Kamehameha Schools has launched Mahi‘ai Scale-up, an agricultural business plan competition that helps established local farms and food system organizations grow their businesses. The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and The Kohala Center are partnering with Kamehameha Schools to provide participants with business training and wraparound services.
“Kamehameha Schools is focused on supporting Hawaii’s food system, aiming to produce more healthy, affordable local food for all and develop career pathways for oiwi leaders to foster a resilient economy. With this year’s Mahi‘ai Scale-up, we plan to support agricultural businesses to expand their operations in areas that will increase production and connect products with consumers,” said Kamehameha Schools (KS) Vice President of Community and Aina Resiliency Ka‘eo Duarte.
Mahi‘ai Scale-up is a component of Kamehameha Schools’ Mahi‘ai a Ola program, which seeks to improve Hawaii’s food resiliency and security. The competition invites established farmers, distributors, processors and aggregators, our “growers” and “gatherers,” to submit proposals that will expand their businesses in new and creative ways. All food systems businesses are welcome to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 11.
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) will provide participants with business training through a special edition of its KuHana Business Program focused on food system businesses. The 10-week intensive program will offer technical assistance services and various courses to help participants grow and strengthen their businesses.
The Kohala Center (TKC) will collaborate with the Mahi‘ai Scale-up cohort and walk them through wraparound business services to support their operations and business plan development.
To apply, visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org/kuhana.