In an effort to connect local farmers with Kamehameha Schools’ agricultural lands, Kamehameha Schools and Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation launched its first-ever Mahi‘ai Match-up agricultural business plan contest. The competition aligns directly with Kamehameha’s Strategic Agricultural Plan and its efforts to increase food production for the local market. At the close of the six-week application window, 148 agricultural-related business ideas were submitted.
Judges will be reviewing the business plans of the 15 semi-finalists and the committee will notify the top three finalists by January 8, 2014. Mahalo to each and every contestant who took the time to apply in support of a sustainable Hawai‘i.
July 1: Registration & business plan summary deadline
August 1: First round finalists notified
November 1: Business Plan deadline
January 8: Finalists notified
January 22: Presentation to judges
February 22: 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.