Welcome to Hū Honua Bioenergy

Located in Pepe‘ekeo on Hawai‘i Island, Hū Honua Bioenergy is one of the keys to Hawai‘i’s energy independence. Once operational, Hū Honua can produce up to 30-megawatts (MW) of firm, renewable power fueled by homegrown biomass.

Hū Honua can help the state meet its bold clean energy vision, while creating a new forestry industry, providing jobs to local families, and ensuring a secure, sustainable energy future for Hawai‘i Island.

Our company has invested significant resources into the project and community. We are in it for the long haul and committed to finding a path forward to project completion.

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Biomass in Hawai‘i

Biomass is a plant or plant-based material used to generate electricity. This sustainable fuel source can be grown as a renewable crop, and replace coal or natural gas to produce power.

During Hawai‘i’s sugar days, biomass powered the islands’ sugar plantations. After sugar was extracted, bagasse – the leftover leaves and crushed stalk – was used to make steam to turn a turbine and produce electricity; excess power was sold to the local utility. As sugar mills shut down, biomass power declined. However, today’s demand for firm, low-cost, renewable power means facilities like Hū Honua are emerging as a key part of Hawai‘i’s long-term energy equation.

Guiding Principles

The driving factors that keep us focused on bringing our biomass power plant online:

  • Ratepayers come first. Hū Honua is committed to producing electricity at a cost to HELCO that is less than fossil fuel sources so consumers can benefit.
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs. Hū Honua will increase employment opportunities for the people of Hawaiʻi Island in construction, plant management and maintenance, and ancillary services such as forestry.
  • 100% clean, renewable energy. Through a public-private partnership, Hū Honua will deliver clean renewable power to help Hawaiʻi meet its goal of 100% renewable electricity energy by 2045.
  • Stimulate the forest industry. Hū Honua will maximize economic impact by revitalizing the forestry industry, including harvesting, hauling, processing, and replanting trees.
  • Be a good neighbor. Hū Honua is making a long-term commitment to our neighbors by minimizing impacts related to operations and by repositioning an historic facility to serve the future.

Rendering of refurbished plant at Pepe‘ekeo