After Dark in the Park Video Archives - Nov 22 2011
November 22, 2011 - "Hawaiʻi's Energy: Past, Present and Future"
Most people aren't aware that it was a small boarding school in the Puʻueo area that first had electric lights in Hilo. That was where Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) started, and at that time our island was generating 100% of its electricity from a renewable resource, the Wailuku River! Fast forward to 2011 and HELCO is one of the nation's leading utilities in the integration of renewable energy with 31% of the electricity coming from a renewable source. Join Kenyan Beals, Hawaii Electric Light Company's Educational Services Coordinator for a look at how HELCO got its start, where we are today and plans for a greener more sustainable future.
link to pdf poster (519KB)
Did You Know?
During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).