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MECO to celebrate 95 years of service at Maui Electric Energy Fair

By Staff | Aug 25, 2016

Maui Electric’s Brett Houseman shows attendees how to stay safe when it comes to overhead power lines.

KAHULUI – Take a walk down memory lane as the Maui Electric ‘ohana commemorates 95 years of serving the families and businesses of Maui, Molokai and Lanai at the Maui Electric Energy Fair on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

This free event will celebrate the innovative energy history of our islands as well as feature fun games, interactive displays, keiki make-n-take activities, hands-on demonstrations and entertainment for the entire family.

“From being the first Hawaiian island with electric lights to integrating record amounts of renewable energy to fuel people’s power needs, Maui County continues to be on the forefront of energy transformation,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. “Join us as we celebrate our island’s energy story and reminisce through historical photos and milestones, and commemorate 95 years of keeping the lights on.”

Dedicated to all things energy, Maui Electric’s Energy Fair is a great opportunity for the entire family to learn and explore.

“Take in live electrical demonstrations by our safety experts and learn how to prepare your family for a storm,” Suzuki said. “Try your hand in the game zone while learning that being energy smart can result in lower bills, or come talk story to see what we’re doing across our company to power our islands with more clean energy.”

In celebrating 95 years of service, Maui Electric will display historical photos, such as this one showing placement of utility poles along Hana Highway in the 1920s, at the Maui Electric Energy Fair on Aug. 27.

Back again this year is Maka, the Super Energy Saver mascot who teaches keiki how to be super energy heroes and catch the energy villains lurking in their homes.

Don’t miss out on exciting entertainment by Maui Zenshin Daiko, the Coolangots, Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy and more.

Meet with community partners who join in Maui Electric’s mission in making Maui County better when it comes to clean, reliable and affordable energy: Auwahi Wind Energy, Hawaii Energy, JUMPSmart Maui, Maui Economic Development Board’s Island Energy Inquiry, Maui High School and Maui Preparatory Academy Robotics, County of Maui Department of Water Supply, Save Our Seabirds, and the Alaka’ina Digital Bus.