Hawaii State Energy Office Hosts Statewide Community Workshops to Empower Community Voices

Posted on May 6, 2022 in News

Hawaii State Energy Office
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2022

HONOLULU—To help the state reach its energy goals, The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is hosting a series of statewide community workshops in May to share information and gather input to empower community participation in the clean energy transition.

“The Hawaii State Energy Office is committed to ensuring community voices are communicated to policy makers and project developers to help guide decision-making,” said Kirsten Baumgart Turner HSEO Deputy Chief Energy Officer. “Hawaii is making tremendous progress reaching the state’s clean energy goals, and it is important for all residents to participate to more effectively, efficiently, and equitably achieve a resilient, decarbonized economy.”

The Energize Kakou workshops are intended to provide community members with a better understanding of Hawaii’s energy ecosystems; provide industry stakeholders with a better understanding of community concerns, interests, and aspirations; and report this collective manao in a manner that provides insight and guidance to communities, stakeholders, and policymakers.

A total of six workshops on three islands are planned:

Lahaina Community Workshop
Monday, May 9, 2022, 6 – 8pm
Lahaina Civic Center

Kihei Community Workshop
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 6 – 8pm
Kihei Community Center

Ewa Oahu Community Workshop
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 6 – 8pm
Makakilo Community Park

Kahuku Community Workshop
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6 – 8pm
Hauula Community Association

Pahoa Community Workshop
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 6 – 8pm
Pahoa Community Center

Waianae Community Workshop
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 6 – 8pm
Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center, Maili

To RSVP, or to get more information, visit energy.hawaii.gov/community-workshops.

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About the Hawaii State Energy Office
The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is an attached agency of the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The HSEO’s mission is to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient, clean energy, decarbonized economy. Toward this end, the HSEO is developing policies and programs to achieve our energy and climate change goals while identifying strategies that create jobs, lower costs, and improve quality of life in Hawaii. For more information, visit energy.hawaii.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Claudia Rapkoch
Public Affairs Officer
Hawaii State Energy Office
(808) 460-5998