Wind farm protesters turn out for second night in attempt to block construction

Updated: Oct. 15, 2019 at 10:48 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Protesters of a controversial wind energy farm in Kahuku turned out for a second night in a row Monday, prepared to block the movement of any equipment to the site.

They were willing and ready to be arrested, but it did not escalate to that point.

The project was cleared for construction after completing the legal steps. The company behind the project, AES, hoped to begin moving wind turbine parts Sunday night, but opponents prevented that from happening.

AES originally planning to build 15 new turbines in Kahuku. After pressure from the public, that number was dropped to eight.

The wind farm is projected to produce 27 megawatts. That’s enough to power 16,000 homes every year.

Closures for the planned transport of the large pieces are still planned to take place.

Opponents are fed up with the amount of turbines already on the North Shore. They’re also concerned about impacts on the Kahuku community and on wildlife, such as the Hawaiian hoary bat.

“Getting arrested for something that you believe is right, to stand up for in our eyes it’s righteous to stand up for our sacred places, for our natural resources because enough is enough and we need to stand and rise," said Waianae resident Kaukaohu Wahilani.

There is a pending court appeal against the project.

This story will be updated.

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