CNHA KūHana program to focus on food system businesses in upcoming cohort

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The KūHana program is a business training program designed to help entrepreneurs position themselves for future growth. They hold three to four cohorts throughout the year with different themes as the focus point. Their upcoming cohort in January will be their food systems edition. CNHA is calling all farmers, distributors, and value-added product producers to apply for the upcoming session!

“It’s a grueling program, but we have a lot of fun, and it’s a big commitment,” says KūHana Program Manager Max Mukai. It’s a great opportunity for business owners to step away from daily operations and focus on building stronger fundamentals areas like market research, financial analysis, and production planning. At the end of the nine-week program, participants will walk away with a business plan that is clear on purpose and product which can be given to investors, banks, and friends and family members.

This year, KūHana is partnering with Kamehameha Schools to present a special opportunity. The top performers in the cohort will be invited exclusively to compete at KS’ Mahi’ai Match-Up competition. The winner of the competition will receive an agricultural land or commercial property agreement.

To apply for the program, Max says you must be in the food systems industry, have 1-5 years of operational experience, and be registered with the DCCA. If you are committed and dedicated to putting in the work to improve your business, head over to and apply today! Application deadline is December 10, 2021 and the cohort begins on January 10, 2022.

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