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.