June 23, 2010 – Hawaii Island
Video by David Corrigan, voice of Tim Bryan
Governor Linda Lingle made a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii on Tuesday to tour the leaders in innovation and technology on all sides of the county.
Fresh off a two week trip to China and Japan, taken to boost economic relations between the state and the two countries, and where many opportunities seem to exist in renewable energy ventures, the governor set out to see the progress being made in Hawaii’s own backyard.
Her first stop was the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority in Kona, where some of the most profound sustainability projects in the Pacific are underway.
Lingle toured the Cellana LLC facility, a joint project between Royal Dutch Shell and HR Biopetroleum, where algae are cultivated for use as biofuel. The visits was one of the first public looks at the plant since it opened last year.
Over at the Kona Blue ocean fish farm, co-founder Neil Sims took the opportunity to show Lingle the process of growing Kona Kampachi, as well as bend her ear a bit about the challenges aquafarming faces in Hawaii.
One of the final NELHA stops was a visit to Koyo USA Corp., which desalinates and bottles deep sea “Mahalo” water for a thirsty market.
From there it was off to the summit of Mauna Kea, where the astronomy community studying the skies above the Big Island rolled out the red carpet for an all access tour of the two giant telescopes.
After a brief stop at the Hale Pohaku support center for a meeting with Thirty Meter Telescope and Mauna Kea Management officials amongst the lunching scientists, the governor took a look inside the Gemini Observatory and the Keck Observatory, to see first hand the state of the art technology being deployed on the mountain.
Before leaving the island, Lingle had planned to make a stop in Pepeekeo, to vist the Hamakua Springs Country Farm of Richard Ha.