Aloha! Welcome to the 2020 Purple Prize Kilo Hōkū (Demo Day)
Close your eyes. Imagine we have overcome the pandemic and you are waking up in a world with less uncertainty and despair. Do you see communities thriving economically? An abundance of food growing inside of your home? A notification on your smartphone of how the moon will affect our day? Your keiki playing a “smart” board game in the kitchen that teaches them about their ʻāina and plant science in a fun way? Do you reflect on the fact that your energy comes from a renewable and abundant, local source: our loko iʻa?
The Purple Prize supports the amazing community-oriented founders building that vision for our future; a place-based, abundant, and sustainable future.
Every year since 2016, we have hosted an event to inspire us of what our future can look like and to remind us of what our community is truly capable of. We call this Kilo Hōkū, the Purple Maiʻa Foundation’s version of a startup showcase or demonstration day.
Our theme this year is ʻIkuā
A time of swelling storms and intense weather. The 8 teams have embraced the storms and risen to the challenge that 2020 brought. Over the past 6 months, theʻve worked hard to build enterprises that turn all the potential of this time into positive solutions. Even more than embracing the storm, theyʻre riding the swells all the way back to shore. Perhaps storms activate us in powerful ways. As we move towards recovery, these startups will play essential roles in guiding Hawaiʻi towards Makahiki, a season of abundance.