March 31, 2017
Our cofounder and rancher Bobby Farias sat down with Justine Espiritu and Matt Johnson on Think Tech Hawaii’s Food and Farmers Series to share Kunoa’s approach to sustainable ranching in Hawaii. They discussed Kunoa’s newly purchased beef/pork butchery on Oahu, our participation in the Energy Excelerator program, and why Bobby thinks Hawaii has the best climate for raising cattle.
March 01, 2017
Kunoa Cattle Company is honored to have been nominated for the Clean Tech/Ag Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the past 2 years and elated to have won the award for 2017. The Hawaii Venture Capital Association fosters entrepreneurial development and each year, awards entrepreneurs and companies for their achievements in Hawaii's venture community. We're immensely proud to share the stage with innovative startups, which are guiding the efforts for a clean tech economy in Hawaii.
Hawaii News Now
November 30, 2016
Every year, Hawaii imports more than 200,000 finished cattle from the mainland.
But starting next spring, shoppers will start to see more local beef in their market.
It's all thanks to a new venture from Kauai-based Kunoa Cattle Company, which sees expanding Hawaii's local beef supply as a key step toward sustainability. Earlier this month, the company finalized a deal with the state to lease Oahu's only slaughterhouse.
November 29, 2016
Kunoa Cattle Co. has plans to expand and to debut a beef brand.
A Kauai company that helps manage cattle for other owners has bought Oahu’s only slaughterhouse as part of a plan to expand the supply of locally produced beef.
The acquisition by Kunoa Cattle Co. comes several years after the seller of the financially struggling slaughterhouse, a private cooperative, obtained public financial support but failed to have the state purchase the Kapolei facility.
Kunoa said its purchase was completed Nov. 17, but declined to disclose the price.
Jack Beuttell, Kunoa co-founder, said the pay intends to expand processing of locally raised livestock at the facility for other customers while also working to develop a major new brand of fresh Hawaii beef. "We’re open for business for the livestock community," he said.
Pacific Business News
November 24, 2016
The new Hawaii cattle company that recently purchased Oahu’s only U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified slaughterhouse facility plans to spend about $500,000 on upgrades to the West Oahu facility in Kapolei, one of the company’s founders told Pacific Business News.
The facility was owned by the Hawaii Livestock Cooperative, a nonprofit group run by local farmers. The plant opened in 2004 on 6.5 acres of state land but has struggled financially because of the demise of the dairy industry industry in Oahu coupled with the increasing cost to run the facility.
Kunoa Cattle Co., which was founded in 2014 by third generation Hawaii rancher Robert "Bobby" Farias and Jack Beuttell, intends to carry out the cooperative’s vision of delivering local beef to consumers across the state. It purchased the seller’s debt and assumed the lease of the Oahu slaughterhouse.
May 15, 2016
Kunoa Cattle Company announced today that it has licensed 740 acres of grazing lands from Kamehameha Schools on central Oahu. The property will serve as a production ranch, as well as a staging area for neighbor-island animals that Kunoa ships for harvest and meat processing at the Kapolei harvest facility. Kunoa will use holistic management practices to regenerate soil, restore natural water flows, and manage invasive species, while producing a commercially viable beef product.
April 09, 2016
Kunoa Cattle Company announced today that it is one of two recipients of the Energy Excelerator's new $250k Ohana Prize, along with Oakland-based TerViva. The two companies jointly applied for the prize based on a proposed research collaboration aimed at demonstrating the technical feasibility of Hawaii silvopastoralism, or the grazing of livestock within commercial forests and orchards—in this case, TerViva’s pongamia orchards. The two companies have entered into a planning process for the project and are scheduled to launch the test later this year on one of TerViva’s existing Oahu nursery sites.
January 01, 2016
Kunoa Cattle Company announced today that it has been selected by The Savory Institute, the world’s leading think tank on grasslands regeneration, as Hub Candidate for its Savory Hub program. The global non-profit launched the Hub program in 2013 as a way to disseminate knowledge and best practices in land management and leverage the relationships and influence of local practitioners. Kunoa was selected to represent Hawaii and the Pacific Islands and is going through the Savory Hub accreditation process this year. The accreditation process involves training in Holistic Management, as well as the development of a business model that is relevant to the Hub’s context. In Kunoa’s case, the land manager and beef producer intends to offer consulting services for land owners and land managers, education for the general public, and workshops for agriculturalists.
April 20, 2015
Kunoa Cattle Company announced today it has been admitted to the University of Hawaii’s Agribusiness Incubator Program (AIP), created in 2004 to maximize the viability and success of agriculture-related businesses throughout the State of Hawaii. AIP achieves this by delivering intensive, hands-on business consulting services to large and small enterprises alike. Kunoa plans to work with AIP to due diligence new opportunities in the livestock production and processing space.