Windmills on Molokai

Opinion by Walter Ritte

The players/partners: the state of Hawaii, Molokai Ranch, First Wind, and Hawaiian Electric. The goal: put up large windmills, an electric transmission line from Molokai to Oahu, and other electric facilities as needed to bring wind electric power from Molokai to Oahu.

I have been following this issue and have been involved as much as anyone, and the following is just my observations and feelings.

The most important player/partner in all of this has been left out – the community of Molokai. Only First Wind put a public ad in the Dispatch, announcing public meetings with the community…but they never did.

The majority of this community is Hawaiians, whose culture and traditions include respect for each other’s space. We teach our children to announce oneself, and ask for permission when visiting others when entering the forest, when gathering in another ahupua`a.

We now have received the first insult – is it from Linda Lingle or Abercrombie? – as the state announces they will begin building their billion dollar umbilical cord between Molokai and Oahu with an EIS process.

Our winds are protected traditionally in the gourds of La`amaomao and Wawahonua of Molokai Nui A Hina. As Hawaiians we have kuleana to our traditions and protocols so our future generations will be able to live in these islands. We cannot allow the state to ignore our protocols and traditions and force us to enter into theirs, as they come to grab the resources on our island.

I can understand Linda Lingle forcing things down our throats, but not the new governor.

The state is acting like an invading army, setting a bad example to others who come to our shores to take with out permission. We should boycott and not participate in the announced state EIS process.


10 Responses to “Windmills on Molokai”

  1. Kealii8 says:

    Aloha to all the readers as well as the people of molokai, i am kealii makekau a candidate for the OHA Trustee at Large seat for 2012. I have read and heard about this topic from some of you most recently from Mr. Kanohowailuku Helm who is running for a seat in the Senate. Until there is major support for this endeavor i would like to proclaim my opposition to the wind-farm and sea cable project until such time as the Molokai people themselves can research and investigate all the facts. As in any democracy the people have the power and give their consent to the elected officials to carry out there wishes, if elected to OHA i would do just that. This is my official position on this matter so please hold me to it and remember it when voting for the Trustee at large position. Mahalo and Imua Molokai….

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