Mission and Vision

The Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center (HGGRC) seeks to provide historical and newly developed information relating to groundwater and geothermal resources in Hawai‘i. HGGRC strives to increase access to data regarding these resources, encourage research and innovation in water management and geothermal energy, and overall provide an informational platform for the public. While we recognize the sensitivities around geothermal in Hawaii, we recognize that geothermal is a clean, baseload renewable energy that can enable Hawaii to achieve its green energy goals. HGGRC envisions a sustainable Hawaii that practices responsible, active stewardship over its natural resources and promotes evidence-based energy and management policies that protect the people, the land, and the future of the islands.

Our objectives include to:

  • Compile, organize, and make publicly available data on Hawai‘i’s groundwater and geothermal resources from private and public agencies and organizations.
  • Provide close to ‘real-time’ data stemming from active projects within the Center.
  • Facilitate regional investigations on Hawai‘i’s groundwater and renewable energy resources.
  • Provide policymakers with the necessary information to optimally utilize Hawai‘i’s natural resources and plan for the future.

We believe in:

  • Encouraging environmentally sound and safe practices in groundwater resource management and geothermal development for the benefit of Hawaii.
  • Respecting local and native values.
  • Learning from mistakes made in groundwater resource management and geothermal development in Hawaii.
  • Acknowledging different viewpoints and bridging the divide.
  • Engaging with stakeholders.
  • Emphasizing the importance of groundwater stewardship and the benefits of geothermal energy.

University of Hawai‘i faculty Nicole Lautze and Donald Thomas founded the HGGRC in 2014 to provide a central hub from which to disseminate data and information related to Hawai‘i’s groundwater and geothermal resources.

HGGRC is and/or has been supported by:

Co
llaborators (data and/or technical support):
Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT)
Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH) – Safe Drinking Water Branch
Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) – Commission on Water Resources Management
Hawai‘i DLNR – Engineering Division
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)- Department of Geology and Geophysics (G&G)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library
University of Nevada Reno (UN-Reno) – Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy (GBCGE)
UN-Reno – Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG)
University of Utah – Energy and Geoscience Institute (EGI)

Contributors (funding):
Hawai‘i DBEDT
Hawai‘i DLNR – Engineering Division
National Science Foundation (NSF) – specifically RAPID grant #1332273
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) -Army Corp of Engineers – Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit
U.S. DOD – Office of Naval Research (ONR)
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)- Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) – Play Fairway Project DE-EE0006729
U.S. DOE -GTO through the State Contributions to the National Geothermal Data System (NDGS), Project DE-EE0002850

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