UPDATE: See news item on project from Maui Now! http://mauinow.com/2012/04/18/brief-ulupalakuas-auwahi-wind-farm-to-break-ground/
As we gaze west, we easily view the established and developing wind turbines on the West Maui Mountains, but what about the next project, Sempra’s Auwahi Wind , set to begin its next phase on Tuesday (4/17/12) above us on Haleakala? They have already been doing preliminary work including drilling a well. Will our roadways be affected during construction? Do we have to be concerned with runoff flooding down into our near-shore waters? Initial indications are the 4/19 start date will involve water tanker trucks hauling water, likely using an upcountry route from the Kula highway, followed by cement trucks, using an as yet undetermined route, but the over-sized trucks hauling the components not until probably this summer. KCA has requested to meet with the developer before end of this month. Stay tuned.