The Hawaii State Senate will be presenting the United States Navy with a Certificate of Recognition for its Hawaiian cultural stewardship and its renewable energy initiatives on Tuesday, March 12, during its Session.
Senator Maile Shimabukuro is co-sponsoring the certificate with Senator Will Espero, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs.
“Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has partnered with other organizations to perform important projects that help preserve our culture, including maintaining the Halealoha Haleamau Burial Platform and replacing invasive Pickleweed with native Hawaiian plant species at Ahua Reef,” said Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who represents District 21, encompassing the areas of Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, and Makua. “These projects mean a lot to our community and we certainly appreciate the Navy pitching in to help.”
The Navy have also been hosting Makahiki events co-sponsoring with the O`ahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs for the past ten years.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam further promotes environmental stewardship by utilizing photovoltaic arrays to lower energy costs in support of U.S. Navy and Department of Defense initiatives, operates a fuel oil reclamation facility to reduce disposal costs and dependence on foreign oil, and was recently recognized as best in the Navy for energy and water efficiency.
Meanwhile, the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kaua`i and its partnership with Ke Kula Ni`ihau O Kekaha sustains the educational display of habitat types that existed on the Mana Plain prior to western contact, and supports educational programs that include remotely piloted water craft and model rockets developed by Kaua`i students. The Missile Range also manages its light sources to reduce potential harm on the Newell’s Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel. This effort protects the endangered birds and reduces energy consumption. It also continues its partnership with numerous agencies and volunteers to enhance the survival of Laysan Albatross populations located at the facility.