Less than 10 months ago, it was announced in The Molokai News that Keiki-Pua Dancil was named vice president of Hawaii operations for Bio-logical Capital, the company pursuing a wind turbine project on Molokai in partnership with Pattern Energy.
Now it appears that Dancil is no longer with Bio-logical Capital, according to a report in the Pacific Business News.
PBN was told by the company that Dancil resigned from the position on her own terms. While with Bio-logical Capital Dancil oversaw all of the company’s activities and investments in Hawaii.
In 2011, Bio-logical Capital and Pattern Energy formed Molokai Renewables, LLC. Despite the overwhelming local opposition to this project, Molokai Renewables still intends to bid on a proposed 200-megawatt wind project known as “Big Wind.”
At the time, Dancil issued a statement saying, in part, “We remain committed to working with them (the community) to seek to create a sustainable project that restores and conserves the land, preserves the rich culture and way of life, and protects the ocean and local food supply that Molokai depends on, and provides other substantial benefits to the Molokai community.”
In August it was reported that Guy H. Kaulukukui, the recent deputy director of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, would head the company’s land investments in Hawaii. Esther Kia’aina, former candidate for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, was appointed DLNR Deputy Director yesterday by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Dancil was still with the company a month later when it announced it would be acquiring the 4,500-acre Hana Ranch in East Maui for an undisclosed price.
Before joining Bio-logical Capital, Dancil was president and CEO of the Hawaii Science and Technology Institute and the Hawaii Science and Technology Council, with which she was involved in developing strategic partnerships between state and federal agencies, private and public schools, and the business community on issues including workforce development and economic revitalization in science and technology.
Dancil was born and raised on Maui and spent many summers in Halawa Valley on Molokai. She received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and her master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.