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Mahiʻai a Ao


Mahiʻai a Ao is the farming of knowledge or cultivating enlightenment. As one piece of the overall Mahiʻai a Ola program, we are looking to increase the pipeline of students interested in ag-related professions and careers. A pressing need of the agricultural industry, often cited by farmers, is that of skilled labor. Our intention with this leg of the program is to encourage as many people as possible to take on the honorable profession of the mahiʻai and to support them in pursuing a certificate, community college or university degree.

Mahi‘ai Scholarship

Mahiʻai a Ao will be run in collaboration with the Pauahi Foundation who manages a Common Application for post-high scholarships, including the Mahiʻai Scholarship.

Scholarship criteria:

  • Major in agriculture related field
  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Financial need and/or merit considered
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For more information and to apply go to:

GoFarm Hawai‘i Scholarship

Mahiʻai a Ao will also feature a partnership with GoFarm Hawaiʻi. A University of Hawaiʻi (UH) College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) program, the GoFarm Hawaiʻi (GFH) mission is to enhance Hawaiʻi’s food security and economy by increasing the number of sustainable agricultural producers for the State. GoFarm Hawaiʻi offers beginning farmer training at 5 locations on 4 Hawaiian Islands (Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island). The educational program is open to all willing adult residents of Hawaiʻi irrespective of working status, college eligibility, or ethnicity. GoFarm Hawaiʻi offers intensive production training, technical business support, exposure to marketing and various agricultural revenue opportunities (including food manufacturing), and a valuable network of peers and resources to advance agricultural careers.

For more information and to apply go to:

The Kohala Center Ōhāhā High School AgriCULTURE Program

The next session of the Ōhāhā High School AgriCULTURE program will be held March 16–20, 2020. High school students and recent grads will deepen their connection with ʻāina and local food production, learn about educational and career opportunities in agriculture, and receive a VISA gift card for up to $125 for successfully completing the program.

Learn more and apply at or call The Kohala Center at 808-887-6411.


Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100