For many years there has been much discussion on what to do with the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh. Information on the just-released draft plan, and how to submit comments (before Oct. 24, 2016) can be found here. Rep. Thielen has also offered comments and suggestions to be considered before any plans ... (more) Continue Reading
Rep. Thielen on the Environment
The environment is what we leave for our children. How we treat it, what we take from it, what we leave – that is our legacy to our children.When we destroy the environment, that destruction is then passed on to our children, and their children, and their children. I think living in Hawaii makes this even more clear. We have been given such a beautiful land by those that came before us. And when we destroy the land in places, it creates such an ugly scar. But the problem, and the required solutions, are worldwide. We have the solutions available to us: Clean, renewable energy, tapping our nation's abundance of wind, solar, and ocean resources. I believe in American ingenuity. We can change American's energy policy and create a cleaner environment and a safer world.
Honolulu – Today the Hawai‘i State Legislature passed the "Industrial Hemp Bill," which establishes an agricultural hemp program that for the first time in Hawai‘i's history, allows the crop's cultivation and the distribution of its seed by multiple licensed local farmers. Senate Bill 2659 passed ... (more) Continue Reading
Hawai‘i moved closer to gaining independence from fossil fuels, exerting control over its energy production and fulfilling the state's Clean Energy Initiative with the latest deployment of a high-tech ocean-renewable energy device that converts waves into energy off Kaneohe's shoreline this ... (more) Continue Reading
Industrial hemp research project principal investigator Harry Ako, PhD and long time industrial hemp proponent Rep. Cynthia Thielen with a hempcrete sample and a book. Behind them are hemp stalks. NW PhotoBy Tannya Joaquin Hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp granola — the hemp hype is ... (more) Continue Reading
By Rep Cynthia Thielen As early as 2013, those applying for photovoltaic (PV) systems often faced long permitting delays that resulted in Hawaiian Electric (HECO) facing frustrated legislators and more than a few angry Windward residents. In response to this backlash, the Public Utilities ... (more) Continue Reading