FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 17, 2011
Anahola, Kauai – The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and Blue Planet Foundation have teamed up to start new home owners off with energy efficient lighting. CNHA and families on the Hawaiian Home Land waitlist completed the construction of 12 new homes under the CNHA Homestead Self Help Program in April, and installed 600 CFL light bulbs donated by the Blue Planet Foundation. The organizations began a partnership in 2009 resulting in the exchange of thousands of CFL’s; delivering on a mutual mission of changing Hawaii’s energy culture.
“Blue Planet’s innovation, leadership and generosity are phenomenal assets to generations of Hawaii residents, now and in the future,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President & CEO. “CFL’s are a very basic function of changing energy habits for young and old, coupled with the solar water heating systems on these new homes, all of these families are off to a great start.”
CNHA operates the Hawaiian Energy Program dedicated to reducing energy costs in the Hawaiian community, and converting entire neighborhoods to solar water heating systems and CFL’s. In partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Blue Planet Foundation, CNHA has deployed more than $1 million dollars in capital to install solar water heating systems in every county in the state. In addition, CNHA operates the Homestead Self Help Program, constructing 30 homes a year in partnership with families to reduce the cost of labor and overall home costs. For more information on these programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808.596.8155.
CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians. For more information about CNHA visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org.
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