Hawai‘i Island Meat is a producer-owned and -operated business established to provide high-quality, humane slaughter services for island ranchers, and to increase the availability of fresh, local meats for consumers.
Our Mission: To provide quality, local, and wholesome meats through a collaboration of small family producers and Hawai‘i consumers.
Announcing our Producer Membership Drive!
After over four years of planning, Hawai‘i Island Meat Cooperative (HIMC) will begin commercial operations of its Mobile Slaughter Unit (MSU) in 2017, bringing USDA-inspected slaughter services directly to small- and mid-scale producers and regional processing sites around the island. Hawai‘i Island livestock producers raising pigs, sheep, goats, and cattle are now invited to join the Cooperative as producer-members!
Learn more about HIMC Membership and fill out an application
A cooperative structure was determined to be the right business model for HIMC because of the project’s purpose of serving an unmet need shared by a large number of small producers. Also, most producers on Hawai‘i Island lack the capital to establish a business of this scope on their own. By working together, they are better able to leverage economies of scale, attain bargaining power, and tap the social/ political connections needed to bring this project to fruition.
Learn more about MSUs and see a slideshow of HIMC’s MSU being constructed here
The USDA defines MSUs as “self-contained slaughter facilities that can travel from site-to-site.” This method has been successfully used by small-scale meat producers in dispersed rural areas, needing better access to USDA-certified meat processing and interested in more a humane option than transporting their animals long distances.
HIMC is looking for a business manager, head butchers and assistant butchers. Detailed job descriptions and application requirements are available on the Employment page. If you know someone who might be a good fit, please let us know by email at HawaiiIslandMeat@gmail.com or phone at (808) 776-1870.