Diversifying Hawaii’s Economy

Kayte Jones, the author of the commentary

Hawaii local Kayte Jones suggests developing the local geothermal energy industry as a way to invest in our own communities, residents, and industries.

We should continue to attract tourists and profit from it, but we should not be completely dependent on it. It’s time to shift our focus. Don’t we have more to offer than the exploitation of our land, people and culture? Couldn’t we be a model of sustainability for the future through research of our unique ecosystem and climate? Through developments in agriculture and green energy like solar power, wind power, algae farms and geothermal energy? Couldn’t we be an educational destination through investment and development into our university system?

From Civil Beat: Manini Beach Park at Kealakekua Bay on the Kona side of Hawaii island. The Big Island lacks the infrastructure of Oahu, even though it needs help.

Hawaii’s climate also creates a unique opportunity for our state to be a model of sustainability via research and development into sustainable sources of energy, such as solar power, wind farms, geothermal and algae farms. The University of Hawaii is a land-, sea- and space- grant institution recognized as a research university. Investing in research and education can make Hawaii an educational destination.

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