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Kamehameha Schools was founded by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great.

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Mahiai a Ola


Bound by a shared purpose to advance food self-reliance in Hawai‘i, Kamehameha Schools (KS) and The Kohala Center (TKC) have partnered up to launch Mahi‘ai a Ola, an initiative to support local farmers, agricultural education, and innovative solutions to improve food security.

Mahiʻai a Ola encompasses the deeper meaning of mahiʻai - the idea of cultivating an ʻāina-based lifestyle, a way of thinking, and our connection to and relationship with ʻāina. In the larger food system, farmers cultivate more than food, they cultivate minds, families, and communities.

This year, we are supporting the vision of Mahiʻai a Ola in three key ways:

  1. Mahiʻai Match-Up - an agricultural business plan competition, awarding a 5-year land agreement and a $10,000 prize
  2. Mahiʻai a Ao - scholarships for various agriculture-related educational programs, and
  3. MahiX - an open innovation challenge seeking cooperative solutions to the most pressing issues in the ag sector.


  • August 12, 2019: Registration opens
  • September 20, 2019: Registration and business plan summary deadline
  • October 14, 2019: First round semi-finalists notified
  • December 1, 2019: Final Business Plan deadline
  • January 13, 2020: Presentation to Judges
  • January 20, 2020:  Finalists notified
  • February 7, 2020: Mahiʻai A ʻOla Farm to Table Event - Winners announcement


Judging Criteria (PDF)

Mahi‘ai a Ola FAQ
* Award monies will be distributed in accordance with the completion of major milestones as identified in the business plan.