We are very distressed that Cranston Pia, a fellow rancher, was recently shot and killed while protecting his livestock from trespassers and their dogs. This never should have happened and is very concerning to us and to every rancher in the State.
A big part of the Kapāpala ʻOhana is the strength of the relationships we forge with all of you who use the ranch roads and cooperate with us day in and day out. The perpetrators in Cranstonʻs death had illegally entered his property.
As we pray for his family we also pray that by the grace of God we can live, work, and share this ʻaina without an incident like this ever again.
View his GoFundMe at this link. https://www.gofundme.com/f/cranston-pia
Starting July, 2023, we are streamlining our Forest Reserve Access system.
Please visit the Forest Reserve Access page for more information.
All users will need to re-register once, and receive a new Access ID.
Gate Codes will be issued by text.
Detailed instructions below and on the Forest Reserve Access page of this website.
OrFilmmakers Liz Barney and Alison Week spent several years filming and doing interviews to tell the story of two very different Ranches, both with leases with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Their work has helped educate viewers as to the legacy of ranching on State Lands in a Multi-Generational setting. Search "Pacific Hearbeat - Island Cowgirls
or View Here .
A reliable source of water for cattle is a must. In 2011 we completed Kaniwai Reservoir. This high altitude reservoir can gravity feed throughout the ranch. In the early days we relied on pumps to make water available. We no longer burn fossil fuels for water distribution.
Wildlife, like the endangered Nēnē rely on Ranch water. A recent count by Forestry showed over 70 Nēnē gather in the area around 'Āinapō Reservoir
In addition to water resource the ranch tractor, trucks and personal have been used for firefighting. Grazing keeps fuel loads manageable.
Intensive, managed grazing of our large goat herd helps control Faya, Guava and Christmas berry. They also help with overgrown grasses and Popoki.
Grazing land represents an important component of terrestrial carbon dioxide (CO2) offset and is a significant sink for long-term carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas mitigation.
This chart explains
When a cow has a calf.
The Lifecycle of the Cow explains the years of a Cow used for breeding and, in the end, for meat that stays in Hawaiʻi.
Enough for the protein in about a million school lunches!