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Posted: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 1:11 PM HST

Hawaii approves dairy, cheesery on Big Island

By Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii (AP) Hawaii land officials have approved a nearly 1,400 acre dairy farm and cheesery on the Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald said Monday the business will be run by a family whose history in the dairy industry goes back several generations, to the Netherlands and, more recently, California.

Mauna Kea Moo will include 200 milking cows and 100 dry cows. The Dutch Hawaiian Cheesery will include several flavors of hard cheeses named for different areas of the farm.

Kees Kea, one of the farm's owners, says his family planned to open the dairy several years ago but had to wait for a state lease.

The Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the leasing of former sugar cane land for the dairy. Kea says the process took five years.

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