|Runners make their way through the race course of 2011 Volcano Rain Forest Runs. This year's event is this Saturday.|
Photo from Volcano Art Center
“Perhaps you have seen the Honolulu Star Advertiser editorial which expresses some of these concerns very well. Please allow me to quote, as they are more articulate than I.
“I certainly agree. The scientific articles that I have seen regarding biofuel point out many flaws in the justifications initially used to promote them. From a practical standpoint, it makes no sense on this island to use ‘sterile grasses’ or truck invasive species to the plant (thereby risking spreading them in new areas on the route) when we have much better energy options. In addition, even considering any surcharge for this fiasco in the state with the highest energy charges in the nation would be ludicrous.
“I implore you to once again reject the new application for this expensive, unwanted and unnecessary venture.”
Anyone can write in to the PUC regarding its role in determining whether to approve the 20-year contract between HELCO and `Aina Koa Pono that would allow the utility to raise the electric rates to buy the biofuel. `Aina Koa Pono says it will make jobs, including the 400 for construction workers who would build the refinery over three years and 200 permanent mill and field jobs.
HA`AO SPRINGS & MOUNTAIN HOUSE Ag Water Co-op meets today at 2:30 p.m. at Wai`ohinu Park. Anyone interested in restoration of ag water to the area is invited.
Opening ceremonies are at 6:30 a.m. at Cooper Center on Wright Road. Half Marathon starts at 7 a.m., 10K at 7:30 a.m., 5K at 7:45 a.m. and Keiki Runs at 10 a.m. All events are open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Registration fees range from $35 to $75. Contact Sharron Faff at 967-8240 or rainforestruns.com.
OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S monthly BBQ takes place Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. Call 937-7033.
KA`U HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI AND FRIENDS’ annual potluck reunion happens Sunday at 11 a.m. at Pahala Community Center. Everyone is invited.
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