Working to prevent placement of industrial wind turbines and an undersea electrical cable on Molokai.
Yes to safe, well planned energy alternatives
I Aloha Molokai ®
2130 Maunaloa Highway Suite D Kualapuu,HI 96757
WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE!
For the past couple of years, information about I Aloha Molokai could be found on our blog: ialohamolokai.com. In an effort to expand our information services, we have created this website as a compliment to our blog.
The Paddlers Dinner scheduled for January 21st has been CANCELED
Just What Is The MCEI?
After five productive meetings the time has come to bring the general public up to date on the Molokai Clean Energy Initiative, or MCEI.
These monthly meetings are held at Kulana O 'Iwi here on Molokai. They are sponsored by I Aloha Molokai and chaired by IAM President Kanohowailuku Helm. Our goal is to provide both a venue and a forum for communities, organizations and other stakeholders to meet together, share ideas, and envision a cleaner, more affordable energy future for everybody.
IAM is a nonprofit, volunteer community organization, originally formed to oppose the Big Wind turbines slated for Molokai's West End. Two years ago we were approached by Molokai Ranch, our largest landowner. The Ranch wanted to discuss other issues of concern to the community. We promised we would talk, as soon as the wind turbines went away. This past Spring the Ranch canceled its lease agreement with Pattern Energy. At our first MCEI meeting we were able to keep our promise to the Ranch, and the Ranch is still participating in our discussions.
Another incentive for the MCEI came from our Legislature. Last session our own Representative Mele Carroll drafted a resolution to allow Molokai to opt out of Big Wind and the cable. Two House Committees amended and expanded our draft into a call for bottom-up planning statewide. This became House Concurrent Resolution 189, which passed unanimously. The MCEI is our effort to honor this Resolution and to set an example of bottom-up planning for the rest of the state.
We are confident this effort will continue. We invite everyone to join us, or to set up similar initiatives of their own on other islands. So far, our participants have included: Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Molokai Ranch, Maui County Energy Office, Maui Public Works, Department of Hawaiian Homes, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii State Energy Office, Office of the Consumer Advocate, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Maui Electric Company, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kohala Center, Ti Leaf Group, Sustainable Molokai, Habitat for Humanity, Island Petroleum, and many others.