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Candidates Abercrombie & Aiona – Djou & Hanabusa Will Appear on PBS Hawaii October 14th

Media Release:

In an unprecedented edition of Insights on PBS Hawaii , host Dan Boylan will be joined by the leading candidates for Governor and U.S. Congress for two back-to-back conversations.  Candidates Abercrombie and Aiona will be first to join Boylan for a conversation beginning at 7PM on Thursday, October 14.   Without interruption for commercials or station breaks, for the next 45 minutes these candidates will answer Boylan’s questions as well as questions submitted by the public via phone, email and a live Insights blog forum.

Immediately following Abercrombie and Aiona, the leading candidates for Hawaii ’s 1st Congressional district, Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa, will sit down with Boylan for their turn answering questions in the same live conversation format.

“The format is civil discourse.  Disarmingly simple–and yet the exchanges are sometimes profound,” said Leslie Wilcox , PBS Hawaii President and CEO.

“We should expect our leaders of differing perspectives to disagree in a civilized manner, and to truly listen instead of just waiting to speak. We ask that candidates show the sense of respect and fairness that governs normal conversation.”

To accommodate the earlier 7PM start time of this special 90-minute edition of Insights , PBS NewsHour will move to 6PM on this night only.  Insights’ encore broadcasts will be scheduled on Friday night, October 15th at 9:30PM and Sunday afternoon, October 17th at 3PM.  The entire program will be available online at www.pbshawaii.org on Friday morning following Thursday’s live broadcast.

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona on the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum

Media Release (TRANSCRIPT):

Aloha mai kakou.  Aloha.

I believe that Hawai`i is on the path to a clean energy future, and I am committed to a long-term vision of making Hawai`i the greenest place on Earth – the greenest environment, the greenest energy, and the greenest economy – in a way that keeps down our cost of living, increases our quality of life and, of course, includes all of our citizens.

To achieve our clean energy future, we need to change the way we think about energy.

And for me, that means our ultimate goal is for us to become a low-carbon state, where we are once-and-for-all free from our dependence on the volatile foreign fossil fuel market; where our electricity and transportation fuel are homegrown, renewable and secure; where our economy is based on knowledge and innovation; and our people are given the opportunity to control their energy future.

My vision is to transform Hawai`i from the most oil dependent state in the nation into a worldwide leader in clean energy security and sustainability.

Seventy-five percent of our electricity comes from 12 million barrels of oil a year.

For every million barrels of oil that we save, we keep a quarter of a billion dollars of capital investment in our local economy that creates hundreds of jobs.

That makes economic and environmental sense, and the good news is that we are already underway.

I can state for a fact – an undisputed fact – that after more than 30 years of talking about energy security, this Administration took action to make real progress toward an energy-secure and self-sufficient future.

We have led by example and taken a collaborative, bipartisan approach to fundamentally change the way we use energy.

The Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative, also known as HCEI, was a groundbreaking and innovative partnership we formed in 2008 with the U.S. Department of Energy to generate 70 percent or more of our energy through energy efficiency and such clean, renewable resources as wind, solar, ocean, bioenergy and geothermal.

Several important milestones in a number of key areas have been reached that form the foundation upon which HCEI’s ambitious goals will be achieved.

We have put into place the policy and regulatory framework to facilitate the development and growth of Hawai`i’s clean energy.

Over the last five years, the Administration and State Legislature have worked collaboratively to pass 19 landmark clean energy bills into law, including a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, both of which are among the most progressive in the nation.

More than 30 dockets are active before the Public Utilities Commission related to clean energy development, and that includes establishment of feed-in tariffs and decoupling for the Hawaiian Electric Companies.

As a result of this framework, the private sector has responded with proposing more than 100 renewable energy projects involving billions of dollars of private investment.

This includes the historic Energy Agreement we signed with HECO in 2008, committing the utility to integrating more than 1,100 megawatts of utility-scale renewables by 2030, along with approximately 660 megawatts of customer-sited photovoltaics and other customer-sited generation and efficiency measures into its power grid.

We have put significant opportunities in place for Hawai`i’s residents and businesses to take control of their energy costs.

One promising initiative is the innovative Property Assessed Clean Energy program, also known as PACE, which would defray the upfront costs for homeowners and businesses to install renewable energy and energy efficient systems on their property.

These upfront costs have been a major barrier to expanding energy efficiency statewide.

PACE would also increase competition, lower electricity bills for consumers and create green jobs for our local economy.

And I want you to know that although it was a little sidetracked, our energy division is currently working with the Obama Administration to structure PACE and other financial programs in a way that works for both consumers and lending institutions.

If given the privilege of serving as your next Governor, we will continue to push forward with the PACE program and other innovative financial mechanisms that will help to keep intact the Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative and aggressively pursue our clean energy future.

Hawai’i already leads the nation in solar water heating, and with the ramping-up of photovoltaic installations on public and private facilities, we now rank third in the nation in per-capita photovoltaic generation.

Hawai’i’s residents are also becoming more energy efficient, using 8 percent less energy per-capita in 2008 than they did in 2007, which marked the sharpest decline in recent years.

And it would be to our advantage if all of our residents were aware of the fact that as per-capita energy use drops steadily, we – as a state – would be spending less on energy per dollar of gross state product, thus leaving more to be invested locally by both residents and businesses.

HCEI is the impetus behind the Administration’s Lead by Example initiative, and as a result of this initiative, electricity consumption in the executive branch of state government decreased by nearly 6 percent from 2008 to 2009, saving an estimated $10 million a year in general funds.

The State Department of Accounting and General Services has also entered into energy savings performance contracts for 11 downtown state offices, which will reduce electric bills by 30 percent – a savings of approximately $3.2 million per year in operational expenses.

Through HCEI and future policy initiatives developed and promoted by our State Energy Office, I will continue to support cutting-edge clean energy technologies and processes that would promote and implement the innovative use and study of biomass resources, such as we’re currently doing with biofuels generation of algae, the analysis, planning and implementation of projects that would upgrade and modernize the transmission and distribution of electricity and lay the foundation of the development and adoption of smart grids

Our abundance of clean renewable sources of energy, such as geothermal, ocean and wind, is handicapped by their specific island locations.  As such a foundational component of achieving HCEI’s objectives is the planning, development and construction of the proposed undersea cable in the Moloka`i channel. The awarding of the EIS study is imminent and I am committed to completing this project.

HCEI and recent legislation has also spurred interest and investment in electric vehicles and their attendant infrastructure.

As such, we have seen the opening of the state’s first public electric vehicle charging station this past January; the mandate for designated parking stalls and charging stations in parking lots; a generous state rebate for the purchase of an electric vehicle; and, in light of HCEI, Nissan has chosen Hawai`i as its launching site for its first electric vehicle, while a Korean company has committed to building an electric vehicle assembly plant on the island of O`ahu.

As a result of HCEI, administrative policies and initiatives and regulatory framework, significant attention has been drawn to Hawai`i as a model that other states in our nation and other countries in our region can follow.

The nation and world are getting the message that Hawai`i is the place to do clean energy business.

I am committed to continuing Hawai`i on the path of specific and real progress toward energy security and self-sufficiency.

Through service as your Lieutenant Governor for the last seven plus years, I have been able to get a first-hand look at the innovation and ingenuity of our citizens across the state.

I’ve been listening to small businesses and clean energy advocates, and they say the most important thing we can do is to stay the course with the Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative.

Businesses map out their plans for years, and the last thing we need is to unnecessarily create uncertainty in the market.

I will do everything I can to bring about a clean energy future.

And together, we will drive alternative fuels into our economy, integrate agriculture and energy, move forward with Big Wind, expand access to solar, promote net-zero communities, put efficiency first, create green jobs, attract private investment, and keep intact our vision of making Hawai`i the greenest place on Earth.

Mahalo for your time.

Duke Aiona Releases Campaign Spending Report

Media Release:

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today announced that he has raised more than $267,000 in the last six months of 2009, including nearly 950 donations of $100 or less.

Aiona has raised more than $2 million during his gubernatorial campaign.

“During these tough economic times, I am honored to have the financial support of so many residents across our state,” said Lt. Governor Aiona. “We treat every donation as an investment in our future. I am running for Governor to fix our public school system because education is the foundation of the modern economy, and I will cut taxes and regulations on working families and small businesses to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation that will create jobs.”

Duke Aiona Announces Statewide Grassroots Leadership Team

County and regional chairs to lead Aiona’s local outreach efforts

Media Release:

Duke Aiona today announced five county chairs and co-chairs and 13 regional chairs for his growing campaign. The leadership team will provide grassroots support to mobilize and turn out voters for Duke Aiona in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

The grassroots leadership team comprises a broad cross-section of supporters representative of Hawai‘i’s diverse population. Aiona’s chairs will help to formulate and implement grassroots strategy and support his vision to improve education, strengthen the economy and create jobs.

“This election is going to be won on the grassroots level, and my team is on the ground in communities throughout the state,” said Lt. Governor Duke Aiona. “I’m honored to have their support to improve the quality of life for all of our residents in 2010 and beyond.”

“Duke is a principled leader who listens to the concerns of families and small businesses,” said O‘ahu County Chair Bob Zalopany. “He will bring accountability, integrity and a greater sense of community to our state as Governor.”

“Our family has known Duke a long time, and there is no one we would rather have as Governor in 2010,” said Maui County Chair Myles Kawakami. “He not only understands the issues facing Neighbor Island residents, but he and his wife Vivian also clearly understand what it takes to be parents raising their children here in Hawai‘i.”

“Duke’s grassroots support continues to grow on Hawai`i Island,” said Hawai`i County Chair Sonny Shimaoka. “He’s the right man at the right time to serve as our Governor in 2010.”

“Duke cares about issues facing Kaua`i,” said Kaua`i County Co-chair Don Kimi. “He listens to residents and follows up with them to address their concerns.”

More information about the Duke Aiona for Governor campaign can be found on DukeAiona.com. Residents can also contact one of several island-specific email addresses.

Among them: Hawaii@DukeAiona.com, Maui@DukeAiona.com, Molokai@DukeAiona.com, Lanai@DukeAiona.com, Kauai@DukeAiona.com, and Oahu@DukeAiona.com.

Duke’s grassroots leadership team is as follows:

Hawai‘i Island

  • County Chair – Sonny Shimaoka
  • Hilo – Phil Aganus
  • Kona – Ron and Daisy Mitchell


  • County Chair – Myles Kawakami
  • Moloka‘i – Charles and Noe Keliikipi
  • Lana‘i – Joelle Aoki
  • West Maui – John Brunold
  • Central Maui – Leinaala Drummond
  • South Maui – Kathy Mannoia
  • Upcountry – Jo Ann Kegely


  • County Co-Chair – Don Kimi
  • County Co-Chair – Matt Higa


  • County Chair – Bob Zalopany
  • Windward – John and Carol Harris, Keoki Leong
  • Waikiki, Diamond Head – Lester Fung
  • Downtown, Punchbowl – Wayne Rhoden
  • ‘ Aiea , Mililani – Matt Kaneshiro
  • Leeward, North Shore – James “Bird” Mahelona

*Update* Abercrombie Leading Aiona by 20% Points

In my non scientific poll with 66 83 different IP addresses voting, Neil Abercrombie is leading Duke Aiona 52 51% to 32 31% with 17 18 % choosing other.  The Poll is still open so if you haven’t voted… feel free to do so.



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2010 Governor: “Neil Abercrombie or Duke Aiona”… Unofficial Poll

Well it looks like it’s Neil Abercrombie and Duke Aiona in the early race for the 2010 Governor’s seat.

If the election was today, who would you vote for?

Poll has been moved here.