Poul­try, Pro­duce Pro­ces­sors Ap­ply For Ag Per­mits In Ku­nia

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Asagi Fresh Foods LLC will make its case at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 for a small poul­try pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity at Hawaii Agri­cul­tural Re­search Cen­ter at Ku­nia.

The pub­lic hear­ing on the ma­jor con­di­tional use per­mit is in the 8th floor con­fer­ence room of the Fasi Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ing on King Street.

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, Asagi 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,” he said, “not like those big ones they had at Camp­bell In­dus­trial Park.”

Maxie Asagi es­ti­mates to have up to eight work­ers. The Wahi­awa-Whit­more Neigh­bor­hood Board en­dorsed the project in June af­ter sat­is­fy­ing its con­cerns.

The land is zoned AG-1 (re­stricted ag) and is the site for sev­eral new farm­ing en­ter- prises. A hear­ing on Paina Hawaii LLC’s pro­duce ir­ra­di­a­tion fa­cil­ity plan for Ku­nia is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 in the City Coun­cil com­mit­tee room at Honolulu Hale.

For more in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther project, call Ta­gawa at 768-8024.

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