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UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

“Lani loved field work and jumped at every opportunity to traverse Hawai‘i’s
vegetation and landscapes.” —Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly of Honolulu is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences. 

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

 Five more DOE schools now powered by the sun

Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS) recently completed the installation of photovoltaic systems at five Honolulu schools: Gus Webling Elementary, Washington Middle School, Palolo Elementary, King William Lunalilo Elementary and Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary. Each of these Department of Education schools is estimated to save $600,000 to $700,000 over the 20-year life of the system.

 

“As more and more schools rely on solar energy for power, the energy conservation and cost savings will continue to have a large impact on DOE and State budgets,” said Bob Johnston, president and CEO of HPS. “We have now 16 Oahu schools with PV systems, and 15 Kauai schools are in the process of installation and should be complete this summer.”

 

Waterhouse Solar Partners with Special Olympics to Shine Light on the Benefits of Solar Energy

Waterhouse Solar Partners with Special Olympics to Shine Light on the Benefits of Solar Energy

Waterhouse Solar is partnering with Special Olympics Hawai‘i to bring to light the nonprofit’s important work helping local athletes with intellectual disabilities. The company has committed donating a matching fund of up to $100,000 to Special Olympics Hawai‘i in 2014.

Waterhouse Solar, a local, privately funded company, which installs residential and commercial photovoltaic systems in Hawai‘i, will donate $500 for every residential system or commercial system sold on O‘ahu through July 15, 2014. Additionally, Waterhouse Solar is also giving back to residents who will benefit from a $1,000 discount off the cost of their solar system during the promotion period.

The Pavel’s $10M Gift Invests in Premier UH Expertise in Ocean, Earth and Sky

The Pavel’s $10M Gift Invests in Premier UH Expertise in Ocean, Earth and Sky

When Victor and Margaret (Peggy) Pavel designated the University of Hawai‘i Foundation as the primary beneficiary of their estate, they wanted to keep their identity private and preferred no personal publicity for what would turn out to be the largest estate gift to UH in UH history. Fortunately, they gave us permission to posthumously acknowledge them, and let Hawai‘i know who provided the transformative $10 million estate gift that will support UH programs and students statewide.  In addition to who, the Pavel’s more importantly wanted to share with Hawai‘i “why.”  The Pavel’s believed deeply in the value of science education and nature preservation. They felt that UH, with its internationally recognized expertise in these areas, was an excellent investment.

RevoluSun helps Honolulu’s parking structures go green

RevoluSun helps Honolulu’s parking structures go green

RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading provider of residential and commercial solar energy systems, announced today the completed installation of a 155 kW PV system atop a new Liliha Square Shopping Center carport. The covered parking solar array on the corner of Vineyard and Liliha signifies a growing trend amongst Honolulu commercial property owners to use their parking structures and lots as a means to lower their electricity bills.

“There were initially very few of these types of systems in Honolulu, but now business owners are seeing the top space of their parking structures and uncovered parking lots as a savvy way to lower utility overhead,” says RevoluSun Principal Eric Carlson. “RevoluSun’s partnership with American Piping & Boiler, a locally owned mechanical contractor in Hawaii since 1965, helps our expert technicians to design custom systems that will best utilize the space each unique parking structure and parking lot have to offer.”

Local community groups can make their voices heard through Awareness Powered by Volta

Local community groups can make their voices heard through Awareness Powered by Volta

HONOLULUwww.VoltaCharging.com – Volta Industries (Volta) today announced the return of its corporate giving program, Awareness Powered by Volta, a community service outreach program specifically designed to help non-profit and community groups with building awareness by providing them free advertising space worth thousands of dollars on Volta’s electric vehicle (EV) charging station kiosks.

“We had a great response to the contest last year, and were able to provide both HUGS and Blue Planet with free ad space,” said Arden Penton, Director of Media and Operations.  “In fact, we ended up extending their free space from three months to eight months, for a total value of $25,000 in free ads. We want to help more community-based groups again this year, so we decided to run the contest again.”