The county Office of Economic Development and INNOVATE Hawai'i announced the availability of funding for locally made product companies in Maui, Molokai and Lana'i to exhibit at the Made in Hawai'i Festival. The festival will be held Aug. 16 to 18 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall & Arena on O'ahu.
The festival is a three-day showcase of Made in Hawai'i products, including food, books, art, gifts, fashions, plants, crafts, produce and more. The festival provides high visibility to producers of local products, and regularly attracts over 30,000 attendees each year. This year marks the 19th annual festival and is expected to be another record year for attendance.
This year, the Mayor's Office of Economic Development (OED) and INNOVATE Hawai'i are offering assistance for all Maui County-made product companies to exhibit at the festival. Packages include free booth space plus a minimum stipend of $1,000 for companies that meet festival qualifications.
All interested companies must qualify under the Made in Hawai'i Festival rules (www.MadeInHawaiiFestival.com) and fill out the application packet available at the Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC) at the Maui Mall and the Kuha'o Business Center on Molokai. The application packet is also available online at www.mauicounty.gov/MCBRC.
The deadline for applications is June 19 at 4:30 p.m. For more information about the meeting, call the MCBRC at 873-8247.
INNOVATE Hawai'i is a program of the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC), an agency of the State of Hawai'i. For more information, visit www.htdc.org/innovatehawaii.