Join the Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative

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Why should I join?

Hawaii Ulu Co-op member holding tray of harvested breadfruitMembers of the Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative receive these benefits:

  • Stable price and guaranteed market for their fruit
  • Technical assistance and ongoing training in sustainable production practices 
  • Customized guidance and support from leading researchers and agronomists in the field
  • Marketing, sales, education, outreach, and administration is all taken care of
  • Being part of a community of like-minded producers with shared values
  • Participating in the governance of a new, exciting, local farmer-owned and -operated venture
  • Helping to increase Hawai‘i’s food security and sustainability
  • Collaboration with other community groups to move Hawai‘i’s food system in the right direction
  • Sharing in the earnings of the business
  • Single taxation advantage



Why a cooperative structure?

We determined a co-op structure was the right business model for us because of our primary goal to develop a sustainable breadfruit industry in Hawai‘i that supports farmers and the community. To achieve this vision, we need a large number of small, diversified ‘ulu producers working together to meet Hawai‘i’s demand for nutritious food  (rather than a small number of large plantations). By coming together in a co-op, local producers are able to develop economies of scale, ensure year-round production, attain bargaining power, and leverage each other’s social, economic, political, and other resources to bring the project to fruition and benefit more of Hawai‘i’s communities.

How do I join?

Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative: New Member Application Process

Listed below is the process for applying for membership in HUC; follow these steps to apply. If you have any questions, please email our Member Coordinator at


  • STEP 1: Submit Breadfruit Supplier Questionnaire & Statement of Commitment: Complete, sign, and submit the Breadfruit Supplier Questionnaire - providing basic information about your farm operation and food safety verification; and the Statement of Commitment - acknowledging the responsibilities and duties of membership in the cooperative. Email both completed documents to or mail to the address at the bottom of this page. 

  • STEP 2: Phone Interview: HUC staff will contact you to schedule a brief phone interview to collect additional information about your farming operation and make a recommendation on membership approval to the Board of Directors, all of whom are farmer-members. 

  • STEP 3: Board Approval: HUC’s Board of Directors reviews all complete new member applications at their bi-montly board meeting.  Within one week of the meeting, you will be notified of the board’s decision regarding your membership application by HUC staff.

  • STEP 4:
  • Sign & Return Member Agreement: If your application is approved by the Board, you will receive an official Membership Agreement form. Complete, sign, and submit this form by emailing or mailing it to the address at the bottom of this page. 

    Pay New Member Dues - $125 Total: New Member dues include $100 to purchase one share of common voting stock, which is redeemable if you ever leave the co-op, as well as $25 for the first year’s annual member dues. This can be paid by check, cash or credit/debit card. 

    Please note that if paying by credit card, there is a 3% processing fee and the invoice can be paid online or by coming into one of the co-op facilities. If paying by check, please make checks payable to “Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative” and mail to address below or deliver to any co-op facility.


  • STEP 5: Receive Membership Materials Packet
  • Once your member agreement form is signed and dues paid, you will receive a welcome packet including your common stock certificate, HUC organizational documents and policies, and farmer resource guides. You will also be added to the co-op member email list, Facebook page (if desired), and web portal, and receive exclusive invitations to participate in educational opportunities and cost-share programs (eg. fertilizer, crates). Co-op staff will also reach out to support you with one-on-one technical assistance, including annual on-arm consultations and annual tissue/soil sampling.


    HUC Mailing Address for All Documents: 79-1017 E Honalo Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740


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