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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.

Mar 22

Posted on in Events

It's a wrap. Congratulations to the winners of the 21-Day Film Project, Rising Son Productions! Their arresting film, "Once was Paradise," received first prize at Showdown in Chinatown on Saturday night. Thanks to all the teams that submitted films and all the people who made it to Nextdoor to be part of the event. It was packed!

Also big mahalos... To the judges: Blue Planet founder Henk Rogers, cinematographer Mike Prickett of Prickett Films, and producer Caleb Lucero of Co Creative Studios. To Showdown in Chinatown masterminds Cyrina Hadad and Richard Hadad-Ralya. To KC, Greg, and the awesome staff at Nextdoor. To Laura Poirer, who brought Sunetric's Watt Wheels to run the projector on solar power. To Gabe and Anthony, who shot Blue Planet's Tesla film with 48 hours' notice! To Showdown co-founder and emcee Torry Tukuafu and the Hawaii Five-O crew for taking the time and thought to produce their gorgeous film contribution, "Nohona." To the musicians and DJs who rocked the house. And to all our media supporters who helped get the word out. MAHALO!

NOW ONLINE! View the films here. Also, enjoy Blue Planet's own 21-Days contribution, "Never Out of Gas"...

Mar 14

Congratulations to Mina Morita, the new chair of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. The Hawaii Senate confirmed her appointment this afternoon with a 24-1 vote. (Sam Slom, the lone Senate Republican, cast the only dissenting vote.) Sophie Cocke of Pacific Business News reported the confirmation here. With a long track record of enacting bold energy and environmental policies at the state legislature, clean energy advocates hope that Morita's leadership at the PUC will put pressure on the utility to achieve the renewable energy goals set by the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and hold it accountable for its kuleana to that end.


PHOTO: Newly appointed PUC Chairwoman Hermina Morita at the State Capitol with Blue Planet Executive Director Jeff Mikulina

Mar 14
Mar 09

Filmmakers have until Mar. 18 to turn in their short film submissions for the Showdown in Chinatown / Blue Planet Foundation 21-Day Film Project. In case you missed it, here are the criteria:

The topic: Powerless or Empowered: What if... Hawaii ran out of gas?

Line of dialogue: "Throw me the rope"

Props: Roller skates and a blender. 

What's with the 21 Days? More than 90% of Hawaii's energy comes from imported oil. Twenty-one days is a rough estimate as to how much fuel we'd have left if the supertankers stopped coming. What would happen? Is it really 21 days? For those who are somewhere in the creative process, here is some background information that may help inform your work.

Clearing the Path for Clean Energy