Residents say no to Anahola green energy project

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) – Local residents are pushing back against a renewable energy project planned for Kauai.

The Garden Island says residents want to stop the Anahola Renewable Energy Project. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is proposing to lease more than 2,000 acres to Green Energy Team, LLC of Kauai. If approved, the land would be used for clearing trees and replanting and harvesting biomass feedstock, which would be delivered to Green Energy’s state-of-the-art facility near Koloa.

More than 200 residents attended a meeting Friday and expressed strong opposition to the project.

Some feared if their Hawaiian homestead lands were leased they might never get them back.

However, project supporters say much of the opposition is being fueled by misinformation and rumors.