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Wahiawā Value-Added Product Development Center

The Wahiawā Value-Added Product Development Center (WVAPDC) is a project of the state of Hawai‘i and Leeward Community College to contribute to the growth of Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry and entrepreneurial community.

The WVAPDC will:

  • Increase the opportunity for local farmers and growers to sell their products to value-added producers.
  • Build residents’ capacity to develop entrepreneurial skills and incubate their business through access to small business resources, production kitchens and in-house product development.
  • Provide premier education to students and community members, supporting Hawai‘i’s entrepreneurial ecosystem for generations to come.

The WVAPDC is scheduled to open during summer of 2023. Subscribe to our mailing list for updates and information.

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Education Programs

Food Product Development Course

As part of the Hawai‘i Ag & Culinary Alliance® From Cottage Industry to Commercial Enterprise Program, a scholarship for our 12-week course will be awarded to 15 local food entrepreneaurs who utilize Hawaiʻi-grown, raised or caught ingredients .

This 12-week course will cover what it takes to become a successful food business entrepreneur. Featuring industry experts, our workshop sessions start with the basics and take you through everything from consumer surveys, licensing and regulations, startup costs and business law, to marketing, distribution, and pitching your business. You will be equipped to upscale a kitchen recipe into a commercial product that is ready for market.

Cohort 2: May 1 – July 19, 2023

Deadline to apply for scholarship is March 31, 2023

Click the button below for program details and application.

Contact Us

Phone: (808) 454-4750
Email: vapdc@hawaii.edu