Molokai Energy Festival
IAM News Release
The second annual Energy Festival, hosted by I Aloha Molokai (IAM) will be held next weekend and focuses on sensible, renewable energy solutions. On Jan. 11 and 12, 2013, at Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai, Molokai over 1000 people are expected to participate in panels and workshops, listen to local music, and eat ono food at the event.
The opening ceremony on Friday, Jan. 11 will be a cultural welcome to Native American guests from the mainland and feature guest speaker Colette Machado, chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Saturday workshops will educate about construction of a low-cost solar water heater, do-it-yourself energy audits, reducing electricity use in the home, and photovoltaic (PV) options for homes and businesses.
Throughout Saturday, exhibitors will share information about green building, low cost energy saving devices, and financing programs to help Molokai families install PV without a huge financial investment. Other topics include dry boxes, growing food, reducing transportation costs, and much more.
The panels will consist of government representatives, community experts, and energy experts will discuss diverse topics about renewable energy as it relates to Molokai. Guests will include Native Americans from Ocotillo, California, who will provide an overview of their five-year opposition to Big Wind. Other panel discussions will feature Energy Statewide Planning Process, Sensible Energy Solutions for Molokai, and Indigenous People’s Perspective about Energy Independence.
IAM is a grass roots, all-volunteer organization formed to oppose the industrial wind turbines and undersea cable proposed for Molokai. We do support renewable energy projects, but we insist that they protect the environment, respect Native Hawaiian culture, provide reliable energy at affordable cost, and are supported by the community. Our work involves not just advocacy, but public education through films, forums, and community outreach here on Molokai, around the state and throughout the world.
This educational event is being staged with support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
IAM’s Energy Festival Now on You Tube: youtube.com/watch?v=nGFdzhDns7M&feature=youtu.be