As featured in Honolulu Civil Beat, original story by Brittany Lyte.
John Kealoha Garcia figures it was divine timing that his mobile app Exchange Ave launched in the throes of a pandemic.
A social networking platform, Exchange App has many goals. One of them is restoring food sovereignty to the people of Hawaii by allowing users to barter or trade for goods and services with other users who live nearby.
“The timing makes it more urgent because people are definitely looking at their resources differently,” said Garcia, a 36-year-old creative director who lives in Kaimuki. “So this is kind of a sweet opportunity to offer people an alternative economy that doesn’t require you to have anything other than a desire to give.”