Total loan: $10,000


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Kamuela, HI, United States / Agriculture

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Dylan's story

We are Dylan Dingels and Destin Foree, owners of Kohala Hives LLC and military veterans. After the end of our service, we both needed to establish new careers while also finding therapeutic ways to return to civilian life and contribute to our community. Apiculture (beekeeping) is a special occupation that has helped both of us renew confidence we felt we lost after the end of our military service, and rediscover the passion we have for agriculture and helping others. Kohala Hives gives us the opportunity to use the skills we developed in the service and apply those skills to the benefit of bees and people in Hawaii and around the world. It's our feeling that beekeeping helped save our mental health in a way, and this business is our way of sharing our joy and the natural splendor of pollinators with others.