Ulupono Initiative

OI-HPU Feed Mill

Establishing a state-of-the-art facility to tackle Hawaii's vital issues of local food production and security.

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Background

Ulupono Initiative has partnered with Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) for the establishment of a long-planned feed mill project, spearheaded by Oceanic Institute, HPU (OI-HPU), which became a directed research unit of the University in January 2014.

Through this innovative feed mill project, OI-HPU researchers will create feed for animals – including cattle, poultry, and moi – and will incorporate byproducts from local industries such as sugarcane, fisheries, papaya and algae, which otherwise go to waste. Once formatted to meet each animal’s specific nutritional needs, the feed will be tested on a scale relevant to Hawaii farmers.

Why We Invested

Ulupono Initiative helped finance HPU's prototype feed mill on Hawaii Island. This partnership will establish a state-of-the-art facility, which aims to tackle Hawaii’s vital issue of local food security. The investment is aligned with Ulupono’s mission to increase local food production.

Ulupono Initiative’s investment funds the installation of the necessary equipment to automate the plant, making it more productive, efficient and economically viable, which, if successful, would catalyze development of commercial feed mills in Hawaii. The long-run competitiveness of Hawaii-based beef, dairy, poultry, fish and hogs is dependent on local feed availability.

“This partnership with Ulupono Initiative provides an unparalleled opportunity for us to evaluate locally available waste products and transform them into feed ingredients on a commercial scale to support local food production.”

– Shaun Moss, OI-HPU executive director

Impact

  • Increases Hawaii's local food production 
  • Addresses Hawaii's local food security issue
  • Catalyzes the development of commercial feed mills in Hawaii