News Updates: Peaceful Kia’i (Protectors) Protests

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Links to Latest News:

June 2021: North Shore Has Had Enough Of Towering Wind Turbines

April 2, 2021: Civil Beat coverage of April 1, 2021 Hawaii State Supreme Court oral arguments

November 25, 2020: KHON2 – Kahuku Community Association files against Na Pua Makani – two turbines DPP allowed too close to property line (closer than turbine height) without authority; turbines too close

October 27, 2020: Civil Beat – Is Hawaii Leading the Clean Energy Revolution

August 13, 2020: Star Advertiser – HECO hookup as Supreme Court case is pending

June 30:  Forbes

June 17: Hawaii Supreme Court asked to block opening of controversial wind projectCarlos MozoApril 30: Na Pua Makani Wind Farm fails to meet Power Purchase Agreement contract deadlines

April 17: Resident’s Lawyer Warns Na Pua Makani against proceeding with project

March 25:  The other proposed wind farm on Oahu withdraws its bid –  citing “the risk factors associated with developing wind projects”

March 12:  Honolulu Resolution 19-305 establishes 5-mile setback from wind turbines Bill Text

March 9:  Three Legal Snags for Na Pua Makani Wind Farm

Ililani media photo

Ililani Media photo of Na Pua Makani Wind Farm turbines, the largest turbines on land anywhere in the US, under construction essentially on top of Kahuku Elementary School (shown in photo), Kahuku Hospital, Kahuku Highschool, and the town of Kahuku

March 2:  KITV: Could a small bat derail some big plans for an Oahu wind farm?

March 1:  KHON2: Native bat could crinkle Kahuku Wind Farm Project plans

February 15: Letter to Editor – Remove Na Pua Makani Wind Farm

February 9: KITV – Litigation to get turbines taken down

January 31:  Kahuku: Where The Salt Winds Blow and the Turbines Turn

January 24, 2020: Star Advertiser

December 25, 2019: Keep the North Shore Country – DPP – need to make two turbines shorter

November 23:  Honolulu Star Advertiser – Life of the Land PUC hearing

KITV coverage of PUC hearing

November 21, 2019:  Hawaii News Now – Police Commission meets with protesters to discuss mistreatment

November 20:  Star Advertiser – 202 arrests total as final load moved

Civil Beat – Industrial Wind Project Violates Indigenous Rights

November 18, 2019:  18 Arrested This Morning – Blocking Trucks Carrying Wind Turbine Parts

November 17, 2019: KHON2 News Coverage of Keep the North Shore Country’s (501c3) Letter to AES – Intent to Sue

November 15, 2019: KHON – Asking Protesters to click here for form to report police brutality to Police Commission and additional Reporting– Though failing to mention Favela was upset because one police officer was reaching through the bicycle police line and repeatedly punching the women holding the line.  Please click here for form to report police brutality to Police Commission

KITV Video of Keep the North Shore Country’s (501c3) Letter to AES – Intent to Sue

Honolulu Civil Beat article about Keep the North Shore Country’s (501c3) Letter to AES – Intent to Sue

Video clip – 26 arrested, women shoved with bicycles, as hundreds block Na Pua Makani wind turbine parts at the port


This Honolulu Star Advertiser photo shows Kia’i  moving to safety in the area where a police officer had been reaching through the line of bicycle police to repeatedly punch Kia’i.  This violent behavior by the police officer is one of the things that prompted Favela’s concern.

Honolulu Star Advertiser: Hawaiian lawmaker describes aggressive police tactics as 26 wind-farm protesters arrested in Kalaeloa

Nov 15 Gil Riviere

Gil Riviere photo from Kalaeloa Port November 15, 2019 26 Kia’i were arrested.

KITV footage of the protectors, prior to police brutality

November 14: KITV – First Turbine Constructed

November 13:  The Hill: Hawaii protests show why wind energy can’t save us from climate change

Lanisese Kauvaka‎ - Photo Kalisi Kauvaka

Surreal – photo by Kalisi Kauvaka of view from Lanisese Kauvaka’s house in Kahuku‎ November 15, 2019. The first turbine is up.  This is so much worse than the Falmouth, MA turbines taken down because they were too close to residents.

November 12:  KITV – additional arrests overnight at port blocking wind turbines

Honolulu Advertiser – additional arrests made last night

Photo by Nate Yuen

November 11 Photo by Nate Yuen

November 11-12: Hundreds protest at Kalaeloa port and Kahuku construction site Three Kiaʻi Arrested blocking turbines movement from the port.

November 9, 2019: Honolulu Advertiser – Four Arrested Thursday Night/Friday Morning – Bringing Total to 130

November 4: Hawaii News Now – Mauna Kea Protectors reject plea deal $100 traffic violation

Kalaeloa Protest

Kalaeloa Kia’i

November 2, 2019:  Star Advertiser – Children Protest at Mayor’s Office

November 1, 2019:  Civil Beat Opinion Letter

KITV4 Children protest at Honolulu Hale, Mayor’s office

October 31, 2019:  Health Effects of Wind Turbines – I Wish Reporters Could Read/Comprehend Scientific Journal Articles

Jessica Dos Santos

Native Hawaiian Jessica Dos Santos (  “Our voices matter. Our lives are worth more than AES’s profits. They should have listened to us then and they should listen to us now. We have been fighting hard DAY and NIGHT, against all odds, to protect our communities and families from injustice. Working full-time jobs, raising our families and now taking on a corporation imposing its greed on a disadvantaged community and a government that enables irresponsible green energy at the expense of the people. Please lend us your support. Listen to us and join us in our fight. #kūkiaikahuku” Photo: Free Hawaii – Independence For Hawaii. Link to Video of Arrests

October 29, 2019:  Honolulu Star Advertiser: Police Outnumber Protesters

October 28, 2019:  Former PUC Lawyer Explains Why Wind Farm Approval was Unlawful

KITV4 Infrasound Wind Turbine Effects

Hawaii News Now – 16 More Arrested Sunday Night

Star Advertiser: 16 more arrested


Kiai arrested – hundreds of police special teams bring tear gas, acoustic weapons, and extreme numbers to clear protectors trying to save their homes, their children, their island. 240 Police Officers build a bicycle wall and clear protectors from blocking the trucks carrying wind turbine sections. Photo:

October 28, 2019:  KITV: Students Join Protest at Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii

Protesters Sunday Night as Another Turbine Blades Moved

Prominant resident arrested – Kent Fonoimoana, the former president of the Kahuku Community Association

Hawaii Public Radio interviews State Gil Riviere and construction union rep

October 25, 2019: Lee, Recharge News, Mass arrests as protesters blockade wind farm build.

October 24, 2019: Kent Fonoimoana and one other person arrested this morning at Kahuku Site (bringing arrests to 109);  Hawaii News Now – AES beefs up security as protester arrests rise to 107

Te Ao Māori News – Over 100 Arrested

October 23, 2019: Na Pua Makani – Qualifies for Tax Credits if Construction Progresses Uninterrupted

October 22, 2019:  Honolulu Star Advertiser – Opposition to Wind Farm Nothing New

Oct 22 Star Advertiser, 6 more arrests (Updated 10/24)

Hawaii News Now Coverage – Take-home message for me: I take back everything I’ve ever said supporting HECO and not blaming them for this wind farm.

October 21, 2019:  Hawaii News Now – 95 arrests total after two nights moving turbine parts to wind farm site

Star Advertiser – Six more arrested, four more loads arrive at construction site

Second night of arrests – Kalaeloa

Vandal (?) uses welding torch to cut off bolts – repair would cost $400,000 – how is that possible without a vehicle?

October 20, 2019:  Honolulu Star Advertiser, October 20, 2019

Honolulu Star Advertiser – Keep the North Shore Country Attorney Lance Collins

October 19 2019: Continuing Coverage of the Protests Against the Na Pua Makani Wind Farm

Front Page of Honolulu Star Advertiser

Wind Turbine Health Effects Coverage:  Consillio, Honolulu Star Advertiser When AES COO Mr. Miller asserts wind turbine sound is not the direct cause of adverse health effects, it’s like saying cigarettes do not directly affect human health – to meet his standard of “directly” affect, a person would have to be crushed by a falling pallet of cigarettes.

Honolulu Star Advertiser Article – Endangered Bat Litigation – State Appeals Court – Ongoing

Hawane Rios Photo - First night of arrests of peaceful protesters

Photo by Hawane Rios

October 18, 2019 Peaceful Kia’i (Protectors) Arrested When First Load of Wind Turbine Tower Sections Are Moved from the Port to the Wind Farm Site:


Washington Times Article

Hawaii News Now Coverage – Peaceful Kia’i Arrested

KITV Coverage, October 18, 2019

Hawaii News Now October 17-18 Coverage

Facebook video of bicycle police arriving at the wind farm protest site

Facebook Live Stream of Arrests at the Wind Farm Site

Kahuku Elementary School Children – Cute Hawaiian Hoary Bat Demonstration

Enough Turbines Hawaii Day 1 Arrests

Enough Turbines Hawaii photo – day 1 of arrests


Photo by Carlos Mozo – first load arrives at Na Pua Makani Wind Farm site, Kahuku, Hawaii

October 17, 2019 Arrests Made When First Load of Wind Turbine Tower is Moved from the Port:

Honolulu Star Advertiser – Coverage in the middle of the night – First Arrests of Peaceful Kia’i at the Port Location

October 17, 2019 Coverage of the Protests:

Headaches, Fatigue, and Vertigo Reported by Farmer Near Existing 2.5 MW Kahuku Wind Turbines

Honolulu Civil Beat Article

Kahuku construction site

Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. Fair treatment means no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies. Meaningful involvement means: People have an opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may affect their environment and/or health; The public’s contribution can influence the regulatory agency’s decision; Community concerns will be considered in the decision making process; and Decision makers will seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected. #kukiaikahuku

October 16, 2019 Coverage of the Protests:

Governor Ige Backs the Wind Farm (see comments section)

October 15, 2019 Coverage of the Protests:

Honolulu Star Advertiser Article

Hawaii News Now Interview with AES COO Mark Miller

Day 2 of the Protest:

Hawaii News Now Day 2 Coverage

Photos of the Construction Site

Honolulu Star Advertiser Coverage

Additional Honolulu Star Advertiser Coverage

Coverage of the First Night of the Protest:

Enough Turbines Hawaii photo

First Night of Scheduled Turbine Parts Delivery (Protests blocked deliveries for three days before first arrests were made).

KITV Coverage of October 13, 2019 Protest Kick-Off

Hawaii News Now Coverage of First Night

Additional KITV coverage of first night

Sunday October 13, facebook video of the protest

Additional facebook video coverage of the first night

KITV Online Version of First Night of Protest


The weeks before the protest:

Video produced the week before the October 13, 2019 protest

Nate Yuen Video of March in Waikiki

Aole Turbines by Nate Yuen