HTDC is a State agency tasked with the development and growth of Hawaii's commercial high technology industry, and is the primary source of information on the high tech industry in Hawaii. Established by the legislature in 1983, HTDC provides broad based programs ranging from incubation to federal research and development partnerships to marketing.

Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation

Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) is a State agency created in 1990 to promote economic development and diversification in conjunction with private enterprise. Emphasis is given to investment opportunities which further technological innovation, though almost all industry sectors are eligible for financing.


THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY (NELHA) is a state agency that operates a unique and innovative ocean science and technology park in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii. Strategically located at Keahole Point next to the Kona International Airport and adjacent to one of the steepest bathymetric offshore slopes in the Hawaiian Islands, NELHA offers an incredible combination of assets in one location. NELHA's assets include office and laboratory facilities, infrastructure, pristine natural resources, and leasable open land for use by tenant research, education, and commercial projects. A dual-temperature seawater system that is the only one of its kind in the world sets NELHA apart from all other technology parks and creates a prime setting for innovation and new industry development in this island coastal setting. NELHA aims to attract tenants who can use the unique complement of natural and logistical resources to engage in successful, productive research, education, and commercial activities that support sustainable industry development in Hawaii. Numerous innovative research projects have been completed at NELHA in the past and spawned new commercial enterprises that are established and successful businesses today. A public charter school was created at NELHA to take advantage of the many resources of this growing ocean science and technology community. A new federally funded facility, the NELHA Gateway project, will provide a setting for leading edge research and development in distributed energy resources and renewable energy technologies, and a new commercial Ocean Center development that will provide opportunities for new ocean-related businesses. Administratively attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), NELHA is funded by allocations from the Hawaii State Legislature and revenues collected from its tenants for use of facilities and services. NELHA is a prime example of visionary public investments, initiated in 1974, that have yielded multiple returns for the benefit of all.


The CEROS Program was created under an initial $5 million grant provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 1993. CEROS seeks to advance innovative concepts and new approaches to technology while fully leveraging existing facilities and infrastructure in Hawaii and demonstrating beneficial commercial utility for the Department of Defense (DoD). CEROS is a State of Hawaii agency administratively attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. CEROS solicits and supports innovative technologies for national maritime military applications and sustained technology-based economic development in Hawai'i through annual competitive Solicitations. Since 1993, CEROS has funded 256 technical projects for over $100 million. The CEROS program has supported the creation of 135 technology-based jobs in Hawaii. CEROS' mission is to support the Department of Defense technology requirements; encourage leading edge in ocean sciences and technology in Hawaii; foster use of ocean research and development facilities in Hawaii; provide an interface between specialized small businesses with expertise in ocean related research and development and DoD users of advanced technology; and develop avenues to ocean science expertise and facilities at the University of Hawaii (UH).


HTTA is a statewide, private-sector membership organization formed specifically to support Hawaiis growing technology industry by fostering and facilitating a healthy business, funding, educational and governmental environment for Hawaiis technology companies.


HCATT is a federally funded program to develop and demonstrate advanced transportation technologies for military and commercial applications.  Originally established as one of seven regional consortia under a Department of Defense Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Program, HCATT is currently funded by the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Air Force, wherein they serve as advisor and agent for the Advanced Alternative Power Technology Transformation Office to develop and demonstrate technologies at the National Demonstration Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles at Hickam Air Force Base and other military installations.  HCATT administers the federal funding through contracts with technology companies and research organizations.

Strategic Industries Division

The Strategic Industries Division is one of five divisions of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, State of Hawaii government. Staff expertise includes planning, research, engineering, accounting, management, project development, and contract management for the development of projects and policies encouraging wise use of and technological advancement in the areas of energy and ocean resources; diversification of the economy; energy security and energy emergency preparedness; identification, development, and promotion of promising industries and technologies; development of recycling and remanufacturing businesses; and promotion of Hawaii's high tech expertise to overseas markets.

Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Magazine

Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Magazine is an online trade magazine featuring articles on ocean science and technology research, including a directory of more than 170 Hawaii companies in the field. HOST is made possible by the Ocean Resources Branch of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism's Energy, Resources and Technology Division (ERTD).