About Us

Our Vision

When we invest our resources in strengthening youth and families, we invest in the health and well being of our future generations.

Our Mission

The Maui Farm provides farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living. We offer services to single mothers and their children in a safe neighborhood setting, where individuals and families are nurtured to develop their full potential.

Our Approach

The Maui Farm's 'ohana model of farm-based, family-centered programs is values-based, educational, and utilizes an experiential approach. “Activity is our therapy” is an effective strategy for teaching healthy attitudes and skills through hands-on learning. The Maui Farm teaches and practices hoʻoponopono as its communication and problem-solving process - the forgiving and empowering beliefs and values inherent in ho‘oponopono serve to promote the health of the ʻāina and its people.



Our History

The story of The Maui Farm begins with a group of Maui community members gathered around a kitchen table talking about the needs of youth in the foster care system and the problem of “foster care drift”. They envisioned a program that would offer a consistent, stable environment and provide long term care for youth who were not successful in traditional foster care.


The Maui Farm was incorporated in 1985, and its founding Board of Directors dedicated themselves to establishing a farm-based, family style residential program to provide long term care for youth from troubled families. The Maui Farm opened its doors in 1993, delivering services in an ‘ohana model environment and offering meaningful hands-on activities and experiences on how to live as responsible and contributing members of the family and community.


In 2005, The Maui Farm responded to changes within the state’s youth-serving system, and took action to address the growing problem of homelessness, by re-focusing its programs to serve individuals and families in need of community support as they work to attain self-sufficient living.


In 2011, The Maui Farm began offering Farm-based Educational Programs for the Community in order to share the many benefits of our educational farm with a broader segment of the Maui community. The Maui Farm promotes and practices sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, and encourages local agriculture and growing healthy food. The Maui Farm also serves as a teaching farm to promote biodiversity and natural farming practices, as well as a demonstration site to inspire community members of all ages to start a garden.


Our Staff

Kandice Johns

Executive Director • kandice@themauifarm.org


Maria Leon

Programs Director • maria@themauifarm.org


Gin Nary

Residential Program Manager • gin@themauifarm.org


Ihilani Catugal

Farm Manager • ihilani@themauifarm.org


Brian Sato

Facilities Maintenance Specialist • brian@themauifarm.org


Jessica Susen

Programs Assistant • jessica@themauifarm.org


Sammy Doughty

Farm Based Program Assistant • sammy@themauifarm.org

Noah Munz

Children's Program Coordinator • noah@themauifarm.org


Board of Directors

Beth Mathias, Chairperson
Beth is the Marketing Associate for Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., and came on board in 2010. Beth previously served at the Vice-Chair of the Agency’s Marketing and Development Committee. With her long history with the Agency and a commitment to the important work of The Maui Farm, Beth provides enthusiastic leadership to the Board.


Royle Taogoshi, Vice-Chair for Finance
Royle is Vice President for First Hawaiian Bank. Since joining the Board in 2019, Royle has provided important financial leadership as we navigate the uncertainties of the economy.


J. Scott Meidell, Vice-Chair for Governance
Vice President and General Manager for Haleakala Ranch Company, Scott joined the Board in 2009. Scott leads the Governance Committee, which is tasked with board recruitment and ensuring the overall health of the Board.


Emily Erickson, Director
Emily is the Owner/President of Evergreen Energy Consulting, focusing on renewable energy in the Hawaiian Islands.  She joined the board in 2011 and shares her expertise in marketing and social networking by serving as the Co-Chair on the Marketing and Development Committee as well as the Finance Committee.


Wendy Rice Peterson, Director
Wendy is a general partner for Kaonoulu Ranch and a real estate agent for Island Sotheby’s International Realty.  A seasoned nonprofit director, Wendy joined the board in 2012 and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to The Maui Farm organization. 


Gloria Navarro Buckingham, Director
Gloria is an attorney with Navarro-Buckingham LLC specializing in estate planning, business formation and business law.  She generously offers assistance and advocacy for the families we serve, and  joined the Board in 2014 with an interest in supporting our resource development activities.


Mark Vaught, Director
Mark is the Director of Water Resources for Mahi Pono, LLC. He has served on The Maui Farm Board of Directors since 1999 and served as Chairperson for many of those years. Possessing a deep organizational knowledge and history, Mark offers effective leadership and guidance.



The Maui Farm will post employment opportunities on this site, and will respond to submittals only for posted positions.

To respond to a posting, interested applicants must submit their resume in order to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to include a cover letter that details their interest and highlights relevant work and life experience that would further qualify them for consideration.

You may submit your Resume:
By Mail: The Maui Farm, Inc. • P.O. Box 1776 • Makawao, HI 96768
By Email: info@themauifarm.org


Employment Opportunities

There are no employment opportunities available at this time.  


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