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Apr 27

I am pleased to report that this afternoon Rep. Denny Coffman scheduled HB 1520 to be heard tomorrow, April 28, at 3:20 pm in room 225 at the Capitol. We commend him for his willingness to not give up on a measure that he recognizes is a critical policy for accelerating Hawaii's transition to clean energy. Households across the state will look forward to having clean power at home and enjoying the energy and cost savings afforded by on-bill financing, especially as the price of oil continues to pinch our wallets. He had a choice, and his action demonstrates his level of commitment to energy security and sustainability for Hawaii.

The journey of this bill, from life to death to resurrection, has been down a long and bumpy road. It would not have happened without the support of all of Blue Planet's friends and friends of friends who want to end Hawaii's dependence on foreign oil. Thank you all so much for speaking up, for taking action at a critical time, and for telling our legislators how much this bill will benefit Hawaii residents.

More to come tomorrow. Keeping our (cramped) fingers crossed!

Apr 27


The 19th century social reformer Henry Ward Beecher believed: "The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't." According to media reports, Rep. Denny Coffman, expressing his reservations about the bill, told reporters that he plans to kill HB 1520. The disheartening news does not change the reality that there is still time for him to change his mind, as unlikely as that may sound. But it does leave us in the fourth quarter, third down at the 50 with no time-outs remaining. What to do?

Sometimes I wish life was like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure. (Does that give away my age?) If HB 1520 is passed, turn to page 218. If HB 1520 dies in committee, turn to page 66. In this case, perseverance may get us to page 218. Obstinacy sends us to page 66. Denny Coffman has the book in his hand... I'm holding out hope that, as the leader who says he is committed to Hawaii's clean energy future and presides over energy and environmental policy, he'll exercise a strong will and not settle for an easy won't.

Please continue to call Rep. Coffman's office at (808) 586-9605 or email him at [email protected] and urge him not to give up on HB 1520. After all, it's not over until the menehune disappear...  Ready for a Hail Mary?



Apr 26

This is what Rep. Denny Coffman told Civil Beat reporter Michael Levine this afternoon. It was really disheartening—and downright astonishing—to hear. A rally led by 200 students who voiced their desire for a clean energy future was held in support of HB 1520. This measure for on-bill financing has numerous valuable benefits. And these benefits have been expressed by scores of Hawaii residents to Representative Coffman...

Apr 25

Hi gang, The past few weeks have been super-hectic. Lots of Earth Day events (pictures coming soon), launching our Hui Up project on Molokai (ditto), and organizing our youth-driven clean energy rally in support of HB 1520. Now, the fate of that bill rests in the hands of the conference committee chairman, Rep. Denny Coffman. If he doesn't schedule the bill for a vote by Wednesday, April 27, the public loses in a big way. There's no reason this bill doesn't deserve the chance to be considered. We don't work that hard to make it possible for Hawaii to have a clean energy future only to have a key opportunity squashed by one person's decision. Please call Rep. Coffman at 808-586-9605. There's a small window of time to do something about it. We don't ask that often (do we?). Please act now!

Apr 19

Sent to us from our friend Kim Svetin on Moloka‘i. Ready to end our oil addiction yet?

Apr 13

Blue Planet Earth Day Events 2011

Friday / April 15   Hawaii Community College Earth Day Fair

9:00am - 4:00pm

Hilo Campus, Upper Campus Library Lanai

It’s the biggest event Haw CC puts on each year. The EARTH FAIR is our largest outreach to the people of the Big Island where we host them for a day of fun, frolic and education.

This year there will be 50 + exhibits and more giveaways. Hawaii Community College's 23 rd ANNIVERSARY Earth Fair will feature environmental presentations, but the presenters are still to be finalized. This year the event goes from 9AM to 4:00 PM. The morning from 9 to 12 is for the school field trips. The public should come at noon. There will be: 50 BOOTHS AND EXHIBITS. Plus: ENTERTAINMENT and ACTIVTIES ALL DAY including Hula, Trash Fashion, ethnic dancers, Music, drumming, FACE PAINTING, CRAFTS and more. ENVIRONMENTAL VIDEOS will be available for the kids and for the general public. The event is FREE and there will be many surprises and giveaways for school participants and the general public with bags full of gifts, plants, goodies, and tons of informational brochures. Forest Team and other native plant growers will donate over 1,000 FREE NATIVE TREE SEEDLINGS and plants. There will be FREE LEMONADE, FREE POPCORN, FREE FRUIT, COOKIES and many other giveaways available for fair attendees.

Apr 12

2011 "We Have the Power" Clean Energy Rally

Blue Planet Foundation is orchestrating a massive push to pass a policy that will literally bring power to the people. House Bill 1520 SD2 is a measure to adopt on-bill financing, which serves to eliminate the restrictive upfront cost of efficiency upgrades such as solar power and energy-saving appliances. Residents will be able to pay off the purchases directly on their electric bill by applying the energy savings over time. On-bill financing makes clean energy accessible to everyone—not just big companies that can finance big renewable projects. On Tuesday, Apr. 19, 250+ students and concerned citizens from across the state will gather at the State Capitol to ensure that everyone has a voice in Hawai‘i's clean energy future.

Apr 07

Posted on in Blue Planet Updates

It's an honor and privilege to share this film. "Nohona" was presented during the 21-Day Film Project screening at Nextdoor, a collaborative event between Blue Planet Foundation and the good people at Showdown in Chinatown. This generous and thoughtful contribution made us feel like, wow, people actually get it. And *that* is a very reassuring thought.

NOHONA: A beautiful, disarming film produced by Torry Tukuafu and HI5-O cast and crew, who were inspired by Blue Planet Foundation's mission to end Hawai‘i's dependence on imported fossil fuels. Big mahalos to Torry and the Five-O crew for your passion, hope, energy, and support. Watching this makes you wonder why we need oil at all.



Apr 04

Thanks to everyone who attended the opening night performance of "Where Do Things Go?" at Tenney Theatre on April 1. The cast and crew of Honolulu Theatre For Youth delivered an energetic show that taught sustainability through song and story. No April Fool's!

There are still tickets left for the public performances. Click here for more info.

Mar 30

President Obama delivered a speech about America's energy security at Georgetown University today. As someone who spends most of every day trying to grasp the numerous whys and complex hows of clean energy, I appreciated that his remarks underscored all the potential that exists in our pursuit of energy independence. Highlights of the address are listed below. It's nice to hear how these initiatives will work, rather than excuses why they won't. It's also reassuring to know that progress is being made in all different sectors, and that these pieces can fit together to solve the big-picture energy puzzle. There's a reason we do what we do at Blue Planet, and the President so graciously reminded us once again why it's so important.

Clearing the Path for Clean Energy