Saloka-Pasadava: explore alternative energy now

Like most Kauaians, Linda J. Saloka-Pasadava said she has concerns about a lot of things going on at the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative.

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of stories on the seven candidates for three seats on the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative board of directors. Members have been mailed out ballots, which include a voter guide. Ballots are due to KIUC headquarters in Kukui Grove Village West by 4 p.m. March 18.

“I have concerns about alternative energy, the cost of our energy bills, and the adverse publicity about KIUC.”

The Kilauea resident said she has been discussing these concerns with her friends and family.

The more she talked to people about her concerns, the more they encouraged her to seek a seat on the KIUC board.

She said she decided she would make the time to gather the required member signatures (35 are required) to put herself on this month’s ballot as one of the seven candidates vying for the three available board seats, all for three-year terms.

“I’m a concerned citizen who plans to live here all my life. I believe that the island is not only a paradise for visitors and residents, but a paradise in terms of alternative energy potential,” she said.

“With the proper technology, we can harness energy from the sun, wind and water, to be converted into viable sources of energy.

“We cannot begin to solve our energy issues unless the members get serious about conservation and energy management,” she said.

Members include representatives of the large companies and facilities on the island. “Members must become proactive and begin to think of how the residents of the island can help the co-op, and not just how the co-op can help residents of the island,” she said.

An advocate for developing alternative-energy sources, she readily admits that the process of developing viable alternative-energy sources will take some money, and that realization might be painful for some.

“I do feel that we must do something immediately, and that might mean making some sacrifices,” said Saloka-Pasadava, a retired corporate attorney who now runs her own wedding business.

“Many of my clients ask me why Kaua’i, home of the wettest spot in the world, does not have hydroelectric power,” she continued.

One of her major concerns is environmental impact alternative energy sources may have. “It must be balanced with our environment,” she emphasized.

“Kaua’i offers possibilities for hydroelectric, wind and solar power, and, perhaps, even power derived from the ocean,” she continued.

“We have to look at the different areas of the island,” she added. This diversity may offer various opportunities for development of alternative-energy production.

Asked specifically about a proposal for a hydroelectric facility on the Wailua River, above Wailua Falls, she said she might be in favor of it “as long as there are no serious ecological impacts,” and that means even if it means diminished flows of water over the falls at times.

“Kauaians need to begin thinking out of the box in terms of all of our energy needs, including transportation energy,” she said.

Describing herself as “a concerned citizen regarding the future of Kaua’i,” Saloka-Pasadava also teaches noncredit courses in conflict resolution, time management, communications, and other business-related courses, through the Kaua’i Community College Office of Continuing Education and Training.

She now serves as president of the Kilauea Neighborhood Association, and is also a member of the board of trustees of the Kaua’i Museum.

She lives in Kilauea with her husband Chad Pasadava, a third-generation Kauaian who is an operator at the Princeville Corporation wastewater-treatment plant.

They have no children, but they have several animals that they rescued, she said.

A Kaua’i resident since 1994, Saloka-Pasadava said, “I came here to retire, but instead have never been busier in my life.”

She said she plans to vote for three candidates for the KIUC board seats, and concluded by saying she was happy to find a lot of aloha from the staff at KIUC headquarters in the Hana Kukui Building of Kukui Grove Village West.

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