Healthy Communities Initiative

Opportunity Zones and Healthy Communities: Maui

Kahului, HI

February 20, 2019

Please join us on February 20th for “Opportunity Zones and Healthy Communities: Maui.” The event will begin with an overview of Opportunity Zones, a new federal tax incentive designed to attract long-term private investment and stimulate economic growth in disadvantaged areas across the country—including neighborhoods in Maui County.

We’ll then explore the potential for the health and community development sectors to work together in securing a healthier future for all residents of Maui. This “Healthy Communities” discussion will include local and national examples of how public, private, and nonprofit partners are aligning their efforts to ensure that every neighborhood is a place of health and opportunity.

This event is presented by the Maui Economic Development Board and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in partnership with: HI Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; AlohaCare; Hawaii Pacific Health; HMSA Foundation; and Kaiser Permanente.

Conference Sponsors:


8:00 AM

Registration and Light Refreshments

Networking & Exhibits

8:30 AM

Welcome Laura Choi, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Opening Remarks

  • The Honorable Michael Victorino, Mayor of Maui County

8:40 AM

Introduction to Opportunity Zones

  • Maurice Jones, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

9:10 AM

Selected Opportunity Zones in Maui

  • Karen Arakawa, Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

9:25 AM

Q&A Discussion

  • Moderated by Heather Piper, Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation

9:40 AM

Networking Break & Exhibits

9:55 AM

Framing the Healthy Communities Maui Conversation

  • Amy Asselbaye, HMSA Foundation

10:00 AM

Remarks by The Honorable Mazie Hirono, U.S. Senator, State of Hawaii

10:05 AM

Understanding the Local Context

  • Moderated by Michael Robinson, Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Wes Lo, Hale Makua
  • Andrew Aoki, Islander Institute
  • Leslie Wilkins, Maui Economic Development Board
  • Tiare Lawrence, Mahi Pono

10:55 AM

National Perspectives on Healthy Communities

  • Moderated by Laura Choi, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • David Erickson, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Doug Jutte, Build Healthy Places Network
  • Maurice Jones, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Terry Benelli, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Phoenix

11:40 AM

Local Examples of Health in Action

  • Moderated by Laura Esslinger, AlohaCare
  • Harmonee Williams, Sustainable Molokai
  • Rowena Dagdag-Andaya, Maui County Department of Public Works
  • Grant Chun, Hale Mahaolu

12:25 PM

Closing Remarks

  • Joy Barua, Kaiser Permanente

12:30 PM

Networking & Exhibits

1:00 PM

Conference Adjourns

AMY ASSELBAYE is Executive Director of the HMSA Foundation which aims to foster greater empowerment for communities by making strategic grants to Hawaii-based organizations.

ANDREW AOKI is a civic and social entrepreneur and co-founder of Islander Institute, which was formed to apply island values to the way we address systemic problems in Hawaii.

DAVID ERICKSON is Director of Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and works to advance the economic mobility and resilience of underserved households and communities.

DOUG JUTTE is Executive Director of Build Healthy Places Network, which catalyzes and supports collaboration across the health and community development sectors.

GRANT CHUN is Executive Director of Hale Mahaolu, a nonprofit that develops and manages quality affordable housing and provides supportive services for seniors, families, and individuals in Maui County.

HARMONEE WILLIAMS is Executive Director of Sustainable Molokai, a local, grassroots group formed to inspire youth and all Molokai residents to work toward a more sustainable future for the island.

HEATHER PIPER is President and Executive Director of Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation, a community based non-profit that facilitates affordable housing, community development, and economic development.

JOY BARUA is Senior Director of Government and Community Relations and Community Benefit at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, which has provided total health care to the people of Hawaii for nearly 60 years.

KAREN ARAKAWA is Small Business Advocate in the Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, which works with the community, business and government sectors to strengthen and diversify the economy.

LAURA CHOI is Community Development Research Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and also serves as outreach manager for Hawaii, supporting local efforts to expand economic opportunity.

LAURA ESSLINGER is CEO of Aloha Care, a local, non-profit health plan founded by Hawaii’s Community Health Centers. Aloha Care has over 70,000 health plan members and is the third largest health plan in Hawaii.

LESLIE WILKINS is President and CEO of the Maui Economic Development Board, which leads and inspires innovation in business, education, and the community.