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Off Track: Meadow Gold Dairies Hawaiʻi and Lani Moo

April 30, 2020

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Milk producer Meadow Gold Dairies Hawaiʻi traces its roots back to June 1897, when seven O‘ahu dairy farms formed a partnership to create a stronger presence in the marketplace. The organization, comprised of the Wai‘alae Ranch dairy, Kaipu Dairy, Mānoa Dairy, Honolulu Dairy, Nuʻuanu Valley Dairy, Woodlawn Dairy and Kapahulu Dairy, came to be known as the Dairymen’s Association. 

In 1949, the organization had already been taking a proactive approach in communicating and reaching out to Hawai‘i families and keiki when it introduced a young calf to Hawaiʻi, its Ambassador of Good Health and Nutrition. A children’s contest was held to name the calf. First grader Patricia Colburn’s entry, Lani Moo, was selected as the name of Hawaiʻi’s most famous cow. Over the years, the various Lani Moos had various homes – recently, the dairy diva’s home was the Honolulu Zoo.

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