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Special Edition – Earth Day 2024

Pacific Biodiesel Welcomes Community Leaders & Local Students for Blessing of the Company’s First Sunflower Field on Kauaʻi

KAUAʻI, HAWAIʻI (April 23, 2024) – In commemoration of Earth Day, Pacific Biodiesel Founders Bob and Kelly King welcomed community leaders and local students on a tour of the company's new crushing mill and expanded agriculture operations, followed by a blessing of its first sunflower field on Kauaʻi on April 22, 2024.

Invited guests included community and business leaders, agriculture and food security organizations, biodiesel customers Hawaiian Electric and Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative, representatives from Kauaʻi County Council, and landowners Gay & Robinson, Inc. Also, Kauaʻi High School STEM and Natural Resourses students and their teachers attended to learn about the companyʻs renewable fuel and regenerative agriculture model and later shared their input for planning future educational farm tours.

Kauai Blessing Bob and Kelly

Kumu Troy Hinano Lazaro and members of his award-winning Hālau Ka Pa Hula O Hinano conducted a blessing of the site of the first sunflower field on Kauaʻi as Pacific Biodiesel Co-founders Bob and Kelly King look on.

This morning’s gathering began with a tour of Pacific Biodiesel's new crushing mill at Gay & Robinson’s property in Kaumakani. Guests sampled the company’s premium culinary oils produced from local agriculture including sunflowers from the Kings’ farm on Maui. Participants also had an opportunity to learn about the new expeller press and see the trio of recently installed large-capacity grain silos where harvested seed will be stored until it is processed in the crushing mill.

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Kauai Bus GroupShot

Pacific Biodiesel staff and guests pose for "Earth Day" group shot following the blessing.

Watch this video of Kumu Troy Hinano Lazaro and his hālau at the Earth Day blessing.

Founded in 1995, Pacific Biodiesel is the nation's longest operating and most experienced biodiesel producer, and the only commercial producer of liquid biofuels in the state. A Maui-based company with nearly 100 employees statewide, we established the first retail biodiesel pump in America and for nearly three decades we've been an innovative leader in the renewable energy industry. With a nameplate production capacity of 5.5 million gallons annually, our refinery on Hawaii Island utilizes advanced technology to produce premium distilled biodiesel. Our company has always focused on recycling with a zero waste philosophy that incorporates development of value-added co-products. Today, our collaborative, community-based "agriculture and energy" production model demonstrates a circular economy approach to fighting climate change and helps Hawaii achieve a clean, sustainable energy future.
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