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Hawaiian Electric cares about our communities where we live, work and play. Here are some activities we have been involved in or supported during the year:

Congratulations to all of the schools and families who participated in the 5th annual Department of Education-Hawaiian Electric Home Energy Challenge! In total, families and students from the seven participating schools reduced their home electricity use by a remarkable 301,000 kilowatt-hours and saved over $99,500 on their bills. And all the classes at participating schools were given access to educational materials and benefited from school-wide conservation activities and projects.

For the second year in a row, Pearl Ridge Elementary School students and their families have won the $10,000 grand prize by reducing their home energy use by over 16.4%. Kamiloiki Elementary came in second place for the second year in a row, winning $6,000, and the $3,000 third prize went to first-time entrant Keoneula Elementary. Other schools participating in the Home Energy Challenge included Kahaluu, Laie, Manana, and Waikiki elementary schools.



Hawaiian Electric Company's Energy Detective Energy Pledge Winner


Kamehameha Preschool student Israel Kamai is the winner of Hawaiian Electric Company's Energy Detective Energy Pledge drawing for the summer, winning an energy conservation kit and Kill-a-Watt energy meter. The 4-year-old, shown with sister Genesis, is able to hunt down energy villains - such as the refrigerator, hot water and light bulb "bandits" as well as the cell phone charger, video game, tv and computer monitor "phantoms" - with the help of his mom, Nicole, and the Energy Detective Guide. For a copy of the free guide, call 543-7511.

ABOUT HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY (HECO)

For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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