State In Brief

Surfer suffers apparent shark bite HANALEI, Kauai — Officials on Kauai say a surfer has been bitten by a shark. A statement released by the Kauai Fire Department says a man was surfing off Hanalei on Monday when he was apparently bitten by a tiger shark. The man sustained lacerations to his leg and was transported to a hospital. Hanalei Bay has been closed to swimming. Lifeguards will check the area today to decide if the beach can open. Company halts plans for dairy MAHAULEPU, Kauai — Hawaii Dairy Farms says it is discontinuing plans for a pasture-based dairy operation on Kauai. The Garden Island reports that the company will explore alternatives for food production on the land. Amy Hennessey, director of communications for investor Ulupono Initiative, said in a statement that Hawaii’s environmental regulations “seem to unfairly” place dairy farms in the same category as wastewater treatment plants. Community organization Friends of Mahaulepu headed local opposition to the farm, which included a lawsuit and travel to Hawaii island to help a community there respond to an overflow of untreated effluent. Critics said the dairy at Mahaulepu could impact drinking water and an already polluted stream. They worry that the dairy’s wastewater could make it to the ocean, just as waste from Big Island Dairy did. Meeting planned for launch facility HILO — A public meeting has been scheduled for the satellite launch facility proposed by the Alaska-owned aerospace corporation for a site on the east side of the Big Island. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Wednesday meeting in Hilo is part of the ongoing environmental assessment process for the project that the Alaska Aerospace Corp. is seeking to build on land owned by W.H. Shipman. The corporation wants to build a facility in Hawaii to offer up to 24 commercial launches each year. The corporation operates the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Alaska’s Kodiak Island. Shipman CEO Peggy Farias says the company has not decided if it will host the facility. She says the corporation is eyeing a 13-acre site near Haena beach, southeast of Hilo.