8, 2009 file photo, cattle stand near the Pakini Nui Wind Farm on the Big Island's south point in Hawaii.Weeks of slow, soaking rains are helping the grass grow again on the western slopes of Maui and Hawaii islands, giving cattle ranchers hope they may at last escape a punishing drought brought on by years of below-normal rainfall.Rain gauges on the lower slopes of the Big Island’s west side recorded their highest January totals since 2005, according to the U. and of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council industry group. The million industry produces more than 60,000 calves each year.Years of weak precipitation have been tough on ranchers.Though horses are their first love, Dutch is very much in tune with the beef industry and understands that being progressive is key to making a beef cattle operation pay.He works closely with his ranch manager, Keoki Wood, who also understands the importance of change and being active on a state and national level.is synonymous with Hawaii, but scenery is only one aspect of the SC Ranch, a commercial cow-calf operation on the Big Island.Manager Keoki Wood, right, treats the ranch like the working operation it is, striving to find new ways to make it pay, while preserving and enhancing the natural resources.
“If it can sustain itself over here for the next few more months, I think we’ll start working out of a situation that we’ve been in for a long time.” Hawaii, despite its image as a lush, tropical state, has areas facing the same problem of a multiyear drought as California’s agricultural heartland and other large swaths of the West.
By Colleen Schreiber PAAUILO, Big Island, Hawaii Looking out over the tops and through the ohia and eucalyptus trees, across the rolling hills in the far distance is the wide-open blue Pacific Ocean. They own Shuman Carriage in Oahu, the oldest Buick and Cadillac dealership in the U. They also have the NAPA Auto Parts distribution for all of Hawaii.
One might have to take a second look, because at first glance the sky and ocean appear to be one in the same. They are absentee landowners, but that doesn't mean they don't take an active interest in their ranch.
Wood has served as president of the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council for the past two years and is an active member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Wood was born on Oahu but grew up on the Big Island.