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.
Team Members:Angela Faʻanunu, Haniteli Faʻanunu, Kalisi Mausio, and Keone Chin
Parcel: Pāhoehoe – Hāmākua
Utilizing traditional organic and sustainable agroforestry methods, Kaivao Farms plans to specialize in the cultivation of ʻulu and cassava on 9.5 acres in Pāhoehoe, just north of Hilo on Hawaiʻi island. Along with their main starch crops Kaivao will cultivate wauke, hala and other secondary crops for use in education and practice of traditional art-forms like kapa-making and ʻulana (weaving).
Kaivao Farm will serve as a living classroom with a holistic, ʻāina-based approach, centered on the resources of Pāhoehoe ahapuaʻa. Guided by the vision of building capacity of our local communities, Kaivao Farm aims to increase access to healthy food and learning opportunities through practicing cultural traditions that maintain the integrity of the ʻāina and people of Hawaiʻi.
Parcel: Punaluʻu, Oʻahu
Mahaʻulu is an ʻulu production, processing, and distribution cooperative planning to be based on 5.8 acres in Punaluʻu on the island of Oʻahu. By collaborating with existing ʻulu farmers and establishing shared cooperative processing, branding and distribution channels, Mahaʻulu aims to increase the local availability of Oʻahu-grown ʻulu and restore ʻulu as an affordable and accessible staple food for the people of Hawaiʻi. In order to maintain environmentally and economically sustainable farming operations, they will cultivate secondary crops such as vanilla, mushrooms and honey in addition to ʻulu.
Jan. 26, 2016: Registration opens
Feb. 29, 2016: Registration & business plan summary deadline
April 1, 2016: First round finalists notified
May 23, 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 land 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.