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MEO-Maui Fires Relief Fund

In an effort to get assistance out quicker, MEO is now accepting direct donations to be used for rental placements and other essential needs for those impacted by the fires. We have been in contact with landlords and Realtors about open units and are compiling a list.

Donate by Check

Checks may be made out to:
Maui Economic Opportunity

In the notes section please include:
MEO-Maui Fires Relief Fund

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In the “write a note” section please include:
MEO-Maui Fires Relief Fund



Moloka‘i driver Nelson Umemoto named MEO Employee of the Month

December 8, 2023

Nelson Umemoto, a Moloka‘i bus driver, was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month for September.

MEO needs bus drivers in East Maui

December 6, 2023

East Maui drivers are needed by Maui Economic Opportunity to operate buses taking residents around the community and to Central Maui for jobs, shopping, health appointments and other events....

Maui Relief TANF Program outreach for noncitizens to be held Dec. 10

December 4, 2023

An outreach event to reach noncitizen families with dependent children, who could be eligible for Maui Relief TANF Program benefits, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, in Lahaina....

COFA Resource Fair to be held Friday at MEO

November 30, 2023

The Compacts of Free Association (COFA) Community Resource Fair, which features wildfire relief program information and signups and assistance....

MEO Minute

November 30, 2023

BDC specialist Teon Simmons offered details of the Maui Business Bridge Grants for businesses impacted by the wildfires on The MEO Minute that ran on The Maui Daily on Wednesday....

Maui County Micro Ag Grant 4 deadline is TONIGHT

November 30, 2023

The deadline to apply for the Maui County Micro Ag Grant 4.0 is MIDNIGHT TODAY, Nov. 30!!!

Kohala families with children impacted by fires eligible for Maui Relief TANF Program

November 28, 2023

Maui Economic Opportunity staffed a table at the Maui County Senior Resource Fair at The Maui Mall Village on Saturday, Nov. 18. Information about MEO programs was available, including the Maui Relief TANF Program....

Kai Pelayo and Hayde Sim of Bayer visited MEO on Monday to present a $15,000 check

November 22, 2023

Kai Pelayo and Hayde Sim of Bayer visited MEO on Monday to present a $15,000 check, which will be used to supplement the popular Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.

Dispatcher Doreen Kepano retires from MEO after 36-year career

November 21, 2023

Maui Economic Opportunity Dispatcher Doreen Kepano sent her last MEO bus to pick up a rider on Friday, Nov. 17, before riding off to retirement and ending a 36-year career with the nonprofit organization...



The cost of administering grants is often over looked by funders. A Viewpoint penned by Debbie Cabebe appears in today’s Maui News. ... See MoreSee Less
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CEO Debbie Cabebe appeared on a Pacific Business News panel discussing the long-term economic impacts of the wildfires. Among the topics were housing, tourism and assistance to those impacted. The panel included Michelle Collins, owner of Da Kine Paints; Lisa Paulson, executive director of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association; and Kerry Watson, interim CEO of Maui Health. The panel was moderated by A. Kam Napier, editor in chief of Pacific Business News. The gathering was held Thursday at the Maui Beach Hotel. ... See MoreSee Less
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“Uncle” Nelson Umemoto, a longtime Moloka‘i driver who creates an inviting and comfortable atmosphere on his bus, was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month.“He is highly respectful to all of his riders,” said MEO Moloka‘i Branch Manager Mahie McPherson, one of two MEO staff to nominate him for the honor. “He truly makes it a point to make all riders feel invited and comfortable on his bus.”“Nelson is always positive, always smiling and is always inclined to accommodate our transportation needs,” she said, noting that he stays late and comes in early as needed.“He really is a joy to work with” and “is an outstanding representation of MEO,” Mahie said.Nelson’s other nominator, Ashley Caris from the Head Start office in Wailuku, was transported by Nelson when visiting the preschool site in Kaunakakai.“My nominee demonstrated flexibility and teamwork when being asked to adjust his typical work day to support early morning transportation for visiting Maui staff,” said Ashley. “My nominee was prompt, kind, respectful, and a very smooth driver.”Nelson has been driving for MEO since July 2009.For being named Employee of the Month for September, Nelson earned a $150 check and an extra vacation day. He was honored at MEO’s General Staff meeting Oct. 31. Mahie and Ashley split $50 as nominators. ... See MoreSee Less
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