About Hū Honua
Located in Pepe‘ekeo, the Hū Honua Bioenergy facility is designed to convert locally produced biomass into electricity in a 30-megawatt (MW) power station. For more than 100 years, the property has been an industrial hub on the Hāmākua Coast.
Upon completion of reconstruction, the facility, formerly a sugar mill power plant, will provide Hawai‘i Island a renewable and sustainable source of energy that will help protect Hawai‘i’s fragile environment and provide jobs to local families.
Hū Honua is committed to providing green energy in order to reduce Hawai‘i’s dependence on imported fossil fuels, while strictly complying with all regulatory requirements. It could reduce fossil fuel costs to electric users on the island by as much as a billion dollars over 30 years.
Hū Honua is committed to continue being a good neighbor and a good corporate citizen. From our outset, we have worked to keep the local community informed through one-on-one meetings, eNewsletters, direct mails, and updates through our website. We admit that during some challenges to our project, we were doing less outreach as we worked through those problems but are committed to reinvigorating our relationship with the Hawai‘i Island community.
In the past, Hū Honua provided area clubs, organizations, and local sports teams with sponsorships and has volunteered time and manpower to various causes. We look forward to renewing our community service commitment.
The Hū Honua Bioenergy project will keep $20 million in taxes circulating within the local economy, revive the area by creating local jobs, and has the capacity to build the State’s energy portfolio of non-oil linked electricity production facilities and move us toward a sustainable energy future.
What’s in a Name?
“Hū Honua” in Hawaiian means to “come from the land” and represents our mission, which is to:
- Create sustainable green energy while supporting local agriculture
- Work to reduce Hawai‘i’s dependence on expensive, imported fossil fuels
- Stimulate the local economy through the use of local labor to operate the facility
Hu Honua Bioenergy facility site map. Image Source: Google Earth Pro
Industrial-use History of Area