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Hawaiian Island to be used for an environment experiment

 

Hawaiian Island to be used for an environment experiment and going green has never been more popular, than right now, which also includes solar power, electric cars, organic farms, fresh water. I guess Larry is has an interest in providing a truly healthy life style for him and his family. That’s really a good thing and what better place to do it than on one of our islands.

Hawaiian Island to be used for an environment experiment

Larry Ellison, the United States’ third richest man, has revealed plans for an ambitious green experiment on a 365-square-kilometre island in the Pacific, which he bought this summer for $US500 million.

The billionaire said he would turn Lanai, the sixth-largest island in the US state of Hawaii, into an environmental “laboratory” featuring solar power and electric cars. Projects would be set up to convert sea water to fresh water, and small organic farms would sell produce to Japan.

We are going to turn Lanai into a model for sustainable enterprise.

Hawaiian Island to be used for an environment experiment

Mr Ellison, 68, the chief executive of the Silicon Valley technology giant Oracle, who is worth an estimated $US41 billion, had previously remained silent about his plans for Lanai.

There had been rumours that he intended to turn it into an exclusive holiday hideaway for the world’s richest people.

But he said: “I love Hawaii and Lanai is a very interesting project. We are going to turn Lanai into a model for sustainable enterprise.

“The electric utility is all going to be solar, photovoltaic and solar-thermal. We’re going to convert sea water into fresh water. And then have drip irrigation where we’re going to have organic farms all over the island. We’re going to support the local people and help them start these businesses.”

Local politicians have been assured that Mr Ellison has no plans to continue with a controversial wind farm project on the island, which would have delivered power to nearby Oahu using an undersea cable.

He bought 98 per cent of Lanai from David Murdock, 89, who had owned it since 1985, for an undisclosed amount. The asking price was between $US500 million and $US600 million.

Once known as Pineapple Island, because of its vast pineapple plantations, Lanai now has two Four Seasons resorts and two championship golf courses and has increasingly relied on tourism.

In 1994, the Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates booked out all the hotel rooms for his wedding to wife Melinda.

The island, which has a population of 3200, can be reached only by helicopters and small planes and has only 50 kilometres of paved roads, with no traffic lights.

This week, it also emerged that Mr Ellison had bought his ninth mansion on the same exclusive stretch of coastline called Carbon Beach in Malibu, California. He paid $US36.9 million for the nine-bedroom property, making it the most expensive sale so far this year in Malibu.

Hawaiian Island to be used for an environment experiment and I’d like to check it out once it’s completed…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

 

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