Proposed wind farms in are in the planning stages at Ulupalakaua and a second phase at Ma’alaea.“Big Wind” facilities, of 200 megawatts each, have been proposed by the State for Lanai and Molokai, linked by undersea cable to Oahu, and a programmatic EIS process is currently underway.Through HTM, MEDB is a sub-recipient to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the Defense Logistics Agency as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) primarily for outreach in Hawaii’s Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) in Maui County, as well as the Big Island and Kauai.

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Among the companies in the renewable energy sector with which MEDB has established and developed relationships are First Wind, HNu Photonics and HNu Energy, Pacific Biodiesel, Westec (formerly Peletex), Ocean Linx, and Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S).

First Wind’s facility on the spine of the West Maui Mountains overlooking Ma’alaea provides an average of 10 percent of MECO’s electricity generation, and up to 30 percent at peak times.

Among private sector technology workers in 2007, the largest segments were employed in the Information and Communications Technology area and the Defense/Aerospace industries.

Among major employers in these areas are Akimeka, Boeing, Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC), Oceanit, Pacific Defense Solutions (PDS) and the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC).

MEDB’s specific programs relating to technology include: MEDB’s HTM program has been a driving force in attracting technology business to Maui and helping retain businesses through networking, leveraging existing relationships, creating partnerships, attending industry events, offering individualized consultation, and running workshops.

In 2010, HTM assisted more than 250 entities and individuals in setting up, expanding, or consolidating their presence in Maui County.In order of ranking by employee numbers, the other most significant technology segments are Engineering and Professional Services, Environmental Remediation and Consulting Services, Agricultural Biotechnology, Ocean Sciences, Renewable Energy, Biotechnology, Digital Media, and Astronomy.Since these data were assembled in 2007, employee numbers have proved resilient, according to State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) data, and renewable energy and information systems in particular have continued to be the fastest growing segments of the technology sector.“We’re heading back to Kent soon, and I know we don’t have any concrete plans yet, but I’m sure our paths will cross once we get back there,” Arendas said.“With everything going on it’s been kind of hard to talk about the little things, like when we do go back,” Avsec said.Imagine going on a first date with some random stranger you met on Tinder—but instead of drinks, you go to Hawaii for a full weekend and have cameras in your faces the entire time. After all that buildup, the actual first date seems like it was pretty awkward..