Hawaii: Kahuku residents generate heat at wind turbine meeting

Ben Gutierrez – Hawaii News Now — January 15, 2014

The meeting may have been about wind power, but there was heated discussion as well from Kahuku residents skeptical about another wind farm project proposed in their area.

Nearly a hundred Kahuku residents jammed the Kahuku Community Center Wednesday night for the meeting, which was focused on the health impacts of 15 wind turbines that are proposed for the Na Pua Makani facility.

Before that discussion could begin, there was frustration generated from residents who wanted Hawaiian Electric Company at the meeting, which was called by state Rep. Richard Fale (R-Haleiwa, Waialua, Laie, Kahuku).

“This is our meeting, not yours. This is our meeting,” one resident told Fale.

“So should we end the meeting then? The issues that were relayed to my office…” said Fale.

“Our meeting. Our meeting,” the resident responded.

There were also some who were concerned that the facility is already a done deal.

“Project design has already been done,” said Kent Fonoimoana, a member of the Kahuku Community Association. “Community outreach is being done now?”  Continue reading here…..

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