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<br /> <br />Wil Okabe <br /> <br />Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br />Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br /> <br />Barbara J. Kossow <br /> Deputy Managing Director <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603  Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-8211  Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Bldg. C  Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444  Fax (808) 323-4440 <br /> <br />April 19, 2017 <br /> <br />JOINT NEWS RELEASE (Released by Mayor’s Office and HER) <br /> <br />County of Hawai'i and Hawaiian Earth Recycling Reach Agreement <br /> <br />The County of Hawai‘i (County) has rescinded its February 16, 2017 Notice <br />of Termination to Hawaiian Earth Recycling, LLC (HER). <br /> <br />Mr. Clyde Kaneshiro, HER’s local principal, together with HER <br />representatives, in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office and County <br />representatives, have reached an agreement in principle, addressing the <br />pricing and operational concerns of the County. <br /> <br />All parties have agreed that the composting facility will not be located in the <br />Pana’ewa area. HER and the County will cooperate in locating and <br />selecting the new site for the future composting facility. <br /> <br />The County is pleased with Mr. Kaneshiro’s fair offer to freeze cost factors <br />related to compost production until the completion of the future composting <br />facility. The County predicts that the facility will be completed within three <br />years. This will result in an estimated savings of over $1.5 million dollars for <br />the County while a new location is selected. <br /> <br />The agreement ensures HER’s continuation of the current mulching and <br />enhanced mulching operations, which has always been good and <br />satisfactory. <br /> <br />This agreement would not have been possible without the fairness and <br />cooperation extended by Mr. Kaneshiro and HER representatives. <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br />