Our passion: Food + Community
We believe that food brings people together...whether it's in the field, at a community event or the kitchen table.
Sustainable Initiatives develops community-based projects, acts as a consultant for business and nonprofit clients, and partners with other organizations on their passion projects. Under Andrea Dean's leadership, Sustainable Initiatives has developed numerous projects from the ground up—starting with the seed of an idea, to funding, team building and managing the project.
Photo credit: Craig Elevitch
"Andrea has been extremely helpful with our team at Pu’u O Hoku Ranch and our efforts to continue to move forward with our mission on Molokai. Because of her help, we have succeeded in securing grant opportunities to restore the aina. Andrea is an enthusiastic partner who is responsive, organized and strategic with her ideas. We plan to continue to utilize Andrea’s support!” Rudi Hunke, PhD General Manager
Select past projects in which Sustainable Initiatives has played integral role in are: Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu—a project to revitalize breadfruit for food security in Hawaii; Feasibility Study and Business Plan for a Shared Use Food Manufacturing Facility for Kamehameha Schools; Palili O Kohala—an agricultural incubator and cooperative based on traditional crops; Think Local, Buy Local—a public education initiative to support the local economy; North Kohala Eat Locally Grown —public education, community capacity building and market expansion initiatives; Growing a Local Food System in North Kohala—community-based strategic planning; Community Harvest Hawai‘i—food harvesting, preparation and distribution; EBT (SNAP) at Farmers Markets—increasing access to locally grown foods for low income families.
Sustainable Initiatives/Andrea Dean has acted as a consultant on projects for Kahua Pa'a Mua, Volcano Island Honey Company, Hawaii Island Economic Development Board, the Kohala Center, Maui Film Festival, Waimea Community Development Plan Committee and the Kona Earth Festival.
About Andrea Dean
Translating her passion into personal action, Andrea is known for her personal educational projects. She has embarked upon a number of “eat local” experiments and then reported to the public on her experience. Among these are 90 Days on a Hawaii Island Diet and 30 Days on a Food Stamp Budget.
Andrea is also a writer and storyteller. Her writing has been published in many Hawaii-based newspapers and magazines and online in national publications such as Elephant Journal and Spirituality and Health. As a storyteller, she has told stories live on-stage at The Moth in San Francisco, and has been a Master of Ceremonies for conferences and events.
A native New Yorker, Andrea has been living and working in Hawaii since 1989. She is passionate about fitness, dancing, swimming in the ocean, devotional chanting, meditating and reading.
She holds an MBA from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a Common Future (formerly BALLE) Local Economy Fellow.