Our Mission

“To build a stronger, economically diverse, and sustainable Maui Nui by supporting a value-added industry for locally grown and produced food.”


Our Vision


Darren Strand of Hali’imaile Pineapple Company presents a fresh-cut Maui Gold pineapple

  • Utilization of each harvest
  • Locally produced food products
  • Enhanced sustainability for our islands
  • Less dependence on imports
  • Ono (delicious) and affordable food!

Our Team


Lou Cooperhouse, Consultant
for the Maui Food Innovation Center

Lou Cooperhouse, President and CEO of Food Spectrum. Lou is a leading global authority on business and product development within the food industry. He developed and served as Director of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, a unique program awarded “Incubator of the Year” by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). The Rutgers program has inspired similar centers in other regions of the country and internationally.

A Food Innovation Network

The Food Innovation Center will serve as a hub for a variety of businesses, services, and organizations. By connecting producers, wholesalers, suppliers, retailers and consumers, we forge the missing link needed to support a thriving local food industry.


Illustration provided by Lou Cooperhouse of Food Spectrum, March 2013

  • Laulima Center: for technical assistance with cooperatives and financing of agricultural businesses