Hearing on Fruit, Poultry For Kunia

Wednesday - October 13, 2010
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Asagi Fresh Foods LLC will make its case Oct. 20 for a small poultry processing facility at Hawaii Agricultural Research Center at Kunia. The hearing on the major conditional use permit is at 10:30 a.m. in the 8th-floor conference room of the Fasi Municipal Building.

The family-run company, which also has an egg hatchery, wants to provide fresh poultry to Hawaii and plans to install a shipping-like container for a slaughterhouse on the former Del Monte plant grounds on Kunia Road.According to Steve Tagawa of the city Planning and Permitting Department,AFF would transport 100 to 300 chickens by truck to the container “one to three days a week” for processing between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. “It would be a small, 40-foot container with no exterior pens,“Tagawa said,“not like those big ones they had at Campbell Industrial Park.”

Maxie Asagi expects to employ up to eight people.WahiawaWhitmore Neighborhood Board endorsed the project at its June meeting after satisfying its concerns.

The land is zoned for AG-1 (restricted agriculture) and is the site for several new farming enterprises. A hearing on a proposed produce irradiation facility at the same location is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 in the City Council committee meeting room at Honolulu Hale. For more details on either project, call Tagawa at 768-8024.

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