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Mahi‘ai a Ola

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.

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

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

  1. Mahi‘ai Match-Up - an agricultural business plan competition, awarding a 5-year land agreement and a $10,000 prize
  2. Mahi‘ai 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.


  • TBD: Registration opens
  • TBD: Registration and business plan summary deadline
  • TBD: First round semi-finalists notified
  • TBD: Final Business Plan deadline
  • TBD: Presentation to Judges
  • TBD: Finalists notified
  • TBD: Mahi‘ai A ‘Ola 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.



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