Partners collaborate in new Mahi‘ai Match-Up to help farmers, food system entrepreneurs grow

  • Mana ʻOlena, a family-owned business which is growing ʻolena (tumeric) and ʻulu (breadfruit), won the 2020 Mahiʻai Match-Up competition and received a $10,000 cash prize from Ulupono Initiative, waived rent for five years on KS land in Hilo, and wrap-around business support services from TKC. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Kamehameha Schools is partnering with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and The Kohala Center to strengthen Hawaii’s food system through Mahi‘ai Match-Up, a business plan competition that provides food-focused entrepreneurs from across the pae ‘aina with an opportunity to farm agricultural land or develop a business in a commercial space.