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					                February 2007

   KIUC’s Troubleshooters
Keeping Kauai Connected
           Aloha Island Properties
                                (808) 246-0334

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              Aloha Island Properties • 3-3359 Kuhio Highway, Lihue, HI 96766
   808-246-0334 • fax: 808-246-0771 • • email:
Simple                                                                                               February 2007
                                                                                                  Volume 4, Number 1

                    Pleasures                                                        Table of Contents
                                                                               Simple Pleasures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

                                                                               Fuel Cells. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

                                                                               Solar Water Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

                                                                               A Picture’s Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

                                                                               Keeping Kauai Connected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

                                                                               From the Board of Directors. . . . . . . . . . . 11

                                                                               Heart Healthy Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

                                                                               Kauai Planning & Action Alliance. . . . . . . . 14

                                                                               Calendar of Student Art 2007. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
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Simple Pleasures is a section for our members to share their favorite place,
favorite pastime or something that makes them happy. Share your Simple
Pleasures with us by mail at KIUC Currents, 4463 Pahe‘e Street, Lihue, HI
96766 or email

    4463 Pahe‘e Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
    808.246.4300 • •
    EDITOR Anne Barnes, Marketing, Communications & Public Relations
    ASSISTANT EDITORS Shelley Paik and Heather Young, Marketing,
    Communications & Public Relations; Pam Blair, Ruralite Services
    CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Anne Barnes, Pam Brown, Paul Daniels, Jeff
    Deren, Shelley Paik and Heather Young
    KIUC BOARD MEMBERS Dee Crowell, Dennis Esaki, Derek Kawakami,
    Alfred Laureta, Jim Mayfield, Dane Oda, Ray Paler, Phil Tacbian and            KIUC troubleshooters from left; Eric Kajiwara,
    Peter Yukimura                                                                 Art Cordoba, Tom Yamamoto, Curran Chang
                                                                                   and John Ludington. See page 8 for more
    KIUC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    By Jeff Deren
    Government agencies and private corporations have been
    developing fuel cell technology for several decades. Fuel
    cells are an important part of space exploration, and are
    receiving considerable attention as an alternate power
    source for automobiles. In addition, fuel cells continue to
    be considered for distributed power generation and
    commercial and transportation applications.
    Operating Principle
    Fuel cells convert hydrogen or hydrogen-rich fuel
    directly to electricity through an electrochemical
    reaction. These devices provide a direct current (DC)
    voltage that can be used to power motors, lights or any
    number of electrical devices.
                                                                              A DFC300 installed in a utility substation at the City of
    A single fuel cell consists of an electrolyte and two                     Westerville (Ohio). This unit utilizes pipeline natural gas for fuel.
    catalyst-coated electrodes: an anode and a cathode.
    Hydrogen enters the anode side of the fuel cell, while                    The four most common types of fuel cells are: phosphoric
    oxygen is applied to the cathode side. The hydrogen and                   acid, molten carbonate, solid oxide and proton exchange
    oxygen react to produce electricity, water and heat.                      membrane.

    A single fuel cell produces only a small amount of                        The phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) uses phosphoric
    electricity. To provide enough electricity to power a home                acid as the electrolyte, and is the most developed fuel cell
    or car, many of the single cells are layered together to                  technology for stationary power. PAFC plants range from
    form the fuel cell “stack.”                                               around 200 kiloWatts (kW) to 11 MegaWatts (MW) in
                                                                              size, and have efficiencies on the order of 40 percent.
    Types of Fuel Cells                                                       For perspective, KIUC’s entire load is approximately 76
    There are many different types of fuel cells. They differ                 MW. PAFC cogeneration facilities can attain efficiencies
    primarily in the type of electrolyte and the temperatures                 approaching 88 percent when the heat from the fuel cell
    at which they operate. Some work well for use in                          is used for space or process heating or cooling.
    stationary power generating plants. Others may be useful
    for small portable applications or for powering cars.                     The molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) uses high-
                                                                              temperature compounds of salt—like sodium or
                                                                              magnesium—as the electrolyte. Efficiencies range from
                                                                              60 percent to 80 percent, and their operating
                                                                              temperature is about 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit (F). Due
                                                                              to the high operating temperature, MCFCs are not
                                                                              suitable for home use.
                                                                              A solid oxide fuel cell uses a hard, ceramic compound of
                                                                              metal oxide—like calcium or zirconium—as an
                                                                              electrolyte. Its efficiency is about 60 percent, with an
                                                                              operating temperature of about 1,800 degrees F. Much
                                                                              like the MCFCs, application of these units is limited due
                                                                              to the high temperatures, and they tend to be quite large.
                                                                              The proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell is one of
                                                                              the most promising fuel cell technologies. This is the type
                                                                              that will most likely end up powering our cars or homes,
                                                                              since it runs at a relatively low temperature. These fuel
    A DFC300 fuel cell power plant operating at a waste water
    treatment plant in Palmdale, California. This fuel cell power             cells have a polymer electrolyte in the form of a thin,
    plant uses digester gas produced on site for it's fuel. The electricity   permeable sheet. This solid, flexible electrolyte will not
    produced by the fuel cell is used on site for operational needs and       leak or crack. However, these fuel cells are more
    has significantly reduced electricity charges from the local utility.     expensive and require pure hydrogen.

The third shot shows a DFC1500 installed at the primary waste water treatment plant for King County Washington, located in the city
of Renton (a suburb of Seattle). This unit also utilizes gas from the digesters for fuel, and has eliminated over $500,000 per year in
utility electricity charge. Heat from the exhaust is captured and fed to the digester tanks to help maintain optimim gas production

Benefits and Challenges                                             Typically a device called a reformer is used to
Fuel cell power systems have many advantages compared               manufacture hydrogen from fuels such as natural gas,
to conventional combustion engines. They are highly                 propane, biogas or ethanol. Unfortunately, reformers are
efficient, have no moving parts and are virtually silent.           not perfect. They use electricity, generate heat and
                                                                    produce potentially polluting gases.
Waste heat from a fuel cell can be recovered and used for
space or process heating, making them even more                     Hydrogen also can be produced from water through a
efficient. Their only emissions are heat and water, if pure         process called electrolysis. However, this process takes a
hydrogen is used as the fuel. Additionally, if the hydrogen         considerable amount of electricity and is not cost effective.
is produced from renewable sources such as wind or                  With current production technologies, hydrogen is three
solar, the electricity produced is truly sustainable.               to four times more expensive than gasoline. In addition,
                                                                    hydrogen is difficult to store and distribute. Hydrogen
In spite of the immense promise of fuel cells, issues such
                                                                    storage facilities, pipelines and refueling stations
as cost, durability and fuel infrastructure need to be              currently do not exist on a commercial scale.
resolved. Fuel cells for stationary power generation cost
$6,000 to $8,400 per kW compared to $400 to $1,000 per              Conclusion
kW for a comparably sized diesel engine. In addition, the           Fuel cells are a promising technology that shows
fuel cell stack must be replaced every three to five years          potential for clean, renewable, distributed power
due to degradation. The stack alone can represent up to             generation in the future. Continued research and
                                                                    development is required to reduce their capital and
40 percent of the initial capital cost.
                                                                    operating costs and increase the fuel cell stack life.
Fuel cells use oxygen and hydrogen to produce electricity.
                                                                    In the near-term, fuel cells would only be competitive
The oxygen required comes from the air. In a PEM fuel               with conventional power generation with considerable
cell, for example, ordinary air is pumped into the cathode.         subsidies, and a free or low-cost source of hydrogen. In
Hydrogen, however, is not so readily available. Although            the long term—10 to 20 years—fuel cells could be a
it is an abundant element, it does not exist naturally in           competitive power generation technology, pending
its pure form.                                                      advancements in research and development. (Photos
                                                                    courtesy of Caterpillar, Inc.)
                                                                                                                            FEBRUARY 2007 5
    Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has been                    An age-related failure in any major solar water heating
    offering incentives for the installation of solar water             system component—or with inefficient or leaking solar
    heating since 1998. In the past, only conversions of                panels or a leaking storage tank—can result in the use of
    existing electric heaters to solar and new construction             more electricity than a standard electric water heater. As
    solar installations qualified for incentives.                       the water heating system becomes more reliant on backup
    For the first time, and for a limited time, KIUC will apply         electricity, electric bills will rise.
    the $800 rebate incentive to the replacement of qualifying     It is important to make repairs or replace defective
    existing solar water heating systems. The rebate will          components as soon as a problem is detected. The solar
    apply to replacement of the total system only. It cannot be    rebate replacement program is designed to replace solar
    used to replace specific components.                           water heating systems aged beyond their useful life
    It is estimated up to one-third of single-family homes on      expectancy, and that have a pre-existing failure in a
    Kauai have solar water heating. Many of the existing systems major component.
    were installed in the late 1980s, during a time when the
    federal government offered tax credits for their installation. System Criteria for the Replacement Rebate
                                                                   A KIUC representative will make a home visit to verify
    A solar system is designed to provide reliable services for whether your system qualifies for the rebate. KIUC will
    a long period of time. It is not uncommon to find solar        not inspect or troubleshoot your solar system to
    systems on Kauai 20 years or older. As systems age,            determine if it is working properly. Major component
    however, the likelihood is components will need to be          failures such as leaks in the storage tank and panels must
    replaced.                                                      be apparent, and will be documented by KIUC.
    For a solar water heating system to operate as designed,
                                                                    • The existing system to be replaced must have an
    failed components should be replaced as soon as possible.
                                                                       electric storage tank.
    Failure of minor components, such as the pump or
    controller, should be acted upon immediately when               • The member must show evidence the existing system
    discovered. Replacement of these components are                    is 15 years or older.
    relatively straightforward and not very expensive.
                                                                    • The system must display an obvious malfunction in
    Defective or leaking storage tanks, panels or pipes can be         one of the major components. The major components
    more complex and expensive to repair. This can lead to             are the storage tank and solar panels.
    postponing action for long periods of time. A water leak
    in a storage tank can drain away the hot water you              • Component(s) failure must result in an increase in
    collected from the sun. Hot water lost to a tank leak will         electric consumption. KIUC will use billing history for
    have to be replaced by hot water heated by electricity.            your account to confirm the increased consumption.
    Defective solar panels also can affect the system’s ability     • A participating Energy Wise Solar Contractor must
    to heat water.                                                     install the new replacement system.

                                           New refrigerators use less energy and save you money.
                                           Energy Star models save even more!
                                                        Replace that old refrigerator now
                                                             and get $50 from KIUC!
                                         Offer valid for refrigerators purchased
                                         between 2/01/07 - 3/29/07.
                                         While funds are available, residential accounts only,
                                         does not apply to new construction.
                                         See rebate application for full details.
                                                                                                         KIUC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

                         Solar Water Heating System Replacement
                         A replacement system can be more expensive than a first-time installation. The
                         existing system components must be dismantled before installing the new one.
                         This will require extra contractor labor. The additional labor for removing the
                         old system should be considered.
A Member’s Guide         Participating contractors are not required by program guidelines to remove the
    to the               old system components from your property. You may ask the participating
Solar Water              contractor to include the cost of hauling away the old components to the
                         landfill in the total cost of the new system. However, if they are unwilling, you
  Heating                will be responsible for having the old system components removed and
                         disposed of according to applicable laws.
  Program                The Rebate Process
                         Rebates will be paid only after the existing system has been pre-verified as
                         meeting the program criteria by a KIUC representative. The rebate replacement
                         process is described in detail in “A Members Guide to the Solar Water Heating
                         Replacement Program.” To receive a copy, call 246-8280 or 246-8284.
                         Funds for this program are made available on a first-come, first-served basis
                         until all funds are committed.
                         The solar replacement rebate will be available for one year only, between
                         January 2007 and December 1, 2007, or until all incentive funds are
                         distributed. All funds will be paid in the year the program is available. Rebates
                         are not available for systems replaced prior to January 2007.
Energy Wise Programs
 Phone:   808.246.8284
                         To schedule a pre-installation verification on your existing system, or for
          808.246.8280   additional information about this program, call KIUC at 246.8280 or 246.8284.
 Fax:     808.246.8268

                                                      A Picture’s Worth...
                                              Pictured here is Mary Lou Mendes, in front of her “Bodacious
                                              Plus” store. Mary Lou is a prime example of the entrepreneurial
                                              spirit, having created six businesses during the past 11 years:
                                              Bodacious Petite and Plus stores, Jungle Rain, Island Fever,
                                              Island Surf and the Golden Nugget, all located in the Coconut
                                              Market Place in Kapa’a. Mary Lou has a new store under
                                              development, to be located in the town of Kapa’a.
                                              Realizing every dollar saved in energy goes to a business’s bottom
                                              line, Mary Lou has seen the value of incorporating energy-efficient
                                              technology into her businesses. Assisted by KIUC’s Commercial
                                              Energy Wise Program, Mary Lou has installed numerous energy-
                                              efficient lights and reduced the wattage. The Energy Wise
                                              Program congratulates Mary Lou in her new venture, and looks
                                              forward to assisting her with future energy-saving opportunities.
                                              Just a reminder to our members: The primary goal of the Energy
                                              Wise program is to reduce the need for new power plant
                                              construction by helping members better manage the energy we now
                                              produce, with the long-term value being to assist members in
                                              doing the right thing for the community at large. Energy resources
                                              for Kauai are limited and expensive, and it will take a united
                                              community effort to control cost for all of Kauai’s residents.
                                              If you have a business large or small and want to participate in
                                              the Commercial Energy Wise Program, call Paul Daniels at

                                                                                                   FEBRUARY 2007 7
    KIUC’s Troubleshooters Respond to Emergencies, Outages Around the Clock
    By Pamela V. Brown
                                                                    The cause can run the gamut, from corrosion to a tree
                                                                    brushing a line or something more dramatic. Every case
                                                                    is different.
                                                                    Cordoba has been with KIUC for three years after more
                                                                    than 30 years’ experience with California’s Pacific Gas &
                                                                    Electric (PG&E), primarily in the Monterey area. He
                                                                    enjoys the variety and doing whatever it takes to restore
                                                                    power as quickly and safely as possible.
                                                                    “No two days are alike, and that’s OK with me,” he said.
                                                                    “My job is like a game of clues. You use all of your years
                                                                    of experience to find the problem. That’s probably what
                                                                    keeps the job fresh.”
                                                                    When a power-out call comes in—especially when it
                                                                    involves a traffic accident—Cordoba or one of his
                                                                    counterparts are some of the first people on the scene,
                                                                    advising police and fire department personnel whether
                                                                    electrical lines in the area pose a hazard, cutting power to
                                                                    the immediate area, if necessary, and making repairs.
                                                                    “We’re the first responders,” Cordoba said. “We have to
                                                                    look at all the angles.”
                                                                    People need to realize power poles can conduct electricity
                                                                    under normal conditions, and even more so during wet
                                                                    weather, Cordoba said. “Any living thing can get
                                                                    electrocuted,” he said. “Don’t touch. Stay away from it.”
                                                                    Despite the urgency of restoring power, Cordoba said
                                                                    rushing and taking shortcuts around electricity is a no-
                                                                    no. “Electricity doesn’t give you a second chance most of
                                                                    the time,” he said. “ ‘Shortcut’ is probably the worst word
                                                                    in this industry. You’ve got to take the time to get your
                                                                    rubber gloves on or put on your other safety gear.”
                                                                    That said, Cordoba’s favorite part of his job is helping
                                                                    customers and meeting new people. “I want to make
                                                                    somebody happy,” he said. “That’s the bottom line. The
                                                                    whole picture is making that member happy.”
                                                                    For the Hardy: 24/7
    When the power goes out, night or day, Kauai Island             The job of an electric company’s troubleshooter is tailor-
    Utility Cooperative (KIUC) troubleshooters are on the           made for the hardy. On call 24 hours a day for two weeks
    job, sleuthing for clues like detectives to determine the       at a stretch, KIUC’s troubleshooters are sometimes
    cause of the outage. Sometimes it is as obvious as a car        rousted out of bed to answer trouble calls.
    hitting a power pole or a tree falling on an electrical line.
                                                                    “We have regular work eight hours per day,” doing
    In most cases, though, it is a little trickier.
                                                                    everything from fixing street lights, inspecting trenches
    For Art Cordoba, KIUC’s primary troubleshooter from             before electrical lines are laid, and running services to
    Puhi to Haena, that is part of the fun.                         overhead and underground locations, Cordoba said.
    “The power can be out on an entire street and I have            Most trouble calls come in just after the eight-hour
    to find the cause—which branch, which source,”                  shift ends—usually between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.—
    Cordoba said.                                                   sometimes making for long days. Middle of the night
calls are fairly rare, though when it rains it pours. Case
in point: Cordoba said four poles were hit during the
Christmas holidays, with most calls coming in between
1 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Like most troubleshooters, Cordoba remains unflappable.
“Nothing bothers me,” he said. “I don’t see it as, ‘Oh
God, who’s calling now?’ ” The moment those words
leave his lips, his cell phone rings, as if on cue with news
of a trouble call in Hanalei.
A troubleshooter’s daily rounds include clearing vines
from power poles and lines, preventing vegetation from
burning and causing possible power outages. Going from
call to call in large KIUC bucket trucks, Cordoba and
other troubleshooters routinely carry cane knives on
board for this purpose. Though KIUC works with island
tree trimmers, at the rate things grow on Kauai,
Cordoba says it is impossible for tree trimmers to keep
up with the demand.
A proactive man, always looking for ways to make
systems more efficient, Cordoba advocates instituting a        Troubleshooter Art Cordoba stands by one of the most important tools
spraying regimen to stunt growth of vegetation near            necessary to complete his job effectively. KIUC has ?? boom trucks in
power poles, making things safer. He sees this as one way      operation on Kauai.
to increase the time spent on other details, such as           “Where I worked in California, we had computers in the
installing computers in troubleshooters’ vehicles.             vehicles and we could scroll from page to page, seeing

  Beware of vines growing on electrical wires and poles. High-voltage lines can begin burning, tracking to the bottom of
  the vine. Poles are always conductive to some degree, more so when it is raining or when other moisture is present.
  “Don’t touch. Don’t play near poles. Stay away from them,” says Art Cordoba, one of KIUC’s primary troubleshooters.
  If your power goes out, wait a few minutes and see what happens. Sometimes a tree brushes a power line, causing a
  temporary outage for 10 or 15 minutes, until the system resets itself.
  If you experience a longer power outage, check with your neighbors to learn if they are having the same problem
  before calling KIUC. This information helps troubleshooters understand the scope of the outage and isolate the cause.
  Because Kauai people are patient, they often depend upon a neighbor to report the problem to KIUC, Cordoba said.
  “Sometimes we’ll receive only one call, making it sound like a one-house problem when in fact it’s a widespread
  outage,” he said. “The more information we receive, the better.”
  Breaker tip: If you have tripped a breaker and the breaker switch is in the center between Off and On, do not flip it
  back and forth. Instead, click it firmly into the Off position, then flip it to On.
  Inspect electrical panels periodically to be sure they are free of debris, insects and other creatures.
  Don’t overload circuits. This causes your power to trip off. Call an electrician to more evenly distribute your power load.
  Partial power—when only part of your home or office has power—is the most common type of call received by KIUC
  troubleshooters. It is often caused by corrosion, rusted panels or “gecko suicides.”
  If you have vegetation growing into low-voltage wires, call a tree trimmer. “We’ll cut the power for you while you
  trim,” Cordoba said. “They are our lines, but it’s your tree.”
  During wintertime, electrical lines often blow down from wind or trees falling into them. Cordoba cautions people to
  put their safety first and call the professionals instead of investigating the situation themselves. “If you see a line
  down, call the power company,” Cordoba said.
                                                                                                  — Compiled by Pam Brown

                                                                                                                       FEBRUARY 2007 9
                                                                       exactly who was on each circuit or who had called us,” he
                                                                       said. “We could go straight to the problem’s origination.”
                                                                       Cordoba sees this as a realistic possibility for Kauai. “We
                                                                       need backup from our board of directors and company
                                                                       supervisors to make it a better system for the members,”
                                                                       he said.
                                                                       An aspect of troubleshooting that remains constant is the
                                                                       challenge of keeping equipment operating smoothly.
                                                                       Power outages are primarily due to the weather and
                                                                       infrastructure, Cordoba said. “Our dust, dirt, salt air—
                                                                       what a mix,” he said.
                                                                       Though other oceanfront areas of the country face
                                                                       corrosion, Hawaiian trade winds continually blow salt air
                                                                       and debris inland toward power facilities, creating almost
                                                                       non-stop maintenance issues.
                                                                       Despite the challenges—or maybe because of them—
                                                                       Cordoba is in his element as a troubleshooter. An
                                                                       independent sort who revels in navigating the island, he
                                                                       loves his job serving as problem-solver and KIUC
                                                                       emissary in an aloha shirt.
                                                                       “Where else is it that you can go out and be in paradise
                                                                       and have the whole island as your office, day or night?”
                                                                       he asks. “I still love being in that bucket. You can do line
       Troubleshooter Art Cordoba checks wiring at one of the wiring   work a thousand different ways, just as long as you get
       stations.                                                       that electricity flowing.”

Senior Extravaganza 2007
          Na Kupuna Na Hoku ‘O Kaua‘i
                         “This is Aloha”
                  Saturday, March 31, 2007
                      9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
           Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall
                       Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i

                                 Tickets $3
                    Includes a Chance for Prizes
            1 Vacations Hawaii Las Vegas Package for 1
             (Includes Round Trip Airfare from Kauai)
                                    1 Color TV
                    1 Inter Island Round Trip Airfare
     Tickets can be purchased in advance at these local Senior Centers:
         Hanapepe 335-3731 • Kalaheo 332-9770 • Kapaa 822-1931
        Kaumakani 335-5770 • Kekaha 337-1671 • Kilauea 828-1421
            Koloa 742-1313 • Lihue 241-6857 • Waimea 338-1122

Sponsored by The County of Kauai Recreation Agency & Na Kupuna Council
    Hauoli makahiki hou.
    2006 has proven to us that KIUC is not about individuals but about a team that will continue to serve the members’ needs.
    We have a new Chief Financial Officer, an Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, and a new Member Services
    Manager as well as three new board members but the electric current keeps flowing, not missing a beat due to these
    Looking forward, we have some excellent candidates for the President/CEO position and the board should make a
    selection in February with the permanent President and CEO in place in late March of this year.
    You may have heard of the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program, through which we have $300,000 that
    did not come from ratepayers to help the community. We have also set up a KIUC Foundation that will assist people in
    need, funded by unclaimed construction deposits and unclaimed patronage capital.
    KIUC is continuing its Save Our Shearwater program and working towards the Habitat Conservation Plan. We do this not
    only because the federal government mandates that we protect these birds and the environment, but also because it’s the
    right thing to do.
    We hear the cry for more renewable or “green” energy sources and continue to work with those committed to clean energy.
    One of the 7 Cooperative Principles is Democratic Member Control. Remember, we are all in this together. You elect the
    board of directors and have a voice in how we operate.
                                                                       Dennis M. Esaki

                           2nd Cooperative Principle
                          Democratic Member Control
  Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively
 participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as
elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In a cooperative,
       members have equal voting rights - one member, one vote.

 One of the most important things you do as a member
    of KIUC is vote for your Board of Directors.
            Exercise your right to vote in
  KIUC’s 2006 Board Elections - March 17, 2007.

KIUC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
                             Recipes for
                         the New Year
    When a new year begins, we think of change and how we can improve on the prior year. One of
    those changes may include losing a few pounds or just making better eating choices. We created
    some tasty heart-healthy dishes, that are easy to prepare and good for you. In our dishes, we
    substitued regular pasta with whole wheat pasta and used skim milk instead of 2%. We also
    used olive oil in most of our dishes. We prepared a filling shrimp and edamame pasta dish,
    delicious chicken with dijon sauce, flavorful vegetable salad and a refreshing sorbet for dessert.
    Making changes to your diet by cooking healthy alternatives is just one step towards achieving
    your goal to lose weight in the new year, with exercise and a healthy diet, we're sure you'll
    achieve your goals. Happy New Year and have fun with our Healthy Heart Recipes.

                                                      Shrimp & Edamame Pasta
                                                        (8 oz) uncooked wheat pasta
                                                        1-1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame
                                                        1 tbsp olive oil
                                                        4 cloves garlic (minced)
                                                        1 lb shrimp, shelled & deveined
                                                        1 can diced tomatoes
                                                        1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
                                                        1 tbsp Italian seasoning
                                                        1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
                                                        salt & pepper to taste
                                                      Cook pasta according to package directions, add
                                                      edamame for last 5 minutes of cooking. Drain & return
                                                      to pan. Heat olive oil, add garlic & saute; add shrimp and
                                                      cook at least 1 minute on each side then add the diced
                                                      tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil, lower heat and
                                                      simmer for 3 minutes and add sliced basil. Combine
                                                      shrimp mixture with cooked pasta & edamame. Garnish
                                                      with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
                                                          Summer Salad
                                                            2 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
                                                            1 large zucchini, thinly sliced about 1/2 cup
                                                            2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
                                                            2 green onions, sliced
                                                            1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
                                                            1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
                                                            1/2 cup bottled clear Italian salad dressing (Newman's
                                                            Own brand)
                                                            1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
                                                            Fresh thyme (optional)
                                                            Salt and pepper for taste
                                                          If using frozen corn, cook and drain; rinse with cold
                                                          water to cool. In a large bowl combine all of your
                                                          ingredients along with your dressing and cover and chill
                                                          for 4 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally. If desired, garnish
Breaded Chicken with Dijon                                with fresh thyme
                                                          Nutrition facts per serving: 99 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g
Mustard Sauce                                             saturated fat), o mg cholesterol, 253 mg sodium, 14 g
  4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts                    carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.
  2 cups Italian style breadcrumb
  1 cup grated Parmessan cheese
  1 cup Egg Beaters or any liquid egg substitue
  2 tablespoons olive oil
  1 cup skim milk
  1 tablespoon corn starch mixed with a splash of water
  2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Dip Chicken in Egg Beaters. Mix breadcrumbs and
cheese. Dredge chicken.
Heat pan to medium-high heat add olive oil. Brown
chicken on both sides. Lower heat to medium low - cover
and cook until done turning occasionally (10 minutes).
Remove chicken from pan - drain oil. Add milk to pan
and wisk dripping with milk. Add mustard. Thicken with
corn starch.

                                                          Your Favorite Sorbet
                                                            1 Lemon
                                                            Your favorite flavor of sorbet
                                                          Cut lemon in half. Remove "guts." Freeze for one hour.
                                                          Fill with sorbet, and serve.
                                                          Please send your favorite recipes to KIUC
                                                          Currents, 4463 Pahee Street, Lihue, Hawaii
                                                          96766 or email
                                                                                                            FEBRUARY 2007 13
                   Classroom Volunteers Needed
                       for Elementary Schools
    Are you ready to make a difference in a child’s life? Kauai Planning & Action Alliance’s (KPAA)
    “Community Volunteers in the Classroom” (CVC) project is recruiting volunteers to work in elementary
    school classrooms. Working as little as one hour a week, volunteers will assist students with reading, math
    and other subjects.
    A survey showed most teachers and principals at the public elementary schools on Kauai identified
    classroom volunteers as their primary need. Partnering with teachers and other school staff, the CVC
    program reinforces academic skills to promote student achievement.
    Volunteers will be given an opportunity to share their talents and
    experiences to enrich the school program. Brief training and
    orientation sessions will be provided. The CVC program is
    designed to enhance school-community partnerships by
    promoting community interest in, and support for, public schools.
    To become a part of this initiative to inspire learning, contact
    Sarah Shiraki at:

           Kauai Planning & Action Alliance
                       Phone: 632-2005/Fax: 632-2018
         or visit the KPAA website and download an application at

Kula Senior Diane Sater Wins the Grand Prize
By Pamela V. Brown
With her acrylic painting on canvas of an endangered iiwi         This year’s contest, KIUC’s fourth annual, brought in
bird dipping its beak into the center of a vivid red poinsettia   more than 1,000 entries from students across the island.
flower, Kula High School senior Diane Sater won the grand         Judges were Carole and Marty Kahn of Kahn Fine Arts
prize in this year’s KIUC Calendar of Student Art Contest.        and Rebecca Deren of Rebecca Deren Designs.
Sater won the grand prize last year, too, for her portrayal of    A serious student with a wry sense of humor, Sater is
a turkey warily eyeing a Thanksgiving Day feast. As a             looking forward to graduation. She plans to study at a
sophomore, Sater won first place for her picture of a rooster,    language school in Japan, becoming fluent enough to
which depicted October and the Year of the Rooster.               apply to a Japanese university and “live on my own and
“It felt very rewarding, considering it was my last time,”        not have to rummage around with a dictionary or a
she said. “I thought I’ve gotta go out with a bang.”              translator.”
This year’s theme assigned to seniors was to depict art           She believes being in Japan will broaden her perspective of
representing the month of December. Sater said she chose          art. She has a deep interest and talent in drawing anime—
the poinsettia because it is a flower associated with year-       a style of Japanese comic book and cartoon animation in
end holidays. The iiwi, a member of the Hawaiian                  which the characters have large, doe-like eyes.
honeycreeper family of birds, is known for its bright red  After winning Calendar Art Contest prizes three years
feathers, which were prized by Hawaiians for use in        in a row, Sater has been enjoying her notoriety around
making feathered capes and other accessories for alii.     the island. “People in Foodland or at the library will say,
“Someone said that the flower, the textures I had painted, ‘I saw your calendar,’ ” she said. To be recognized for
it was almost as if he could touch it,” she said. “I felt  something that is her passion “gives me a warm fuzzy
happy with that comment.”                                  feeling.”

                                                                      2007 Calendar of Student Art Winners
                                                                        gathered at Kamalani Playground in
                                                                     December for an awards ceremony. Diane
                                                                      Sater, shown left with Board Chairman
                                                                      Dennis Esaki and acting CEO Randy Hee,
                                                                        was this year’s Grand Prize Winner.

 We’re always looking for member photos to feature in
 Parting Shot. If you have an item to share with readers,
 please email or send it to: KIUC
 Currents, 4463 Pahe‘e Street, Lihue, HI 96766.
Aloha kākou:
This issue of Currents features our troubleshooters, a special breed of
dedicated line workers who we all appreciate very much. When
someone’s lights go out, they are often asked to leave a planned family
activity, hop in their truck and head out with a mission to find and fix
the problem.
What happens when the lights go out? Most outages trigger an alarm
that gives our Power plant operator an indication of the problem. If it’s
a problem that occurred in one of our power plants, a troubleshooter
won’t be called. But if the problem occurred on one our lines, chances are the help of a
troubleshooter will be needed.
The telephones in our control room usually start ringing as anxious members call to report the outage.
Sometimes, there may only be one operator in our control room and his first priority is to stabilize the
system and ensure adequate generation. Once the system is stabilized, the phones are answered and the
information received from members can help us to locate the source of the problem.
Line problems can, at times, be challenging to find. Member calls often help us in locating the
problem. When a member calls to say that they heard a loud bang, like a gunshot, when the lights
went out, it often helps us locate a blown fuse.
Outages requiring the assistance of a troubleshooter can often take over an hour to repair. This
includes travel time, time to locate the problem and time to affect a repair. An automobile accident
often means replacing the pole and calling in more line workers to assist. While we try our best to
provide an estimate on how long the outage will last, it is often difficult to predict.
If you are trying to call our 246-8200 trouble call number and your call is not being answered or you
get a busy signal, we are aware of the problem and we apologize. The problem is simple; there are more
callers than we have people to answer. Please try again in a few minutes. Thank you for reporting
outages. We usually try to inform the radio stations on larger outages that could take a while to repair.
We thank our troubleshooters, Curran Chang, Art Cordoba, John Ludington, Eric Kajiwara and
Tom Yamamoto and their supervisors, Randy Alcott, Bernard Naea and Soni Tupou, who are also
called to help. We appreciate their dedication and commitment.

Randy Hee
Acting President and CEO

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