2018 Maui HiSTEP Export Program, Dec. 8

December 5, 2017, 11:18 AM HST · Updated December 5, 11:19 AM
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The Hawaiʻi Pacific Export Council and the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism announced it will host the 2018 HiSTEP Export Program with a series of seminars and one-on-one sessions.

HPEC, DBEDT and some of Hawaiʻi’s successful small businesses have streamlined the most important and practical knowledge from a wide range of experts and will educate Hawaiʻi’s small businesses on how to grow and succeed globally.

One member said that recently a Hawaii Island candy company didn’t properly fill out their customs forms for exporting to Japan. Instead of getting their goods out, the candy sat on a dock and melted. In this program, experts will teach businesses how to avoid such costly mistakes in a way that’s easy to absorb and based on real experiences.

The HiSTEP Kick-Off includes a series of free seminars – on each of the main islands.


2018 Hi-STEP Seminar Kick-Off:

Dec 5 – Kauaʻi
Dec 6 – Oʻahu
Dec 7 – Hawaiʻi Island (Kona & Hilo)
Dec 8 – Maui

HPEC and DBEDT are welcoming companies from all industries that are seeking to export products and services, including architecture and software and tech companies. Experts will be on-hand explaining many different areas and specifics covered by the Hi-STEP program and offering opportunities for one-on-one training sessions.


The HiSTEP program has three key components:

  • Export Readiness Program – training and mentoring
  • Company Assistance – awards up to $7,500
  • Hawaiʻi Pavilions – support at major trade shows

In September, HPEC was awarded the prestigious 2017 District Export Council of the Year Award in Washington, D.C (beating 63 others). It was the first time Hawaiʻi won the award.

Nikki Schenfeld
Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.


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