JUMPSmartMaui to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary, Launches Phase II

February 12, 2016, 9:02 AM HST · Updated February 12, 9:03 AM
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Performances by Maui Taiko (pictured), Nā Keiki Makamae, and Pōmaikaʻi Elementary are just some of the event highlights during JUMPSmartMaui’s third anniversary celebration at Queen Kaʻahumanu Center on February 20th, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo by: Ai Iwane.

Performances by Maui Taiko (pictured), Nā Keiki Makamae, and Pōmaikaʻi Elementary are just some of the event highlights during JUMPSmartMaui’s third anniversary celebration at Queen Kaʻahumanu Center on Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo by: Ai Iwane.

JUMPSmartMaui, a collaborative demonstration project between Japan, Hawaiʻi and Maui celebrates its third anniversary next week with the launch of a new Phase II, focused on “SmartPower.”

The project incorporates Smart Grid, renewable energy, and all-EV solutions to achieve a cleaner future for Maui.

The anniversary celebration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center with entertainment and a talk story session.

Currently, the project is seeking 300 volunteers for its SmartPower phase.

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Qualified volunteers will receive an EV-PCS installed at no charge (determined by site visit), charging/discharging capability from EV-PCS, and use of JUMPSmartMaui’s DC Fast Charging stations through March 2016 at no charge.

Participating in the JUMPSmartMaui Innovation Center blessing (left to right): Reverend Kealahou Alika, Yasuo Tanabe (Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi), Greg Kawakami (GM, Queen Kaahumanu Center), Jeanne Skog (President, Maui Economic Development Board), Kurt Osaki (Osaki Creative), and Koji Tanaka (Executive Vice President, Hitachi). Courtesy photo.

Participating in the JUMPSmartMaui Innovation Center blessing (left to right): Reverend Kealahou Alika, Yasuo Tanabe (Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi), Greg Kawakami (GM, Queen Kaahumanu Center), Jeanne Skog (President, Maui Economic Development Board), Kurt Osaki (Osaki Creative), and Koji Tanaka (Executive Vice President, Hitachi). Courtesy file photo.

The EV-PCS is an EV charger that can charge a vehicle at twice the speed of the Level-1 charger equipped with LEAF. It also serves as a power source during power outages or as needed.

The celebration runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes: entertainment centerstage by Maui Taiko, Nā Keiki Makamae ʻukulele group, and Pōmaikaʻi Elementary choir.

Attendees can talk story with Mayor Alan Arakawa on energy in Maui County and see Phase II technology in action for your home or business in front of the JUMPSmartMaui Innovation Center (located near Sears). The public can also sign up to test drive a 2016 Nissan LEAF.

There’ll also be giveaways and refreshments. Admission is free.

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