On September 9, more than 1,200 attendees from approximately 30 countries converged on the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu for the 5th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit. The event started with a welcome keynote with speakers that included Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, who called the energy sector "key to the 21st century economy." Also included were the Honorable Katherine Hammock, assistant secretary of the U.S. Army, Installations, Energy & Environment, and Thomas Hicks, deputy assistant sectary of the U.S. Navy for Energy, who spoke about government initiatives on clean energy that were not only helping to lower costs but also aiding soldiers out in the field.
A highlight for many was the appearance of race car driver Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, a 10-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Tajima participated in the race this year in an electric car that he built himself and won that division, breaking his own record in the process.
Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit attendees who arrived the weekend before the conference were offered discounts to the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, which ran September 1-9. The festival included events such as the signature "Taste Our Love For the Land" at the convention center on September 7 and a "Girls Got Game +1" brunch featuring women chefs and farmers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki on September 8. Both events highlighted local products and sustainable practices, tying the two groups together nicely.
Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima has won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 10 times, and this year he broke his own record in his electric car.
Guests of the 5th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit were offered discounts to the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.
The "Taste Our Love for the Land" event at the Hawaii Convention Center