Hawaiian Perspectives on Geothermal Talk Story Sessions Continue


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.


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.

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