Ulupono Initiative

Policy

Ulupono Initiative believes transformation can be achieved at a policy level through the support of state and county measures and amendments. We collaborate with likeminded organizations to advocate for policies that will make a meaningful impact in Hawaii.

Bill

Authorizing the Issuance of Special Purpose Revenue Bonds to Assist Big Island Dairy, LLC

2016 Hawaii Legislative Session

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds up to $10,000,000 to assist Big Island Dairy LLC for the planning, design, and construction of a new milking facility. 

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Invasive Species Program Administration

2016 Hawaii Legislative Session

Restructures the Hawaii Invasive Species Council as the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority, attached administratively to the Department of Agriculture, for the enhancement of the State's invasive species prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, enforcement, and outreach programs. Establishes the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority Special Fund and appropriates moneys to that fund to implement the Authority and relevant invasive species projects.

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Procurement

2016 Hawaii Legislative Session

Provides for the establishment of a special procurement process for the procurement of goods and services. Requires the establishment of procedures by the procurement policy board for use of the special procurement process.

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Public Utilities

2016 Hawaii Legislative Session

Requires the PUC to establish preferential off-peak rates for the purchase of energy that is used or consumed for agricultural activities. Requires the PUC to require electric and gas utilities to develop energy storage technology incentive programs to provide incentives to agricultural customers to acquire energy storage technology for use at the agricultural customers' sites. (SD1)

  • Food
  • Energy

Bill

Relating to the Issuance of Special Purpose Revenue Bonds to Assist Big Island Dairy, LLC

2016 Hawaii Legislative Session

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Big Island Dairy, LLC, with the operation of its dairy farm in Ookala.

  • Food

Bill

Relating to a Farm to School Program

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session

Establishes the Hawaii Farm to School Program and provides $75,000 for one full-time equivalent farm-to-school coordinator position within HDOA.

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Food

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session

Creates an annual permit for cottage food operators that allows direct sales only of cottage food products at multiple locations. Negotiated an agreement with Department of Health and the Attorney General’s office to conduct these changes through rulemaking in lieu of passing legislation  

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Procurement

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session

Exempts the purchase of fresh meats, produce, animals, and plants by any governmental body from the Hawaii public procurement code.

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Procurement

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session

Establishes and appropriates funds for the Hawaii-grown food procurement task force for the purpose of creating recommendations for increasing procurement of food grown in Hawaii by State departments and agencies.

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Procurement

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session

Provides for the establishment of a special innovative procurement process for the procurement of supplies, services, professional services, or construction. Requires the establishment of procedures by the procurement policy board for use of the special innovative procurement process. (HB1028 HD2)

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Procurement

2015 Hawaii Legislative Session

Establishes a process for special innovative procurement and generates a framework for public-private partnership in Hawaii. Appropriates funds for a temporary position to assist the Procurement Policy Board. Appropriates funds for the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to procure services to develop a master plan for the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital and Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. (SB1228 HD3)

  • Food

Bill

Proposing an Amendment to the Hawaii Constitution to Authorize the Issuance of Special Purpose Revenue Bonds to Assist Agricultural Enterprises

2014 Hawaii Legislative Session

Enables agricultural enterprises to obtain authorization for SPRBs and use this financing in their businesses, all for the broader immediate and long-term benefit of Hawaii’s people and economy.

  • Food

Bill

Relating to Special Purpose Revenue Bonds to Assist Agricultural Enterprises

2014 Hawaii Legislative Session

Special purpose revenue bonds will stimulate and increase new investment in Hawaii’s agricultural industries, including improvements in agriculture infrastructure, technologies, facilities, and workforce training.

  • Food

Resolution

Requesting the Convening of a Cottage Food Business Working Group Comprising Representatives from the Department of Health and the Cottage Food Industry

2014 Hawaii Legislative Session

The Local Food Coalition welcomes the opportunity to participate in the cottage food business working group. The ability of work in home kitchens will increase the use of local foods in small-scale, value-added production and allow for start-up operations that could grow into larger commercial ventures.

  • Food

Resolution

Urging the Public Utilities Commission to Establish Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs for All Agricultural Activities, Especially Those Engaged in the Production of Food for Local Consumption, and to Develop Appropriate Incentives for Agricultural Uses that May Be Shifted to Off-Peak Times or May Be Available to Participate in Demand Response to the Benefit of the Electric Grid

2014 Hawaii Legislative Session

Different electricity rate structures would encourage agricultural energy users to greatly shift their activities, like pumping water, to times that would help stabilize the grid and allow for more renewable.

  • Food
  • Energy