Empowering communities to make smart energy choices

Hawaii’s high energy costs affect how all of us live and work each day.

Our “Energy UNPLUGGED” workshops flip the switch on the often confusing concept of energy usage. During this energetic, local-style introductory course, participants will learn how to put money back in their pockets and become “energy entrepreneurs” – simply by changing their habits!

The workshop is free and available to groups across Hawai‘i island, Lāna‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i and O‘ahu. To schedule a presentation for your group, email .

Meet The Educators


Ku’uwehi Hiraishi

Ku’uwehi Hiraishi is a native of Hilo, Hawaiʻi and is a graduate of Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Hawaiian language immersion school and Seattle University, where she studied journalism and mass communications. Her strong communication skills have taken her to various positions with Hawai‘i News Now, ‘Ōiwi TV, and most recently the Hawai‘i Department of Hawaiian Homelands, working intimately with Native Hawaiian homesteaders, community leaders and the general public in an effort to enhance partnerships between DHHL and the community.



Keli‘i Wilson

Keli‘i Wilson is also a graduate of Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u School on the island of Hawai‘i and went on to earn degrees in Political Science, Philosophy and History from Loyola Marymount University.

She served as a Policy Advisor for the Hawai‘i State Senate and then the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, where she worked to propel Hawaiian culture within the visitor industry. Her strong foundation, identity and desire to enact change in her home state led her to her current role with Hawai‘i Energy.