Integrity, Intention and Transparency

Our Strategy & Approach

‘Ūkiu Energy understands the importance of community engagement and outreach. We listen first, and then we will act —with integrity, intention, and transparency.

It’s our commitment to the community to engage thoroughly, listen with intent, provide information transparently, mitigate concerns, and be a good, quiet neighbor.

We listen.

We will meet with stakeholders personally, one-on-one and in group settings, to understand what information they need from us, what concerns them, and what we can do to support them.

We pay attention.

We want to know the community’s character and priorities—from traffic to cost of living—and we will do everything we can to support them. We will look closely at the Project from the community’s perspective, and we will take the lead to mitigate any potential concerns early.

We share.

We will hold town hall meetings to update stakeholders on the project’s progress and answer questions that arise.

Stakeholders & Engagement

Project stakeholders are our priority.

Our outreach will include local communities, county and state officials, and focus on those areas closest to the Project. This engagement and outreach will include:

  • State officials and departments, including the Office of the Governor, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, and the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office
  • Elected officials including members of the State Legislature representing the region, as well as those on key committees and in leadership positions
  • Maui Island County officials and departments, including the Office of the Mayor, and elected officials
  • Neighborhood and Community Associations
  • Non-profits servicing the region
  • Local businesses
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Native Hawaiian organizations and individuals
  • Schools
  • Community Alliances focused on specific issues
  • Individuals within the community

We keep the community informed.

Our engagement and outreach work focuses on sharing proposed project details—location, size, technologies, acreage, the needs being fulfilled, project benefits, project permitting, cultural resources and environmental information. Our goal is to engage the community in understanding the project and its value, and then listen to their thoughts and concerns so that we can factor that into its development and operations. Outreach methods include but are not limited to the following:

  • One-on-one personal meetings;
  • Participation in existing gatherings;
  • Proactive project-specific meetings with the community;
  • Media outreach, including meeting announcements and other information;
  • Website;
  • Email;
  • Ongoing updates to community stakeholders and leadership; and
  • Creation and distribution of collateral materials explaining the Project and updating stakeholders on its progress (e.g., brochure, PowerPoint presentations, and poster boards).

Community members are offered multiple ways to communicate with ‘Ūkiu Energy about the Project and have those comments memorialized for the record, including the following:

  • One-on-one personal meetings;
  • Email;
  • Online submissions via the website; and
  • Formal 30-day comment periods prior to and during the Public Utilities Commission process.

Project Benefits

The proposed project aligns with numerous critical goals and mandates in Hawaiʻi, including:

  • The state’s energy goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2045
  • The state’s carbon-neutral goal by 2045

Benefits to the wider island community also include:

  • Stable cost of energy for the benefit of utility customers;
  • Construction and other project-related prevailing wage jobs;
  • Long-term local operations prevailing wage employment;
  • Transportation jobs;
  • Sourcing of supplies and materials from in-state providers; and
  • Economic boost to local businesses.

This community outreach framework is designed to first create dialogue – informing us at least as much as informing the community. It is our intent to empower the community so that we can collaborate and innovate together. We recognize a community’s fabric depends on participatory planning, innovating, budgeting, and execution. We are here for the long-term.

In this spirit, ‘Ūkiu Energy will engage in a process to acquire feedback from stakeholders and find impactful ways to contribute resources, primarily through annual funding of at least $120,000 annually ($3,000/MW) to provide direct benefits to the community including, but not limited to entities such as:

  • Community organizations;
  • Charities;
  • Social service community organizations; and
  • Non-profits focused on environment, natural hazard mitigation, quality-of-life enhancement, STEM education, youth recreation, apprentice programs, and mentorships.

These funds will be administered through a local non-profit grant administrator throughout the 30-year term of the power purchase agreement.

Join Us

We invite you to join our upcoming community meetings.

ʻŪkiu Energy Open House Community Meeting

05/07/24 | 4:00-7:00 P.M.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Haynes Meeting Room
1 Cameron Way, Kahului 96732

Meeting Posters

Other Resources

Read more about the Project, its benefits and role in Hawaiʻi’s clean energy initiatives.

Project Summary
Project Summary and
Community Outreach Plan

Community Benefits Plan