West Molokai Association Board unanimously opposes ‘Big Wind’ and undersea cable project

West Molokai Association News Release

The Board of Directors of the West Molokai Association (WMA), representing the owners of 811 West Molokai properties, has unanimously declared its “resolute opposition” to the proposed “Big Wind” industrial wind project and Hawaii inter-island undersea cable, and stated it will take whatever steps necessary to halt the project.

The West Molokai Association does not want to see an industrial wind project come to Maunaloa and is willing to “take whatever steps necessary” to stop it from happening. The U.S. Dept. of Energy is now holding statewide programmatic EIS public meetings to consider this and other alternative energy projects. On Molokai, the meeting will Sept. 19, 5-9 p.m., Mitchell Pauole Community Center.

The project would cover 17 square miles of Molokai with industrial wind turbines 47 stories tall. It is being planned by HECO, Molokai Ranch, Pattern Energy and Bio-Logical Capital, and is backed by Governor Neil Abercrombie.

Noting that the project would “dramatically alter and irreversibly change West Molokai’s rural character and pastoral environment,” the Board’s resolution added that it would also “result in increased electrical costs for Hawaiian residents, already among the highest in the United States.

In fact, the law in question, SB 2785, recently signed by Governor Abercrombie, allows HECO to raise homeowner rates through “an automatic rate adjustment clause” to pay for the undersea cable, currently estimated to cost $1 billion.

The project would entail, the resolution states, the industrialization of West Molokai and Maunaloa, involving years of construction, dust and erosion, the building of miles of new roads, transmission lines, buried cables, inverter stations and other facilities on fragile lands sacred to Hawaiians and internationally known for their beauty and as habitats for rare and endangered species.

The project would also require, the Board said, the development of a deepwater port in sensitive coastal zones and high voltage cables across the Hawaiian National Humpback Whale Sanctuary and Molokai Reef, the world’s largest and most pristine coral reef north of Australia.

Responses from WMA property owners are running over 98 percent opposed to the project, with less than 1 percent in favor. Two surveys last year across Molokai found opposition first at 93 percent, which then grew to 97 percent, with again only 1 percent in favor.

The Board’s resolution adds that the project would “severely reduce the numbers of birds, bats, seals, dolphins, whales, game fish and other wildlife, as well as the visual beauty and archaeological and cultural resources of West Molokai, all which provide great value to our members.”

WMA will work closely with I Aloha Molokai (www.IAlohaMolokai.com), a widely-supported Molokai citizen’s group that has been fighting the project for over a year, and with the residents of Maunaloa, who will be surrounded on two sides by the wind turbine towers.

WMA is a non-profit corporation organized to monitor the management, protection and preservation of its members’ properties on the Island of Molokai, and to promote the health, safety, and welfare of its members. The Board Resolution can be found on the WMA website: http://wmahome.org.


3 Responses


  2. Finally the WMA, lacking any common property interests among its members, has found a way to do something that actually benefits those members and the Molokai community at large. They must have kicked the last of the MPL people off the board to get such unanimity.

    WMA was created by lawyers for the benefit of the Ranch and Louisiana Land and Exploration when the Kaluakoi/Papohaku developments were formed in the ’70’s and was tightly controlled by “the developer” until around 2000 when the board was opened up to owner/members who weren’t part of Kukui Molokai. In recent years , it has mostly existed for the financial benefit of Neeley and Anderson, LLP and William Milks against the interests of individual owners who have been forced to cough up $200/year/property unit to hand over to the attorneys and insurance companies.

    Due to an absurd requirement for a 75% majority for any changes to the by-laws, WMA has been largely unable to adapt to changing times and the needs of its owners. You can’t get 75% of them to agree that the sun came up on any given day. The original attorneys were a devilishly clever lot.

    MPL still retains a major voting interest in the association by virtue of the unused Kaluakoi Hotel units which they still own. I expect they will be kicking the indigent rats out to make room for the off-island workers if and when the Big Blow Job gets going. That will make the resort feel like the heyday of canoe races back when the Hotel was open…24/7 party time and noise. Malayan vengeance.

  3. I am holding west Molokai in my prayers- May the nautral world be protected and the loveliness of the island be preserved

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