Three major forces are at the center of any discussion about Hawaii’s ability to work through its problems: Communities – our people and the ties that bind them – Leadership in the political, business and civic sectors, and Native Hawaiians, who are becoming a dynamic political voice.
Some policymakers want to keep wind turbines away from homes but energy developers say there’s not much room to maneuver on a small island.
Hawaii’s leaders are offering developers a chance to skip a major vetting procedure, which could undermine efforts to protect public lands.
Civil Beat interviewed four of Hawaii’s most prominent leaders. They had a lot to say about our growing social and economic problems and the lack of leadership to help resolve them.
Hawaiian Electric says it sees growing issues concerning land use and where to site projects.
Since protests resumed six months ago, top elected officials have struggled to take ownership of resolving issues surrounding a major telescope project.