Hawaii's first off-grid solar classroom is built in Hana Maui

Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

The solar powered off-grid classroom in Hana Maui is the first of its kind, and was built by the young people of the community as part of a hands-on training program called Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike - "in working, one learns".  High school kids and recent graduates completed the classroom in time for the fall school session this year. 

Hana Elementary and High School

Hana School

The program helps at-risk kids learn construction skills while improving their community.  Since 2000 this nonprofit group has teamed up with the kids and helped build 18 facilities at the Hana School (elementary and high school), cottages and homes for older residents, and numerous projects such as handicap-access improvements.

skate park in Hana Maui Hawaii

Hana Skate Park

The new classroom is outfitted with 24 rooftop PV panels, 2 inverters and a battery bank to supply electricity to the classroom and other nearby classrooms.  Air conditioning was not needed in the new classroom due to good design which keeps it cooler.  Plenty of air circulates through open windows, and the heat rises and exits through a cupola on the roof.  It produces more energy than it needs, which goes to show that rooftop solar on public schools is a great idea and should be embraced by the Department of Education.  Another classroom in Ewa Hawaii has a net-zero energy building, and some others are working towards the same goal.

green pastures at Hana Ranch, Hana Maui

Hana Ranch

Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike has received many awards from the community, the county and state.  Funding comes mostly from private foundations, and also Maui County.  Students can choose to stay with the program after graduating, and get paid a salary while helping others to learn some skills.  The main goal of the program is to build a strong community of helpful people.  By helping others in their town, the kids feel more accepted and valuable in their community.  It's really working! 

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Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
26 Baldwin Ave, Paia HI 96779
E-mail or call/text: 808 283-0635


Comments (1)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Compared with Washington State you can really do Net Zero on Maui Georgie Hunter R(S) 

Sep 13, 2016 03:10 PM