Shaka Moa Eggs of Waianae, Hawaii has been producing eggs for twenty years. Although much hard work has been put into providing quality food for their customers, rising production costs in Hawaii have made it difficult for local producers to compete against suppliers from the mainland. Owner Mark Moa believes that if his company could grow some of its own supplies (such as grain to feed his chickens) he could reduce his operating costs and, as a result, lower his prices to be more competitive. He is also making his product more desirable (and, thus, competitive) by creating a niche—cage free eggs. Shaka Moa Eggs is one example of local farmers and food producers trying to reverse the trend of Hawaii consumers spending over three billion dollars a year on food imported from out of state.
Original air date: October 10, 2013
HIKI NŌ #502