Democratic Party hosts public events on energy options

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

The idea of bringing a Big Wind project and a Big Cable project to Molokai and Lanai has raised concerns across Hawaii:

What will be the impact on property values? Archeological and religious sites? Traditional lifestyles? Rare and endangered species? Subsistence hunting and fishing? Visual values and other ocean and land resources?

And this doesn’t even begin to consider the efficiency of the project. Energy experts have consulted with the local group I Aloha Moloka’i and estimated that Big Wind would provide only 4 percent of Oahu’s electricity. This would make it the most expensive and inefficient project in Hawaii history.

Concerns about placing multiple windmills across west Molokai and Lanai will be the topic at a July 25 forum.


The Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii will be looking at these issues and others during a free four-evening event called “Securing Our Future: A Conversation on Energy Option in Hawaii.”

Open to the public, these events will take place at the Democratic State Headquarters at the Ward Warehouse in Honolulu on July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1. All events are from 6-8 p.m.

The July 25 event will look specifically at the wind energy proposal. Called “Big Cable & Big Wind: The Plan, the Questions, the Concerns,” the event will be led by several energy experts. Attending will be Gerald Sumida, chair of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, Estrella Seese and Maria Tome of the State Energy Office and Robin Kaye from Friends of Lanai. Additional guest speakers are expected and are pending.

The July 11 event focuses on energy independence and a plan for the future. On July 18 Hawaiian Electric Company will take center stage as the forum looks at the relationship between HECO and the Hawaii solar industry. On Aug. 1, biofuels, geothermal and other energy alternatives will be under consideration.

Visit the Hawaii Democratic Party website for location details, online streaming, and speaker updates at
www.EnvironmentalCaucusoftheDemocraticPartyofHawaii.com.

To learn more about wind development on Molokai and Lanai, there will be a repeat performance tonight of Thursday’s PBS Insights show on this topic. The roundtable discussion, with host Dan Boylan, will include viewer questions. Guests will be Robin Kaye, of FOL, Kanoho Helm of IAM and Walter Ritte, local resident and well-known activist. The show begins at 10 p.m. tonight. (CORRECTION: Program start time 9:30 p.m. Friday … Thanks Robin!)

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  1. Thanks for spreading the word. One note: Tonight’s re-broadcast of the Dan Boylan show, with Kanoho and Walter, airs at 9:30 PM, not 10:00.

    Mahalo,

    Robin Kaye

    • molokainews says:

      Thanks for the update, Robin. I put your correction on the story prior to Friday evening. I saw you on the Dan Boylan program and you sounded good — confident and knowledgeable. The woman on the program from the Lanai Planning Commission (forgot her name) did not do a very good job of defending the wind project. She seemed nice but couldn’t even explain how a wind energy project would reduce our dependence on oil. It would have been nice to see one of the defenders from DBEDT on the show to offer an informed counterpoint.

  2. mkklolo says:

    Sounds like a lot of people who don’t live here talking about what is good for them, which of course, must be good for us. Right!

  3. Steve Morgan says:

    The PBS discussion was pretty embarrassing to watch. Although some of the facts presented by Robin were spurious and easily arguable, in contrast to everyone else he was brilliant. Also bothersome was the fact that the interviewer, Dan Boylan would allow the conversations to be misdirected without getting real answers to his questions.

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