Want to buy pasture-raised meat?

Read labels. Ask your grocer or butcher for it by name.

Paniolo Lingo

pili uka

stiff, tufted native grass (Trisetum glomeratum) that provides excellent livestock forage in high altitude ranges; also called he'upueo


Are you raising pasture-raised beef?

If you are not on the list, we want to know and would be happy to add you. Contact us.


Hawai'i Pasture-Raised Beef

Hawaii Big Island BeefThe Big Island produces the lion's share of Hawai'i's beef. The statewide cattle industry is basically divided into two operations: the cow-calf setup where the calf is produced to be exported out-of-state for finishing and second, the local slaughter operation, where cattle is raised entirely in Hawai'i for commercial slaughter. While some ranches do one or the other,  numerous do both simultaneously.

Although USDA Hawaii Field Office stats are no longer available, typically, one-fourth of the state’s cattle marketings (sum of exports and local slaughter) are for local consumption.

Where's the Beef?  

KalunaBig Isle ranches producing pasture-raised beef sell their product to restaurants and retailers. A handful of ranchers sell direct to consumers or at farmers markets.

Pasture-raised beef is marketed under various brands at grocery stores: Mountain Apple, Hawaii Big Island Beef, Island Fresh, Hawai‘i Ranchers, etc. Don't hesitate to ask your butcher or grocer to identify it for you when shopping.

Big Isle Pasture-Raised Beef Producers

The following ranches are producing pasture-raised beef for local consumption on the island. It is not a complete list. If you are a Big Island beef producer and not listed below, kindly contact us so we can include you: ferng@hawaii.rr.com. Mahalo! 


4 Boys Ranch, Volcano
Agee Inc, Pa‘auilo
Alfonso Ranch, Kalopa  
Botheilo Dairy, Hawi
Clarence Rapoza Ranch, Kona 
Daleico Ranch, Kailua-Kona
Double D Ranch, Lapahoehoe
Egami Ranch, Kealakekua
Ernest DeLuz Ranch, Hamakua
Ernest Pung Ranch, Hamakua
F Ranch
Five O Cattle Company, Kamuela
FR Cattle Company, Kamuela
Jack Ramos Ranch, Honoka’a
John Rapoza Ranch, Kailua
Hale Kea Farms
Hualalai Ranch, North Kona
Kahua Ranch, Kohala
Kapapala Ranch, Pahala
Kealia Ranch-South Kona
KK Ranch, Pa‘auilo
Kukaiau Ranch, Hamakua
Kuahiwi Ranch, Na’alehu 
Kukuipahu Ranch, North Kohala
Lowline Cattle Company, Ahualoa
McCandless Ranch, Captain Cook
Mealani Research Station, Waimea
Onaka Ranch, Honaunau
Paniolo Cattle Company, Waimea
Palani Ranch, North Kona
Parker Ranch, Waimea
Ponoholo Ranch, North Kohala
Pu‘uwai Ranch, Hamakua 
RJ Ranch, Hamakua
SC Ranch, Pa‘auilo
Sheldon Mattos, Hilo
Triple D Ranch, Honoka‘a
Waikoekoe Cattle
Wall Ranch, Kealakekua