KūHana x Mahiʻai Match-Up Application - Food Systems Edition
Aloha and mahalo for your interest in applying for the KūHana Cohort 6 - Food Systems Edition managed by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) in partnership with Kamehameha Schools' Mahiʻai Match-Up. You will be notified no later than December 20, 2021 informing you of a decision on your application. If you are accepted into KūHana x Mahiʻai Match-Up, the program will begin January 10, 2021.

This application is due by December 10, 2021.

Information sessions are available on November 8 & 15, 2021 from 5:30-6:30pm. Please visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org/kuhana to sign up.

KūHana x Mahiʻai Match-Up participants walk away from the program with a completed business plan, ongoing mentorship support, technical assistance, ample networking opportunities, and an opportunity to pitch their business plans to scale their operations. Curriculum topics include, market research, Hawaiian culture business integration, financial analysis, and pitch development. As an added benefit, upon completing the program, businesses are awarded 1 year of business membership with CNHA and can receive a discounted interest rate if awarded a loan with our CNHA Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Finalists will receive continued business wraparound support.

This program is a collaboration between the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Kamehameha Schools, and The Kohala Center.

If you have any questions regarding the application below, please email, Max Mukai, Program Manager of KūHana at max@hawaiiancouncil.org.
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First and Last Name *
Company Name *
Company Street Address *
City *
What mokupuni (island) is your business located?
State *
Zip Code *
Phone *
Email *
We do our best to pick diverse organizations and build a strong cohort that will develop relationships that last long past the KūHana hō‘ike (graduation). What are you hoping this program will help with your business? *
What are your plans to grow/scale your business? *
What perspective could you provide to the other cohort members? *
KūHana is working with Kamehameha Schools Mahiʻai Match-Up competition where the winners will get an opportunity for an agricultural land or commercial property agreement. If you were to win this opportunity, what type of land parcel would be ideal for your company? What do you plan to grow or produce? Describe the parcel, ag or commercial, what island is it on, ahupuaʻa, climate, commercial kitchen, equipment needs, acreage/square footage, power needs (if you know), parking (minimum), loading stalls etc. BE SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE. *
What is your company background that demonstrates your farming or/and food production abilities? BE SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE. *
Tell us about your company! Use this ad-lib and fill in the blanks. Follow the example and write it out in COMPLETE sentences by following the example exactly. ex. MY COMPANY [Poi Community Co.] IS DEVELOPING [a direct to consumer poi distribution system] TO HELP [families and kupuna] [have access to poi at every meal] WITH [our unique Poi Community Co. app and tightly knit kalo-farmer relationships]. WE COMPETE IN THE GROWING [Farm-to-table food industry] MARKET, WHICH LAST YEAR WAS A [estimated $1 mill in Hawaiʻi] VALUED MARKET. WE ARE SIMILAR TO [Poi's-r-us Co.] and [Sweet Poi of Waiahole Co.], BUT WE [have a better price point because of our direct to consumer app which is easy for our customers to use]. CURRENTLY WE HAVE [5 farmers, 3 employees, and 45 customers]. WE ARE LOOKING FOR [consulting services, a loan, a partnership, another van for distribution] TO HELP US [grow our customer base]. *Please note that the "ask" does not need to be only money* *
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