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Empowering Small Businesses: A Spotlight on INPEACE

Staff at Kapolei coworking space INPEACE

Pictured above: Center for Entrepreneurship Team 

Lahela Aarona – Lisa Pakele – Kawika Low 

Welcome to the “Empowering Small Businesses” series, highlighting organizations and programs dedicated to fostering community and providing support for small businesses like yours. In the first installment, learn how INPEACE is empowering small business owners on the Westside.

Elevating small businesses through education, connection, and collaboration

INPEACE, the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture, is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Native Hawaiians through community partnerships that provide educational opportunities and promote self-sufficiency. 

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a program under INPEACE that supports family-owned businesses to increase their capacity to succeed. 

“The Center for Entrepreneurship was started based on the needs of the community. Families who were participating in one of the INPEACE programs began creating products and asked for resources to help sell their products to create another income stream for their family. This generated more families asking for support on how to create their own small business.

-Lisa Pakele, Program Director

Kamaʻāina (Hawaiʻi Resident)? Your first coworking visit isFREE!

Learn more about membership tiers.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is perfect if you are….

  1. A new family-owned business
  2. Looking to increase your capacity
  3. In need of one-on-one support
  4. Wanting to access coworking space, resources, peer networking, coaching, business equipment, and more! 

Programs and Services: 

  1. Business Development Workshops: INPEACE provides comprehensive workshops covering essential topics such as business planning, marketing strategies, financial management, and more. These workshops equip entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive market.
  2. One-on-One Coaching: Entrepreneurs can also benefit from personalized coaching sessions with experienced business advisors. Whether it’s refining a business plan, exploring funding options, or overcoming operational challenges, INPEACE’s consultants are dedicated to providing tailored guidance and support. 
  3. Access to Resources: INPEACE connects small business owners with valuable resources and networking opportunities, including access to funding sources, technical assistance programs, and partnerships with other local organizations. By leveraging these resources, entrepreneurs can strengthen their businesses and expand their reach within the community.
  4. Budget-Friendly Coworking Space: The Center of Entrepreneurship’s Kapolei coworking space provides a variety of working environments, from privacy pods to individual workstations, digital media creation setup, and a lounge areaParticipants will have access to equipment like cameras, lighting, computers, vinyl cutters, Cricket, laminators, and crafting tools. 

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a space to connect, engage, collaborate and inspire creativity and productivity to elevate our lāhui. A variety of membership rates for the Kapolei coworking space are available to meet the diverse needs of small businesses, ‘ohana and community.  

  • Kamaʻāina – Your first coworking visit is free! 
  • Holoholo Day Pass – $10 
  • Weekly – $40- Access to 5 visits within the month. 
  • Monthly – $150 – Unlimited access to Co-working space for the month. 
  • Monthly Student/Kūpuna – $30 – Unlimited access to Co-working space for Kupuna (65+) and active students with valid ID 

INPEACE plays a crucial role through the Center for Entrepreneurship in empowering small business owners across Hawaii through its educational programs, personalized services, and commitment to community development. By partnering with INPEACE, entrepreneurs gain access to the resources and support they need to elevate and thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape. 


Native Hawaiian Business owners who use Kapolei coworking“The difference INPEACE has made for us as a small business is helping to get our brand known not only in the community, but supported us to expand to markets like the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival and have the confidence to market our products in different stores across the state.”

-Wallace & Leimomi Akau, Akau Boards



For more information about free or low-cost services offered by INPEACE, and their Kapolei coworking space, contact them at www.inpeace.org


Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored or affiliated with INPEACE.


For more information about free or low-cost services offered by INPEACE


91-1010 Shangrila St

Ste 306, Kapolei, HI 96707