Friday, October 08, 2010


Tall Tales

By Henry Curtis

Honolulu Advertiser (January 24, 2010) reported: “Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa General Manager David Lewin said his company ...doesn't support the tower next to the Moana for two reasons. "It does not meet the design requirements of the special district. The height and setback are in direct violation, especially the height," he said.”

Kyo-ya has just inked a deal with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and Better Place (the electric vehicle infrastructure company). A grand total of seven electric vehicles will be imported into the State. Five will be owned by HECO (but presumably paid for by the ratepayers) and two will be owned by the hotel and used as shuttles.

Better Place will build their first electric charging station at Kyo-ya Waikiki. As a result of a Public Utilities Commission ruling issued a few days ago, HECO will be able to sell electricity for the vehicles at below market rates.

Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR) is the parent entity for various government-industry partnerships including the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV). HREDV has awarded Better Place $500,000 of taxpayer-financed Federal Stimulus Funds to finance this act of greenwashing.

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