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Dairy Farming in Hawaii

Information about the dairy farming industry in Hawaii. The last dairy farm on the island of Oahu the Pacific Dairy in the Waianae Valley - shut down on February 15, 2008. In the 1980's Hawaii had about 20 dairy farms and it produced most of its own milk. Between 1999 and 2008 many of Hawaii's dairies shut down including four on Oahu and three on the Big Island of Hawaii. I think that as of 2008 Hawaii only had two cow dairy farms left, both on the Big Island of Hawaii: Island Dairy in Hamakua and the Clover Leaf Dairy in Upolo. In the 1980's Hawaii produced 100% of its own milk but today as much as 80% of Hawaii's milk is imported.

Cow Dairies in Hawaii

Cloverleaf Dairy

This cow dairy in Upolo on the Big Island of Hawaii has about 650 dairy cows that are milked twice a day. The Cloverleaf Dairy has been owned and operated by the Boteilho family since (I believe) the late 1950's.

Island Dairy
This dairy farm in Ookala on Big Island has about 500 cows. Island Dairy started growing its own feed in 2008 to fight the rising cost of feed imported from the mainland. At one time the dairy was spending about $1.6 million a year importing feed for its cows. Island Dairy is planning to grow about 200 acres of corn and it may plant another 35 acres of sorghum, alfalfa, and peanuts. The company is hoping to eventually have about 1200 dairy cows.
- 2008 Island Dairy Article in West Hawaii Today

Meadow Gold Dairy of Hawaii
Processor and distributor of fresh and cultured dairy products, a line of juice drinks, and frozen dessert products. Located at 925 Cedar Street in Honolulu. Note that Meadow Gold is not actually a dairy, they are a processor and distributor of dairy and other products.

Goat Dairies in Hawaii

Hawaii Island Goat Dairy
This 10 acre goat cheese dairy on the Big Island of Hawaii is located in Ahualoa and it is owned and operated by Dick and Heather Threlfall. The dairy produces two types of goat cheese that are sold under the name "Big Island Goat Cheese". They produce a soft cheese in several flavors including garlic, macadamia nut, basil, pesto, rocoto pepper, and chipotle. They also produce a traditional feta cheese that is vacuum-packed in brine.

Surfing Goat Dairy
This 42 acre goat cheese dairy farm in Kula on the island of Maui is owned by Thomas and Eva Kafsack, both originally from Germany. They produce a soft goat cheese flavored with items such as salmon, green peppercorns, herbs, curry, mango, horseradish, sun dried tomatoes, hot peppers, lavender, garlic, chives, and more. Winner of several "Best Goat Cheese Spread" awards. They also offer tours to the general public for a fee, including impromptu, casual tours, late afternoon "Chores and Milking" tours, and two hour "Grand Tours" which include feeding and milking a goat, watching cheese being made, and sampling cheeses produced by the dairy.

Articles About Dairy Farming in Hawaii

Articles about the Dairy Industry in Hawaii
-2008: Dairy Farming: A Fading Industry in Hawaii
-2008: Waianae's Pacific Dairy Closes: Last Dairy on Oahu Closed
-2008: No Local Milk as Last Oahu Dairy Closes
-2007: University of Hawaii Sells All Its Cows
-2007: Outsourcing Hawaii's School Milk
-2005: Waianae Pacific Dairy May Close
-2001: Meadow Gold Strike Averted
-2001: Meadow Gold Labor Talks Continue Into Night
-2001: Waimanalo Dairy Farm Likely to Close

See also:
- Cattle Ranching in Hawaii
- Horseback Riding in Hawaii
- The History of Horse Racing in Hawaii
- Industries of Hawaii

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