The Ulupono Initiative has announced that longtime Hawaii writer-reporter Robbie Dingeman has joined its organization as an associate. For more than 20 years, Dingeman has been a writer, news reporter and researcher in Hawai‘i. Most recently she served as a staff writer for The Honolulu Advertiser for 14 years.
As an associate with the Ulupono Initiative, Dingeman’s work will include writing, research and project development.
Formed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the Ulupono Initiative is a social investment firm dedicated to improving the quality of life for Hawaii’s residents through sustainability. The organization invests in local businesses and philanthropic organizations focused on producing more local food, more renewable energy and reducing waste.
Dingeman also has been a news reporter for KHON-TV, a city public information specialist, and a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
Since 2005, Dingeman has served as the co-artistic director of the annual Gridiron satire show, which raises money for internships for journalism students through the Society of Professional Journalists Hawai‘i chapter.
Local business executives Robin Campaniano and Kyle Datta co-lead the Ulupono Initiative as general partners. Some of Ulupono’s investments include:
- Kapalua Farms — an organic farm and agricultural research facility in West Maui.
- ClearFuels Technology, Inc. where the team is developing commercial biofuels projects in Hawaii.
- Re-Use Hawaii — a nonprofit which reuses and recycles building materials when it demolishes buildings, turning potential waste into a resource.
Rooted in the wisdom that a healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand, the Ulupono Initiative invests in innovative Hawaii-based organizations to catalyze economic and social change. For more information about the Ulupono Initiative, please visit www.ulupono.com.