Big Island "Mac Nut" Wild Boar
Kulana Foods has been selling USDA certified wild boar on the Big Island for over 12 years. Pioneered by long time employee Tom Asano, this product is truly one of a kind. Forage Hawaii is currently the only retailer on Oahu of this specialty meat.
The wild boar that inhabit the Hawaiian islands have genetics traced back to the original Polynesian settlers that came to Hawaii over 800 years ago and the European explorers that brought pigs to the islands in the 1800's. They are of European and Asian decent.
Throughout the island chain these animals have become invasive species that destroy native plants, crop, and encourage the spread of avian bird flu. With populations estimated in the thousands, these animals are an extremely sustainable resource that requires population control.
On the Big Island, the Macadamia Nut farms have resident wild pigs that feed off the fatty fallen nuts and surrounding grasses and forage, making the flavor of their meat sweet, nutty, and complex. Kulana foods has a team of trapper that select animals based on their location and diet, providing a wild boar that is very mild in flavor and full of fat, much different from boar from other areas of the state.
The USDA has strict regulations against selling wild animals, however, because the boar are trapped first and brought to the USDA slaughterhouse live, they are able to be humanely harvested and properly inspected just as domestic farmed pigs are. This process is different from our wild venison, which has separate USDA regulations and requirements that allow for inspected field harvesting with a mobile slaughterhouse.
Maili Moa Naturally-Farmed Whole Chicken
Maili Moa is a local egg farm located on the leeward side of Oahu and owned and operated by 2nd generation farmer Mark Takaki and his family. They currently raise a small amount of meat birds without hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. Mark practices methods of Korean Natural Farming including the application of indigenous microorganisms that create a "living floor" for the birds and eliminate waste along with lactic acid bacteria (probiotics for agriculture.) He feeds the birds grasses and grains and he farms by a simple principle- to treat his animals like family and show them love.
His birds are raised in a large covered open warehouse with plenty of room for the birds to roam around and access to sunlight. These birds are not certified organic but their living conditions are far superior than the mass produced organic chickens that are commonly found in supermarkets. Their stress-free environment, room for exercise, and exposure to sunlight creates a bird that is full of flavor, juicy, and tender. Raising chickens in Hawaii is a costly endeavor and we are so thankful that the Takaki family chooses to maintain their brood so that our community has a local chicken source, helping to increase Hawaii's food security.