Hawaiian Perspectives on Geothermal Panel Meeting Planned for Maui

Media Release:

WHAT:  The third in a series of community forums and information sessions on geothermal development in Hawaii .

From the Pahoa Geothermal Community Meeting held on April 9th, 2011

The crowd at the Pahoa Geothermal Community Meeting held on April 9th, 2011

The event will feature presentations from Native Hawaiians on community-based models for geothermal development, cultural issues and the protection of cultural resources, OHA’s role in Wao Kele O Puna forest management, the revenue OHA receives from Geothermal development, and native Hawaiian/public ownership of geothermal ‘minerals’ as assets of the ceded land trust. Also to be discussed is the issue of “peak oil” and its impacts to the global and local community.

Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG)

Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG) talks to the Pahoa community

WHO: Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG), a Native Hawaiian company with geothermal projects on Maori Trust lands in New Zealand , will moderate the forum. IDG has a proprietary native model for geothermal development that is firmly rooted in the community. They believe that the community must have a strong voice and stake in the development of public assets. Six native Hawaiian leaders will give presentations (information below). All community members are cordially invited to attend this information session to help ensure that we make the right decisions regarding our energy future.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hannibal Tavares (Pukalani) Community Center

91Pukalani St. Pukalani, Maui , HI 96768

Hawaiian experts say that sustainable, domestic energy can fuel the Hawaiian Islands of the future, and replace more costly, dirty and dangerous alternatives like fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

Senator Hanohano and Mililani Trask talk story outside the Pahoa Community Center

Senator Hanohano and Mililani Trask talk story outside the Pahoa Community Center

Now a group of Hawaiian organizations, corporations and noted individuals, including former opponents of the Wao Kele O Puna project like international human rights attorney Mililani Trask, have coordinated a public forum to discuss Community-Based Development of Geothermal Resource

The Community Geothermal Informational Sessions Series began Saturday April 9th in Pahoa. The session was well attended with community members and business leaders coming to learn about geothermal opportunities for Hawai‘i and to share their views. The next community meeting took place in Hilo on May 28th and was deemed informational and productive by those who attended. The series now moves to Maui on July 20th, for a community meeting featuring additional presentations from distinguished guests.

Moderated by IDG CEO Patricia Brandt, the forum’s panelists will include Mililani Trask, Esq. (Indigenous Consultants LLC), Ku’uleiohuokalani Kealoha Cooper (Kealoha Estate), Cy Bridges (IDG Cultural Advisor), Robert Lindsey (Trustee, OHA Hawaii Island), Hulu Lindsey (Lindsey Realty and Kahulu Productions), Richard Ha (Co-Chair, Geothermal Working Group & Hamakua Springs), and Wally Ishibashi (Co-Chair, Geothermal Working Group, Member of Hawaii Labor Alliance).

The Hawaiian Geothermal Community Informational Sessions are sponsored by Kealoha Estate, Indigenous Consultants LLC, Innovations Development Group, Inc., Bob Lindsey, OHA Trustee—Hawaii Island, Kanaka Council Moku O Keawe, Laulima Title Search and Claims.

2 Responses

  1. Aloha Damon,

    Congratulations on a great blog. Does the Community Geothermal Informational Sessions Series have a website or do you know of another link where more extensive coverage of the different sessions is provided?


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