Online marketplace features start-up businesses and locally sourced products by HIDOE student entrepreneurs

15-Mar-2024

Fifteen HIDOE schools are participating in this year’s Young Entrepreneurs Program, which is designed to empower students in grades 6-12 to develop real-world profitable businesses that feature original locally sourced agricultural products.

Click to visit the marketplaceHawai‘i public school students are creating products featuring locally sourced materials like coffee, lavender, macadamia nuts, butter, fruits, vegetables and herbs as part of an entrepreneurial program sponsored by the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation.

Fifteen HIDOE schools are participating in this year’s Young Entrepreneurs Program, which is designed to empower students in grades 6-12 to develop real-world profitable businesses that feature original locally sourced agricultural products. The businesses receive start-up capital and students learn such entrepreneurial skills as business planning, production, marketing, sales and fulfillment. 

The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation recently launched an online marketplace to showcase the students’ products. Featured items include macarons made with Kaua‘i coffee and Ali‘i Kula lavender by Pearl City High students, pineapple-starfruit marmalade made by Baldwin High students, and soy wax candles infused with ‘uki‘uki berries made by Waipahu High students.

Now through March 31, the public can purchase products through the online marketplace for pick up at the Kapi‘olani Community College Farmers Market on Saturday, April 6. Pick-ups at the school can also be coordinated. 

The marketplace includes products from the following participating schools:

  • ‘Aiea High - Māmaki ki (tea bags or fresh brewed)
  • Baldwin High - Dehydrated pineapple, kalo chips, pineapple-star fruit marmalade, mac nut pesto
  • Castle High - Turama tea (māmaki and lemongrass tea bags), kulolo
  • Hāna High - Lau nahele lotion/conditioner/hair rinse
  • Honoka‘a High and Intermediate - Pa‘alaea pa‘akai (salt blend), chili pepper water
  • ‘Ilima Intermediate - Coconanazz chocolate covered banana treats
  • Kahuku High and Intermediate - Lilikoi pepper jelly, sourdough pizza, dried assorted fruit board
  • Ka‘u High - Chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies
  • Kaimukī Middle - Banana bites
  • Kea‘au High - Lemon butter
  • Mililani High - Pa‘akai herb blends
  • Pearl City High - Coffee and lavender macarons
  • Waiākea High - Local sugar scrubs
  • Waipahu High - Pōhinahina and lavender lotion bar
  • Washington Middle - Shiso tea

View or order products online at www.hafyepmarketplace.com. Profits earned go back to the schools and directly to support the future educational goals of the students. 

Contact Information

Communications Branch

Phone: (808) 784-6200

Email: doeinfo@k12.hi.us

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