In 1993, the governor comissioned the Molokai Subsistence Task Force to study subsistence on Molokai. The study found that the average Molokai family got 28% of their food from subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, gathering from the ocean, and raising animals. For Native Hawaiian families, 38% of food came from subsistence. This summer, Sustʻāinable Molokai is conducting a research study to update this information and study how climate change might impact subsistence. Updated information on subsistence will help us to better advocate for our community. View the 1994 Molokai Subsistence Study here.
The study is hosted by Sustʻāinable Molokai and led by Momi Afelin, a graduate student at Harvard University. The study team will also include other Molokai residents and students from the University of Michigan.
All English-speaking Molokai residents over the age of 18 are eligible to participate. The survey will be available until the end of August and will take between 5-30 minutes to complete. The survey is available online or can be completed on paper at the Sustʻāinable Molokai office at 40 Ala Malama Ave, Suite 211 (above ASB). Take the survey!
The results of this study will be utilized to advocate for our community. For example, the results may support community organizations in securing funding and may be utilized to inform policy. At the end of the year, we will share the findings of the study with the community and our elected officials through a community meeting.
The study will be led by Momi Afelin, a graduate student at Harvard University from Molokai. The study team will also include other Molokai residents and will be assisted by a team of graduate students from the University of Michigan. If you have any questions or concerns about the study, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.