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November 1, 2021

HAWAI‘I FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 2021 MADE IN HAWAI‘I ONLINE MARKETPLACE FOR KIDS BY KIDS

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) and the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) today announce the launch of the 2021 Made in Hawai‘i Online Marketplace For Kids by Kids. The annual marketplace features an array of merchandise handcrafted by local middle and high school students in HAF’s Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) and made using locally sourced products. Available online now through November 30, 2021, these unique items are ideal as holiday gifts and a great way to support local this shopping season.
 
This year, 19 teams of middle and high school students from 16 schools statewide participate in the YEP Made in Hawai‘i Online Marketplace For Kids by Kids. Students create a functioning small business and develop an original product or products using local ingredients or materials. Guided by teachers who undergo training courses hosted by HAF, each student team submits a business plan to be eligible to receive up to $800 in start-up funds from HAF. The revenue generated from online sales goes back to the respective school programs.
 
“The YEP program provides my students an invaluable experience on the entire process of starting and maintaining a business and brand. The students develop a business plan, receive start-up funds, manufacture their products, market, package and fulfill orders,” said Phillippe Fernandez-Brennan, science teacher at Roosevelt High School. “The students develop skills as an entrepreneur and local business owner that are usually not available until they go to college. YEP has been a unique and positive experience for me and my students.”
 
Student teams represent Aiea Intermediate School, Castle High School, Ewa Makai Middle School, Hawai‘i Technology Academy, Hilo High School, Honoka‘a High & Intermediate School, Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Ka‘u High School, Kaua‘i High School, Kealakehe High School, Kihei Charter School, Kohala High School, Olomana School, Pearl City High School, Roosevelt High School and Waipahu High School. Expressing their creativity and business acumen, students will offer a wide range of products including eco-friendly self-care items, delicious homemade foods, handcrafted kitchen tools and decorative accents, jewelry and much more. Shoppers are encouraged to beat shipping costs and delays and support local this holiday season, giving one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting sustainability in our islands and Hawai‘i’s education programs.
 
“This opportunity will make an impact on our students for the rest of their lives. YEP also serves to continue to make our island sustainable both now and in the future,” said Christina Martiney, natural resources teacher, Kaua‘i High School.
 
“YEP has enabled me and my students to experiment solutions for agricultural advancement,” said Kregg Teichert, culinary arts teacher, Kahuku High & Intermediate School. “We were able to secure funds to buy a freezer and tortilla presses. These purchases will allow us to experiment and create new products like ‘ulu tortillas. Without the low-risk business model provided by YEP, our students wouldn't have been able to explore solutions without spending our entire culinary budget. We were able to create a surefire product in ‘ulu flour but also have the ability to research, experiment, and develop a product for the future.” 
 
Shop the Made in Hawai‘i Online Marketplace For Kids by Kids at https://hfwfmarketplace.com/. Learn more about the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Program at www.hawaiiagfoundation.org/young-entrepreneurs/.
 

Stay connected with the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival at www.HFWF.me and follow HFWF on Twitter/Instagram @HIFoodWineFest and Facebook @HawaiiFoodandWineFestival. #HFWF21 

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