HONOLULU – Three of Hawaiʻi’s mayors will share their perspectives at a special gathering next week Tuesday, January 30th, on how to best make our island state more resilient in the face of an unforeseen destructive event. Hawaiʻi Energy and Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi are proud to host A Resilient and Renewable Hawai‘i: How Hawai‘i’s Mayors are Innovating to Create the Counties of the Future.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa will be joined by Hawai‘i County Director of the Department of Research and Development, Diane Ley, in the hour-long discussion on what their counties are doing to drive innovation in the fields of energy efficiency, clean energy, infrastructure and resiliency.

In light of Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico last September, the mayors will discuss the growing effects of climate change on our state and the steps needed to minimize their impact on our islands, such as protecting our people, our homes and businesses, and our economy.

Admiral Thomas Fargo (U.S. Navy, Retired) will serve as the panel’s moderator as they address critical questions such as:

  • How can Hawaiʻi be more resilient?
  • What is your vision for your respective county and our state?
  • How do innovation and entrepreneurship play a critical role?
  • As mayors, what are you doing to drive resiliency and innovation?

Time will be made available for media to interview panelists at the event’s conclusion.

What: Mayors’ Forum on A Resilient and Renewable Hawai‘i

When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 8am-10am

YWCA Laniakea, 1040 Richards Street

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Diane Ley, representing Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim.

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