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Puana Ka Ike focuses on geothermal energy (Oct. 22)


Three panelists tackle the hot topic of geothermal energy during Puana Ka Ike (Imparting Knowledge) panel discussions this month in Hilo and Kona.

The presentations are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at the Keauhou Beach Resort Ballroom and for Eia Hawaii noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo UCB 127.

Michael Kaleikini of Puna Geothermal Venture, Richard Ha of Hamakua Springs Country Farms, and Wallace Ishibashi of ILWU and co-chairman for the Geothermal Working Group will present their perspectives of geothermal technology as a building block for energy sustainability.

Kaleikini is manager of the 30-megawatt Puna Geothermal Venture power plant that is contracted to provide roughly 20 percent of Hawaii Island’s electrical needs.

Ha is developing a hydroelectric project on his family farm and educating the community about peak oil.

Ishibashi, a business agent with the ILWU Local 142 Hawaii Divisions, is also chairperson for the Big Island Labor Alliance.

For more information on the panel discussion, contact Joy Cunefare at 808-534-8528 or e-mail

For lecture schedules and webcasts of previous lectures, visit and

The free lectures are open to the public.

Future lectures include:
* “Living Ahupuaa” by Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Ph.D., Kamehameha Schools
* “Mookuauhau (Genealogy),” Florence Taba
* “Development of Hawaiian Politics,” Kehaunani Cachola-Abad, Ph.D., Kamehameha Schools;
* “In Chambers: Judicial Imprints on Hawaii’s History,” Mike Matsukawa
* “Unveiling Concepts & Philosophy Behind Maoli Arts,” Rocky Kaiouliokahihikolo Ehu Jensen
* “Feeding Family,” Mac Poepoe, Hui Malama o Moomomi.

The Puana Ka Ike and Eia Hawaii lecture series are presented in partnership with Keauhou-Kahaluu Education Group, Kamehameha Schools; The Kohala Center; University of Hawaii at Hilo, Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center; and Keauhou Beach Resort.

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