Applications for Session 2 cohort will open soon! View Informational webinar below:

Mahiʻai Moa Recording Link

Passcode: w40S=8Y@

Mahiʻai Moa Project

Our Mahiʻai Moa Projectʻs mission is to increase food production by our island residents through poultry farming and feed workshops as well as training our local community slaughterhouse in order to increase our community access to fresh, nutritious food and make our community more resilient.

For more info, contact:

Lori Pastrana

Manager - Farmer Training


Ph: (808) 658-0515

We're looking for ANOTHER 15 Native or Beginning Farmers and Ranchers on Molokai to participate in Mahiʻai Moa Session 2 Cohort!

A Beginning Farmer: Defined as someone who has not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years (USDA Definition)

A Native Farmer: Native Hawaiian, American Indian/Native American, or Native Alaskan). If you are indigenous to another country other than the United States, you may still be eligible (Priority given due to funding restrictions)

Watch the Mahiʻai Moa Zoom webinar:

Mahiʻai Moa
Recording Link

Passcode: w40S=8Y@

Mahiʻai Moa is a 5-month educational program on commercial chicken production, utilizing a blend of Zoom & in-person workshops and field trips, including:

  • 6 Zoom workshops with Julius Ludovico of J. Ludovico Farm
  • 3 additional workshops: follow-up check-in sessions with the Mahiʻai Moa support team
  • 2 Chicken Foraging & Feed workshops with CTAHR
  • 2 field trips to J. Ludovico Farm (Oʻahu)
  • Farm Business Support: G.E license, business plan, and 1-on-1 consultations with a Farm Business Specialist
  • A built-in market for broiler bird sales while you stabilize and grow your business
  • A cohort-style model that encourages farmer-to-farmer support and collaborative sales methods
  • $4,000 worth of supplies to get your chicken business up and running!

And... a built-in market that supports business growth!

2024 Mahiʻai Moa Project Timeline

Program Applications Open

January 8-21, 2024

Program Interviews

January 22-24, 2024

Selections Made

January 31, 2024

Program Begins

February 1, 2024

Workshop dates

(5:30pm - 7:30pm)

February 1, 2024

February 8, 2024

February 15, 2024

February 29, 2024

March 7, 2024

March 21, 2024

May 9, 2024

June 8, 2024

July 13, 2024

Field Trip dates

February 25, 2024

April 27, 2024

In-Person Slaughter Training

June 1, 2024(Tentative)

June 22, 2024 (Tentative)

July 6, 2024 (Tentative)

Program Graduation

July 2024