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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.



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, […]

*MEO’s National Farmworker Jobs Program is accepting applications*

March 11, 2021

Maui Economic Opportunity’s National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP), an educational, employment and training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, is accepting applications across Hawaii. NFJP is 100 percent federally funded and serves farmworkers who meet federal poverty income guidelines and selection criteria. Those who receive federal assistance, such as SNAP, TANF or SSI, […]

*MEO offers bus service to help with mail pickup in wake of Maunaloa Post Office closure*

March 9, 2021

The temporary closure of the Maunaloa Post Office prompted Maui Economic Opportunity to establish bus runs to help Molokai West End residents collect their mail from the Hoolehua Post Office. The U.S. Postal Service announced the temporary closure of the post office at 2 Maunaloa Road, Building 2, due to structural and vector control issues […]


Mayor declares May Community Action Month, praises MEO

Mayor declares May Community Action Month, praises MEO

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino declared May Community Action Month in the county and recognized Maui Economic Opportunity for its contributions, especially with its work during the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual proclamation ceremony was held Tuesday, May 4, and...

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MEO thanks retiring Sen. J Kalani English…

MEO thanks retiring Sen. J Kalani English…

MEO thanks retiring Sen. J. Kalani English for his years of service in support of MEO and Maui County Maui Economic Opportunity wishes to thank retiring state Sen. J. Kalani English for all he has done in the County Council and the state Legislature to support and...

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MEO gala now set for Aug. 28

MEO gala now set for Aug. 28

CONTACT: Lee Imada MEO Executive Administrative Assistant Ph.: (808) 243-4306 (w) (808) 283-0428 (c) Email: The “. . . Do What Is Right” Maui Economic Opportunity Gala, which has been postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now...

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MEO BDC will hold its Teen Financial Literacy classes June 8, 10, 15 and 17 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. ... See MoreSee Less
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Maui Re-entry Hui,Please call MEO Transportation @ 877-7651 ... See MoreSee Less
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A lunchtime violin concertSavannah Cerizo, daughter of Janeth in Community Services, serenaded MEO staff with her violin, playing “The Swan,” “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” “Salut d'amour,” and other pieces on Wednesday April 28.Savannah, 19, attends the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has played the violin since the 5th grade. She was home for a break, and her mother thought a lunchtime concert would be a nice treat for her fellow MEO workers.The sounds of Savannah’s violin permeated the Wailuku office, which Jan said has wonderful acoustics with its two-story ceiling and walls and limited furniture in the hallways. ... See MoreSee Less
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Mayor declares May Community Action Month, praises MEOMaui County Mayor Michael Victorino declared May Community Action Month in the county and recognized Maui Economic Opportunity for its contributions, especially with its work during the COVID-19 pandemic.A virtual proclamation ceremony was held Tuesday, May 4, and coincided with national Community Action Month in May. The nonprofit MEO is one of more than a thousand Community Action Partnership agencies across the nation with a mission of fighting poverty and a goal of empowering low income individuals and families, persons with disabilities, immigrants and other disenfranchised groups to improve their own lives.The proclamation noted that MEO helped 40,400 people in Maui County and touched 121,000 lives in 2020.“You folks have done a fabulous job for many, many, many years,” Victorino said about MEO during the ceremony. “You have helped families for more than 56 years and keep some stability in this crazy economic times and other economic downturns.”He noted that MEO through grants, including from Maui County, helped keep 13,000 households stable during the pandemic.“You have made our community a stronger community; you’ve made Maui Nui strong,” said the mayor “And you, the people of MEO, provide more than just economic opportunity; you provide dignity, hope, education and the tools for our people to become more self-sufficient.“I’ve been very proud of what you do. Your work really does make a difference . . . . We never say thank you enough, and we may not even recognize your efforts, but it makes a difference in the community out there called Maui.“Mahalo for everything you have done and continue to do and will do.”Carol Reimann, vice president of the MEO Board of Directors, noted that Community Action Agencies across the nation like MEO “transform communities by creating and expanding economic opportunities to help stabilize our families.” She thanked the mayor for his support of MEO.“MEO proudly serves Maui County as a lifeline for many of our residents,” she said.“The need for community action has never been greater, and neither has been our resolve,” said MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe. “We’re challenged to create solutions that don’t just help people stay afloat but build stability, dignity and whenever possible, prosperity.“The staff of MEO stand united and together, and we will rise to the challenge.”MEO, a product of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, offers a wide range of programs that serve those in poverty, kupuna, youths from teenagers to infants, immigrants and persons with disabilities. Services offered include rental and utilities assistance, micro loans for businesses and farms, business planning classes for entrepreneurs, reintegration help for recently released inmates and economic and educational assistance for farm workers.Youth programs include Head Start pre-kindergarten learning; suicide, tobacco, drugs, alcohol and bullying prevention and family building. MEO also runs the Maui Bus paratransit and the county’s Human Services transportation systems.To mark the month, MEO’s departments are planning Community Action Week festivities in-house and posting videos, photos and information on MEO’s website at and on the agency’s Facebook page.“To all of you I say congratulations, job well done, but the job’s not over,” said Victorino. “There’s a lot more to be done.”For more information about MEO, call (808) 240-2990 or email ... See MoreSee Less
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*May Day at MEO*Maui Economic Opportunity celebrated May Day a day early on Friday, April 30, with staff donning aloha attire and lei. Some pictures from the colorful day in the office follow. ... See MoreSee Less
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