Honolulu, HI - (Jan. 26, 2015) - Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation announce the return of Mahiai Match-Up – an agricultural business plan contest dedicated to supporting Hawaii’s sustainable food movement and decreasing the state’s dependence on imports. All farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, or aspiring farmers with fresh, innovative ideas are welcome to enter. The application window opens today and ends February 29, 2016.
“Mahiai Match-Up provides a venue for farmers and entrepreneurs to access some of our most valuable agricultural lands,” said Sydney Keliipuleole, senior director of statewide operations for Kamehameha Schools. “Kamehameha Schools is engaged in an ongoing effort to work with community partners to find and nurture talented farmers with innovative ideas that will increase food production for Hawaii’s market.”
The top two business plans will receive an agricultural lease with up to five years of waived rent from Kamehameha Schools and seed monies from the Pauahi Foundation totaling $35,000 to help increase the probability of long-term, sustainable success.
"Ulupono Initiative is proud to continue its partnership with Kamehameha Schools and Pauahi Foundation to assist talented farmers in realizing their dream of establishing a bona fide agricultural business in Hawaii," said Murray Clay, managing partner of Ulupono Initiative. "The goal of Mahiai Match-Up directly aligns with our mission of making Hawaii more self-sufficient by increasing local food production. The group of entrants from the first two years has been impressive, and we are excited to see what year three has in store."
This year the program provides more opportunities for aspiring farmers with the introduction of Mahiai Mentorship – a scholarship competition created through a partnership between the schools and GoFarm Hawaii aimed at developing the next generation of farmers.
Four applicants will be chosen to receive funding from Pauahi Foundation and Kamehameha Schools to attend GoFarm Hawaii, a program that turns the AgCurious into AgProducers. Valued at $3,000, participants are given a combination of knowledge, experience, and support designed to assist them in becoming viable production growers, and accomplish it in a manner that encourages sustainability. Applications for Mahiai Mentorship will be available March 1, 2016.
Other event partners include the Hawaii Farm Bureau’s Hawaii Farm and Food Magazine and local impact investment firm Ulupono Initiative.
To apply for the Mahiai Match-Up contest or for more information, visit www.pauahi.org/mahiaimatchup.
2016 Mahiai Match-Up Parcels
- Paalaa, Oahu – 3.25 acres
- Pahoehoe, Hawaii Island – 9.5 acres
About Kamehameha Schools’ Agricultural Initiatives
The Kamehameha Schools’ Strategic Agricultural Plan, completed in 2009, lays a vision and strategy for management and use of over 181,000 acres zoned for agriculture. Through the plan, Kamehameha is committed to increasing market share of locally grown produce, meat and other food products; investing in agricultural support facilities and infrastructure like irrigation systems; restoring and revitalizing traditional agricultural systems like loi, loko ia, and dryland field systems; and contributing to a sustainable, clean energy future by supporting projects like solar and wind energy.
About the Pauahi Foundation
The mission of the Pauahi Foundation is to support the mission of Kamehameha Schools by seeking and developing new and diverse sources of income to support the ever increasing educational needs and goals of people of Hawaiian ancestry. The Foundation accomplishes its mission in a number of ways including alumni support, endowed scholarships, early childhood education and literacy, charter school support, land stewardship and advancing the Hawaiian language.
About Ulupono Initiative
Ulupono Initiative is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm that uses for-profit and non-profit investments to improve the quality of life for island residents in three areas – locally produced food; clean, renewable energy; and waste reduction. To learn more, please visit www.ulupono.com or follow @ulupono on Twitter.
About Kamehameha Schools
Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling nearly 7,000 students of Native Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii and 30 preschools statewide. More than 41,000 additional learners and their caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities. Income generated from its endowment portfolio of Hawaii commercial real estate and other diverse investments funds more than 96 percent of Kamehameha’s educational mission. More information can be found at www.ksbe.edu.