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Affordable Agricultural Housing

Twenty years after the closing of the last sugar plantation and a decade after the end of Del Monte’s pineapple plantation on Oahu, Kunia Village is being revitalized to ensure affordable housing for agricultural workers. The hundred-year-old pineapple camp was recently blessed and rededicated to long term rental housing for persons working in the agricultural industry with household incomes not greater than 60 percent of the area median income. Presently, the annual income limit for a family of four is $60,300, and housing expenses will be limited to 30 percent of income. Stephanie Whalen, Exec. Dir. of Hawaii Agricultural Resource Corporation (HARC), and David Robichaux, Pres. of HARC’s

More Windmill Meetings

If it seems like we just talked about offshore windmills, you are correct. Less than a month after the Federal Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) held an informational meeting on the proposed offshore wind projects, they came to Waialua again for a public hearing on the proposed Environmental Assessment and Call for Project Developers. Once again, public testimony was unanimously opposed to the idea that dozens of floating wind turbines might be built as close as seven miles from Kaena Point. While the comments expressed at this second meeting were transcribed for the record, additional written comments are welcome until August 8, 2016. Information about the offshore wind review process is

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