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. 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.
Winning teams will receive an agricultural land agreement for up to five years of waived rent from Kamehameha Schools and a prize pool totaling $35,000 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.
1st Place: $20,000 and waived rent on an agricultural lease for up to five years*
2nd Place:$15,000 and waived rent on an agricultural lease for up to five years*
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Ibrao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested in farmer workshops are welcomed back to learn more about how to apply to
our Mahi‘ai Match-Up Mentorship program. Application period opening soon on March 1, 2016!
Jan. 26, 2016: Registration opens
Feb. 29, 2016: Registration & business plan summary deadline
April 1, 2016: First round finalists notified
May 20, 2016: Business Plan deadline
June 17, 2016: Finalists notified
July 2016: Presentation to judges
July 30, 2016: Gala Event - Winners announced
* Right of Entry will be made available upon 1 month after necessary information received. Land will be made available with free ground lease rent for up to 5 years, once lease agreement is signed. Contestants must pay Real Property Tax during the time of their lease. After year 5, contingent on the winner successfully implementing their plan per milestones to be mutually agreed upon by lessee and KS, the land may be leased for a longer term at normal KS agricultural lease rates.