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For Client and Staff health and safety, the MEO Office has been closed to all in-person traffic by appointment since the beginning of the pandemic – but on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, MEO will open to limited in-person traffic. Staff will continue to be available by phone and email. Appointments still are encouraged.

If you are not feeling well, please stay home and email info@meoinc.org 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 facemasks at all times when meeting in-person and when on MEO vehicles.

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EVENTS & INFORMATION

MEO phone numbers may be victimized by spoofing

October 14, 2021

Request for Proposal

October 14, 2021

Senior Fair Prize Drawing

October 13, 2021

US Rep. Kai Kahele given a tour of MEO

October 12, 2021

Three Youth win top $1000 prizes in the Ini Pono Challenge

October 1, 2021

MEO receives $211,226 grant for senior employment program

September 20, 2021

NEWS

Applications for Agricultural Micro Grant Program available

Applications for Agricultural Micro Grant Program available

Applications for the popular Agricultural Micro Grant Program 2.0 – which offers up to $25,000 in grants to Maui County small farmers and administered by Maui Economic Opportunity – are available beginning today, Oct. 14. The $1.5 million Maui County-funded program is...

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Senior Fair Prize Drawing

Senior Fair Prize Drawing

To enter the drawing for prizes at the Senior Fair, including a television (donated by Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura), gift certificates to Maui businesses and Furry Friends (the Maui County Office on Aging), please fill out our online entry form by Monday, Oct....

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God’s Lanes athleisure startup wins $25,000 MEO program grant

God’s Lanes athleisure startup wins $25,000 MEO program grant

Landa Ampong’s business plan for God’s Lanes, LLC, a startup e-commerce retail company offering faith-based athleisure apparel to Christian men and women, was judged the best plan and awarded $25,000 in a Maui Economic Opportunity Business Development Center contest....

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*Applications for Agricultural Micro Grant Program available*Applications for the popular Agricultural Micro Grant Program 2.0 – which offers up to $25,000 in grants to Maui County small farmers and administered by Maui Economic Opportunity – are available beginning today, Oct. 14.The $1.5 million Maui County-funded program is open to operating farms on less than 12 acres possessing a county business or state general excise license as of July 1, 2021. Preference will be given to women and Native Hawaiians.The grants may be used to directly impact the availability of locally-grown produce, livestock and poultry and other related products. Grant money can be used for:- Farming equipment and machinery.- Processing and storage equipment.- Farm infrastructure, expansion and upgrades.- Inventory and supplies.- Packaging and packaging materials.- Technology equipment.The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 14, 2021.The following documentation is required:- Completed application.- Farm needs statement.- Copy of original General Excise Tax License, G-45 or G-49.- Photo ID.- 2020 State Tax Return Form N-11 (proof of residency).Farmers may apply on the MEO website at www.meoinc.org/agricultural-micro-grant-program or in-person at MEO’s Wailuku office, 99 Mahalani St.For more information, contact the MEO Business Development Center by phone at (808) 249-2990 or by email at *bdcinfo@meoinc.org*.A similar agriculture microgrant program, funded by Maui County and operated by MEO’s BDC in fall 2020 into spring 2021, funded more than 100 small farmers.Katie Romanchuk of Ohialani Gardens in Haiku drives a new Kubota backhoe that was purchased with a Maui County micro agricultural grant, administered by Maui Economic Opportunity. Agricultural Micro Grant Program 2.0 has begun accepting applications for a new round of farm grants.*About Maui Economic Opportunity*Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., is a nonprofit agency that’s part of the national Community Action Partnership network, whose goal is to help low income individuals and families and disenfranchised people help themselves and transform their lives. Chartered in 1965, MEO offers more than 40 programs that assist low income people, kupuna, youths, persons with disabilities, immigrants and other disenfranchised individuals. MEO runs the Human Services transportation program and the Maui Bus paratransit system and Head Start preschools, as well as programs that offer kupuna socialization and information; rent, mortgage and utility assistance; Spanish interpretation and translation; entrepreneurial and financial basics; inmate reintegration into the community after release; and youth anti-drinking, -bullying and -suicide prevention. For more information about the entire array of programs, visit www.meoinc.org or call (808) 249-2990. ... See MoreSee Less
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*U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele given a tour of MEO*U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele toured Maui Economic Opportunity’s Wailuku offices Monday, Oct. 11, meeting staff, learning about programs offered by the nonprofit agency whose mission is to alleviate poverty, discussing the need for affordable child care for young families, hearing aids for kupuna and the spending bills being hammered out in Congress.While visiting with Head Start staff, who provide preschool for low income families, he talked about cleaning classrooms at a Punana Leo Hawaiian immersion school his child attended, as all parents were required to, and the high cost of child care. On the issue of hearing aids for kupuna, CEO Debbie Cabebe noted that MEO has a program that helps defray costs of hearing aids and other medical needs of those in need.The nonprofit agency that provides a wide array of assistance from rental support to operating the Maui Bus paratransit system was one of many site visits the 2nd Congressional District Representative made during his visit to Maui, which included Space Force atop Haleakala, Kahului Airport and Mayor Michael Victorino’s office. He mentioned that the visits were part of his preparations for the next budget appropriations.He also had time to take his family on a helicopter ride and to the beach.Kahele was accompanied by state Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran. ... See MoreSee Less
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