Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation present Mahi‘ai Match-Up – an agricultural business plan contest dedicated to increasing food production for the local market to create a sustainable Hawai‘i. Mahi‘ai means farmer. The contest is open to farmers, aspiring farmers and other agricultural producers including ranching, fishery and nursery proprietors interested in growing food for Hawai‘i.
Three winning teams will receive an agricultural lease for up to five years of waived rent from Kamehameha Schools and a prize pool totaling $50,000 in business start -up money from the Pauahi Foundation to increase long-term chances of a sustainable success.
Through this endeavor, Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation hope to provide a venue for talented farmers to compete for access to, and leasehold interest in, some of Kamehameha Schools’ most valuable agricultural lands.
July 1, 2014: Registration opens
Aug. 15, 2014: Registration & business plan summary deadline
Sept. 30, 2014: First round finalists notified
Nov. 30, 2014: Business Plan deadline
Jan. 15, 2015: Finalists notified
Beginning 2015: Presentation to judges
Beginning 2015: Gala Event - Winners announced
* Land will be made available with free ground lease rent for up to 5 years, but contestants must pay Real Property Tax for that time. After year 5, contingent on the winner successfully implementing their plan per milestones to be mutually agreed upon by lessee and KS, the land will be leased for a longer term at normal KS agricultural lease rates.