Comment on Anahola Fuel Farm

SUBHEAD: Plan to burn wood for energy on Hawaiian Homelands hits brickwall. Help make sure they don't get through it.

By Hope Kallie on 6 April 2013 in Island Breath -

Image above: Tragically, Rapanui was completely deforested by its residents not long before contact with the rest of the world. In this cartoon monumental moai statues comment on that fact. From (

Send comments by Monday, April 8, 2013

The Hawaiian community in Anahola rejected the Anahola Renewable Energy proposal to terun 2000 acres of Hawaiian Homelands forest into a fuel farm business. Burning wood for energy on a small tropical sounds like a replay for Rapanui (easter Island).

The only EA for this project considered fuelstock from Koloa only. Not harvesting, trucking and replanting albizia and eucalyptus next to our forests, from multiple sites, including Anahola Hawaiian Homelands. The EA minimizes water use and impacts.

Jobie K. Masagatani, Chairman Hawaiian Homes Commission, has made a tactical retreat for the Anahola community with this letter sent via mail and email to the people who attended either the March 8th Beneficiary Consultation meeting and/or one of the Public Hearings held on March 14th and 15th.

Please note that the decision-making meeting tentatively scheduled for April 9th has been postponed. You can still send in comments to this email address up until April 8th at this address:


Box 1879 HONOLULU, HAWAII 96805

April 3, 2013


Thank you for attending the Beneficiary Consultation meeting on March 8, 2013, and/or

one of the two (2) public hearings held on March 14 and 15, 2013, on the Proposed Anahola Renewable Energy project This is to inform you that the final decision‑makiing meeting tentatively scheduled for April 9, 2013, on Kauai has been postponed until further notice.

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) appreciates your manao expressed at the meetings. As a result, due to overwhelming concerns on the proposed project, DHHL is taking another look at the project. We will seek to propose changes to the portions of the lease that relate to the concerns raised.

A formal report on the beneficiary Consultation meeting and the two public heal‑ings will be posted on our website by the end of April 2013. You may send in your comments to us online until April 8, 2013.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Cachola at (808) 620‑9483 or Linda Chinn at (808) 620‑9451.


Jobie K. Masagatani, Chairman Hawaiian Homes Commission


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