Our investment model is based on our founders’ belief that both the non-profit and for-profit sectors can be a force for good.
We want to harness that good and inspire catalytic change for Hawaii.
Where We Invest
Because Ulupono is focused on creating impact for Hawaii, we look carefully at companies and organizations that will help us achieve our goals in our sectors of interest. We find there is often crossover within sectors, but ultimately, we invest in organizations that are working to produce more locally grown food, more renewable energy and/or reduce waste.
Ulupono seeks to invest in and help grow local organizations involved in clean/renewable energy, diversified agriculture, and use waste as a resource that have high potential for creating large-scale social impact in an innovative and sustainable manner, and where our involvement will be catalytic in achieving that outcome.
AINA In Schools
Supporting education to connect keiki to land, water and food to grow a healthier Hawaii.
A thriving ulu (breadfruit) industry will lead to more locally produced food and also reduce the cost of animal feed – the single largest cost to local animal producers.
Low-cost, flexible transportation service that provide on-demand access to a network of rentable bicycles for the public.
BioEnergy Hawaii waste diversion practices will recover our “wasted” resources and generate products to support local sustainable agriculture and alternative energy initiatives.
Blue Ocean Mariculture
Defining the technology, tools and techniques for successful, responsible open ocean mariculture.
A leading bioenergy technology developer working to commercially deploy alternative energy.
International business competition that connects sustainable fishing and aquaculture businesses with potential investors.
Fresh Water Initiative
Addressing the increasing threats to fresh water security in the Hawaiian Islands.
A pilot project using school gardens that created meaningful change in Hawaii’s food system.
Hawaii Dairy Farms
Striving to produce fresh, nutritious local milk for Hawaii's families using a pasture-based, rotational grazing dairy that's good for the economy and environment.
Hawaii Green Growth
A group of local leaders tackling Hawaiiʻs energy, food and environmental security issues as a unified voice.
Hawaii Island School Garden Network
The Hawaii Island School Garden Network has helped to catalyze a statewide “farm-to-school” movement.
Assisting with the development of an online interface for conservation plans for Hawaii farmers.
Hawaii Seafood Month
Hawaii Seafood Month highlights the collective efforts of the commercial fishing sector and local businesses to promote sustainable, local seafood and vibrant fishing communities through the month of October.
Honolulu Theatre for Youth's "Grinds: The Story of Food in Hawaii"
Sharing the history and significance of food in Hawaii with school children in a fun and informative play.
Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning
A seawater air conditioning district cooling system that will provide air conditioning to downtown Honolulu buildings.
Ibis Networks enables commercial and government enterprises to significantly reduce their plug load energy consumption.
A community empowering members to live more sustainable, compassionate and resilient lives.
A project aimed at revitalizing former pineapple land on Maui for large-scale vegetable production.
Kauai School Garden Network
Supports all Kauai schools from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, with funding, technical and volunteer support.
The Kohala Center
A community-based institute leading the way in statewide school garden network development.
A benefit for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii.
Kunia Agricultural Park
Helping local farmers gain economic self-sufficiency, scale and access to markets in Hawaii.
Local Food Coalition
Focusing on solving the challenge of increasing Hawaii’s local food production by bringing people and organizations together.
Promotes sustainable agriculture through the leasing of critical agricultural lands and identifying innovative farmers.
Mana O Ka La
Developing a 5-megawatt solar facility for Leeward Oahu that benefits Native Hawaiian programs.
Maui School Garden Network
Developing a greater sense of food self-reliance and nutrition education among Maui County’s keiki.
OI-HPU Feed Mill
Establishing a state-of-the-art facility to tackle Hawaii's vital issues of local food production and security.
Paniolo Cattle Company
Creating a more robust local beef supply chain to provide quality products to all Hawaii consumers.
A leader in the integrated biology, processes and production of cassava, and algae-based advanced biofuels.
Ranch-to-Plate Joint Venture
A collaborative project aimed at helping to revitalize the Big Island grass-fed beef industry.
Reducing waste by reusing and recycling building materials that would otherwise go to landfills.
School Gardens Initiative
Growing fresh healthy food to nurture savvy young consumers and future farmers.
SolarCity's Department of Transportation Projects
15 Hawaii State Department of Transportation sites will provide 3.4 megawatts of solar electricity generation capacity and reduce the need for 15,000 barrels of fuel oil annually.
A Hawaii-founded clean tech company that developed an award-winning concentrated solar power system.
Study of Oahu's Electric Grid
Partnership to study the potential enhancement of the security, reliability, and dependability of the electric grid on Oahu. The study also looks to identify ways to apply analytics to better predict potential risks and issues, such as those resulting from natural disasters.