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Mahi Pono donates $10,000 to UH-MC Maui Food Innovation Center

Mahi Pono Chief Operating Officer Shan Tsutsui (fleft) presents a $10,000 donation to Maui Food Innovation Center Coordinator Chris Speere and UH-Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana. — MAHI PONO photo

Local farming company Mahi Pono has donated $10,000 to the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Maui Food Innovation Center.

The donation will be used to create the Mahi Pono Food Innovator Award, which will provide two $5,000 scholarships to selected students of the center’s Maui Food Industry X-celerator program. The scholarship awards will support the growth of the students’ food businesses and professional development as local food innovators.

The Maui Food Innovation Center is Hawaii’s first in-state business incubator that serves to foster and accelerate the growth and education of agribusinesses and food entrepreneurs. It also aims to build a more economically diverse and sustainable Maui by supporting the value-added food industry.

For more information about the Maui Food Innovation Center, visit maui.hawaii.edu/ foodinnovation.

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