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On the Issues:
Agriculture/Environment

We all must take responsibility to preserve and protect our ʻāina. The natural beauty of our lands and waters are part of our culture. It is what drives our main economic supporter: tourism. It has the potential to sustain us if we are smart about becoming self-sufficient producers of our food supply.

Aloha+ Challenge: Statewide initiative "to achieve six interconnected sustainability goals by 2030 in Clean Energy, Local Food Production, Natural Resource Management, Solid Waste Reduction, Smart Sustainable Communities and Green Workforce & Education"
  • Kīlauea Agriculture Community Park:
    • Secured a 75-acre parcel in Kīlauea for regional food hub
      • $500,000 funding from state
      • Under the stewardship of ʻAina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea (AHK), 501c3 not-for-profit organization
      • Provides 250-plot community garden
      • Land for active agricultural production by local residents
      • Includes compost and recycling facility, new farmer training and renewable energy park
      • New location of Sunshine Market (farmers market)
    • Preserve rural ag land and culture for Kīlauea community
    • Goal is to secure parcels in each moku
    • Aligns with goals set by the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan and a New Day in Hawaii
  • Pilot reintroduction of FFA (Future Farmers of America):
    • Obtained $36,000 in matching funds from Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
    • Currently in three public high schools
    • Included paid summer internships for 37 students working with eight active farm locations
  • Partnership with Kauaʻi County Farm Bureau for Kauaʻi Grown Program that promotes locally-grown agricultural products, farmers, ranchers, retailers and restaurants
  • In 2017, assisted East Kauaʻi Water Users Cooperative obtain $75,000 maintenance grant for system that manages supporting area farmers and ranchers
  • Energy Initiatives:
    • Reduced energy usage—Last three years county's electricity usage less than each previous year
    • Organic waste management—Designing new landfill with plan to manage organic waste (i.e. energy production, soil amendment, animal feed and other options)
    • Methane gas—Installed methane gas collection system at current landfill to capture and use methane generated by decomposing trash for future use as fuel for bus fleet
    • Compost bin—County leading way with compost recycling program in-house for employees to divert waste from landfills
    • Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC):
      • Kauaʻi's member-owned utility cooperative generating 42% of its power on clean energy
      • On track to achieve 70% renewables by 2030!
      • On most sunny days, generating 97% of its power during daylight hours from renewables (77% from solar, the rest from Biomass and Hydro)
      • Over 3,000 state and county streetlights were converted to energy-saving LED lights (first county in state to retrofit all streetlights)
      • Tesla Solar+Battery Project in operation since March 2017—battery storage allows KIUC to “green” its operation during peak evening hours when there’s no sunlight

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PO Box 3510
Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766
manager@bernardcarvalho.com
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