We are working on this for 0.8.0. See:

This feature is not yet available for HBase but it should be by the time we make the release. 

Also check the following file:

I think this code snippet is relevant for you:

function start_hbase_daemon() {
  if which dpkg &> /dev/null; then
AS_HADOOP="su -s /bin/bash - hadoop -c"
  elif which rpm &> /dev/null; then
AS_HADOOP="/sbin/runuser -s /bin/bash - hadoop -c"
  $AS_HADOOP "$HBASE_HOME/bin/hbase-daemon.sh start $1"

-- Andrei Savu / andreisavu.ro

On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 4:21 AM, Akash Ashok <thehellmaker@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi All,
Is there any way i can restart hbase cluster using whirr ? Meaning to say I dnt wanna destroy and re-create the cluster but just to start and stop so that I dnt lose my data on that those instances..

If I login to those instances and try to stop and start it says pid file is not found and hbase is not running. So I presume whirr starts and stop with specific config which are places at different locations ?

Akash A;