Big Island Dairy’s closure presents hardship for Oahu dairy

WAIANAE, Hawaii — The impending closure of Big Island Dairy is complicating the operations of a small dairy on another island.

Naked Cow Dairy in Waianae is the only dairy on the island of Oahu. It produces gourmet butter and artisan cheese with milk from its small herd. When their cows aren’t milking, they rely on shipments from Big Island Dairy.

Citing financial and regulatory reasons, Big Island Dairy will cease operations by the end of April. As part of a settlement with a community group and an environmental organization, the dairy must stop milking cows by end of February. Kupale Ookala and the Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit against Big Island Dairy in 2017, alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Residents have long complained about releases of manure-laden water from the dairy into the nearby gulches that run through or next to the community.

Naked Cow Dairy is now rushing to raise $200,000 to purchase about 50 cows from the closing dairy, Hawaii News Now reported.

“We’re going to have to do it on our own somehow, otherwise we won’t exist,” said Naked Cow Dairy owner Monique van der Stroom. “Somehow we’ll figure it out, but this is an opportunity, a sad opportunity, but an opportunity for us to actually grow and take on some of the milk that we’re losing.”

Other cows from Big Island Dairy have already been sold. A group that rescued animals during last year’s Kilauea eruption bought 61 bottle-fed calves. Those animals now have homes at animal sanctuaries and private properties across the Big Island. The Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network hopes to raise money to buy another group of cows.


Information from: KGMB-TV,

  1. Uncleaina January 27, 2019 9:11 am Reply

    Meadow Gold is owned by Dean Foods – one of the largest dairy producers in the world. They know better than anybody that demand for cows milk is decreasing. It’s down about 12% from 2000. People drink soy, almond, cashew etc milk much more now. And this is Hawai’i where we don’t have lots of open pastures and free range – it’s a TERRIBLE place to run a commercial dairy! Land, feed and labor costs are the highest in the country- so yeah nah. Notice the lack of dairies in Manhattan? – see, bad place. Even in Wisconsin- heart of dairy farming- over 300 dairies closed in 2018. Conclusion: Hawaii should continue to import the vast majority of milk from the mainland as we’ve been doing for the past two decades. Let Dean Foods move elsewhere.

  2. Charlie Chimknee January 28, 2019 8:50 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    When you mention Peanut Butter, you can’t forget its food mate…Jam.

    When you mention Dairy Foods (milk, cheese, yoghurt, cottage cheese, etc.) you can’t forget its protein, CASEIN…!

    Besides the great taste of Dairy Products, it’s protein CASEIN, makes up 80% of all the protein in Dairy products. Wow, that’s a lot.

    And sadly, the Dairy protein, CASEIN, converts our human cells via our DNA into cancer cells. OK, so dairy products give you cancer; no wonder baby cows only drink it for so many months, unlike humans who for some weird reason (maybe ignorantly because of taste and easy convenience of purchase thanks to the dairy industry) think they can drink milk for an entire lifetime, regardless of its deleterious effects on ones own health, never wondering what could be the cause of cancer in children.

    But that’s not all, dairy cows contribute almost 10% to “Greenhouse gasses” that scientists talk about, gasses that are destroying our atmosphere. It would be nice if someone could explain at length how that works, how cows make Greenhouse gasses…briefly, cows excrete at least 2 gasses, Carbon dioxide from their lungs and methane released from their colons. Methane causes a layer of gas around the earth and prevents heat from leaving our atmosphere and the result is that when the heat is blocked from leaving our atmosphere it causes global warming. But wouldn’t that mean the same cause of methane from all the earth’s animals and even the humans?

    Fuel, that is gasoline and diesel for transportation, heating our homes, and making electricity is responsible for the vast majority of greenhouse blocking gasses(polluting fumes) in our atmosphere. KIUC electric generators burns millions of gallons of diesel to make our electricity just for this island.

    However, Cows whose job is to make milk for humans either roam the pastures on farms or stand in buildings at the food trough and are fed not only cow food, grains, etc., but also antibiotics to treat ongoing infections related to their milk excreting udders due to the milking machines irritation to the cows’ nipples where their milk comes out, but also they are fed synthetic, perhaps petroleum based as petrochemical hormones that increase the production of milk. So humans are exposed to cows’ infections and it’s resultant blood, the antibiotics that treat the cows’ infections; and the hormones that increase the cows’ milk production.

    Besides all that mucus and blood from the cows that gets into the milk and passed on to the humans, milk is Pateurized. That is, the milk (named after the inventor of pasteurization, Louis Pasteur), is heated in order to kill all the bacteria in the milk, even natural bacteria, as well as the bacteria from infection, blood, and mucus).

    Milk is also homogenized, which means it is treated, again perhaps chemically, so that the thicker milk cream does not float on the top, But is instead mixed with the thinner more watery part of the milk that would otherwise settle to the bottom or ower part in a bottle or carton. In the middle of the last century people looked forward to drinking the cream off the top as being more delicious, this is before the milk was Homogenized…and before science knew that the milk and dairy products’ major protein triggered the DNA in our own human cells into cancer cells. The protein that milk companies advertise that builds strong bodies also turns some of our body’s cells into cancer cells. The calcium in cows milk is from grass they eat. Humans get quality usable calcium from green plants too.

    So the question is, for thinking people, do we want to save the dairy cows for milk and greenhouse gasses, or do we wan to save humans from cancers, especially our precious children who can incredibly get cancer at an early age and who drink the most milk past the age of when they get their teeth. Even baby cows have a cut off age directed by Mother Nature wherein the mother cow stops the baby cow from drinking the mothers milk.

    Even human mothers, who breast feed their children, ween those children off of human milk after a while, usually after the child’s teeth are developing and the child’s ability to make the hormone lactase diminishes, lactase is what digests the mother’s milk sugar called lactose, during the digestive process.

    Strange that children are given an animal’s milk and other products for a lifetime. Well there’s been stranger things like modern chemistry putting petrochemicals, that is petroleum oil based chemicals into the manufactured packaged foods at the supermarkets, all the while it is known that petrochemicals are known to be carcinogenic, meaning they cause cancer in humans. Yet it is not only known by science that these chemicals are carcinogenic, but they are also tolerated and prevalent in food manufacturing today. Technically food should be grown and eaten, not manufactured, canned, and packaged, preserved, transported around the world and put on store shelves for deterioration over time before being eaten.

    Most people do not know about their bodies nor that many foods contain not only cancer causing petrochemicals but also animal fat/lard/grease that causes heart and vascular disease by causing that animal fat/lard/grease to become stuck in our blood vessels and block the full flow of our blood to our brains and body parts that depend on the water soluble flow of blood carrying nutrients to every part of the body, but is instead diminished or blocked by the animal fat/lard/grease we eat in animal flesh and cows’ milk and dairy products.

    And thus more reason for early education of children as to their body’s parts and functions and needs. People deserve to know what is good and what is bad for their bodies, they need to know their bodies, and that information should not be kept from them like a secret entrusted only to doctors who rely on petrochemical drugs for treatments of inevitable disease of you eat the manufactured and animal flesh foods. As a society and as individuals we deserve better.

    Taking it further, forests’ greenery and trees, produce oxygen; but industry cuts down the forests in order to have cows/cattle graze on the new pasture lands, and we end up with cows making greenhouse gasses that is destroying our formerly oxygen rich atmosphere, not to mention the animals making more fat/lard/grease for human consumption.

    Humans do not need animal milk and dairy products in order to survive and thrive; but industry driven by profit sees fit to over time via cattle/cows to accumulate and contribute to the destruction to our formerly oxygen rich atmosphere that we need to breathe, in order to make profits from the sale of fat/lard/grease laden cattle and other animal flesh along with dairy products from cows that cause strokes and heart attacks with fat/lard/grease accumulating in our blood vessels.

    It’s OK to let the dairy industry move aside, wither on the vine so to speak, and allow more fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains, rice, corn, potatoes, water, etc., to nurish our bodies.

    A human body is a terrible thing to waste with a short diseased life.



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