Okinawa Prefecture Consignment (Okinawa Hawaii Clean Energy Partnership Promotion Project)

Since 2010, when the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, the United States Department of Energy, Okinawa Prefecture, and the State of Hawai’i signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to develop and deploy clean and renewable energies as the “Hawai'i Okinawa Partnership on Clean and Efficient Energy Development and Deployment,” there have been multiple activities focusing on the possibility of cooperative projects relating to the introduction of clean energy. As one of the activities, ocean energy workshops were held annually and included themes such as economic development, education, and resiliency. In 2020, Okinawa Prefecture will expand the theme to Clean Energy in general and hold a workshop in Okinawa (web format).



This workshop will take place online January 25 to February 19, 2021.

Workshop Overview


Each session will have pre-recorded video presentations. The full program is available on this page below, or use the links in the Program Structure section to jump to a specific topic. Presentations are hosted by YouTube, with captions available in English and Japanese. Videos will go live and the Workshop will begin on January 25. All presentations will be publicly available through February 19th


If you would like to ask questions to speakers, please use our form, which is available in English or Japanese. Questions submitted 4 days in advance of discussions will be provided to speakers and they will answer during discussions.


Three main discussion sessions will take place real-time via Zoom with simultaneous translation between English and Japanese. These discussions will be a panel setting with speakers from each session, representatives from Okinawa and Hawaii, or other experts may join as well. Please register if you would like to observe. Find the dates for each session on our schedule.


After the workshop opening, use the links above to jump to a session. Presentation video (from January 25).


At the conclusion of the event, please fill out the survey to help us improve this event. Presentation slides (pdf) will be available to registered participants once the workshop begins.


Presentation materials (pdfs) will only be available to registered participants. In addition, registration is required to view the real-time panel discussions (limited to 100 participants). Registration is Free. Please use the form below.

Registration Form

After registering using the form above, you will be able to download a copy of your answers. We will begin sending links to workshop materials from January 26, or within three business days of your registration. Links to attend discussion sessions will be sent from one week in advance. To cancel registration, or if you have questions or concerns contact info [a]


At the conclusion of the event, please fill out the survey to help us improve this event.



1-1) Okinawa Prefecture Welcome

Denny Tamaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Governor

1-2) Welcome from the State of Hawai'i

David Ige, State of Hawai'i, Governor


2) Building a Stronger Hawai’i Together: Path to Recovery

Alan Oshima, State of Hawai'i Economic and Community Recovery Navigator

Presentations by Topic

Government Efforts and Policies

3-1) Building a Secure & Equitable Clean Energy Future for Hawaii

Scott Glenn, Hawai'i State Energy Office, Chief Energy Officer

3-2) About Okinawa Prefecture's Energy Policy - Okinawa Prefecture Energy Vision 2020 (tentative) Draft-

Noboru Kakazu, Okinawa Prefectural Government Department of Commerce, Industry, and Labor, Director General

3-3) Kumejima Town Energy Vision 2020

Naoki Ota, Kumejima Town Project Development Office, Director

Hydrogen and Clean Transportation

4-1) Progress and Opportunities for Hydrogen & Fuel Cells in Hawai’i

Dave Molinaro, Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT), Acting Director

4-2) About the Potential of Hydrogen for Okinawa

Michinori Nishino, Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC) Research Group 1, Researcher

4-3) Drive Electric Hawai’i

Aki Marceau, Hawaiian Electric Company, Director of Electrification of Transportation

4-4) FREA's Efforts to Develop Hydrogen Utilization in Japan

Hirohide Furutani, AIST, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Renewable Energy Research Center, Director

Kenji Otani, AIST, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Renewable Energy Research Center, Leader of Energy Network Team

4-5) Hydrogen and Clean Transportation at HNEI

Mitch Ewan, Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) Hydrogen Systems, Program Manager

Ocean Energy/Resource Utilization

5-1) Expanding Cold Energy Use Industries at NELHA and Beyond

Crystal Johnson, HATCH, Business Development

5-2) Energy, Food, and Water Self-Sufficient Area Project on Kumejima

Benjamin Martin, Global Ocean reSource and Energy Association Institute, Secretariat

5-3) Development of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and Human Capacity in Malaysia under SATREPS

Takeshi Yasunaga, Institute of Ocean Energy Saga University (IOES), Assistant Professor

Energy Education

6-1) Implementation of Energy Education Born from the Hawai'i Okinawa Clean Energy Partnership

Shin Okamura, Global Ocean reSource and Energy Association Institute, Secretariat

6-2) The Importance of Science Literacy and Sustainability Education

Candee Ellsworth, Keahole Center for Sustainability (KCS), Executive Director

6-3) SDGs Education for Remote Islands

Mai Yata, Jyukankyo Research Institute Inc.

Special Presentations

7-1) Review of 10 Years of Ocean Energy Workshops

Yasuyuki Ikegami, Institute of Ocean Energy Saga University, Director / Professor

7-2) Island-type Smart Community Demonstration Project -Utilization of EMS on Miyakojima-

Naoto Higa, Nextems, CEO

7-3) Announcement of Project Results "Project for Maximizing Renewable Energy Penetration on Small Remote Islands" -Utilization of MG Set on Hateruma Island-

Satoru Yamashiro, Okinawa Electric Power Company, Remote Island Division, Remote Island Technology Group, Group Leader

Submit Questions

Questions for Speakers (to be answered during separately scheduled online discussions) may be submitted via the form below (available from January 25, 2021). Please submit questions at least 4 days prior to the real-time session to allow translation and formation of responses.

Keynote Speaker

  • Alan Oshima


    Alan M. Oshima - State of Hawai'i

    Economic and Community Navigator

    Alan M. Oshima retired from Hawaiian Electric Company after serving for five years as the president and chief executive officer.

    Under Alan’s leadership, Hawaiian Electric accelerated its company-wide transformation initiative, reorganized its processes to become more nimble, innovative and customer focused and built an employee culture that readily adapts to change. Hawaiian Electric has been nationally recognized for its progress in replacing fossil fuel generation with renewable resources. The Smart Electric Power Alliance named Hawaiian Electric its Investor-Owned Utility of the Year in 2018 and in 2019, the company was named Utility of the Year by the independent trade publication Utility Dive.

    Alan practiced law prior to 2005 and was involved in numerous high-profile cases involving water rights, land use and all aspects of public utility regulation and was recognized by his peers for his accomplishments.

    Service to the community has been a hallmark of Alan’s career. He has been recognized by numerous professional and community organizations for his leadership and volunteerism, especially his work to improve public education. He has served in varied leadership capacities with among others: the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, the YMCA of Honolulu, Hawaii3Rs and the Hawaii State Bar Association.

    In 2020, Governor David Y. Ige asked Alan to volunteer as the Economic and Community Navigator during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Working with many stakeholders, a plan for addressing the various phases of the stress imposed by the worldwide crisis was put into place which includes a unique Safe Travels program that launched on October 15, 2020.

    Alan and Jo Ann Oshima live in the Nuuanu neighborhood of Honolulu. Their family includes a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in Honolulu and a son and daughter-in-law and one granddaughter in San Francisco.

    A graduate of Farrington High School in Honolulu, Alan received a degree in business administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. He served as a Supply Corps officer with the U.S. Navy and, among other places, was stationed at Pearl Harbor and San Diego.


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Please note: Details are subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, Japanese to English translations, including welcome remarks, materials, and subtitles have been translated by the workshop secretariat and are unofficial. Each presenter retains copyright and should be contacted directly to request permission to share or reuse any portion of their materials or presentations. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.