Star Advertiser - 4/2012
A business plan seeking to increase the value and broaden the distribution of freshly made poi was named the $10,000 grand prize winner at the Hogan/American Savings Bank Nonprofit Business Plan Competition at Chaminade University.
Hi'ilei Aloha LLC, based in Honolulu, plans to develop a mobile certified kitchen and poi mill that would travel to farms and convert taro into poi. The intention is to help taro farmers become self-sustaining and help improve prospects for the long-term viability of their craft, while also increasing local food production.
The award presentation was one of five made as part of Wednesday's 10th graduation and induction of students from and into the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program at Chaminade.