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Kauai resort owner sues to stop dairy farm development

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LAST UPDATED: 05:42 p.m. HST, Jul 15, 2014


LIHUE >> The owner of a Kauai resort is suing to stop the development of a proposed dairy farm on a nearby property. 

The lawsuit filed by Kawailoa Development in Circuit Court in Lihue says progress on the dairy operation should cease until developers prove it won't negatively affect the surrounding environment, the Garden Island newspaper reported Tuesday.

Kawailoa owns the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and the Poipu Bay Golf Course. It's the closest landowner to parcels where Hawaii Dairy Farms wants to place 1,800 milking cows. 

Kawailoa claims its business, recreational, environmental and aesthetic interests would be adversely affected by the wastewater treatment unit, the dairy farm and its effluent ponds. 

Hawaii Dairy Farms spokeswoman Amy Hennessey called the suit "deeply disappointing" and "without merit."






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tiwtsfm wrote:
Backward thinking. The resort owner should look at this as an opportunity.
on July 15,2014 | 11:03AM
Puuloa wrote:
Isn't this getting old already? What is up with Kauai? Crazy people. More concerned about themselves than the greater good. Anti-GMO, anti-pesticide, anti-dairy, anti-agricultural. Ridiculous.
on July 15,2014 | 04:38PM
atilter wrote:
don't forget the super-ferry!
on July 16,2014 | 12:40AM
serious wrote:
Just like Molokai! And, Maui, and ????
on July 16,2014 | 03:31AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I can't imagine wanting to pay top dollar to spend time down-wind of a dairy farm. Nothing against dairy farms but that's my preference when spending money on a vacation. I may not be so picky if I was planning to go to a dude ranch.
on July 15,2014 | 11:09AM
juscasting wrote:
Having a garbage dump up wind has really hurt business at Ko Olina and Aulani? Ya right!
on July 15,2014 | 12:27PM
readergirl wrote:
Hmmm yea can you imagine when the tradewinds blow and you catch a whiff of .... I would not be happy either, especially if I was spending big bucks on a room...I don't think the resort owner is going to look at this as an opportunity, 1,800 milk cows...no not an opportunity
on July 15,2014 | 11:17AM
Bully wrote:
When the diary farms were in Waianae, you could smell the stink from miles away depending on the way the wind was blowing. I think the resort has a good reason to be concerned.
on July 15,2014 | 12:17PM
juscasting wrote:
Maybe a 1/2 mile away but not on the coastline. I guess the savages will continue to pay 5 to 10 bucks a gallon for milk.
on July 15,2014 | 12:29PM
islandsun wrote:
Somethings stinks!
on July 15,2014 | 03:32PM
control wrote:
Who was there first - the farm or the resort? In NY, many communities have had to enact 'right to farm' legislation because city types were buying up farm land on the cheap and then bellyaching because there was an actual working farm next door. They didn't like the smell, the noise, the dust. Kind of sounds like the california types who moved to maui and now whine about the sugar cane burn.
on July 15,2014 | 03:38PM
ryan02 wrote:
This was once all sugar cane land. The state/county changed some of the land from agricultural to urban to permit developments like the Hyatt. The proposed farm is on land that is still agricultural. I suppose Hyatt knew it was building a resort close to agricultural land, but they probably didn't know it would be dairy cows, specifically. So maybe the issue is whether the hotel is required to just put up with expected uses of agricultural lands because it chose to build close to agricultural lands in the first place, and are cows expected uses?
on July 15,2014 | 03:44PM
atilter wrote:
valid points to consider!
on July 16,2014 | 12:40AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Dairy farms are incredibly smelly. That's a fact. On the other hand, dairy farms provide self sufficiency in milk production for local people. Tough situation. But wow - hauna.
on July 15,2014 | 04:02PM
MrMililani wrote:
I go with the dairy farmer on this one. The resort knew that it was zoned for agriculture before they bought it. Sorry Hyatt.
on July 15,2014 | 04:07PM
false wrote:
Depends on which way the wind blows.
on July 15,2014 | 04:20PM
cojef wrote:
Sounds right, wind does change like the weather,yeah?
on July 15,2014 | 04:38PM
username_required wrote:
"...prove it won't negatively affect the surrounding environment"? Like the resort did the same thing and proved it wouldn't negatively affect the use of surrounding agricultural lands.
on July 15,2014 | 08:32PM
Papakolea wrote:
Cows make methane
on July 15,2014 | 09:09PM
NamFouc wrote:
Killa mea wiffa???
on July 16,2014 | 01:34AM
atilter wrote:
can smoke (light 'em up) by da farm or what?
on July 16,2014 | 01:58AM
Papakolea wrote:
Maybe the resort can offer cow tipping as another attraction!!
on July 15,2014 | 09:10PM
atilter wrote:
tipping is recommended for receiving good service, isn't it?
on July 16,2014 | 12:47AM
aniahawaii wrote:
Maybe we should start to think a little mor about food security on the islands, rather than fighting all agricultural efforts. A rude awakening is that we have only enough food for seven days in the islands, should there be some disaster that cuts of food shipments. So let's try to support local agriculture!
on July 15,2014 | 09:15PM
atilter wrote:
some cant' seem to think that far ahead!
on July 16,2014 | 12:48AM
inHilo wrote:
The more money you have, the more rules you make. Just because you can afford to stay in a hotel that lets you pretend hunger doesn't exist, doesn't mean you should create more hunger.
on July 16,2014 | 05:45AM
krusha wrote:
If they are concerned about the smell, then figure out a way to keep the stench away. Maybe get some big fans to put next to the dairy that will blow the smell away from the resort and maybe cool off the cows in the process too.
on July 16,2014 | 06:55AM
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