Ulupono Initiative
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Our Vision

At Ulupono Initiative, we strive to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii by investing in Hawaii-focused businesses and organizations. We know that making an impact in our key mission areas of food, energy, waste, and water will help us achieve our vision for a more self-reliant community.

We invest in innovative organizations to fuel change. Our work focuses on what we can do to help transform our community and the lives of our neighbors. Ulupono uses a systems approach to understand how partners and projects work together to create the most impact.

We aim to play a catalytic role with our investments, providing capital and guidance that will take a solid plan further, faster. As a for-profit investment firm, Ulupono typically focuses each year on several investments of $1 million to $3 million in key mission projects. We work closely with our investees to help them achieve their goals, seeking a governance role where appropriate.

Our investments span both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to ensure we’re supporting strong ideas that will catapult us toward our goal of greater self-sufficiency for Hawaii.