Friday, August 5, 2011

Hawaii and Iceland: A budding partnership?

Yesterday I met with Roald Marth and Richard Ha, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Ku’oko’a, a Hawaiian based enterprise with a vision to rid the state of its dependency on fossil fuels through the development and use of renewable energy resources.  The similarities between Hawaii and Iceland are obvious:  both are islands populated by extremely independent and enterprising people and both sit on enormous geothermal resources.  We are optimistic that Iceland and Hawaii can become partners in renewable energy and other initiatives that take advantage of their respective locations as gateways to Europe and Asia respectively.
Reykjavik Gay Pride Parade
There is a great deal of anticipation at the Embassy for our first-ever participation in Reykjavik’s world famous Gay Pride Parade.   Our participation is meant to honor the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve the promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law, especially those individuals who led that fight for LGBT individuals.  We look forward to being a part of this event.