Students invited to compete for an internship at Mahi Pono to tackle real-world challenges


Mahi Pono signage. (10.20.21) PC: Wendy Osher

Mahi Pono, a Maui-based farming company, has partnered with STEMworks Hawaiʻi to present the February 2022 STEMworks Solutions Challenge. The challenge is open to all high school and undergraduate students in Hawaii, and winners will receive an internship Summer Paid with Mahi Pono and a $ 500 cash prize. The STEMworks Solutions Challenge is open for applications now, and the deadline to apply is January 26, 2022.

The STEMworks Solutions Challenge introduces high school and undergraduate students in Hawaii to a STEM-related problem to solve. Students can participate individually or in teams of up to four.

For the Mahi Pono challenge, students will be asked to solve the problem of overcoming the effects of wind on citrus fruits, including damage, erosion and dust production. Students will be asked to find solutions to keep fruit trees upright with little or no windbreaks, and how to mitigate dust clouds due to lack of vegetation cover.

The challenge will begin on February 1, 2022 where students will attend weekly professional development meetings. Short presentations by experts from Mahi Pono will help students explore careers in the agricultural industry. After being briefed on the objective of the challenge, students will submit their designed solutions via a PowerPoint presentation accompanied by a recorded video presentation. Final design submissions will be due February 28, 2022.

The winning person or team will receive a paid internship with Mahi Pono and a cash prize of $ 500. New trainees will implement the proposed solution and, through research and testing, will have the opportunity to improve their design.


“As a company committed to a more sustainable and secure future for Maui, engaging the next generation is essential, and it’s one way for us to get there,” said Shan Tsutsui, director of Maui. operation at Mahi Pono. “These are real world challenges we face in local agriculture, so we’re excited to see what our participating students come up with. “


To apply for the STEMworks Solutions Challenge, visit this link. For more information contact Jayson Watts, Director of External Affairs at [email protected]

Mahi Pono owns and operates approximately 41,000 acres of farmland in central Maui. It was created in 2018 as part of a joint venture between Pomona Farming LLC, a California-based farming group, and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers. .


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