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HTDC Awards Nearly $1 Million In Grants To Hawaiʻi Manufacturers

June 16, 2023
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Twenty-six Hawaiʻi companies will soon be able to streamline, improve, and optimize operations thanks to funding from the Hawaiʻi Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) through Innovate Hawaiʻi’s Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP). The program awarded nearly $1 million to local companies to help with specific expenses related to manufacturing to foster economic and employment growth in the state.

The MAP grants cover up to 20 percent of the total company investment in the requested project, capped at $100,000. The companies themselves must fund the balance. The total investment in these 26 projects by the awardees amounts to more than $11 million.

“We were impressed by the quality of this year’s grant applications,” Wayne Inouye, center director of Innovate Hawaiʻi. “The grants will allow these companies to improve their operations, create more jobs, and further diversify our economic base. We are proud to be able to work with these companies in developing the state’s manufacturing sector.”

Seven companies were first-time grant recipients. Seventeen grants were awarded to Oʻahu companies, while Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, and Kauaʻi each received three grants. The full list of recipients includes:

  • Advanced Silicon Carbide Materials, LLC
  • Aumakua Holdings Inc. (dba Maui Brewing Company)
  • Ba-Le Inc. (dba La Tour Bakehouse)
  • Diamond Bakery Company Limited
  • Euram Inc (dba Hawaiian Paradise Coffee)*
  • Grass Shack Industries LLC (dba Mānoa Chocolate Hawaiʻi)
  • Hawaiʻi Sea Spirits LLC*
  • Hawaiian King Candies, LLC*
  • Hawaiian Ola Brewing Corporation
  • Hawaiian Sun Products Inc.*
  • Hilo Fish Company, Inc.*
  • Island Grown Foods, Inc. (dba Hawaiʻi Food Products)*
  • Kauai Juice Co. LLC
  • Kauai Kookie LLC
  • Koloa Rum Company
  • KYD, Inc.
  • Laʻi LLC (dba Punaluʻu Bake Shop)
  • Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.
  • Maui Wine, Ltd.
  • Meadow Gold Dairies Hawaii LLC*
  • Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
  • Okuhara Foods Inc.
  • Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC
  • Pacific Shipyards International, LLC
  • The Patisserie Inc.

* Indicates first-time MAP grant recipient

Innovate Hawaiʻi received 85 applications for grants for fiscal year 2023. MAP grants are available to companies across the state and the application period for fiscal year 2024 will open later this year.