Kualoa Ranch Lauded For En­vi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship

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Vis­i­tors who ex­pe­ri­ence Kualoa Ranch’s many recre­ational tour op­tions are for­given if they for­get that it is still, well, a cat­tle ranch.

One group that hasn’t for­got­ten is the En­vi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Award Pro­gram (ESAP), which named Kualoa one of its seven 2013 re­gional win­ners in honor of the ranch’s com­mit­ment to stew­ard­ship and the im­prove­ment of its cat­tle oper­a­tion.

All of these seem­ingly dis­parate com­po­nents are in­sep­a­ra­ble, ac­cord­ing to ranch pres­i­dent John Mor­gan, whose fam­ily has owned the ranch since 1850.

“We’re re­ally for­tu­nate that we have a nice blend of cat­tle ranch­ing, con­ser­va­tion and vis­i­tor re­cre­ation busi­ness,” Mor­gan told ESAP. “The cat­tle ranch re­ally pro­vides the back­drop; it pro­vides a lo­ca­tion where people can see this beau­ti­ful scenery. With­out it, it would be a jun­gle, and people couldn’t re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty.

“Tourism, for us, pro­vides the nec­es­sary in­come and the eco­nomic sta­bil­ity to be able to do things like in­vest in other forms of agri­cul­ture and re­ally in­vest in the con­ser­va­tion ef­forts that we’ve been do­ing for years.”

We’re re­ally for­tu­nate that we have a nice blend of cat­tle ranch­ing, con­ser­va­tion and

busi­ness.” vis­i­tor re­cre­ation

The award, which was pre­sented to him at the 2014 Na­tional Cat­tle­men’s Beef As­so­ci­a­tion Con­ven­tion and Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., in early Fe­bru­ary, sig­ni­fies that Kualoa topped ranches in Cal­i­for­nia, Ne­vada, Ari­zona, Utah and Hawaii for the honor.

ESAP is spon­sored by nu­mer­ous en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s Na­tional Re­sources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Dow AgroS­ciences.

Kualoa Ranch’s beef pro­duc­tion re­lies on six breeds of grass-fed, lo­cal cat­tle who are raised with­out hor­mones, steroids or un­nat­u­ral feed. The cat­tle graze over 1,500 acres on Kualoa’s 4,000-acre property. Prime cuts only can be pur­chased di­rectly from Kualoa, though ground beef can be found Wed­nes­day at the Wind­ward Mall farm­ers mar­ket.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 237- 7321 or visit kualoa.com.

Car­rie and John Mor­gan ac­cept Kualoa Ranch’s re­gional 2013 En­vi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Award at the 2014 Cat­tle In­dus­try an­nual con­ven­tion and trade show, held re­cently in Nashville, Tenn. Photo from Maya Pol­lock.

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