The Associated Press - A wind farm Castle & Cooke has proposed building in the Ka'a ahupua'a area of Lana'i will respect any significant archaeological and cultural sites in the region, the company said.
An archaeological survey will be incorporated into an environmental impact statement being created for the wind farm project, Castle & Cooke Hawai'i President Harry Saunders said in a statement.
The environmental study will identify steps needed to preserve the sites and mitigate the impact the wind farm may have. The public will also have an opportunity to review the project and comment on it while the study is being created, he said. "Preserving and respecting Hawai'i's cultural and archaeological assets is essential to maintaining our unique heritage and sense of place," he said. Saunders issued the statement last week after the Historic Hawai'i Foundation earlier named the proposed wind farm site one of this year's "most endangered historic places."
Foundation Director Kiersten Faulkner told The Maui News that community members are concerned that a 170-turbine wind farm in the 20,000-acre Ka'a region would disrupt the "cultural landscape" and change the experience of being there.
The foundation is hoping for a resolution that would meet the need for renewable energy while respecting a place that is important to Hawaiian culture and history, she said.
Castle & Cooke Inc., which owns 98 percent of Lana'i, has proposed building the wind farm to supply energy to O'ahu.