Congratulations to our
2016 Mahi‘ai Match-up winners!

First Place Winner - Kaivao Farms

Team Members:Angela Faʻanunu, Haniteli Faʻanunu, Kalisi Mausio, and Keone Chin
Parcel: Pāhoehoe – Hāmākua

Business Plan:
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.

Second Place Winner - Mahaʻulu
Team Members: Jessica Nāpua Casson, Nick Kawelakai Farrant, Ted Nakamura, Makani Ortogero, and Clement Paishon

Parcel: Punaluʻu, Oʻahu

Business Plan:
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.

Mahalo to our 2016 Sponsors & Supporters
Ulupono Initiative LLC
$25,000
Alaka‘i Sponsorship
Cades Schutte LLP
$10,000
‘Āina Sponsorship
Meadow Gold Dairies
$10,000
‘Āina Sponsorship
HHF Planners
$6,000
Wai Sponsorship
Bank of Hawai‘i
$5,000
Wai Sponsorship
Group 70 International Inc
$2,500
Mahi‘ai Sponsorship
Sydney Keliipuleole
$2,500
Mahi‘ai Sponsorship
The MacNaughton Group
$2,500
Mahi‘ai Sponsorship
First Hawaiian Bank
$1,500
Kalo Sponsorship
PBR Hawaii and Associates Inc.
$1,500
Kalo Sponsorship
Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust
$1,500
Kalo Sponsorship
R. M. Towill Corporation
$1,500
Kalo Sponsorship
Thomas K. Duarte
$1,500
Kalo Sponsorship
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
$1,500
Kalo Sponsorship
Aaron Hirano (KS CER)
$1,500
Kalo Sponsorship
Jamee Miller (KS CER)
$1,500
Kalo Sponsorship
Key Dates

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

Application Checklist
  • Registration Form
  • Three (3) proofs of Hawai‘i residency
  • Business Plan Summary
  • Financial Analysis
Disclaimer

* 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.