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The Maui Clean Energy & Technology Tour will take attendants across The Valley Island of Maui to learn more about Hawaiian business and government initiatives being undertaken in the field of clean energy technology and Smart Grid energy reforms. The tour includes a visit to the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) which focuses on HC&S’ projects testing new energy crops for biomass co-generation. Given HC&S’ 100% energy self-sufficiency, it is one of the leading authorities on “green” energy technology and innovation. Mid-day, the tour will stop at The Dunes at Maui Lani for lunch, where Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa will also be present to greet the group and make remarks. Later, attendants will visit Innovation Center to learn more about the JumpSMART Maui Tour. Hosted by Hitachi, Ltd. and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), this section of the tour will outline Maui’s pursuit at improving integration of variable renewable energy resources and preparing the electric system for widespread adoption of all electric vehicles.  The day will end with a reception at the King Kamehameha clubhouse built based on an original design by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Price: $465 (non-refundable; all-inclusive: flight, ground transportation & meals/reception)

Comfortable attire recommended (long pants and closed toe shoes required)

Flight itinerary:

HA 156 Depart Honolulu 7:10 a.m. / Arrive Kahului 7:46 a.m.
HA 195 Depart Kahului 7:22 p.m. / Arrive Honolulu 7:57 p.m.

*The U.S.-Japan Council gives special thanks and recognition to Hitachi and the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) for their generous support of this event.


5:45 am – Depart Hilton Hawaiian Village for Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
Transfer via Roberts Hawaii
6:15 am – Arrive Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
7:10 am – Depart Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Hawaiian Airlines
HA 156  Depart Honolulu 7:10 a.m. / Arrive Kahului 7:46 a.m.
7:46 am – Arrive Kahului Airport (OGG)
8:15 am – Depart for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S)
Transfer via Roberts Hawaii

From field to factory, HC&S has long been an industry leader in technology and innovation. HC&S has been actively ‘green’ since its earliest days, over 140 years ago, generating enough electricity, primarily from renewable sources, to be 100% energy self-sufficient, and provide ourlocal utility with 6% of its total annual power supply for the island. This tour will focus on HC&S’s efforts to test new energy crops for biomass co-­‐generation, and will include a factory tour.For more information, visit

8:30 am – Arrive HC&S for Operation Briefing and Factory Tour
9:00 am – Operation Briefing in Classroom
9:30 am – Factory Tour
10:30 am – Depart HC&S for The Dunes at Maui Lani
10:45 am – Lunch and Remarks by Sharon Suzuki, President, Maui Electric Company

Location: Kiawe Room, Café O’Lei Restaurant

12:15 pm – Depart for Innovation Center, JumpSMARTMaui Tour, hosted by Hitachi, Ltd. and NEDO

To help solve the state’s ongoing energy challenges, energy partners from Japan and the United States have collaborated on this multi-million dollar project. For the purposes of this demonstration project, critical energy data will be gathered from volunteer owners of the Nissan LEAF EV and selected residents from Kihei households to address the challenges of modernizing our Smart Grid system and building a clean transportation future for Hawaii. This tour will feature stops at the Project’s battery storage facility, Innovation Center, EV quick charging station, and a home installation example. For more information, visit

12:30 pm – Innovation Center, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center
1:15 pm – Project’s Battery Storage Facility, UHMC
(overview from bus)
2:00 pm – Home Installation Visits, Kihei
3:00 pm – EV Quick Charging Station, Ma‘alaea
3:20 pm – Depart Ma‘alaea for Iao Valley, Senic Lookout
4:15 pm – Depart for King Kamehameha Golf Club (KKGC)
4:30 pm – “Pau Hana” Reception

Location: Mana‘o Pono Room, KKGC

6:00 pm – Depart KKGC for Kahului Airport (OGG)
6:15 pm – Arrive Kahului Airport (OGG)
7:22pm – Depart Kahului Airport (OGG) on Hawaiian Airlines
HA 195 Depart Kahului 7:22 p.m. / Arrive Honolulu 7:57 p.m.
7:57 pm – Arrive Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
8:15 pm – Depart Honolulu International Airport (HNL) for Hilton Hawaiian Village
Transfer via Roberts Hawaii
8:45 pm – Arrive Hilton Hawaiian Village

Release and Hold Harmless Agreement

The undersigned herewith releases the U.S.-Japan Council, their agents, directors, officers, volunteers and employees (the released parties) from any and all liability and expenses for injuries or damages that result either directly or otherwise from my participation in the above described event, even if these injuries and damages arise as the result of negligence or culpable conduct on the part of the parties released.