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The Conversation: Community Opposition to Kahuku Wind Energy Project

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Today we’re focusing on the situation on Oahu’s north shore as community opposition to a new wind farm has taken a new tact. We expect arrests will continue as those who oppose the project vow to stand their ground.

 Honolulu police arrested more than a hundred people this week as they tried to block the transport of the first of several massive wind turbines to Kahuku. The peaceful demonstrations have been marred by two acts of vandalism.

The transport of turbines is expected to last through Thanksgiving so it  is shaping up to be a long November. What is the way forward? Today's guests are:

  • Senator Gil Riviere, who represents Hawaii’s 23rd Senatorial District which includes Kahuku. 

  • Gino Soquena, Executive Director of the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council.


Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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