In January 2019, Theresa and Mariner Revell’s long time dream came true. They opened Big Island Beef Jerky & Snacks in Hilo. “We love jerky!” exclaims Theresa. “It’s our mission to bring our customers the best quality, best tasting gourmet jerky and snack products in Hawai‘i. We carry over 100 types of gourmet jerkies including beef jerky, exotic jerky, vegan jerky, pork jerky and more. We also have local favorites including a large assortment of crack seeds, Li Hing mui snacks, arare (Japanese rice crackers), Asian snacks and others.”

Vegan? Jerky? “Yes, we have a great selection of vegan products,” confirms Theresa. “They include jerky that are soy and mushroom based.”

Big Island Beef Jerky is known for their specialty, made-in-Hawai‘i goodies including “some of the best tasting cookies on the planet from ‘Ohana Cookies that don’t contain eggs or butter, and are made with a vegan margarine base. These cookies are locally made on the Big Island and taste wonderful!” says Theresa.

With shelves filled with almost every variety of jerky you can imagine, it may be tough to find a favorite, but not for the couple. “One of our favorite jerky items are the thin, crispy, Hawai‘i-made jerky,” says Theresa. “It’s almost like a potato chip and has a delicious crunch to it. They’re so easy to chew and can be enjoyed by everyone.”

For customers who wish to purchase a gift basket, they have that too. Whether ready-made or custom gift baskets, they contain a selection of jerky, cookies, seeds, chips and lots more.

“We’re here for our customers,” shares Theresa, “and want each one of them to have a one-of-a-kind experience at our ultimate jerky and snack shop.”

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