Kona Carbon LLC (aka Big Island Carbon LLC) plans to lease lands from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, State of Hawaii to construct coal production facilities in the Department's Kaei Hana II Industrial Subdivision in Kawaihae on the Big Island.
The proposed processing facility would require approximately one acre, with the shell stockpile requiring up to an additional five acres. Kona Carbon will process approximately 10,000 tons of macadamia nut shells annually and employ 20 to 30 workers. Its source of shells will come from the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Processing Plant. The shells will be put through a series of processing steps to convert them into activated carbon for sale and shipment to chemical and pharmaceutical processors. The proposed facility would also generate a biofuel product that would be used to fuel the processing equipment.
Kona Carbon's Draft Environmental Assessment is available for public review and comment at the Office of Environmental Quality Control.