Honouliuli area, West O‘ahu, Property
Wai’anae Mountains, West O‘ahu, Partnership
Conservation easements, O‘ahu/Ka‘ū
- Honouliuli, O‘ahu: On the eastern slope of the Wai‘anae Mountains, the agreement ensures that 1,275 Honouliuli acres continue in perpetuity as working ranch and farm land, while safeguarding the property’s numerous cultural sites and healthy wildlife habitats.
- Honu‘apo, Ka‘ū: A 907-acre area will continue into the future with traditional land use of farming and ranching while protecting significant wildlife areas and cultural sites. The agricultural areas are currently leased.
- Ka‘ū: 225 acres of oceanfront land at Honu‘apo, purchased by the County.
- Ka‘ū: $50,000 (2006) to the Trust for Public Land to protect the historic fishponds at Honu‘apo.
- Ka‘ū: 550 acres at Kāwā Bay, purchased by the County and to be used as a public park.
- Ka‘ū/South Kona: $500,000 (2011) to The Nature Conservancy to protect forests.
- North Kohala: $25,000 to Maika‘i Kamakani ‘O Kohala to protect Kauhola Point in North Kohala.
Deep into the pristine, native forest reserve above Ka‘ū Coffee Mill’s lands, parts of a water supply system have lain dry for decades, unused, their origins tracing back to early sugar plantation days. In recent years, the crew of Ka‘ū Coffee Mill renovated several USGS ash bed tunnels in this area. Carved through solid rock and layers of volcanic ash, these tunnels meander underground for lengths of 2,000 feet and more. Descending from elevations as high as 3,500 feet and including a 13-million gallon black-sand and native-stone reservoir, Keaīwa, this system is now being restored to provide water to the farm lands and farmers of Ka‘ū, serve the Mill, and double as a hydroelectric resource. A 12-inch pipeline has replaced old leaking flumes, while materials have been recycled and reused whenever possible for history to connect with the future and agriculture to continue throughout. Once the system is fully operational, Ka‘ū Coffee Mill may be the first coffee mill in the Nation to be fully green-powered. Any extra energy to be generated through the hydroelectric plant will be sold to the island’s utility grid.
Wind – Palehua Ranch LLC.
Research and development of alternative energy resources are currently underway. These will serve as subsidiary revenue streams to finance the Trust’s overall O‘ahu conservation and preservation mission and include a 36MW 12-acre wind farm.
Solar – Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company
Kawaihae, Hawai‘i-the Big Island—Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company announced the completion of a 30,000 square-foot, $1.5 million photovoltaic (PV) system which is already generating 75% of its electricity needs, according to President and Co-Owner Richard Schnitzler.
“Providing renewable energy is something we should all be looking at for the planet,” said Schnitzler. “In addition, having the highest electricity cost in the nation makes it even more critical.” Schnitzler said the average Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. electric bill was in the area of $50,000 per month. In its first 45 days of operation, the PV system is on course to pay for itself in 2.5-3 years, with potential savings in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The 1,527 Samsung panels can produce up to 1,652 kilowatt hours per day, essentially keeping 1.2 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide out of the atmosphere annually, equivalent to 989 barrels of oil, 88 vehicles or 64 homes.
Pāhala Gateway Project
Continuing and Business Education
Charitable and Cultural Contributions, Sponsorships
- Ka‘ū Hospital: funds for the purchase of a long-needed wheelchair accessible van.
- Ka‘ū Coffee Festival.
- Historic Palace Theater, Hilo
- Hawai‘i Island International Volleyball Classic, June 16-21, 2014.
- Hawai‘i Adaptive Paddling Association (HAPA), a non-profit organization that involves physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals in the sport of Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling.
- The Trust donates about $500,000 annually to a variety of other charitable organizations.
- Ka‘ū Calendar Newspaper. The Edmund C. Olson Trust has helped underwrite daily news for the Ka‘ū Calendar newspaper since November 1, 2010. The newspaper reports local community events, sports, accomplishments, and issues to provide outreach for the economic, cultural and educational health of the district of Ka‘ū.
- Olson Trust Building in Pahala – Home of the Pahala Branch of the non-profit credit union for the community, CU Hawaii.