Aid offered to makers of county-made goods

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and INNOVATE Hawaii are offering assistance to all Maui County-made product companies to exhibit their goods at the 19th annual Made in Hawaii Festival, which will be held Aug. 16 to 18 at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu.

The festival is a showcase of “Made in Hawaii” products, including food, books, art, gifts, fashions, plants, crafts, produce and more, according to an announcement.

“The festival provides high visibility to producers of local products and regularly attracts over 30,000 attendees each year,” it said.

Office of Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen said the event is an opportunity for island businesses.

“Approximately 38,000 people attend the show and are ready to buy,” she said. “In addition, there are many buyers and distributors who come to find new products. Our Neighbor Island companies deserve to be represented in this show, which can be very expensive. This program will help make it affordable for them to participate.”

Assistance packages include free booth space at the event and a minimum stipend of $1,000 for companies that meet festival qualifications.

All interested companies must qualify under the Made in Hawaii Festival rules, which can be found online at

Application packets are available at the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall and at the Kuha’o Business Center on Molokai. Applications also can be downloaded from

An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Business Resource Center.

The deadline to submit applications is June 19. For more information, call 873-8247.