'Working Here Is Like Family'
February 27, 2019
We are building a team of great employees who are passionate about sustainable, local agriculture, and we want you to meet them. Today, we’re introducing Kelvin Pedro, our processing supervisor. He’s been in the business of food for 30 years as a buyer, small business owner, chef, butcher and union activist. As our original lead meat cutter, he serves as a dedicated mentor to our growing team.
What do you like about working for Kunoa?
Working here is like family. It’s a family business that hires family. My son actually works here and some brothers and cousins. It’s also about sustainability. Family, sustainability, and the word pono. Here, everybody does what’s pono, which is what I like.
What does sustainability mean to you?
I grew up on the windward side and we already knew about sustainability because we fished. We did our own imus. I just grew up in that life. I like that we do only local, grass-fed beef. That’s the sustainability right there because we taking from the earth instead of popping them with pills and giving them all kinds of stuff. It’s like circle of life type, and to me it works.
What does food mean to you?
Life. Seriously, food is life because you need food to survive. Food also represents family because that’s how we get our family gatherings. We always have food. When people come over, I’m always feeding them. We’re always feeding each other, we’re always making dishes, we always sharing.
What’s your favorite thing to do with Kunoa beef?
I have a lot of good recipes, but my favorites are spaghetti and meatballs and hamburger steak.
How does being a meat cutter compare to some of your other jobs?
I’ve done a lot of jobs in my life. I was in the military, I was a landscaper, I was a delivery driver, I was a delivery person, I worked in a warehouse, I even laid bricks for a living. But when I started cutting meat I knew already that was for me. It is a laborious job, but it’s a different type of laborious job. At the end of the day you get a satisfaction of doing what you had done for the day.
A lot of these guys, they notice that. They say, wow, this is different. I get a great satisfaction every day watching these young guys work. This is a great start for a lot of these young guys. They always will retain the knowledge that they learned here.
I’m proud of this company. They’re going to have to drag me out of here.