Workshop 7



Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, the United States Department of Energy, Okinawa Prefecture, and the State of Hawai’i, to develop and deploy clean and renewable energies as the “Hawaii Okinawa Clean Energy Cooperation” in June 2010, there have been multiple activities focusing on the possibility of cooperative projects relating to the introduction of clean energy. One of the projects in accordance with this partnership is the ocean energy workshop, held annually since 2010.

Symposium Details


June 23-24, 2017


Day 1: NELHA, Kona, Big Island, Hawai'i

Address: 73-987 Makako Bay Drive Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740

Day 2: King Kamehameha Hotel, Hawai'i

Address: 75-5660 Palani Road Kailua-Kona Hawaii 96740


The State of Hawai'i, Okinawa Prefecture, Kumejima Town, Hawai'i County


Symposium Outline

  • Day 1 AM: NELHA Optional Tour, Welcome and Hale Iako Incubator Tour
  • Day 1 PM: Keynotes, Discussion, and Networking
  • Day 2 AM: Economic Development, Ocean Energy
  • Day 2 PM: Ocean Energy, Discussion, and Panel

⑤Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Robert Baughman - OIST

    Executive Vice President for Technology Development and Innovation,Vice-CEO,Professor


    Stephen Walls- US DOE

    Policy Advisor, Strategic Programs



    Henk Rogers- Blue Planet Foundation

    Founder and Chairman


Don't miss VERGE Hawaii before the Symposium

Dates:June 6-22, 2017

Location:Honolulu, Oahu

About:VERGE Hawaii (June 20-22 in Honolulu) will explore groundbreaking clean energy policies, models, technologies and infrastructure and identify immediate actions needed to deliver on Hawaii’s mandate to reach 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045. In partnership with the Hawaii State Energy Office, VERGE Hawaii will convene 900+ clean energy stakeholders working to build a sustainable future in Hawaii and beyond. Save 20% on Verge registration with code VH17OEWS.

The agenda above is subject to change as speakers and schedules are confirmed. We will update as information becomes available.

Past Events

7th Ocean Energy Symposium and Workshop




September 16-17, 2016

Kumejima Town

Despite a nearby typhoon, participants from Hawaii and Okinawa gathered for two days in Kumejima for a sucessful Symposium and Workshop with keynote speakers Takao Kashiwagai of AES, Ross Matzkin-Briger of the US DOE, and Michio Hashimoto of the Headquarter for Ocean Policy. Details of the agenda can be downloaded here.

Related events included the 5th Kumejima-Hawai'i County Sister City Anniversary Celebration and the 2016 Kumejima Hawai'ian Festival.

More Past OEWS

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August 19-20, 2015 @ Kona

October 30-31, 2014 @ Kumejima

September 13, 2013 @ Kona

September 11-12, 2012 @ Kumejima

September 11-12, 2011 @ Kona

November 11, 2010 @ Kumejima