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Molokai Subsistence Study Update

Sust’ainable Molokai News Release

Did you know that in 1993, 28 percent of the food Molokai families ate came from subsistence activities like hunting, fishing, gathering from the ocean, and raising animals? For Native Hawaiian families, 38 percent of food came from subsistence (Matsuoka et al, 1994). 

This summer, Sustʻainable Molokai will conduct a research study to update this information. A survey will be launched in late June 2023 and will be available online and in person at community events. All English-speaking Molokai residents over the age of 18 will be eligible to complete the survey. The survey will take between five and 30 minutes. 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 who was raised on Molokai. The study team will also include other Molokai residents. If you have any questions or concerns about the study, please contact her at momi@sustainablemolokai.org.

Stay tuned for the survey release and tell your ʻohana and your friends! 


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