Kamehameha Schools has created a new $10 million Food Systems Fund, aimed at strengthening Hawaiʻi’s economic resiliency. The first $300,000 is being invested in the Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Cooperative.
“This investment from Kamehameha Schools will help the co-op grow to the next phase,” said Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative General Manager Dana Shapiro, also an ‘ulu farmer whose Māla Kaluʻulu farm was a past winner of KS’ Mahi‘ai Match-Up and Scale-up business plan competitions.
“Kamehameha Schools is investing in food producers, processors, distributors and aggregators based in Hawaiʻi who are committed to food self-sufficiency. Innovators and disruptors, who will simultaneously support multiple producers or address unmet needs, are ideal businesses,” said Pia Chock, who manages the KS Food Systems Fund.