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Cage Free Eggs
Fresh from the west side.
Mark Takaki opened the doors of Maili Moa egg farm in Waianae in 1998, but his story begins way before that.
It all started with Mark's father, Donald Takaki, who became a specialist in raising layer pullets for most of the egg farmers in the state of Hawaii. Mark Shares, "In 1966 my dad was managing a hog farm in Laie for Carnation Company. They liked his work, and asked him to move to Waianae and manage their pullet operation in 1967. He agreed, and that is how my family got started in the industry. I was born in 1969 and grew up playing on the farm and started helping at a very young age. I graduated from college with a degree in agriculture and had intended to take over the family farm.
There was an opportunity to have my own farm in 1998 and I took it. The Kiyabu farm in Maili was getting ready to shut down (because Kiyabu had some health issues and didn't have anyone to take over) so my dad told me "Why don't you go lease the farm from him", so I could have my own business and he could still sell his pullets to me. So with my dad's help that's how Maili Moa, LLC was started. My earliest memory of Maili Moa was - WOW! I have 70,000 birds, how am I going to sell all these eggs? I didn't have any accounts, only farm sales at the time. It took a little while but I hustled and got all kinds of restaurants and wholesalers to buy my eggs. Mark add's, "The most rewarding part of the business is when a customer comes to the farm and says, "You guys have the best eggs, better then Mainland eggs" that always makes me feel good. I would like to see my farm thrive and help provide our state with fresh island eggs for years to come."
Photo Credit: Elyse Butler