|KAHU Radio reached out to Volcano, where it hopes to expand its reach, during the Fourth of July Parade yesterday.|
Photo by Julia Neal
The press release from `Aina Koa Pono says that the 13,000 acre Ka`u Energy Farm “will use the latest technology to transform bio-feedstocks including unwanted invasive plant species into usable energy products including biofuel, electricity and gasoline. The plant is being designed to produce 16 million gallons of synthetic biodiesel to meet the needs of the Hawaiian Electric Company.”
The technology put forth today involves large microwave processors to vaporize the feedstock before refining it into synthetic fuel for aviation, cars, trucks, buses and Hawaiian Electric’s power plant near Kona Airport.
|Kilauea Military Camp employees celebrate the Fourth of July by|
parading through Volcano. Photo by David Howard Donald
AECOM is a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, but operates three offices in Hawai`i — two in Honolulu and one in Hilo. “With these local ties and its international and multidiscipline experience, AECOM’s partnership will be essential in helping Hawai`i reach its clean energy goal of meeting 70 percent of its electricity and ground transportation needs from clean, renewable energy sources by 2030,” the `Aina Koa Pono press release stated.
`Aina Koa Pono is a Hawai`i-based company co-founded by local business developers Dr. Melvin H. Chiogioji and Kenton Eldridge. The company is “dedicated to the development and implementation of renewable energy solutions using innovative and proven technologies,” the press release states.
The company estimates the Ka`u Energy Farm will create a minimum of 300 construction jobs over the first two years and ultimately more than 100 permanent operation and farming jobs. Construction of the Ka`u Energy Farm is scheduled to begin early next year, with initial fuel delivery by mid-2013 and the processing facility in full commercial operation by the third quarter of 2013, the press release stated.
|Rebecca Kailiawa represents Ka`u in Volcano's Fourth of July|
Parade as Miss Ka`u Peaberry. Photo by David Howard Donald
PACIFIC ENERGY is making a presentation tomorrow to the County Council Environmental Committee. The company wants to sort trash at the Hilo landfill, recycle what’s recyclable and perhaps truck the trash to an energy producing facility in Kona, when it builds one.
|Hawai`i Wildlife Fund tells the crowd about cleaning up the Ka`u Coast|
yesterday in Volcano. Photo by Julia Neal
HAWAI`I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK’S 31st Annual Cultural Festival takes place this Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kahuku Unit, located between mile markers 70 and 71 on Hwy 11. The free event celebrates Hawaiian culture with music and demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts. Call 985-6011 or visit nps.gov/havo for more information.
|Kathleen Kam with her Ka`u Coffee Mill mural sponsor, Ed Olson. Photo by Julia Neal|