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Mahiʻai Scale-Up

Mahi‘ai Scale-up is an agricultural business plan contest designed to help local farmers and food distributors expand their operations as part of the goal of increasing Hawai‘i’s food production and resiliency. The 2021 competition, in partnership with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and The Kohala Center, opens January 12, 2021. The deadline to apply is Feb. 11, 2021.

  • January 12, 2021: Applications Open for Mahi‘ai Scale-Up via CNHA’s KūHana Program
  • February 11, 2021: Application Deadline for Mahi‘ai Scale-Up and CNHA KūHana Program
  • March 1 - May 3, 2021: CNHA KūHana Business Program
  • May TBD, 2021: Mahi‘ai Scale-Up Business Plan Competition Event


The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancementʻs KūHana Business Program is an accelerator and training course for Hawaii businesses. KūHanaʻs primary goal is to assist companies through trainings, technical assistance, and strategy tools. Participating businesses will learn from various business experts in areas like market research, Hawaiian culture integration, financial analysis, and business plan writing. Program graduates increase their eligibility to receive business loans from the CNHA Loan Fund (a CDFI) and can receive a discounted interest rate as well as a year-long business membership to CNHA.

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