Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Maui Hui Mālama is offering a Youth Entrepreneurship Program in response to the impact of Covid-19 on the workforce opportunities available to local youth. This program is open to youth ages 12 – 19 who have an interest in entrepreneurship, exploring career opportunities, and expanding their general job skills.

Not currently accepting applications. Check back in July 2022 to learn more about applying for the next 12 week cohohrt. In the meantime, come visit the current youth entrepreneurs at the Maui Sunday Market or support us by shopping online! 

About the Program

Participants will receive virtual classroom training in Hawaiian cultural values related to entrepreneurship, essential business knowledge such as budgeting and market research, and will be encouraged to develop their own entrepreneurial ideas. The classroom lessons will then be put to hands-on use as participants become involved in the operations of the Maui Hui Mākeke business, learning the following skills: product design and development, in person and online marketplace sales, marketing, customer services, setting prices, market research, branding, technology, business finance and long term business planning. 


Youth Entrepreneurs will also learn about careers in their community and what opportunities are best fit for them. Through zoom classes and 1:1 case management/ goal setting meetings with the Youth Entrepreneurship coordinator, the students will learn the following skills: career planning, personal finance, goal setting, personal development, resume, cover letter and interviewing skills, job research, and more. The students will work on content together and work with the youth entrepreneurship coordinator 1:1 to explore personal interests and seek professional career mentors. 


The program will conclude with a Ho’ike where the youth participants plan, host, and lead the event, and have an opportunity to share what they have learned with their friends, family, and our supporters.

Maui Hui Mākeke

Maui Hui Mālamaʻs Youth Entrepreneurs are learning a variety of entrepreneurial skills through the operations of our Maui Hui Mākeke, a collection of youth and local artist designed products that promote cultural expression and shopping local. From start to finish, design, creation, branding, marketing, selling, packaging and more is done in collaboration with the youth entrepreneurs. When you support our Mākeke, you are directly helping youth who have faced economic hardship in the face of Covid-19 who are eager to learn valuable skills. 


You can support Maui Hui Mākeke by….

  •  Following our social media @mauihuimakeke
  • Purchasing online at
  • Visiting us at the Maui Sunday Market on Sundayʻs from 4 – 8 PM at the Kahului Shopping center. We are there on select sundays, please check our social media or the Maui Hui Mākeke page for details.

Questions? Contact Laihha Organna, the Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator: We will get back to you in 1 – 3 business days.