How Important Are Your Hawaii Trade Winds?09/11/2012
For a lot of people in Hawaii, trade winds serve as air conditioning, an important job considering the high cost of electricity in the state.
But a potential development in Aiea has some residents concerned about whether their homes will have trade winds anymore.
Robertson Properties Group is hoping to turn the former Kamehameha Drive-In property into a sweeping urban village with up to 1,500 new homes, including several tall buildings.
Because of the project's large scale, the company commissioned an environmental impact report to allay Aiea residents' concerns.
The study analyzes one aspect you might not expect — the impact of the development on the wind environment. According to the developer, the trade wind study is unique and goes one step further than a typical EIS.