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Maui Wind Power Project Challenges

A Maui wind power project plans to mitigate for losses that turbines may cause in endangered petrel and bat populations.
September 09, 2011

Maui Wind Power Project Challenges

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By Mark Harbison

Being environmentally responsible can be difficult, even when you are being environmentally responsible. For example, a wind power project in the Kahikinui area of southeast Maui has been tasked with the difficult process of assessing their future impact on endangered petrels and endangered Hawaiian hoary bats. Fortunately, they have the aid of a $1.2 million federal-state to help them both assess and mitigate their impact on these species.

The petrels are migratory birds, and state wildlife officials are planning to begin a count of the population in the Kahikinui area by October before they move along on their migratory path. Habitat will be assessed and populations counted for both the birds and the bats. Then, they will plan how to offset any negative impact that the spinning turbines will create on the survival of individuals within those populations. For those of you are confused, those turbines move a lot faster than they seem to be from far away, and flying animals are sometimes struck fatally.

The wind projects are being planned by Kawailoa Wind Power on Oahu and Auwahi Wind Energy in Ulupalakua. Fortunately, these projects are required to create a benefit to the population sizes that is at least equal to the number of losses they cause. This will be accomplished through habitat conservation plans that take population baselines into account before the turbines begin affecting the population.

It will be interesting to see how the involved parties will manage habitat enhancement. That should require some creativity, and hopefully a great deal of thought will be put into making sure it's done right. We'll have to keep an eye on this project in the future.


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Blogs for September 2011

Safe Maui Water Catchment Systems

Posted on September 30, 2011
Safe Maui Water Catchment Systems

By Mark Harbison

One of the most important components to a safe and healthy home is your water source. Water is precious, and even here on Maui, where non-locals might expect plenty of potable water due to tropical, rainy conditions, we have our droughts too. As you search for… Continue Reading

Sharp Decline in Hawaii Foreclosure Rates

Posted on September 23, 2011
Sharp Decline in Hawaii Foreclosure Rates

By Mark Harbison

The economy isn't perfect, but conditions continue to improve on both the state and national level, particularly with regard to foreclosures.

In Hawaii, for example, the number of properties with foreclosure filings fell steeply for the month of August, compared with the same month last… Continue Reading

New Hawaiian Flight Between Maui and San Jose

Posted on September 16, 2011
New Hawaiian Flight Between Maui and San Jose

By Mark​ Harbison

News has come down the pipeline that Hawaiian Airlines has added a nonstop flight between San Jose, California and Maui, which will begin service in January. This also happens to be Hawaiian's first nonstop service from San Jose to Kahului.

Adding this… Continue Reading

Maui Wind Power Project Challenges

Posted on September 09, 2011
Maui Wind Power Project Challenges

By Mark Harbison

Being environmentally responsible can be difficult, even when you are being environmentally responsible. For example, a wind power project in the Kahikinui area of southeast Maui has been tasked with the difficult process of assessing their future impact on endangered petrels and endangered Hawaiian… Continue Reading

South Maui Marine Science Class for Young Children

Posted on September 02, 2011
South Maui Marine Science Class for Young Children

By Mark Harbison

If you are the parent of a child between the ages of 3 and 5, and you'd like to introduce them to the wonders of Maui's marine life, the Pacific Whale Foundation is offering four classes and a "Seafari" field adventure… Continue Reading

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