Public invited to learn more at virtual community meetings, Dec. 2 and 3

Hawaiian Electric’s proposal to launch shared solar or Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) programs and projects on Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi featuring solar photovoltaic (PV) paired with battery energy storage systems (BESS) will be the topic at separate community meetings.

In consideration of the pandemic safety precautions, both meetings will be held virtually, Dec. 2 and 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m., on

Callers can dial 1-844-992-4726 (Toll-Free) and enter the appropriate meeting number below:

Wednesday, Dec. 2, Molokaʻi program WebEx meeting number: 146 449 2132 Password: 2qqQjCYmr52

Thursday, Dec. 3, Lānaʻi program, WebEx meeting number: 146 539 5042 Password: EvvdtFJG548

The live format will include a presentation by company officials followed by audience questions. The public also can tune in via Facebook Live ( and Akakū Maui Community Media Channel 54.

Questions may be sent in advance to or for the respective projects.

Shared solar allows utility customers who cannot or do not want to put solar panels on the rooftop of their home or business to benefit from renewable energy savings through a subscription to a generation facility on their island in exchange for credit offsets on their electricity bill. Eligible participants include homeowners or businesses not currently enrolled in any other Hawaiian Electric solar program such as Net Energy Metering.

On Molokaʻi, Hawaiian Electric’s proposed self-build project – that is, a project developed, constructed and owned by the utility – will be sized up to 2.5 megawatts (MW) of solar PV paired with a 4-hour BESS. The project would be located on approximately seven acres at Hawaiian Electric’s Palaʻau Power Plant in Kaunakakai.

Hawaiian Electric’s proposed self-build project for Lānaʻi will be sized up to 17.5 MW on approximately 73 acres near Hawaiian Electric’s Miki Basin Power Plant. The project will supply enough energy annually to meet the electricity needs of the entire island. Up to 3 MW of the facility’s capacity will be available to subscribers.

“Community feedback is essential to helping us create programs that provide the most benefits to our customers,” said Jack Shriver, Hawaiian Electric’s self-build team lead. “We believe shared solar has the potential to stimulate the local economy, reduce fossil fuel use, and help us accelerate achievement of Hawaiʻi’s clean energy goals.

Holding these meetings will provide us with keener insight into community concerns and issues, as well as the type of subscription models, fees and savings that will be attractive to our customers if our projects are selected.”

If selected through the RFP process, the Lānaʻi project will still need approval from the Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Shared solar projects under 2.5 MW on all islands except Oʻahu will not need PUC review.

For more information about shared solar, visit

Mayor Michael Victorino released the following statement today on a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Hāna.

“The County of Maui has been notified that a test result has returned positive for a resident of Hāna. The person is asymptomatic and in self-isolation and has no recent travel history.

The Department of Health is investigating and conducting contact tracing.

“The person was among approximately 100 people who were tested for COVID-19 in Hāna on Wednesday as part of the County’s free testing programs for residents and visitors. The County provided this free testing event as a means to protect our Hāna community and

preemptively address positive cases that may have gone undetected otherwise.

“I want to reassure our residents of Hāna that the County of Maui is working closely with State Department of Health officials who are calling close contacts this individual might have had. We are hopeful that this has been caught early and can be contained quickly.

“I urge Hāna residents to stay home as much as possible and practice aloha by taking all measures to limit the spread of the virus in our community. These include wearing face masks, practicing physical distancing and avoiding gatherings.”

State Sen. J. Kalani English is working with State Rep. Lynn DeCoite to host a community meeting at 6:30 tonight via Zoom.

Click on the following link to register:

The Hawai‘i State Senate in their second special session of 2020 has confirmed the judicial appointments of First Circuit Court Judge Todd Eddins to the Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court and Stephanie R.S. Char to the District Family Court of the Fifth Circuit.

Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi

Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Associate Justice Richard Pollack retired in June after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70, leaving a vacancy on the State's highest court.

The Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Karl Rhoads (Dist. 13) stated, “After careful consideration by members of the Judiciary Committee and the entire State Senate, I’m confident that both Justice Eddins and Judge Char will serve our communities well in their new roles on the State Supreme Court and the District Family Court of the Fifth Circuit."

Justice Todd Eddins and his 'ohana

Justice Eddins served as a judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit since 2017, where he primarily presided over criminal cases. Prior to that appointment, he was in private practice handling criminal, civil, and appellate cases for thirteen years. Previous to that, he was a Deputy Public Defender in the State Office of the Public Defender from 1992 to 2004. At the beginning of his legal career, he was a law clerk for then-Associate Justice Yoshimi Hayashi of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. Justice Eddins is a graduate of Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.

Judge Stephanie R.S. Char and her 'ohana

Judge Char has spent her legal career as a public defender in the State Office of the Public Defender, primarily on Kaua‘i, since 2003; most recently she served as a Supervising Deputy Public Defender. She is active in the Kauaʻi and legal communities, having been a member of the Kauaʻi Criminal Defense Bar, the Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity Advisory Board for Mediation Program, and the Hawai‘i State Board of Continuing Legal Education. Judge Char graduated from Kapa‘a High School and received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Denver and her law degree from the University of San Diego Law School.

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