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.

Rendering of refurbished plant at Pepe‘ekeo