Our History


May's HawaiiFrom the 1950s, Palama Meat Company was providing quality meat products to Hawaii’s food service industry. In the 1960s, Palama Meat Company opened several retail shops in order to provide bulk meat and canned products to the retail market. These bulk stores predated the modern big box store by nearly 40 years!

In the late 1960s, the May’s brand was established, named after Palama Meat Founder Donald Lau’s wife. In the early 1970s, May’s introduced its first retail product, the Picnic Patty. Based upon an existing formula for school patties, the Picnic Patty was packed in a plastic patty bag for convenience and cost savings.

About the same time, Palama introduced Teriyaki Patties, Teriyaki Chicken, and Teriyaki Beef to the retail market. For over 40 years, these products had defined and set the standard for teriyaki flavoring. Even today, these closely guarded secret formulae set the standard for excellence in quality and taste.

May’s can be found throughout the State of Hawaii and in select West Coast cities. For a rich flavor steeped in history, we invite you to re-taste May’s today. Where ever you are, it will bring you back home to Hawaii.