September 16th, 2016
On Wednesday, September 16, 2016, Blue Planet Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending the use of fossil fuels, honored Governor David Ige for his exceptional leadership on clean energy at the organization’s first annual fundraising gala, the Blue Tie Bash. The Governor was presented with the 2016 Honua Award at the September 14th event, which raised over $100,000 for Blue Planet Foundation’s charitable mission.
Crystal Rose, Blue Planet Foundation Board member and partner at the Bays Lung Rose & Holma law firm, presented the Governor with the award. “Governor Ige made history last year by signing into law the nation’s first 100% renewable energy mandate,” said Rose. “This bold policy wouldn’t have been possible without bold leadership. Blue Planet is pleased to recognize Governor Ige’s commitment to Hawaii’s 100% clean energy future.”
Blue Planet Board member Crystal Rose presents Governor Ige with 2016 Honua Award
Crystal Rose presented the award on behalf of Blue Planet Foundation’s passionate and distinguished Board of Directors. Rose is joined on the Board by founder Henk Rogers, Darren Kimura, Robert Lloyd, Dr. Virginia Hinshaw, former Governor George Ariyoshi, Christine Camp, Dr. Peter Crouch, Kyle Datta, John Dean, Bert Kobayashi, Ernie Nishizaki, and Wally Tsuha.
Blue Planet staff and Board members with Governor Ige at the Blue Tie Bash
More than 200 business and community leaders were in attendance at the Blue Tie Bash as the Governor received the award. Guy Hagi and Kim Gennaula served as emcees for the event, which was held at the Hawaii Convention Center and featured a wine tasting cocktail hour, a three-course dinner prepared with locally sourced ingredients, silent and live auctions, and a surprise music performance by local legend Willie K. Electric vehicles from Nissan, BMW, Tesla, Ford, and Toyota were also on display to showcase the critical role of clean transportation on Hawaii’s path to 100%.
Blue Planet’s Honua Award began in 2008 and recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions toward accelerating Hawaii’s transition to 100% clean energy. Governor Ige—who was greeted by a standing ovation at the event—was selected as the 2016 recipient because of his forward-looking stance on key energy issues and his demonstrated commitment to moving Hawaii away from imported fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas, and toward local, secure, and clean sources of energy.
“I am honored to receive Blue Planet Foundation’s 2016 Honua Award,” stated Governor David Ige. “I believe, however, that this recognition is for all of us, as we move together toward achieving our 100% renewable energy future.”
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