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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:07 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Wai'anae non-profit places 2nd nationally

Advertiser Staff

The MA'O Youth Organic Farm in Wai'anae placed second in a national business plan competition, taking home a $25,000 prize for its effort.

The nonprofit organization was one 25 finalists in the competition that began with a field of 500 entrants from around the country. The competition is the signature event of the Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, comprised of Yale School of Management, the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In addition to winning the cash prize, MA'O Youth Organic Farm will receive a year of technical assistance from Yale University.

"We're excited to win the prize and place so high amongst some amazing ventures," said 21-year-old team member Kanoe Burgess.

The venture, which farms 2.5 acres in Wai'anae, was the 2004 winner of Hawai'i's first business plan competition for non-profit organizations sponsored by the Hogan Program at Chaminade University and Bank of Hawai'i.

Remodeling expo set for Convention Center July 8-10

The Building Industry of Hawai'i will present the Annual Remodel it Right Expo July 8-10 at the Hawai'i Convention Center.

The event will showcase 150 exhibitor booths displaying Hawai'i's top contractors, suppliers, and other building industry experts. There is an admission fee. For more information, visit www.bia-rir.com. The 450-member Building Industry of Hawai'i was chartered in 1955.