Opponents of Kahuku wind farm project return to Kalaeloa
By Bruce Asato |
October 24, 2019
| Updated on October 24, 2019 at 2:26 am
Video by Bruce Asato / email@example.com
Stetson “Mana” Morales returned to Kalaeloa on Wednesday night to join opponents of the Kahuku wind farm project in blocking the access route. He recalled his experience on Sunday when he chained himself to a gate and an officer began punching him in the ribs and back before using a Taser.
About 125 people opposed to the construction of the Na Pua Makani wind farm project in Kahuku gathered at Kalaeloa Wednesday night in an effort to block the transportation of wind turbine parts to Kahuku. Stetson "Mana" Morales recalled his experience on Sunday when he chained himself to a gate.
About 125 people opposed to the construction of the Na Pua Makani wind farm project in Kahuku gathered at Kalaeloa in an effort to block the transport of wind turbine parts to Kahuku Wednesday evening.
Opponents of the Na Pua Makani wind farm project listened as Kaukaohu Wahilani addressed the gathering at Kalaeloa on Wednesday.
Deliveries of wind turbine parts to Kahuku are on schedule despite efforts by demonstrators to delay the work, according to the developer of the controversial project.
Protesters marched in a circle at the end of the driveway in Kalaeloa where the flatbed trucks needed to emerge to make their way to Kahuku on Wednesday.
AES Corp. said Wednesday that it had the smoothest transportation run so far from Kalaeloa Harbor to Kahuku during the wee hours of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, its fourth delivery. The company made its fifth delivery Wednesday evening.
Kanoeakalani Dabis performed a hula to "Kakuhihewa" as her mother, Shayna Noelani Dabis, chanted during the protest effort at Kalaeloa on Wednesday.
Noah Townsend and a fellow protester sit on the roadway in Kalaeloa as police officers look on at the blocked access route for the trucks carrying wind turbine parts to Kahuku on Wednesday.
Noah Townsend, left, and a fellow protester, were willing to be arrested for the protest cause on Wednesday. They were thanked by fellow protesters for their sacrifice.
AES Corp., which is permitted by the state Department of Transportation to move equipment from Sunday nights through Friday mornings between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., expects deliveries will last until Nov. 26.
Opponents of the wind farm have vowed to continue efforts to stop the project that they maintain will harm the community.
About 240 HPD officers each day have been carrying out duties related to ensuring safe passage of the vehicles on public roads. Of those officers, AES is paying for a crew of 15 to 20 for special duty escort service.
Noah Townsend is arrested and carried away from the Kalaeloa protest site after he refused to clear the roadway for the trucks transporting the wind turbine parts to Kahuku on Wednesday.
A protester watches the scene after police arrived at the protest site at Kalaeloa on Wednesday.
The first of the wind farm parts leaves the Kalaeloa area on its way to Kahuku as police officers on keep protesters away from the roadway on Wednesday.