I live in Leilani Estates, near the Puna geothermal plant.
I am writing to support Mililani Trask’s brilliant ideas for a Hawaiian-run, culturally respectful geothermal utility. This would address my concerns and those of many people who have mixed feelings about the foreign-owned Puna Geothermal Ventures plant.
Many of us in the community, though not Hawaiian by birth, wish to see the Hawaiian people flourish. We also wish to be safe, culturally and spiritually pono, environmentally sound, and not overpay for electricity.
I have lived on Hawaiʻi Island for eight years and work at Pāhoa Elementary School as a Title 1 tutor.