We source the majority of our beef (along with our lamb and goat) from Hamakua Meat Processors, a small slaughterhouse and meat packing facility located in O’okala on the beautiful Hamakua Coast of the Big Island. In a state where our biggest bottleneck to accessing local proteins is the processing, we are so grateful for the hard work of the folks at HMP and the opportunity to work with them. ‘
Hamakua Meat Processors is led by Brad DeLuz, a lifelong butcher and meat processing expert, well versed in USDA regulations and beef production. Brad and his team select top quality 100% grass-fed cattle from only the finest Big Island ranches.
Hawaii is one of the best places in the country to raise cattle with no harsh winter and rainfall that supports year round grasses and forage. Our cattle industry prevents urban sprawl/development and preserves Hawai’i dwindling natural spaces. Within the state of Hawaii, total land stewardship by beef cattle ranchers is over 1 million acres, with The Big Island accounting for about 80% of the grazing heard. Hamakua Meat Processors is a crucial part of the supply chain, allowing us to keep more of our amazing beef out of mainland feedlots and here in Hawai’i for our communities.