CNHA Partners with Hawaii Energy to Bring $250 Rebates to Hilo


January 12, 2011

Honolulu, HI – Hawaii Energy, Conservation and Efficiency Program, in partnership with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), is offering $250 rebates to beneficiaries of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in Hilo, Hawaii. In an effort to help the Native Hawaiian community purchase energy efficient washing-machines, Hawaii Energy is offering up to $70,500 in rebates to residents of the Panaewa, Keaukaha and Makuu homesteads, who purchase an ENERGY STAR washer before January 31, 2011.

According to Hawaii Energy, ENERGY STAR washing machines use up to 35 percent less water, and 50 percent less energy than non-qualified models. With families averaging 400 loads of laundry every year, energy efficient appliances provide a way for them to save energy and money by reducing their electricity usage.

CNHA, which currently helps homestead families finance the installation of solar water heating systems for their homes through the Homestead Energy Program, is thrilled to be a partner in Hawaii Energy’s Residential Incentives Program.

“Participation in the Hawaii Energy program ensures that thousands of homestead households will have access to the information and resources that contribute to a more energy efficient state,” said Lilia Kapuniai, CNHA Vice President and Community Services Manager.

Funding for the ENERGY STAR Residential Incentives program is being provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA. The washers must be purchased from a participating Sears, or Home Depot location, in Hilo, and the program deadline has been extended from December 31, 2010 to January 31, 2011.

About Hawaii Energy
Hawaii Energy, Conservation and Efficiency Program is a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by R. W. BECK (an SAIC Company) under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu

About CNHA
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is a national, member-base 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to capacity building and providing support services to agencies and organizations focused primarily on Native communities in Hawaii and the Pacific. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians. They are a strong voice on public policy, operate a community loan fund, deliver capacity building and leadership development services, and promote community-owned enterprises.


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