it affects representation, and how you can complete it.

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Save the date: #givebighawaii is December 3rd! You can be part of the celebration by going to the Give Big Hawaii site and donaiting to your favorite nonprofit. If that's us, you can go directly to our page here. Please spread the word by clicking one of the social media links on our page. Mahalo!

Senior Scoop 2019 4th Qtr - Click Here!

Queen Ka'ahumanu Center Job Fair 2019

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Maui Non Profit Directors - Annual Meeting Held Thursday October 17th

Press Contact:
  Gay Sibonga
  Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 342

The Maui Non Profit Directors Association (MNPDA) held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards Ceremony at the MACC

The event was attended by over 100 non profit directors, volunteers, community members and politicians.

The Honorable Adrianne N. Heely, Second Circuit District Court Judge, presided over the installation of officers for MNPDA for 2019-2020.  Mayor Mike Victorino gave opening remarks and Lt. Governor Josh Green was the keynote speaker for the evening.

The officers for MNPD for 2019-2020 are:  President, Bevanne Bowers; Vice President, Cassandra Abdul; Treasurer, Sherri Dodson; and Secretary, Richard Carr.  At large members are: Nicholas Winfrey, Marshall Norman, Caroline Killhour and Debbie Cabebe.

There were five nominees for the Community Business Award:  Mana Foods, Hawaii Community Foundation, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas and The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, and Expojah Band.  The winner of the award was Mana Foods for their many efforts on behalf of the community, especially the Paia Youth and Cultural Center, who nominated them for them award.

There were nine nominees for the Humanitarian of the Year Award:  Mona Cherry, Maureen Marrs, Anne Leuteneker, Mercer “Chubby” Vicens, Eddie Domingo, Leonardo Sequeira, Gerry Smith, Cliff Alakai and Dr. Michael E. Kim.  The award was presented jointly to Maureen Marrs and Anne Leuteneker for their tireless efforts with Friends of the Childrens’s Justice Center, among others.

The final award of the night was for the Executive Director of the Year.  The two nominees were:  Debbie Cabebe from Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. and Susan White from The Paia Youth Council.  Debbie Cabebe was the winner of the well deserved award for Executive Director of the Year.

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Mayor, Lt Gov, Judge Heely and MNPD members

MNPD Officers

Community Business Award nominees

Community Business Award Winners, Mana Foods

Humanitarian of the Year nominees

Humanitarian of the Year Winners - Anne Leuteneker & Maureen Marrs


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Press Contact:
  Gay Sibonga,
  Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 342

Paratransit Community Education Meetings

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) will be holding Paratransit Community Education Sessions on Thursday, October 24th at our office at 99 Mahalani Street, Wailuku.

Come to learn to navigate the Paratransit system.  Sessions to include basic knowledge of the Paratransit system, as well as, cancelling or booking reservations.

All interested clients and/or care providers are encouraged to attend sessions on October 24, 2019 at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

For more information visit MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org or call Gerry Lum, Transportation Administrator @ 727-8246.

Congradulations to Amy Makaiwi of Molokai, MEO's August 2019 Employee of the Month! Nominated by Vandale Dudoit.

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Maui Nonprofit Directors Association

Lt. Governor Josh Green speaks at the Maui Nonprofit Directors Annual Meeting and...

Lt. Governor Josh Green will be the keynote speaker, with remarks from Mayor Michael Victorino, at the Maui Nonprofit Directors Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards on *Thursday, October 17, 2019 * at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. The events start at 5:30 pm with heavy pupus and no-host cocktails.

The 2020 board of directors will be installed and the MNPD Humanitarian, Business and Nonprofit Director of the Year will be recognized.

Honorees are:

Humanitarian of the Year-

  • Mona Cherry-nominated by Mental Health of America
  • Maureen Marrs & Anne Leuteneker- nominated by Friends of the Children's Justice Center
  • Mercer "Chubby" Vicens- nominated by MEO
  • Eddie Domingo- nominated by MEO
  • Leonardo Sequeira- nominated by MEO
  • Gerry Smith- nominated by MEO BDC
  • Cliff Alakai- nominated by MEO
  • Dr. Michael E. Kim- nominated by Maui Family Support Services

Business of the Year-

  • Mana Foods- nominated by The Pa'ia Youth and Cultural Center
  • Hawai'i Community Foundation- nominated by MEO
  • The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villa & The Westin Nanea Ocean
  • Villlas- nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui
  • Expojah Band- nominated by 'Ohana Makamae, Inc.

Nonprofit Director of the Year-

  • Susan White- ED, The Pa'ia Youth Council, Inc.
  • Debbie Cabebe- CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.

Tickets are on sale now for $35.00 for non members and no cost to MNPD membership.

For more information, contact MNPD President Bevanne Bowers at 244-5744.
*Debbie **Cabebe**,* SHRM-SCP, SPHR, NCRT, Chief Executive Officer
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
99 Mahalani St, Wailuku HI 96793
*T: *808-243-4300 *M: *808-870-1906 *E: *debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org


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Save the date for MEO's Annual Gala, "..Do What is Right." honoring Mayor Michael Victorino, Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club, 5:30pm to 9:00pm.   Join us for a groovy good time.

Senator Mazie Hirono speaks on MSNBC about the "Public Charge" rule changes.

The Maui County Senior Fair will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from
7:30am to 11:30am at the War Memorial Gymnasium. Vendors and Politicians
wishing to participate must register and pay a registration fee no later
than Monday, September 16, 2019.

More than 1,500 individuals attend this annual health and wellness fair.
The event is sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging and produced by

Entertainment includes performances by: Malani, Enhance Fitness, Judy's
Gang, Dance International, and Country Line Dancing, with a featured
performance by Pa'ani. Kathy Collins will be the mistress of ceremony.
Remarks from Governor David Ige and Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino.

Registration forms are available by following this link. For more information
contact Cassi Yamashita at 249-2970 or Zilpah Kaimiola at 249-2990.

We hope to see you there.

October Teen Financial Literacy Workshop

Congradulations to Nani Watanabe, MEO's June 2019 Employee of the Month!

Teen Financial Literacy for August Wrap Up

Yesterday evening concluded our August Teen Financial Workshop. During this last session, we conducted a quick review, followed by their post test. On the first day of class, all of the students were given the same test to see where their financial knowledge was at. The average of all of the pre-test scores was 44%. They all took the same test last night, and the average raised to 98%! We concluded the evening with a presentation of Certificates of Achievement and pizza. Jaimie Dukelow from Hawaii State FCU, who was also a major contributor to this workshop, also awarded them with candy lei and piggy banks!

Our curriculum for the course went as follows.

August 07, 2019-Pre Test, and how to apply and interview for a job
August 14, 2019-Mock interviews, budgeting and savings
August 21, 2019-Banking and Credit
August 28, 2019-Post Test & graduation

For information of the next class contact Jay Biringer @ (808) 243-4347.

Medicare 101 Event- Press Release- for immediate release

MDX Hawaii, Maui Medical Group and MEO are teaming up to help you understand Medicare and get the most out of your coverage.

*Attend a free seminar*

  • Learn how medicare works (Part A, B,C, & D)
  • Understated coverage and costs
  • Find out when you should enroll and late enrollment penalties
  • Discover how Medicare Advantage Plans can provide more coverage for less out of pocket and more

A licensed insurance agent who works very closely with the MDX Hawaii office will be conducting the Medicare 101 sessions.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019   5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 12, 2019   9:00 am - 10:30 am

Maui Economic Opportunity - 99 Mahalani St, Wailuku HI 96793

Call (808) 426-7600 to reserve your seat. RSVP online at www.mdxhawaii.com.
Reservation is not required but recommended. Space is very limited.

The FREE event is open to the public.

For more information, call Debbie Cabebe at MEO at 249-2990.

Maui Upcountry Preschool

MEO Welcomes Eugene Williams to our Transportation Department

Senior Scoop 2019​ 3rd Qtr - Click Here!

*The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association is accepting nominations for the following awards:*

*Community Business Award*

Nominate an outstanding business that supports nonprofits

· Evidence of financial support of philanthropic projects in Maui County

· Impact of the gift

· In-kind contributions to support a nonprofit

· Evidence of encouraging and motivating its employees to take leadership roles and serve on boards and participate in community activities

*Humanitarian Award*

Nominate an outstanding individual who freely gives of time talent and treasure

· Time, effort and financial commitment spent on philanthropic activities

· Evidence of success in stewardship, recruiting, and motivating others

*Maui County’s Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director *

Nominate an outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director

· Leadership

· Vision

· Improving programs and services

*Nominees must be affiliated with members of the Maui Nonprofit Directors Association. *

Nominees and winners will be announced at the MNPD Annual Meeting and Leaderships Awards on *Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.* at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center

Nomination forms are due no later than *Friday, September 6, 2019 at 12:00 noon*. Applications are available online at www.mauinonprofit.org.
Completed applications can be mailed to, Maui Nonprofit Directors Association, P.O. Box 1186 Puunene, HI 96784 or emailed to mauinonprofit@gmail.com. For more information call Debbie Cabebe at 808-249-2990.

Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:
  Gay Sibonga,
  Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 342

46th Annual Senior Fair

Maui Economic Opportunity Announces 46th Annual Maui County Senior Fair – “Connect, Create, Contribute
WAILUKU, MAUI   Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is seeking vendors, healthcare providers and community partners and legislatures interested in participating in the 46th Annual Maui County Senior Fair.  This year’s fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the War Memorial gymnasium in Wailuku from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The fair is sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging and produced by MEO.   Entertainment will be provided by Malanai, Enhance Fitness, Dance International, Country Line Dancing and featured artists Pa’ani.

The fair attracts over 1,500 individuals of all ages.    Any vendor, healthcare provider, or politician wishing to participate in this event should email Community Services Director Cassi Yamashita at cassi.yamashita@meoinc.org to request an application.  Completed applications and applicable payment must be submitted to MEO later than Friday, September 16, 2019.  For more information visit MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org or call Cassi Yamashita at 249-2970.

2019 Vendor Application here...

2019 Politician Application here...

Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:
  Debbie Cabebe, SPHR
  CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 300

47th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon held July 27, 2019

The 47th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon was held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Grand Wailea in the Haleakala Ballroom from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  The event was hosted by the Maui County Planning & Coordinating Council, and sponsored by Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.

Over 500 kupuna, guests, politicians and vendors attended the event.  Mayor Mike Victorino gave remarks and Kathy Collins, aka “Tita” was the guest speaker.  Two Kupuna Advocate Awards were given to former Mayor Alan Arakawa and former MEO employee Agnes Groff for their years of service to Maui County kupuna.  Entertainment was be provided by Malanai.

Kupuna Advocate Awardee Alan Arakawa, Arleen Gerbig and Debbie Cabebe

Kupuna Advocate Awardee Agnes Groff, Arleen Gerbig and Debbie Cabebe

MEO client arriving on bus

Band (Malanai)

Kathy Collins, aka Tita (featured speaker)

Lahaina Honolua Seniors dancing hula

Adele Rugg blowing conch for pule

47th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon Gallery here...

Congratulations to our newest CDL license holder Florante Javalde

Public hearing at the State Capitol on the Community Services Block Grant State Plan.

Senate and Rep Committee Members, Office of Community Services Director and State Community Action Program executives.

Honolulu Community Action clients and staff with committee members.

For the tremendous amount of response to the July Teen Financial Literacy Workshop, we decided to do another for the month of August!

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Congratulations to Jennifer McGurn of the Administration for being our May 2019 Employee of the Month!

Yesterday we were very lucky to have Senator Brian Schatz visit us at our Transportation Facility in Pu'unene. Senator Schatz and his team were very gracious and asked a lot of great questions! We know how busy the Senator's schedule is and were grateful he took the time to visit with our staff and tour the facility. Mahalo Senator!

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Congratulations to our very own Nani Watanable who was awarded with the "Pursuit of Excellence Award" from the Quality Improvement Organizations for her tireless work for the disabled of Maui County! Nani is a shining star and we truly appreciate all she does for our clients!

2019 Annual Board Installation Luncheon

Yesterday we held our Annual Board Installation luncheon to install our board officers for the coming year. We were grateful to have Maui County Council Chair Kelly King perform the installation of officers, and we were so happy to see so many other supportive faces in the crowd! Mahalo to all who attended and continue to support MEO and our mission of helping people and saving lives!

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MEO Welcomes Lani Kawaiaea to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Florante Javalde to our Transportation Department

Maui Independent Living Center's 1st Annual Disabilities Awareness Fair held at the Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center.

Mayor Michael Victorino with Noelani Nani Watanabe the MILC Program Coordinator
Cassi Yamashita the Community Services Director, then Catalina Oramss & Maria Lores-Browne of the Enlace Hispano program

MEO Annual Report

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MEO Welcomes Sonny Castro to our ECS Department (Head Start)

MEO Welcomes our newest CDL Driver Wendell Parker

Senior Scoop 2019​ 2nd Qtr - Click Here!

Congratulations Ms. Kristel!!!

Please join us in congratulating Ms.Kristel from our UHMC site, on her accomplishment of getting her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education!

Ms. Kristel worked very hard at balancing family, work, and school, and tonight all that hard work paid off as she walked the line at UHMCs Commencement Ceremony!

We are extremely proud of you Ms.Kristel heart CONGRATULATIONS yes

Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact: 
  Debbie Cabebe, SPHR
  CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
  Wailuku Maui, HI
  (808) 249-2990, ext. 300

MEO Receives Two New Buses for Lānaʻi and Hāna

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (“MEO”) was granted two new buses last fiscal year, which were recently delivered to Lānaʻi and Hāna.  Each bus was received by the community and blessed before their inaugural road trips.  All of MEO’s clients who ride the buses were so thrilled to be the first to ride.  Debbie Cabebe, CEO of MEO said, “Rural communities are in desperate need of reliable transportation.  These buses help to fulfill that need.”  Many thanks to the former Mayor and Maui County Council for granting the funds to replace these much needed buses.

Hāna Branch Manager Jonnie Oliveira with her passengers on their first trip on the new bus.

Hāna clients in front of new MEO bus.

Lānaʻi clients in front of their new bus.

New Lānaʻi bus

Congratulations to Joseph Texeira of the Transporation for being our March 2019 Employee of the Month!

MEO Welcomes Isha Carvalho to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Jeremy Biringer to our BDC Department

MEO Welcomes Michael Weinhouse to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Jacob Hara to our Youth Services Department

MEO Welcomes Catalina Oramas to our Community Services Department

MEO Welcomes Heidi-Ann Allencastre to our Community Services Department

MEO Welcomes Jennalyn Pacheco to our ECS Department (Head Start)

MEO Welcomes Keoki Kaimiola to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Jennifer Perez to our ECS Department (Head Start)

Senior Services Red Card Application

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"Women Who Mean Business"

What a beautiful evening at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikīkī Beach last night. CEO Debbie Cabebe was honored by Pacific Business News at their 21st Anniversary Gala as one of 31 "Women Who Mean Business" in the state of Hawaiʻi. Debbie was among great company with some very impressive women. Congratulations to all! We are very proud of you Debbie!

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Click here to see the 2019 Gala General Photos

Click here to see the 2019 Gala Backdrop Photos

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MEO honors Senator Roz Baker at its 2nd Annual Gala

More than 275 businesses, community members and legislators gathered at MEO's 2nd Annual Gala on Saturday night to honor Senator Roz Baker for her years of service, representing the people of Maui County.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard stated in a written address, "For over twenty-five years Senator Roz Baker has devoted countless hours of advocating for issues that affect the quality of life for the residents of Hawai'i and has been a staunch supporter of MEO's mission and work."

MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe stated, " We are so grateful for Senator Baker and her thoughtful care and concern for the people we serve."

MEO is a nonprofit community action agency. Maui County's sole anti poverty organization serving nearly 18,000 individuals and families annually, thoughing more than 54.000 lives.

For more information about MEO and its programs contact COO Gay Sibonga at 249-2990 or email her at gay.sibonga@meoinc.org.

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MEO Names its Driver of the Year

Jonnie Oliveros was announced as MEO’s Driver of the Year at MEO’s Annual Awards event on Thursday, 2/28/2019. This annual event recognizes valued team members for their years of service, as well as Driver’s who have been accident free. This year there were 36 drivers that were recognized for being accident free.


Ms. Oliveros is the Hana Branch Manager and has been a longtime MEO employee since August 2004. The criteria for obtaining this noteworthy award includes exemplifying the company motto of Helping People, Changing Lives, as well as reflecting MEO’s core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Personal Excellence, Empathy, Creativity, and Flexibility. Additional Driver criteria also includes driving for a minimum of 1100 hours in the calendar year, being accident free, and meeting attendance standards.

Ms. Oliveros was recognized for meeting and exceeding all of these qualities with kindness and compassion while putting in 100% to get the job done with a positive “can do” attitude and a smile. Atlas Insurance is the annual sponsor of this award.

For more information about MEO or its programs, contact Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990 or email her at debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org.

MEO Would like to extend a special Mahalo for all of our 2019 Gala sponsors!

2019 Annual Employee Awards meeting pics here...

Aloha All,
Here are pictures of our first Ala Hou client to ride our Electric Vehicle to Dialysis.

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Maui Now: Electric Vehicle Donated to MEO Moloka‘i Program - here

*MEO 2018 Volunteer and Benefactor of the Year*

MEO held its 33nd Annual Volunteer Luncheon on February 14, 2019 at the MEO Family Center. This event is held every year on Valentine’s Day to honor and thank all of the many volunteers who assist MEO with helping people and changing lives. In 2018, MEO’s 601 volunteers performed over 4030 service hours, saving MEO approximately $77,400 in labor costs.

MEO recognized five nominees for 2018 Volunteer of the Year: Eddie Domingo nominated by Early Childhood Services, Leonardo Sequeira was nominated by Community Services, Gerry Smith was nominated by the MEO Business Development Center, Clifford Alakai was nominated by the Fiscal department and Mercer “Chubby” Vicens was nominated by administration.

Mercer “Chubby” Vicens was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. He has given a great deal of his time, talent and shared his treasury for over 25 years. His leadership qualities and vast knowledge of business, construction, personnel, and finance made him an invaluable part of MEO’s Board and board committees.

Mayor Michael P. Victorino attended the event and proclaimed February 14, 2019 Mercer “Chubby” Vicens Day for his years of volunteer service to MEO and to Maui County.

MEO also recognized the 2018 Benefactor of the Year, given to businesses or organizations who contribute time and resources to assist MEO with their mission. Hawai’i Community Foundation was the awardee for 2018. MEO has been the recipient of Hawai’i Community Foundation grants dating back to 2006 with total support of more than $280,000. The Hawai’i Community Foundation enhances lives by supporting programs that meet specific objectives and help donors make informed and meaningful choices with regard to funding designation. They create partnerships by bringing funders together with nonprofits and community & government leaders to leverage social investment and create lasting change by making the most of donor’s gifts. They have been described as a Navigator, Connector, and Builder, an organization that helps identify where donors can make the greatest impact. Hawai’i Community Foundation funds have assisted MEO to support funding shortfalls and ensure MEO fulfills its mission of strengthening the community while helping people in need…

CEO Debbie Cabebe, Mercer "Cubby" Vicens and Board President Ned Davis

Inger Tully and Hannah Werth, Hawaii Community Foundation

Mayor Michael Victorino and Chubby Vincens

Leonardo Sequeira

MEO Volunteer Luncheon 2019

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Lana'i Volunteer Luncheon 2019

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Moloka'i Volunteer Luncheon 2019

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Congratulations to our very own Debbie Cabebe, who is one of Pacific Business News' Women Who Mean Business honorees this year. She is in great company on this list and Maui is well represented.

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MEO is now accepting applications from Maui County Pubic and Private High Schools for 2019 Project Graduation

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Embracing Our Future

By Honoring Our Past -

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week Community Action Partnership remembers the life, legacy, and mission of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - one of the greatest visionaries in the history of our nation. Despite facing a society that was marred with the injustice of racism, bias, poverty, and othering, Dr. King remained resolute in his determination that a greater, more unified America was within our reach. He understood that while the road to achieving this vision would be difficult and costly, there is never a time better than the present to fight for opportunity and equity for *ALL*.

The political and social climate that Dr. King faced was not much unlike what we see across headlines today - a nation irreparably divided. Yet despite all evidence to the contrary, Dr. King made it his life's work to challenge ignorance with truth, combat separation with unity, and to oppose hate with love.The work of Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders has a special relationship with the history of Community Action. For 55 years, we have continued this legacy in the hope of making America a better place to live for everyone. And while we will certainly face setbacks along the way, it is imperative that we as Community Action never lose the Spirit of Hope that helps people and changes lives in pursuit of this dream. As stated powerfully by Dr. King himself: "*We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.*"


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MEO Welcomes Donald Medeiros to our Administration

MEO Welcomes Kehau Alexander to our ECS Department (Head Start)

Senior Scoop 2019​ 1st Qtr - Click Here!

MEO Welcomes Thomas I'i to our Community Services Department

MEO Welcomes Paula Legare to our ECS Department (Head Start)

New Employees...

MEO Welcomes Janet DeMello to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Edward Salvador to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Kristin Wells to our Youth Services Department

MEO Welcomes Alohalani Haupu to our Transportation Department

MEO Welcomes Jessie Oliveira to our ECS Department

Our Molokai Kaunakakai Head Start

Sharing pictures of this morning's visit from our Kaunoa Kupuna.

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MEO receives Hawaii Community Foundation Flex Grant

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 Hawaii Community Foundation FLEX grant acknowledging that the organization has exemplified the best practices of high performance. The FLEX grant program is a partnership of many funds thanks to generous donors and their fund advisors.

CEO Debbie Cabebe said, "MEO is grateful to be a recipient of the FLEX grant and appreciates the Hawaii Community foundation and its donors. We are fortunate to have received $10,000 from the *Jean I. Fennimore Fund* and $10,000 from the *Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Fund*. Grants like these are rare and are like gold as they can be used to help cover administrative costs that are short funded by other grants".

In the last fiscal year MEO administered nearly 40 grants serving more than 18,800 individuals and touching more than 56,000 lives.

For information about MEO contract Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990 or email debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org

Mayor Visits Wailuku B Head Start - Click here!

Photos from the 45th Annual Senior Fair 2018

Congratulations to Lehua Kaopio for being our September 2018 Employee of the Month!

Congratulations to Liane Yoshida for being our August 2018 Employee of the Month!

2018 Annual Family Fun Day

Had lots of food, great entertainment, games and prizes for our staff and their families. Great to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time outside of regular work time.
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MEO 2017 Annual Report

MEO is dedicated to "Helping people, and changing lives."

Board Retreat 2018

MEO Youth Services and Drive Safely here

46th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon 2018 - Gallery 1

46th Annual Kupuna Aloha Luncheon 2018 - Gallery 2

Molokai No Ka Heke Award

MEO is Helping People. Changing Lives thanks to a rental assistance grant from the County of Maui Department Housing and Human Concerns.

A 60 year old woman with mental challenges came to the MEO Molokai office for assistance. She was homeless for the past three years, sleeping on friend's couches, in her car, or camping on people's yards. Her only source of income is Social Security and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Working with the Molokai staff she was able to set up a budget that would allow her to pay for an electric and gas deposit and her first months rent. MEO's rental assistance program provided the needed funds to pay for the rental deposit. This allowed her to move into Public Housing. She will continue to meet with her case manager to help her maintain her budget and remain in her new rental She feels safe for the first time in many years and is very grateful to the County and MEO for the assistance. .


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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.

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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...


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