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.