Anahola Green Energy Project dies

June 29, 2013 by  
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A pair of Anahola residents let their t-shirts do the speaking, Thursday night as Darrell Young of the Dept. of Hawaiian Homes helps Jimmy Torio with his presentation during the public testimony before the Hawaiian Homes Commission at Kapaa Elementary School.

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Eric Knutzen of Green Energy LLC stands by as the Hawaiian Homes Commission and Norman Sakamoto, a land development special assistant, review amendments to the Green Energy lease, Friday morning during a special meeting of the HHC at the Kapaa Elementary School cafeteria.

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Spectators at the Hawaiian Homes Commission meeting react as the roll call vote is taken on the Green Energy LLC lease, Friday morning at the Kapaa Elementary School cafeteria.

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Overflow spectators at the public testimony meeting, Thursday join other members of the audience in listening to Norman Sakamoto, a land development special assistant, go over amendments to the Green Energy LLC lease at the Kapaa Elementary School cafeteria.

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Eric Knutzen of Green Energy LLC, Robin Danner of AHHA, and Norman Sakamoto, a land development special assistant, field questions from the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Friday morning ahead of the vote on the Green Energy lease at the Kapaa Elementary School cafeteria.




Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 1:00 am


Anahola Green Energy Project dies

Chris D’Angelo – The Garden Island

Kauai Publishing Company

LIHUE — The Anahola Renewable Energy Project will not bear fruit.


On Friday, the Hawaiian Homes Commission rejected a proposal by Green Energy Team, LLC to lease 2,143 acres of Hawaiian Home Lands in Anahola.

Prior to the commission’s vote, HHC Chair Jobie Masagatani said it was a difficult decision, but that on “this particular day, at this particular time,” she would not support the motion.

“For myself, I have taken a lot of the testimony that’s been provided to heart,” she said. “I wish we had more time to seek that opportunity to potentially come together, but time has run out on us. And I still have a number of unanswered questions.”

The 5-3 vote came despite the Department of Hawaiian Home Land’s recommendation for approval.

Had it been approved, the 20-year lease would have allowed Green Energy to clear existing Albizia trees from the land and establish a eucalyptus tree plantation to fuel its $90 million biomass-to-energy facility near Koloa.

The land belongs to native Hawaiians under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920.

Voting for the majority were Commissioners Perry Artates, Leimana DeMate, Gene Ross Davis, Renwick Tassill and Chair Masagatani. Jeremy Hopkins, Ian Lee Loy and Michael Kahikina voted in support.

Look for extended coverage in Sunday’s edition of The Garden Island.

• Chris D’Angelo, environmental reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or cdangelo@thegardenisland.com.

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