Community Benefits

As a company, Hū Honua has invested substantial resources into the project and community as well as spent significant time outreaching to forge relationships. Once operational, the plant will help Hawai‘i meet its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 as well as deliver economic, environmental and financial benefits to East Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Island.

Economic

  • Put $20 million into the local economy each year that would otherwise leave the state to purchase foreign oil
  • Help reduce price volatility of electricity by weakening the link between electricity and oil prices
  • Reduce utility bills as biomass costs less than other sources including other renewables (wind, solar)

Environmental

  • Replace power from aging, oil-burning plants with clean, renewable power
  • Displace 250,000 barrels of oil per year, reducing pollution from fossil fuels
  • Carbon neutral operation means it will not contribute to global warming
  • Improve Hawai‘i Island’s air quality and reduce the island’s carbon footprint
  • Fueled by locally grown and harvested biomass (eucalyptus and invasives such as albizia) and non-mulchable wood material that might otherwise end up in the landfill

Financial

  • Provide 200 construction jobs to complete plant reconstruction
  • Create about 30 permanent jobs at the facility once Hū Honua is operational
  • Support the development of a local forestry industry
  • Stimulate job creation, resulting in hundreds of new jobs in agriculture, transportation, energy and construction

Community Outreach

For years, Hū Honua has been very involved in the community. After pausing our outreach to resolve issues, we are back and committed to being a good neighbor and environmental steward. Below are some things we’ve done as a company to contribute to the overall well-being of Hawai‘i Island and its residents:

  • Donated tilapia, a fish tank and equipment for Kalaniana‘ole Elementary & Intermediate Schools’ agriculture program
  • Responded to a shortage at the Hāmākua Coast Assembly of God in Pepeekeo, the only food distribution organization in the area, donating vital items
  • Post-Iselle, participated in clean-up efforts to remove hurricane debris from local beach parks including Honoli‘i, Hilo Bay Front, Hakalau and Kolekole
  • Helped the Pepeekeo community to patch up potholes on Sugar Mill Road
  • Participated in a Hakalau Beach clean-up, working with County Parks & Recreation and Hawai‘i Electric Light Company to remove leftover metal from the Hakalau Mill
  • Sponsored and participated in the YWCA Hawai‘i Islands’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to protest rape, sexual assault and family violence
  • Helped the Waiākea High School Boy’s soccer team with travel to the state championship tournament on O‘ahu
  • Sponsored various events and causes including the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island’s Annual Golf Tournament, Toys For Tots, Business-Education Partnership program, Hospice of Hilo’s Pōhai Mālama capital campaign, and the Rural South Hilo Rascals