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Patagonia & Kina‘ole Invest $27 Million In Solar For Hawai‘i

Investment will make clean, affordable solar power available to more Hawai‘i residents, who currently pay 3X average U.S. price for power from coal and oil

VENTURA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Patagonia today announced a $13 million tax equity investment in solar power for Hawai‘i – joining with local solar finance company Kina‘ole Capital Partners, LLC to create a new fund that will purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar energy systems in Hawai‘i, where homeowners currently pay three times the U.S. average price for electricity.

The fund, totaling $27 million, will utilize state and federal tax credits to direct Patagonia’s tax dollars for purchases of solar energy systems. Kina‘ole will make the fund available to all qualified solar installation companies in Hawai‘i.

Girl Scouts of Hawaii gets NOAA grant for “Wonders of Water”

Girl Scouts of Hawaii gets NOAA grant for “Wonders of Water”

Girl Scouts of Hawaii (GSH) has received a $92,500 grant from NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant for its Wonders of Water STEAM leadership program. Beginning in early November, this program will help girls understand how water, the world’s most precious resource, and the environment impact each other.

The goals of Wonders of Water (WOW)  is for young girls to draw on this knowledge and experience and lead others to adopt responsible stewardship practices resulting in healthier watersheds and a more abundant supply of clean water in Hawai‘i.

“We are very excited to receive funding support from such a prestigious organization as NOAA,” said Reyna Kaneko, interim chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Hawaii. “This  pilot program, at He‘eia Elementary School, in partnership with the Department of Education’s Castle Complex, is a first step to providing a Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls statewide.”

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Launches New Public Charity: The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Launches New Public Charity: The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

HLH LLC, a sustainable reforestation company, has turned over its permanent reforestation division to Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. HLRI will continue HLH LLC’s work of establishing, maintaining and protecting endemic Hawaiian forest ecosystems.

HLRI will continue to work with more than 340 charities, 70 Legacy Partners and tens of thousands of individual tree sponsors who have helped make this project so successful. HLH and HLRI have planted more than 250,000 endemic koa, sandalwood and other rare and endangered Hawaiian species in the world’s first Hawaiian Legacy Forest.  

Hokulani and Lunalilo Elementary Schools Awarded Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

Hokulani and Lunalilo Elementary Schools Awarded Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS), a Maui-based solar PV design and installation company, has awarded two education grants totaling $2,718 for solar energy-related projects at Hokulani Elementary School and King William C. Lunalilo Elementary School, both Kaimuki Complex schools.

 

Hokulani Elementary School received the entire amount requested, $1,402.15, to explore the application of PV systems and their use in powering LEGO® robotic projects at the school. Teachers Marcus Pottenger, Naomi Oshiro and Laurie Yoshinaga submitted the grant with Hokulani’s principal, Holly Kiyonaga.

 

King William C. Lunalilo Elementary School received $1,316.60 to participate statewide, with the Hokulea and Hikianalia, in the first science project on hydroponics. Lunalilo has focused on sustainability for the past three years and was adopted by the Hokulea as it travels on its three-year worldwide voyage. Principal Amy Kantrowitz submitted the proposal.

Hawaiian Legacy Tours Named ‘2014 Ecotour Operator of the Year’

Hawaiian Legacy Tours Named ‘2014 Ecotour Operator of the Year’

Hawaiian Legacy Tours (HLT), has been named the “2014 Ecotour Operator of the Year” by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA).

The award, presented at HEA’s annual meeting on Sept. 17, 2014, honors Hawaiian Legacy Tours, a first-of-its-kind eco-tour that allows guests to help in the creation of the only Legacy Forest in the world. The award is among three presented each year by HEA for excellence in ecotourism, including Ecotour Guide of the Year and Travel Writer of the Year, recognizing Hawaii ecotourism operators who demonstrate, through their business, a commitment to environmental stewardship, cultural sensitivity, community enhancement, and educational content.

2nd Annual North Shore Food Summit to Focus on Restoring Ancestral Abundance

2nd Annual North Shore Food Summit to Focus on Restoring Ancestral Abundance

The second annual North Shore Food Summit will be held Thursday, September 11th and Friday September 12th, 2014 at Waimea Valley and Turtle Bay Resort. 

Participants and speakers, from a cross-section of the food system industry, will build upon last year’s success by focusing on the goal of restoring ancestral abundance. The increased understanding of sustainable ancient food systems and an ever increasing desire for a more food secure future will help this community movement grow even stronger.

Who:              2nd Annual North Shore Food Summit

When:            Day 1: Thursday, September 11, 2014 (Field trip day and dinner), Waimea Valley

HAWAII CHEF ACTION NETWORK TO EMPOWER CHEFS FOR SAFER FOOD SYSTEM

HAWAII CHEF ACTION NETWORK TO EMPOWER CHEFS FOR SAFER FOOD SYSTEM

Chef Ed Kenny, Hawaii Center for Food Safety & Chef Action Network Collaborate to Build New Chef Network

Michel Nischan, internationally renowned chef and leader in the sustainable food movement, is joining local celebrity chef, Ed Kenney, to launch the Hawaii Chef Action Network (HI-CAN) at the North Shore Food Summit on September 11 and 12.

 

A collaboration among Kenney, Hawaii Center for Food Safety (HCFS) and the Chef Action Network, HI-CAN will inform, equip and empower chefs to build a healthier, cleaner and safer local food system in Hawaii.