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For Client and Staff Health and Safety, the MEO Office will be closed to all in-person traffic except by appointment

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at midnight, MEO will be closed to all in-person traffic to our facilities. However, staff will be available by phone, email or in-person by appointment ONLY.

Please stay home and email to discuss your individual needs and we will contact you.

If you do not have the ability to email us, to minimize your hold time, please contact the department you need assistance from directly and only contact the Administration office if you are not sure who to contact. We will do our best to respond before the end of business on the day that you call.

All MEO staff and clients are required to wear face masks at all times when when meeting in-person and when riding MEO vehicles.



In-person assistance available to COVID-19 affected individuals for mortgage, rental, utility help

June 4, 2021

CONTACT: Lee Imada MEO Executive Administrative Assistant Ph.: (808) 243-4306 (w) (808) 283-0428 (c) Email: Maui Economic Opportunity will have staff members available on the following dates and locations to assist COVID-19 affected individuals and families with mortgage, rental and utility assistance applications. The meeting schedule by region follows. Kihei Community Center from 8 […]

Energy Credit applications accepted through MEO beginning June 1

May 10, 2021

Applications for the federally funded Energy Credit assistance program, which helps low income residents who are not in crisis but require help to pay their heating and cooling bills, will be accepted beginning June 1. Maui Economic Opportunity administers the once-a-year program in Maui County with applications accepted through 4:30 p.m. June 30. MEO usually […]

More rental and mortgage assistance available

March 24, 2021

A Maui Economic Opportunity rental and mortgage assistance program targeting Maui County residents economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic received an additional infusion of $900,000 from the county managed Community Development Block Grant fund. The additional funds bring the program’s total funding to nearly $1.8 million. The CDBG COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program, administered by MEO, […]

Agricultural Micro Grants

March 22, 2021

More than 100 micro-farm grants awarded by MEO in Maui County funded program Maui County’s $2.5 million Agricultural Micro Grants Program, administered by Maui Economic Opportunity, purchased tractors, chippers and other supplies; put up fencing and sheds; and established an online presence for 105 small farms in the county. With the program winding to a […]

MEO’s Debbi Amaral named a Champions For Children

March 17, 2021

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Director of Early Childhood Services, Debbi Amaral, was chosen a Hawai`i Children’s Action Network Champions for Children for Early Learning as an individual. The Hawai`i Children’s Action Network will present 11 awards to individuals, businesses and agencies, “reflecting our vision of Hawaiʻi where all children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.” […]

Young entrepreneur makes donation to MEO

March 12, 2021

A 7 1/2 year old entrepreneur chose the Maui Economic Opportunity Head Start program to receive $150 from the proceeds of her handmade bracelet sales. “I wanted to help people,” said Mila Diaz of Wailuku. “It makes you feel good . . . because I am giving to other people, not me.” Her father, Aaron, […]


June 30 application deadline nears for energy credit help

The deadline to apply for federally funded energy credit assistance aimed at low-income residents who are not in crisis but require help to pay their heating and cooling bills is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30. Maui Economic Opportunity administers the once-a-year...

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14th Annual Celebration of Fathers

14th Annual Celebration of Fathers

Aloha Friends and Families, Please join us in the 14th Annual Celebration of Fathers Event hosted by our wonderful community partners at Maui Family Support Services! This is a free drive through event that will be taking place at the Baldwin High School parking lot...

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June 30 application deadline nears for energy credit helpThe deadline to apply for federally funded energy credit assistance aimed at low-income residents who are not in crisis but require help to pay their heating and cooling bills is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30.Maui Economic Opportunity administers the once-a-year Hawaii Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Maui County.LIHEAP provides a credit on utility accounts of income-eligible households. Credit amounts are based on income and number of people in the household, as well as the number of applicants, with the amount determined by the state.Approved applications are sent to the state, which then distributes a credit line to applicants through Hawaiian Electric or Hawaii Gas. Some clients can make their credit last for longer than six months.The energy credit is one of two LIHEAP programs. The other program, Energy Crisis Intervention, continues to operate, giving out 15 allotments a month. It assists households that have received a utility payment reminder for nonpayment or a disconnection notice.Funding of up to $650 for regular assistance and up to $1,000 forpandemic-related assistance is available through the ECI program. Utility payments take up to six weeks to process through the state, but utility companies are informed on the day of approval.A household can only get assistance once a year from either program. Applicants must submit their most recent electric bill, identification for all adult household members and Social Security numbers for all household members older than 1 year old and proof of citizenship, gross annual income and residence.Applications for the program are available online at or may be picked up at the MEO office at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. Those picking up applications should call ahead at 249-2970 because the office is closed to the public. ... See MoreSee Less
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Great opportunity.Broadband/Internet payment assistance is available for individuals and households that qualify:- Those receiving SNAP, Medicaid or Federal public housing assistance;- Those receiving supplemental security income, or veterans/survivors pension benefit;- Families eligible for free/reduced lunch programs;- Students who received a federal Pell Grant in the past year; - Employees who experienced a substantial loss of household income in 2020; - Households that have an income at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines; or- Other qualifications (see link below).Does your household qualify: and to apply: #workingtogether County of Maui Maui County Council Spectrum Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, Inc. Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. ... See MoreSee Less
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Monthly and daily passes for riders on paratransit buses operated by Maui Economic Opportunity will be eliminated and replaced with a coupon booklet program beginning July 1, 2021.The Maui County Department of Transportation announced changes in various Maui Bus fares and passes this week. MEO runs the Maui Bus Americans with Disabilities Act paratransit system, offering curb-to-curb rides by reservation for qualified persons with disabilities within three-fourths of a mile on either side of a Maui Bus route.Paratransit riders have been able to purchase $45 monthly passes from MEO for unlimited rides for the month with the nonprofit agency subsidizing the cost for low income riders above the $45. The monthly and daily passes will be eliminated beginning July 1, 2021.The program will be replaced by a 12-ride (one-way trip) ticket booklet, which will cost $20. Coupons will be valid from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.Sales of the coupon booklets begin June 25, 2021, and may be purchased from bus drivers. Drivers could assist riders with the removal of the ticket from the booklet and to place the coupon in the farebox.General boarding fares (one-way trips) remain at $2 per boarding, cash only.For more information about the paratransit service or to make a reservation, call (808) 877-7651.On regular Maui Bus routes, the new fares include a $25 monthly pass offered to seniors, 55 years and older, and students with a valid ID, 24 and younger; paratransit-eligible riders; and Medicare cardholders.MEO will continue to certify and register the Maui Bus disability riders for the monthly pass. For an application and more information, contact MEO at (808) 249-4306 or go to the website, Department of Transportation said in a letter to MEO that the changes are based on recommendations in the Maui Bus Rates & Fee study, the Maui Short Range Transit Plan and the County Council's Performance and Fiscal Audits of the Department of Transportation.The monthly and daily passes for Maui Bus paratransit services, run by Maui Economic Opportunity, will be eliminated in lieu of a 12-ride coupon booklet for $20 beginning July 1, 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
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