High Value Products from Molokai Seaweed: A New Enterprise for Coastal Hawaiians

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$295,606.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2005-33610-16159
Agency Tracking Number:
2004-00351
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Lohea Audio
P.O. Box 95, Kualapuu, HI, 96757
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Sherman Napoleon
 Owner
 (808) 336-1485
 wh6it@hotmail.com
Business Contact
 Sherman Napoleon
Title: Owner
Phone: (808) 336-1485
Email: wh6it@hotmail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The project is to expand a small business in Molokai, a rural community in Hawaii, to develop products based on one of the island's most under utilized resources, seaweeds. Seaweeds are marketed as fresh sea-vegetables in local markets. However, these markets are limited; and this proposal includes the development and marketing of new, seaweed-based products The focus is on the production products based on agar, phycocolloid extract of red seaweeds. These products will be specialty products for use where high quality is desired: cosmetics, health foods and gourmet foods. The seaweeds used for producing Molokai agar are organically grown in clean tropical waters and sun-in-dried along the beach. The agar is extracted without the use of harsh chemicals. This results in a clean, natural product that can be used for the development of several seaweed-based products.

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