STEMworks innovating

This year’s 2021 Virtual Hawaii STEM Conference was a great success with 560+ attendees from across the state logging in to learn about all things STEM. The STEM conference provided teachers, students, and school administrators the opportunity to participate in...

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Replay and Resources to Women in Business Seminar Series #2

Forty-two small business owners joined in July 8 to listen to Dr Pamela Williamson, CEO of WBEC-West (Women’s Business Enterprise Council) talk about the process of applying to be certified as Minority Owned Small Business (MOSB) which includes Women Owned Small...

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Women in Business Seminar Series 2

MEDB, SBA and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) are collaborating to introduce local businesses to business networking platforms that hold the potential to for new business opportunities. One such platform is the SBA’s Minority Owned Small Business (MOSB)...

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SBIR: An Overview of the Program

Are you an Innovator, Entrepreneur, Researcher, or Small technology firm?  Thinking of starting a business with your exciting technology idea? Are you a researcher looking to commercialize your idea?   Join us June 30th at 12:00 pm (HST) for an...

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Speakers Announced for Hawaii Energy Conference June 22 & 24

With the days counting down to the 8th Hawaii Energy Conference, the keynote and invited speakers have been announced.  Suleman Khan of Swell Energy will give the keynote on Day 1 – June 22; and Mark Toney of TURN is the invited speaker on Day 2 – June 24....

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12th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference April 28-30

The 12th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference will be presented virtually, April 28 – 30, with a student Hackathon to follow on May 1. MEDB is grateful for Microsoft’s continued support as the principal sponsor of the conference. This year, students and teachers will have...

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Google Chief of Staff to Talk Story with Maui Entrepreneurs

Working at Google for 8 years, Luke Leonhard says he has his dream job. The Chief of Staff to Google’s speech team will share his career story at this month’s Maui TechOhana, April 29. Presented by Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), Leonhard will speak at the...

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Conference to explore the Energy Transition in Hawaii

The 8th Hawaii Energy Conference will again be virtual in 2021 and will explore the “Energy Transition in Hawaii: Focus on investments in people and projects.” Presented by Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and supported by the County of Maui Office of...

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Maui County Adaptability Fund Applications due November 6

Mayor Michael Victorino recently announced the launch of the Maui County Adaptability Fund to help local small businesses recover and survive the impacts from COVID-19. The County has allocated $5 million to the Fund. Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) is...

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2020 Hawaii Energy Conference Highlights

The 2020 Hawaii Energy Conference (HEC), postponed in March due to Covid-19, aired in July as a live-stream online event. Presented by the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and supported by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the virtual conference...

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Maui Economic Development Board kicks off their 2020 STEM Drive

KIHEI, Maui, Hawaii – (July 20, 2020) – Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) announces the kick-off of their first-ever 2020 STEM Drive, a benefit for the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund. This online fundraiser begins today and runs through August 15, 2020. According...

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MEDB Statement on Recent Events in our Nation

Like other communities across the country, Maui County and its residents have been affected by the anger, grief and hurt caused by recent events in Minneapolis, Georgia, Louisville and elsewhere, and the resulting civil unrest. "The knee on the neck” is an apt...

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Update on PPP Forgiveness

SBA-2020-0032 “Interim Final Rule on Forgiveness” Released  Late on Friday, May 22, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) issued a new interim final rule relating to forgiveness of loans made under the Paycheck...

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COVID-19 Maui Nui Website

Visit the County of Maui’s official COVID-19 website – www.COVID19MauiNui.com. Learn about the: Funding sources and programs available to assist businesses and residents Latest news and updates Testing site information for Maui County residents Latest advisories for...

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COVID-19 – MEDB Announcement

MEDB Office closed - 15 days With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, MEDB has been closely monitoring CDC travel notices, U.S. State advisories, and Hawaii’s Department of Health announcements.  MEDB is following the recommendation of the Governor and...

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Community Survey to Tackle Affordable Housing in West Maui

West Maui residents, employers, and employees are invited to participate in a community survey aimed at tackling affordable housing in West Maui. The West Maui Workforce Housing Survey is a grassroots, community-driven survey designed to determine the need for housing...

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Opportunity Zone & Healthy Communities: Maui

Opportunity Zones and Healthy Communities: Maui Wednesday, February 20th 8:00 am – 12:30 pm Maui Arts & Cultural Center McCoy Theater The event will begin with an overview of Opportunity Zones, a new federal tax incentive designed to attract long-term private...

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MEDB encourages businesses to “embrace their financials”

On October 30, Maui Economic Development Board kicked off their 2018 Startup Weekend Maui Series with “Pinching Your Pennies: Finance for Entrepreneurs.” Held at MEDB’s Malcolm Center, over 20 attendees got a real taste of “beer math,” down and dirty math, minus the...

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Patents: Adding Fuel to the Fire of Genius

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage Palo Alto patent attorney, Dr. Victoria Brewster, in an informal round table discussion on the ins and outs of securing a patent. The seminar will cover patent basics, including putting early safeguards in place to protect rights...

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MEDB celebrates 35-year milestone, bestows highest honors

MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction held Saturday, August 26th, at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui showcased an evening of nostalgia — a chance to look back at Maui Economic Development Board’s (MEDB) and their organization’s impact over the past 35...

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Skog awarded MEDB’s prestigious Colin C. Cameron Award

A new Fund also established in Skog’s name to be launched August 26th August 14, 2017 - Today, the Board of Directors of the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) announced that they will award Jeanne Unemori Skog with their prestigious Colin C. Cameron Award during...

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MEDB’s “Pathways To Our Future” returns August 26

MEDB announces that online reservations and sponsorship opportunities are available for “Pathways To Our Future.” Held at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui on Saturday, August 26, 2017, guests will enjoy a festive evening of food, fun and camaraderie as they celebrate...

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Jeanne Unemori Skog stepping down as President & CEO of MEDB

Jeanne Unemori Skog announced today that she will be stepping down as President & CEO of Maui Economic Development Board at the end of June 2017. Leslie Wilkins, MEDB’s current Vice President, will succeed her.Ned Davis, Chair of MEDB’s Board of Directors...

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AFRL Physicist Introduces Students to the Stars

This March, Dr. Ryan Swindle of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Maui Detachment, received the Department of Defense STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Educationand Outreach Advocate Award for his dedication to STEM education in the Maui community....

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DR. JD ARMSTRONG: MAUI’S HI STAR

Dr. James “JD” Armstrong, the enthusiastic Maui Technology Education and Outreach Specialist at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) in Pukalani, is much admired in the community. His work includes research on exoplanets, asteroids, comets, stellar...

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BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TAKES THE CROWN!

The Ke Alahele Education Fund of Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) supported Baldwin High School’s Robotics Team to compete at this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition, an international high school...

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Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award

Showcase your STEM project! Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award. This annual award will be presented to a Maui County project team that demonstrates the most innovative use of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math...

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FOR THE LOVE OF COOKIES!

The Maui Cookie Lady, Mitzi Toro, has been in business for three extraordinary years. The first year started with baking cookies as a fundraiser for the ICU nurses who cared for her father before he passed away. The second year, making them became a favorite hobby. It...

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GOOGLE EDUCATIONAL APPS IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Maui Economic Development Board’s (MEDB) Ke Alahele Education Fund stresses the importance of students having the ability to use a variety of technologies effectively to be career ready. Recognizing the critical nature of this preparation, MEDB has worked vigorously...

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MAUI’S RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE

The 2016 Maui Energy Conference, presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), focused on the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative’s 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), its implications for Hawaii’s...

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Press Coverage of the 2016 Maui Energy Conference

The Maui County Office of Economic Development and the Maui Economic Development Board wrapped up another successful Maui Energy Conference on Friday, March 18, 2016.  The Conference attracted 340 participants, speakers and sponsors from Hawaii, the Mainland U.S.,...

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MAUI AUTISM CENTER: LITTLE GAINS BECOME BIG ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Still shrouded in mystery, autism is one of the fastest growing disabilities in the United States. Recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 68 children have an autism spectrum disorder. The term “spectrum” refers to the...

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INTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING DAY

Maui girls in grades 7-8, accompanied by teachers, discovered the exciting and lucrative field of engineering during Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) on Thursday, February 25th, at Maui Research and Technology Park. In observance of National Engineers...

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STEMworks™ launches new CAD module for drone design

KIHEI – Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology (WIT) launches a new STEM module -- CAD Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Drone Design and Build -- as part of its STEMworksä curriculum. WIT’s Drone Design and Build module coincides with Hawaii’s official...

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HAWAII AND CALIFORNIA STUDENTS COLLABORATE ON ENERGY ISSUES

For the first time, Maui Economic Development Board’s (MEDB) Women In Technology (WIT) Project is presenting a student collaboration opportunity between Hawaii and California.  Kamali’i Elementary School, Lokelani Intermediate and Kihei Charter High School on Maui,...

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LEARNING IS AN INTEGRATED JOURNEY

Po-maikaʻi Elementary School, located in the Maui Lani subdivision in Kahului, opened its doors in 2007 with the vision to educate the whole child by connecting academics with their Arts Integration curriculum. Based on years of research, Po-maikaʻi believes that...

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EDUCATING FOR ENERGY PROSPERITY

Since 2009, the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) Women In Technology program (WIT) has trained 459 educators through the energy science curriculum of its Island Energy Inquiry (IEI) initiative. In that time it has expanded from Maui across the state, reaching at...

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MAKER OF THINGS

Maui Makers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is based on the belief that by working together we can prove that Hawai’i’s future is really what we “make of it.”  Organized in 2010 by Haiku resident, Jerry Isdale, this unique group provides the venue, knowledge, and...

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KAMALIʻI SCHOOL IS CODING!

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week in December, Hour of Code, a nationwide campaign featuring free tutorials designed to get students interested in computer science, was held at Kamaliʻi Elementary School in Kihei. Maui Economic Development Board’s...

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HAU‘OLI MAKAHIKI HOU!

The Hawaiian Islands, home to a culturally and ethnically diverse population, are about to celebrate one of the most fun-filled festivals of the year. Many are laying elaborate plans to usher in the New Year with different customs and foods from different cultures....

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Holiday Greetings

The Holiday season marks the time of year when we take stock and look ahead, often through making resolutions. Five notable Holiday resolutions to live by have been compiled by poet and writer Julie-Anne Ford. Among her recommendations: Learn to LaughCelebrate the...

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GEOGRAPHY IN ACTION

In celebration of National Geographic Awareness Week, November 17-21, the Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology (WIT) Project presented Geographic Information System (GIS) Day at Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului. The event featured displays and...

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HAWAII CONTINUES TO MAKE PROGRESS ON ITS RENEWABLE ENERGY GOAL

Dec 14, 2015 Pacific Business News - Hawaii continues to make progress on its renewable energy goal, report says Hawaii is a little more than a fifth of the way — 21.1 percent — to its new landmark goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, according to a...

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MOLOKAI MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVES NOAA GRANT

Molokai Middle School recently received an $88,213 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a project titled “Promoting Cultural Based Knowledge and Practices through Environmental Stewardship and Preservation.” The grant extends from...

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ANGELS ON WHEELS

Recently, A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW) Community Care-Van held its 2nd annual gathering to give thanks for the success of its outreach ministry.  In October 2013, the four Episcopal churches on Maui, Good Shepherd, Holy Innocents, St. John’s and Trinity by-the-Sea,...

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MAUI TEAM WINS 2015 DEVLEAGUE/UBER HAWAII HACKATHON

Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and High Technology Development Corporation sponsored Maui County’s participation in the first statewide, 36-hour, 2015 DevLeague /Uber Hawaii Hackathon. The free event, held October 23 to 25th, was partnered with Livecoding.tv,...

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USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARM COMMUNITY GROWS UNDER THE RAINBOW

Imagine a place where the community reflects what is important and precious in each member. Imagine a place where the meaningful work that each individual contributes to the community is healing and inspirational.  La’a Kea Farm on Baldwin Avenue in Pa’ia is that...

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KAMEHAMEHA SOCCER PLAYER SCORES IN BOLIVIA

Maui student Keola Paz Paredes, son of a Bolivian immigrant to the United States, has initiated an outstanding mission to help children in Bolivia who play soccer. Paredes, a senior on the Kamehameha High School soccer team in Pukalani, has been playing soccer since...

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MAMA’S FISH HOUSE FUNDS SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCE

Mama’s Fish House, family-owned by Floyd and “Mama” Doris Christenson, has been buying fish directly from Maui fisherman for over 40 years. These local fishermen, representing a way of life, culture and tradition in Hawai’i, consistently deliver the freshest and...

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MEDB ADVANCES STEM EDUCATION

“Pathways to Our Future”, the annual Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner and Auction presented by Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), was recently held at the FairmontKea Lani Resort in Wailea. Providing the stirring opening with oli and pule were Molokai...

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2015 Annual Labor Law Seminar

MEDB would like to bring to your attention the following event, which may be of use to you or your business. On Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, the Maui Chamber of Commerce and Tokildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris Attorneys at Law, a Law Corporation, are...

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MAUI STUDENTS HELP MAKE ARREST!

Sponsored by Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology (WIT) Project, the Maui County 4-H Youth Development Program and the Maui Police Department (MPD) Forensic Team recently held this year’s 4-H Tech Connect event. This event challenged over 65...

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EXCITE CAMP PROVIDES INSPIRATION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

Earlier this summer, middle-school girls had the opportunity to attend Excite Camp, a Women in Technology (WIT) program sponsored by the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB). The main goal of Excite Camp is to educate participants in science, technology, engineering...

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STUDENTS REACH FOR THE HI STARS

The recent Mini HI STAR (Hawaii Student/Teacher Research) Program of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, IFA, was sponsored by Maui Economic Development Board and Air Force Research Laboratory.  The program provided 11 high school students from...

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“THIS IS MORE THAN AN AFTERSCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB!”

The fun, new STEMworks AFTERschool Program for the 2015-2016 school year, presented by the Women in Technology (WIT) project of the MauiEconomic Development Board (MEDB), is for boys and girls, grades 6, 7 and 8.  The program addresses the need to stimulate interest...

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MAUI WAENA INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS LEARN TEAMWORK

Maui Waena Intermediate School’s Technology Club recently traveled to Oahu to compete in the state Botball tournament held at Hanalani School in Mililani.  There were 10 teams, both high school and intermediate, from Oahu.  “We were the 11th team and the only one from...

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STEMWORKS™ LAB SERVES AS KEY LEARNING RESOURCE

King Kekaulike High School students credited a STEMworks™ lab as a key component in their third consecutive Program Impact Assessment award at the 2015 STEM Conference. “There are so many students in STEMworks™ lab across the state doing amazing work, so it is truly...

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Maui Prep’s iPueo Robotics team soars

Thanks to a grant from the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund, Maui Prep’s iPueo Robotics team were able to participate with students from 29 countries in the Vex World Championships. Below is a recap of the team’s experience shared by Maui Prep instructor Branden...

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Press Coverage of the 2015 Maui Energy Conference

Another successful Maui Energy Conference wrapped up on Friday, with a 15% increase in attendance over last year’s conference. The event, held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, featured more than 50 speakers and 325 participants. In addition to increased...

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MPowerMaui: An Energy Conversation

Maui Residents: Communication key to ensuring Maui’s “green” energy future Final report, MPowerMaui: An Energy Conversation, captures resident priorities, values regarding energy on Maui Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) released a final report summarizing the...

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Eyes on the Sky

Hawaii plays a crucial role in tracking satellites and the space debris that threatens them. As orbital space gets more cluttered, private companies and military trackers will have to get better at tracking and identifying even tiny pieces of junk.  (Article no longer...

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GMO Initiative: Frequently Asked Questions

The question of whether there should be a moratorium on GMO Operations and Practices has been the subject of intense debate in Maui County. As voters head to the polls, the following is designed to stimulate a thoughtful review of this issue based on the questions we...

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MEDB Awards $10,000 for Innovative STEM Project

Ke Alahele Education Dinner Draws 660 Supporters, Raises $300,000 King Kekaulike High School graduate AJ Ramelb was selected for the second annual Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award Saturday night. The honor included a $3,000 cash award for his college education and...

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Mayor Arakawa Inspired by STEM

For the past two years, Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife Ann have served as hosts of the popular “Are You Smarter Than a STEM 5th Grader?” – a lively game during the annual MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund dinner that tests attendees’ STEM acumen against those of our...

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Innovation Award Honors Legacy of Inouye's Vision

The Maui Economic Development Board is continuing to honor the legacy of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye with an award program in his name. “Senator Inouye was a visionary who saw how important it is to affirm and invest in our students, the future of Hawaii,”...

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Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award

The Maui Economic Development Board is pleased to announce that the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award will be presented this year to a student team that demonstrates the most innovative use of STEM tools and capabilities to serve and improve our community. The Daniel...

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MEDB Ke Alahele Grant Leads to Teaching Insite on Molokai

Kualapu’u School teacher Susan Forbes began her Ke Alahele Education Fund grant project with a goal – field a competitive robotics team. It was a building year at the Molokai K-6 charter school and this year the students were not ready to compete. The hope is that...

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Facebook Small Business Boost

Facebook’s Small Business Boost is coming to Maui! with special guest speaker, Senator Brian Schatz Through a special partnership with local business organizations, the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and Facebook invite you to join experts from Facebook’s...

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Students Show How 3D Computer Aided Design Impacts Community

King Kekaulike High School students used their developing skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to help special needs students overcome a lack of fine-motor skills to create works of art. The project was one of the highlights at the Hawaii STEM...

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Computer Gamer Takes off with STEMWorks™

A STEMworks™ internship turned out to be a launching pad for Andres “AJ” Ramelb and his pursuit of a career in computers. Putting it in the words of the King Kekaulike High School senior, Ramelb said: “When I had all this technology through my STEMworks™ program at my...

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Baldwin Senior: Robotics, STEM Education Paid Off

Baldwin High School robotics team captain Joey Albright has been accepted into six colleges with plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. He says his experience with robot building and the task of writing grants to fund the robotics team helped him to...

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Electric Utilities Conference Wrap-up

Energy leaders agree Hawaii can lead changes in energy landscape. Maui conference participants impressed by open and frank discussions. The buzz that came from the Maui energy conference was that the three-day conference of leading energy experts, industry leaders and...

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Akaku Granted $5,000 to Support Youth Mentoring Program

Akaku: Maui Community Television has been granted $5,000 for support of their successful Youth Broadband Education Awareness Mentoring (YBEAM) program from the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund ‘Building Pathways’. “We are honored to be recognized by MEDB as being...

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Maui County Conference Explores the Future of Energy

“The eyes of the nation are on Hawai‘i as a living laboratory.” At the end of March, Maui hosted a conference–”Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be.” As Mayor Alan Arakawa said in his welcome address, electricity has become an important issue for...

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Maui County Conference Explores Energy Landscape Changes

Come join us for a thoughtful discussion on The Electric Utility of the Future in Maui, Hawai‘i, March 26-28, 2014. County of Maui in partnership with the Maui Economic Development Board Inc. present “Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”...

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