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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


November 9, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Police arrest 4 wind-farm protesters in Kalaeloa

Honolulu police arrested four demonstrators in Kalaeloa Thursday night who oppose the planned Na Pua Makani wind farm project in Kahuku. Police arrested the protesters from approximately 10:50 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday for disobeying police. One of the demonstrators, a 53-year-old man, also was arrested for resisting arrest. Bail for the arrestees ranged from $100 to $1,000. Michelle Yu, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Police Department, said all four demonstrators posted bail and have been released. There were no arrests . . . Complete story »


November 4, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind project opponents take demonstration to Honolulu mayor’s office

Demonstrators claiming their opposition to eight turbines under construction in Kahuku isn’t being heard took take their case to Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office Friday but went away without speaking to him. Protests have been focused primarily in Kalaeloa in Kapolei and Kahuku, where trucks carrying wind turbine parts have been departing and arriving since Oct. 17. On Friday about 30 protesters occupied the mayor’s reception room in Honolulu Hale from 11 a.m. until about 2 p.m. “Our voices matter and . . . Complete story »


November 2, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm opponents protest in Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office

Demonstrators against eight turbines being constructed in Kahuku protested in Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office today after saying that they weren’t being listened to. About 30 protesters occupied the mayor’s reception room in downtown Honolulu Hale from 11 a.m. until about 2 p.m. Prior to today, demonstrations and protests have been focused primarily in Kahuku and Kalaeloa, where trucks carrying large wind turbine parts depart for the Kahuku project. The transports began Oct. 17. “Our voices matter and our voices aren’t . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

‘Shadow flicker’ and lost sleep: Are Kahuku wind turbines too close to homes?

Protesters fighting against eight new wind turbines in Kahuku say the machines will be “too big and too close” when they’re standing 1,700 feet from the nearest property. But that distance – about a third of a mile – is above and beyond the setback distance required by Honolulu law. Wind farm developers are allowed to put industrial turbines as close to neighbors’ property lines as the height of the turbines. In the case of Kahuku’s new turbines, that’s 568 . . . Complete story »


October 30, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Police outnumber demonstrators at Kahuku, Kalaeloa wind-farm protest sites

Demonstrators against the planned Na Pua Makani wind farm project remain resolute as the nightly transport of turbine parts to Kahuku continue. Kamalani Keli’ikuli of the group, Ku Kia’i Kahuku, said, “The people of Hawaii deserves protection and honesty. We are coming together to protect Hawaii lands from greed and corruption.” Police outnumbered demonstrators at Kalaeloa and Kahuku as four large trucks delivered three tower parts and one blade to the project site overnight. There were no arrests. On Sunday . . . Complete story »


October 29, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

DOH: More studies needed on infrasound

More opponents of the planned Na Pua Makani wind-farm in Kahuku were arrested overnight for trying to stop the movement of equipment needed to build the turbines. One of the big concerns among demonstrators are the potential health effects caused by infrasound, a low frequency noise humans can’t hear. Some people believe the sound caused by wind-turbines can cause headaches, nausea and dizziness. The Department of Health has a branch that deals with noise complaints and regulation and infrasound is . . . Complete story »


October 29, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Police arrest 16 for trying to block convoy of equipment for wind farm project

Sixteen people were arrested in late Sunday into early Monday in an attempt to block a convoy of heavy equipment for a wind farm project on Oahu’s North Shore, according to Honolulu police records. The arrests – starting around 11:20 p.m. Sunday – were made in Kalaeloa, where the turbine towers and blades are currently stored. The new arrests bring the total to 127 arrests over the past few weeks in Kalaeloa and Kahuku. Police said some protesters attached themselves with PVC . . . Complete story »


October 28, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

PUC’s former lawyer says approval of Kahuku wind farm violated law

A former Hawaii Public Utilities Commission attorney says the commission relied on a flawed legal theory when it approved a controversial wind farm in Kahuku over objections of residents and the Hawaii Consumer Advocate in 2014. Despite repeated concerns raised by community members and the North Shore and Koolauloa neighborhood boards, the project’s developer, AES Corp., and Hawaiian Electric Co. used an erroneous legal argument to push through AES’ Na Pua Makani wind farm, says Ryan Hurley, a Honolulu attorney . . . Complete story »


October 28, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farm protesters plan to stand their ground during construction

KITV4’s Annalisa Burgos spoke to Sulu’ape Riccy Boy Novera, who was among the nearly 100 people arrested while protesting AES’ Na Pua Makani wind farm planned in Kahuku. The group Ku Kia’i Kahuku have been protesting for more than a week, since construction began. Just this morning, 13 protesters from were arrested outside the construction site, after blocking access to the road. In Kalaeloa, where equipment is stored, 27 were arrested in protests overnight. Novera says they will stand their . . . Complete story »


October 28, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku students join protest against controversial wind farm project

“A’ole wind turbines! Kapu aloha!” shouted about 100 students of Kahuku High and Intermediate Schools, as the youth staged their own protest against a wind farm planned in their community. “Our main purpose was to visualize that the Kahuku students do have a purpose, have a voice and want it to be heard,” said Tealani Wasson, 16, who organized the event. Students say they wanted to do their part and speak out, so they organized to meet after school, write . . . Complete story »


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