Maui Business

Moniz is New Executive Director at The Maui Farm

September 5, 2018, 8:08 AM HST
* Updated September 6, 9:55 AM
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Stacey Moniz. Courtesy photo.

Former Women Helping Women executive director, Stacey Moniz has been hired as the new executive director at The Maui Farm.

The two organizations have shared a collaborative partnership over the years with many families moving from crisis to safety to self-sufficiency.

The Maui Farm provides transitional housing for homeless families, primarily survivors of domestic violence and provides family strengthening using farm-based, culturally-based and place-based programming.

Moniz fills the spot created by the retirement of Paula Ambre.

“I feel honored to continue the work done by Paula,” said Moniz, “she has created and maintained a program that literally transforms lives… This move feels like a perfect transition for me, too.”

Moniz spent more than 35 years working to end domestic violence in Maui County most notably through her work at Women Helping Women.

The Maui Farm’s Board Chairperson, Mark Vaught said, “Stacey brings many years of experience in non-profit management to the Farm and we appreciate her understanding of our mission and her commitment to supporting families in achieving their goals.”

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Maui Farm Board member Wendy Peterson said, “We are teaching family sustainability on all levels.  Teaching families to work together to grow some of their own food, care for animals and care for the ʻāina is a symbiotic relationship that creates and generates lasting impacts for our families. There truly is no other program of this kind. We are proud of what we have helped to create here at The Maui Farm.”

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Moniz encourages the community to visit the farm, participate in the community garden and monthly work days and see the beauty of Maunaolu Campus. “Parents and grandparents can bring the keiki and experience the magic of planting and watching their vegetables grow; the serenity of pulling weeds with the warm sun on your shoulders or harvesting and eating what you’ve grown,” she said. “If you want to get your hands in the soil and share its vitality, or if you want to hug a baby pig, come up and see us at The Maui Farm. It just might change your life.”

Founded in 1985, The Maui Farm, Inc. is a community-based 501c3 nonoprofit organization providing transitional housing and farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living.

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