Molokaʻi Leadership Development Training Program

Leadership Development Training Program

Creating New Leaders and Making Current Leaders Better

Free leadership training is being offered to our Molokaʻi communities. The training is sponsored by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Don’t miss this opportunity for a unique experience in leadership training that is casual, fun, interactive and dynamic with a focus on community development.

New leaders can emerge and current community leaders can become better leaders through this program. Learn new skills and tools for immediate use in your community. Beginners to advanced, ʻōpio to kupuna, farmers, office workers, government, education, private sector and others are welcome to apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the class like?

  • Ideally, the class includes a mix of participants, high school to kupuna, all levels of leadership from emerging beginner to experienced. This Program is open to residents of Molokaʻi.
  • The class uses a lot of activities that apply learning to a real project.
  • Not a lecture format, but a facilitated learning style that draws from the experiences in the group.
  • Dynamic, Interactive and Fun!

What topics are covered?  

  • The program has four themes: Leadership, Community, Collaboration, and Sustainability.
  • The concepts covered include:
    • community capacity and social capital,
    • personality types and leadership styles,
    • catalytic leadership model,
    • community development models,
    • asset mapping, group development,
    • models for group decision making,
    • communication strategies,
    • tolerance, and
  • Issues addressed include:
    • Influence of personality types on team effectiveness,
    • challenges of leading in times of change,
    • conflict between people and groups,
    • creating and sustaining collaborative relationships, and
    • diverse stakeholders.

What are the benefits to the participant?

  • Participants gain skills that can be used in professional and personal settings. Some examples are how to run effective meetings, how to work with different personality types, and public speaking.
  • Participants get to network with a diverse group of people in the community, making connections, possibly for future collaborations.
  • Participants have an opportunity to make a difference and give back to the community.

What are the benefits to the community?

  • Builds leaders and networks within the community for future projects
  • Builds social capital
  • Completes a community project
  • A diverse group of people in the community working together on something positive
  • Fosters a sense of ownership and involvement in the community

What is my commitment?

  • To attend class sessions 2 days per month over a 4-month period.
  • 100% attendance at the sessions is expected, but if you must miss a session that is ok, you can still participate in the class. Please discuss with trainers.
  • After the classes you are expected to volunteer about 20-40 hours over 6 – 9 months following the final class date to complete the class project.

What are the costs?

  • Except for meals, the training is free to participants (value of up to $2,000 per person). Options for meal arrangements will be discussed at the orientation.  This opportunity is made possible through generous support and funding from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and US Department of Agriculture Rural Community Development Initiative Program.

Who are the trainers?

  • The Ford-certified trainers are Gigi Cairel and June Otow. Both trainers have extensive experience in community development. We also intend to use 

What is the Ford Institute for Community Building and The Ford Family Foundation?

  • The Ford Institute for Community Building is part of The Ford Family Foundation, based in Roseburg, Oregon. For more information about the foundation’s great work, check out
  • The Ford Institute for Community Building promotes vitality in rural communities through trainings, small grants, and resources.