Managers from the mainland-owned Big Island Dairy have told community groups and attorneys who sued them last year that they will be closing operations by the end of February.
Charles Tebbutt, an attorney representing Kupale Ookala — the community group that sued the dairy — told Civil Beat Tuesday that while the dairy plans to shut down operations by the end of February, it’s still not yet clear when they might clear their facilities of any effluent that could leak from their sites.
Steve and Derek Whitesides, owners of the Big Island Dairy, confirmed the closure in an emailed statement to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
“This was a difficult decision for Big Island Dairy, but it has reached a point that it lacks the additional resources needed to continue the operation under current economic and regulatory conditions,” the Whitesides said in the statement.
The owners went on to say that they are looking for successors to take over operations.
Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Civil Beat and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was born and raised on Oahu. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @blaze_lovell