As the Wind Blows


An artist’s rendering of the Na Pua Makani wind farm.


If anyone thought the state Board of Land and Natural Resources would rubber stamp the recommendations of its hearing officer in the contested case over the Na Pua Makani wind farm’s habitat conservation plan and incidental take license, they were wrong.

Not only did the majority of its members recommend approving the plan and license, it filled nearly 100 pages making its case for why the 25-megawatt, eight-turbine facility planned for the North Shore of O‘ahu was unlikely to jeopardize the populations of any of the native bats or birds that may be killed or injured by the wind farm’s enormous spinning blades.

In short, the board chose to trust the recommendations of its Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the scientific experts with the Endangered Species Recovery Committee.


Land Board Green Lights Na Pua Makani Wind Farm

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Departing from its hearing officer’s recommendations, the Board of Land and Natural Resources has voted to approve a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Incidental Take License (ITL) for the proposed 25-megawatt Na Pua... READ MORE