Blue Planet Asserts Zilkha Black Pellets Are Green Energy

Henry Curtis

Henry Curtis

By Henry Curtis

Zilkha Biomass wants to sell wood pellets to Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) for use as a fuel to generate electricity.

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Chair Hermina Morita said “she isn’t sure about the technical requirements and the costs associated with converting existing generators to burn the pellets.” Morita believes that the main issue is cost. “Will this resource be cost competitive?”

“This is exciting to us because much of the conversation to date has been about how renewables are great, but we need LNG to lower prices long term. To some it is almost fait accompli that LNG is our logical future fuel,” said Blue Planet Foundation Executive Director Jeff Mikulina. “Zilkha’s — and similar company’s — offerings can change the conversation. Here’s something (Black Pellets) that not only is renewable and helps HECO comply with RPS (renewable portfolio standards), the EPA regs, and the state (greenhouse emissions) law, but it could be cheaper and available sooner than LNG.”

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MLC Workshop: Lā’au Lapa’au – 1/25/14, 9am-noon

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Date: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Subject: MLC January Workshop: Lā’au Lapa’au

Aloha MLC Friends,

Please join Mālama Learning Center for our January Without Walls Workshop:

Lā’au Lapa’au
When: Saturday January 25th, 2014
Time: 9am-Noon
Location: ‘Ilima at Leihano
891 Kama’aha Ave.
Kapolei, HI 96707
Cost: $15 per person or $40 for families of up to 3 people

Start off the New Year by learning how to mālama your physical being as well as your spiritual being in our Lā‘au Lapa‘au workshop. Practitioner Cody Keale will share his mana‘o about this traditional Hawaiian healing practice, which makes use of plants and minerals to treat common ailments and injury. This workshop will focus on the cultural significance of lā‘au lapa‘au, its role in promoting a healthy lifestyle, and the basics for creating remedies at home. Come and discover the natural healing powers found in nature!

Registration is required for this workshop and we encourage families to attend together. To register, please go to If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or call (808) 220-4166.

Chelsey Jay
Mālama Learning Center
Education Coordinator
(808) 220-4166 (mobile)

2014 Legislative Session Calendar

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This color-coded 2014 Session Calendar was prepared by the Public Access Room (PAR) to help you navigate the upcoming session deadlines. Deadlines for bills appear in purple, resolution deadlines are blue and budget deadlines are green. Explanations for each of the deadlines appear on the second page.

As you’ll see, the Hawaii State Legislature will convene for the Opening Day of the 2014 Legislative Session on Wednesday, January 15th, and is scheduled to end on Thursday, May 1st.

Waianae High School’s ‘Project Citizen’

Panelists Desiree DeSoto, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, and Geanine Kahalewai (all seated) questioned and critiqued WHS students who gave “Project Citizen” presentations about various social issues on 12/19/13.

Panelists Desiree DeSoto, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, and Geanine Kahalewai (all seated) questioned and critiqued WHS students who gave “Project Citizen” presentations about various social issues on 12/19/13. Click image to enlarge.

Message from WHS teacher Danyel Panui to panelists:

This comes to invite you to participate with my student’s showcase called, “Project Citizen.” This program promotes competent and responsible participation in local, state and federal government. It also helps our young people learn how to monitor and influence public policy in a real way.

Small groups of students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local, state or federal authorities to adopt their proposed policy. Students develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a public hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members or policymakers. This is where you come in.

The showcase is scheduled for December 18th, and December 19 at the Waianae High School’s library. This project will give you, as a public official, a unique perspective into the concerns of our young people here at Waianae High school or in the community. You are invited to be part of the panel of “Senators for the Day”, as we create a simulated legislative hearing. It promises to be an wonderful time hearing from and talking with students about issues they think is important.

[Note from Sen. Shimabukuro: Special mahalo to Hanalei Aipoalani for inviting officials to the event, and to Calvin Endo for cooking a delicious lunch for the participants!]

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