Three-part course to explore feasibility of Maui axis deer byproducts operation

The University of Hawaii Maui College’s Office of Continuing Education and Training, in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and EdVenture, is offering a three-part course to help interested students explore the feasibility of developing an axis deer byproducts operation. Deer byproducts markets for hides, antlers, bone and blood meal, waste meat for dog food, and deer parts that are reputed aphrodisiacs will all be discussed.

The college has assembled a team of instructors and guest instructors including Faith Ewbank, a waste stream consultant; Phyllis Robinson, founder of the Maui Axis Deer Harvesting Cooperative and a member of the Maui Axis Deer Working Group; and Desmund Manaba of Molokai Wildlife Management, the only deer rancher providing U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected venison in the state, according to a news release.

All three classes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings, beginning with part one Thursday through Aug. 7; part two Aug. 14 through Sept. 4; and part three Sept. 11 through 25.

The course will be available via the Polycom system to the islands of Molokai and Lanai as well.

Register by calling Edventure at 984-3231, or online through under Career Training – Agriculture.

The cost for each course is $279. A discount is available for taking all three parts. Tuition assistance may be available for eligible applicants. For more information, email