|`Aina Koa Pono's depiction of its proposed Ka`u biofuel farm and refinery.|
|The feed hopper at a TekGar plant in North|
Carolina. Photo from `Aina Koa Pono
AKP plans to use large microwave reactors to vaporize biomass into gasses that can be turned into biofuel.
Proponents of the project talk about the job-making potential of the project, the economic development potential of more people with more jobs here generating business for small enterprises like restaurants and stores, and the effort to help Hawai`i wean itself from fossil fuel.
Those questioning the details of the project talk about its long-term viability, the microwave process being untested on a scale as large as planned for Ka`u, the balance of land needed for ranching and food crops versus energy, raising electric bills to pay for it, and whether tying up Hawaiian Electric with a long-term contract for biofuel would deter the utility from buying more energy made from wind, solar, geothermal and other alternatives.
|Ka`u archer Royden Okinishi with a feral goat.|
VOLCANO ART CENTER’S FALL ART MARKET continues today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Fine arts created locally are available for sale from the artists. There are also demonstrations and hands-on activities.
A PLANT AND SEED EXCHANGE takes place today from noon to 3 p.m. at Na`ohulelua Historical Church and garden on Kamaoa Road.