Pakini Nui Wind Farm

Hawaiʻi the Big Island

Fourteen turbines operated by Tawhiri Power LLC harvest the South Point winds to power approximate 18,000 homes.

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1.22 MILES

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2. Boat Hoist

1.36 MILES

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6. Green Sand Beach

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