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Island getting a jump on high tech.

June 13, 2013
Debra Lordan - Editor/General Manager ( , Maui Weekly

On Saturday, June 15, come celebrate the launch of the "JUMPSmartMaui" project at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului.

The JUMPSmartMaui dem-onstration project is the result of an international partnership between Japan, Hawai'i and Maui. The project aims to improve the integration of renewable energy resources into Maui's Smart Grid and prepare for adoption of electric vehicles to achieve a cleaner future for Maui County.

Select Kihei households and owners of the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle will be able to track and contribute critical data to help build a smarter, more efficient electric system with scalable solutions that can be applied across the state, as well as to other parts of the world.

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Willie K

JUMPSmartMaui is funded through a $30 million investment by NEDO, Japan's largest public research and development management organization. Hitachi Ltd., Mizuho Corporate Bank and Cyber Defense Institute were awarded the contract by NEDO to develop this project and are collaborating with Nissan, the State of Hawai'i, the County of Maui, Maui Electric Company and Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute, Maui Economic Development Board Inc., University of Hawai'i Maui College and HNU Energy.

Queen Ka'ahumanu Center is one of an initial five locations hosting a DC Fast Charger station in Maui.

Held center stage from 4:30 to 6 p.m., launch event festivities will include a performance by Willie K; remarks by Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa along with representatives from New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Hitachi and Maui Electric Company; and giveaways for attendees (while supplies last).

Student winners of the DC Fast Charger Station Art Contest will also be announced at the event. Admission is free.

Also in celebration of the launch, the public can receive a free Consolidated Theatres movie pass. Spend $50 at the center through June 16 and present your original receipts to Queen Ka'ahumanu Center's Customer Service Center from until June 24 to receive a free movie pass (one pass per person). For more information, visit

"This is a milestone in the journey to wean ourselves off petroleum," said Anne Ku, Maui Electric Vehicle Alliance project director. "Soon we will have more opportunities to fast charge than anywhere else in the state."

For more information on JUMPSmartMaui, contact the Maui Economic Development Board at 808-875-2300.



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