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Hawaiian Perspectives on Geothermal Talk Story Sessions Continue

WHAT:

Following their recent response to the HELCO RFI on Hawai‘i island, IDG executives will take part in two community forums and information sessions on geothermal development in late September.

Hawaiian Perspectives on Geothermal

IDG’s innovative model for geothermal development has been a hot topic of discussion over the last few weeks. From a briefing for Hawaii legislators at the capitol and an energy forum for the Democratic Environmental Caucus to high-profile meetings with the PUC, DLNR and DHHL, word is traveling fast that Hawai‘i could benefit from IDG’s community-based approach to geothermal development.

The Hawai‘i Island community events later this month 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.

WHO:

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), 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 Innovations Development Group, Inc., Kealoha Estate, Indigenous Consultants LLC, Bob Lindsey, OHA Trustee—Hawaii Island.

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.

Hilo Community Meeting on Hawaiian Perspectives in Support of Geothermal Development

Geothermal Meeting

Media Release:

WHAT:  The second in a series of community forum and information sessions on geothermal development in Hawaii . 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, the issue of “peak oil” and its impacts to the global and local community; and the findings of the geothermal Working Group for Hawaii Island.

 WHO: Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG), a Hawaii-based corporation with geothermal projects on Maori Trust lands in New Zealand , will moderate the forum. Six native Hawaiian leaders will give presentations (information below).

WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Hawaii Hilo Campus Center , 200 W. Kawili Street.  Hilo , Hawaii , 96720 – Phone: (808) 965-2704

WHY: Geothermal energy in Hawaii has been controversial in the past. Come find out how this sustainable, domestic energy force can help fuel the Hawaiian Islands in the future and discuss community-based development of geothermal resources.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY : If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with one of our participants, please call Ryan Matsumoto at 808.536.0434 or email Ryan at info@idghawaii.com

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The Hawaiian Perspectives on Geothermal Energy Discussion Was Today

The Pahoa Community Center was filled today with some of the more well known names in the Hawaiian Community this morning as a discussion on “Hawaiian Perspectives on Geothermal Energy” took place.

The who's who of Puna packed into the Pahoa Community Center this morning.

The Pule (Opening Prayer) was given by former 5th District Councilwoman Emily Naeole.

Kale Gumapac and Emily Naeole

The Sponsors of the event were:

  • Kealoha Estate – Kuulei Cooper
  • OHA Trustee – Bob Lindsey
  • Innovations Development Group – Robbie Cabral
  • Indigenous Consultant – Mililani B. Trask
  • Aha Kanaka Moku o Keawe – Kale Gumapac

Patricia Brandt introduces the sponsors of the event

Patricia Brandt opened the panel by asking the following: “…But our question is – What has happened in the twenty years since then… what has benefited this community…?

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Considerations:

Geothermal resources belong to the native Hawaiian and the public.  Under State law, these resources are “minerals” and are an assets of the ceded land trust.  Private development of our trust resources has already pushed the cost up 487.5% (it cost 8 cents per kilowatt hour for geothermal electricity but HELCO/PGV costs incresase charges to 39 cents for the consumer)  How can our energy resources be developed in a community-based way that is culturally appropriate, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable and clean?

Senator Hanohano and Mililani Trask touch basis before the discussion begin

Among the speakers and panelist were:

  • Mililani B. Trask who’s message was stressed with “Lets not repeat past mistakes”.
  • Kumu Hula Cy Bridges – “How do we balance traditional practice with modern trust obligations and community energy needs”
  • Kuulei Cooper – “Why geothermal development can  should support community projects like the Puna Community Park, an effort that has been ongoing for 28 years.
  • OHA Trustee Bob Lindsey – Benefits (reventues) that come to Hawaiians & OHA from geothermal Royalties, protections for Wao Kele o Puna Forest.
  • Kale Gumapac – “Why Hawaiians should be informed in and involved in development of their trust asstes, the need for Hawaiian development options, what are “community benefits?”

Mililani B. Trask opened up the discussion with a bit of an introduction about who the folks involved in the project are:

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I wish I could have stayed for the entire meeting but I had prior commitments.

Geothermal Informational Community Sessions Begin Saturday in Pahoa

Media Release:

What: A community form and information session on geothermal development in Hawaii . 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.

Who: Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG), a Hawaii-based corporation with geothermal projects on Maori Trust lands in New Zealand , will moderate the forum. Six native Hawaiian leaders will give presentations.

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Pahoa Community Center , 15-2710 Kauhale Road , Pahoa , HI 96778

Phone: 808.965.2704

Why: Geothermal energy in Hawaii has been controversial in the past. Come find out how this sustainable, domestic energy force can help fuel the Hawaiian islands in the future and discuss community-based development of geothermal resources.

Interview Opportunity: If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with one of our participants, please call Ryan Matsumoto at 808.536.0434 or email Ryan at info@idghawaii.com

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.  But geothermal energy has a controversial past in Hawaii .  In the early 1990s a coalition of Native Hawaiians and environmentalists successfully closed down the Wao Kele O Puna geothermal development project, in part because the proposed site had historical and cultural significance for Hawaiians, and it was located in Hawaii ’s largest remaining lowland wet forest, home to native plants and wild life.

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 Resources.

The Geothermal Informational Community Sessions begin Saturday April 9th in Pahoa. This session is for the Puna community and will feature six presenters, all Native Hawaiian sharing their personal perspectives 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.

Innovations Development Group (IDG), a Hawaii-based corporation with geothermal projects on Maori Trust lands in New Zealand is one of the participants.  IDG CEO Patricia Brandt says it is imperative that the Hawaiian and local community have a say in future geothermal development.  “Geothermal is a public resource.  The current business model of an outside company coming in, tapping our resources and then making us pay for the product we give them access to exploit is not the future we envision.  The people of the land need to be real partners in any geothermal development, and we have the expertise to make that happen.”

Hawaiians have long had a vision for geothermal.  Back in 1881 King David Kalakaua journeyed to New York to discuss a solution with Thomas Edison for pumping geothermal energy through interisland underground powerlines from the Big Island of Hawaii to Oahu to power Honolulu and Iolani Palace amongst other sites.

The community informational sessions are a critical step in planning for sustainable domestic energy in which the community has a role and a voice.  “The bottom line,” says Mililani Trask, “is that our community needs to be proactive and diligent in how we build out sustainable domestic resources like energy and food, and reclaim self-sufficiency for ourselves and our keiki.”

“As Hawaiians who are the owners of the resource,” adds Kuulei Kealoha, Trustee of the Kealoha Estate, “we need to be involved in geothermal development to ensure its development benefits the whole community.”

Community Informational Sessions:Saturday April 9, 2011, 10am-2pm Pahoa Community Center, 15-2710 Kauhale Road, Pahoa, HI 96778; 808.965.2704.

More to be added soon…

The Geothermal Informational Session panel will be moderated by IDG CEO Patricia Brandt.  Panelists include Mililani Trask, Esq. (International Human Rights Advocate), Ku’uleiohuokalani Kealoha Cooper (Kealoha Estate), Cy Bridges (Hawaiian Cultural Advisor), Bob Lindsey (OHA Trustee), and Kale Gumapac (CEO, Laulima Title Search & Guarantee).

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