Furlough Friday wrap-up

It’s unfortunate we have “Furlough Fridays” affecting all Hawaii’s public school students. But, because Hawaii is such a small place, both big and small businesses of our community have an obligation to pitch in.

Through hosting this Furlough Friday science and energy day, Chaminade’s Hogan Students, Sopogy and Energy Industries, our sponsors including Styrophobia, Waialua Soda Works, Round Table Pizza, volunteers from the High Technology Development Corporation, Hawaii Science and Technology Council and Kanu Hawaii are being part of the solution.

In attendance at our Furlough Friday event we hosted 52 students from Waianae, Waipahu, Mililani, Campbell, McKinley, Kailua, Moanalua, Pearl City and a number of home schooled students. This was our answer…

What will you do?

We challenge all Hawaii businesses to heed the call.

There are many ways you can help:

  • Host a Furlough Friday event at your site
  • Participate in an existing Furlough Friday event
  • Sponsor with your goods
  • Volunteer with your service
  • Donate, even a small amount of cash helps a lot!

Here’s the agenda from our day. Perhaps this format will give you some ideas to help you plan yours:

8:30 – 8:45 Introduction of day, review of schedule by Dy Phung

Food Sponsored by: Sopogy

8:45 – 9:30 Sopogy Education Stations (4 stations with 10 minutes each then rotate+time to move around)

Station 1: Kip at SopoNova
Station 2: Jon at SopoFlare
Station 3: Jim, Jennifer, Peter in Engineering
Station 4: Tal, overview of renewable on the grid at board room

9:30 – 10:30 Meeting with the Executives (2 stations with 30 minutes each then rotate)

Station 1: Darren at Sopogy Team Room
Station 2: Miles at Mercury Conference Room

10:30 – 11:30 Energy Industries with Brandon Hayashi, Duane Ashimine and EI team

Station 1: Solar Photovoltaic
Station 2: Energy Efficient Lighting
Station 3: Air Conditioning

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

Food Sponsored by: Roundtable Pizza
Drinks Sponsored by: Waialua Soda Works
Utensils Sponsored by: Styrophobia

12:30 – 1:00 Energy Education with Non-Profits

Station 1: James Koshiba of Kanu Hawaii
Station 2: Keiki-Pua Dancil of Hawaii Science and Technology Council

1:00 – 2:30 CSP Making Project and Competition

Top 10 students received $10 Jamba Juice Gift Cards donated by Sopogy

Here are some additional notes:

  • On Monday prior to the event we had 1 student. We put out a call to all our friends for help. In the following 3 days over 51 participants signed up. Thank you to all who volunteered helping spread the word. They include:
    • Cathy Kawano-Ching – Punahou
    • Pono Shim – Enterprise Honolulu
    • Carolyn Kaichi – Hawaii Academy of Science
    • Sandy Park and Sandi Kanemori – High Technology Development Corporation
    • Leigh-Ann Miyasato – Entrepreneur Foundation
    • Representative Lyla Berg
    • Senator Jill Tokuda
    • Ron Nagasawa – Midweek
    • Sherry Menor-McNamara – Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
    • Ann Davis – Education Matters
    • Colleen Murakami – Student Support OCISS
    • The Honolulu Advertiser
    • Hawaii News Now
  • Sopogy, Energy Industries and the participants employed “Fossil Fuel Free Friday” with the commitment to use efficient transportation methods. People came in riding bikes, car pooling, catching the bus, walking, running and some even skateboarded in!

Here’s a picture gallery of the day:

52 participants joined the Sopogy and Energy Industries Furlough Friday

Learning Station: SopoNova Solar Collector

Learning Station: Engineering

Learning Station: Sopogy Engineering Room

Learning Station: Renewable Energy

Learning Station: Renewable Energy, Sopogy Board Room

Learning Station: Kanu Hawaii

Learning Station: Kanu Hawaii at Sopogy Mercury Room



Solar Panel Making Competition

Solar Panel Making Competition

Solar Panel Testing

Solar Panel Testing



Energy Industries Learning Station - Energy Efficient Lighting

Energy Industries Learning Station - Energy Efficient Lighting

Energy Industries - Learning Station

Energy Industries - Learning Station

Furlough Friday at Sopogy & Energy Industries


DATE & TIME: The workshop will be held on Friday, March 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Sopogy headquartersat 2660 Waiwai Loop. We will meet at the Sopogy building at 8:15am. Sopogy will be implementing their “Fossil Fuel Free Friday” so all employees, staff, students, and participants are encouraged to attend using an efficient alternative mode of transportation such as walking, bike, bus, or carpool.

EVENT: The workshop is free of charge and open to high school students, especially for those students interested in science, technology, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. Students will take a tour of the facilities, learn about Sopogy’s MicroCSP technology, find out how Energy Industries uses proven technologies to innovatively lower electricity demand, have a discussion with CEO and founder of Sopogy and Energy Industries Darren Kimura, and perform an experimental CSP project using pizza boxes and tin foil to make smores. HiSciTech CEO Keiki-Pua Dancil and Kanu Hawaii Executive Director James Koshiba will be on hand as special guests to discuss the significance of technology and sustainability. Lunch will be provided.As space is limited interested students should respond as soon as possible to reserve a spot and come prepared with an open mind and a passion to learn something new.

To reserve a spot or for more information please contact:

John Rankin           (808) 265-8715  jtrankin@gmail.com

Rechung Fujihira      (808) 840-7337  rechung.fujihira@gmail.com

Special thanks to Round Table Pizza Kailua, Waialua Soda Works, and Styrophobia for providing lunch.


Darren Kimura CEO of Sopogy

10 For Today

By Jason Ubay

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About 200 people were nominated for our 20 for the Next 20 program. Some did not fit our criterion of being somewhat “under the radar” but clearly would have a major impact on Hawaii over the next two decades. So we created this eclectic list of existing leaders whose local influence is still growing.

Micah Kane: The former head of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is now a Kamehameha Schools trustee and frequently cited as a possible Republican candidate for high office.

Darren Kimura: The University of Hawaii graduate is a founder and principal of the high-tech firm Sopogy. Originally from the Big Island, he is active in many community causes there and elsewhere in Hawaii.

Colbert Matsumoto: An attorney and CEO of Island Insurance, he was the court-appointed master who helped transform Bishop Estate/Kamehameha Schools. He is active in many community issues ranging from education to energy sustainability to Japanese culture.

Pierre and Pam Omidyar: Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of eBay, and his wife support a wide variety of community causes in the Islands. He has also launched a new-media news service for Hawaii called Peer News.

Henk Rogers and Jeff Mikulina: Rogers, who made millions by popularizing the computer game Tetris, is founder of the Blue Planet Foundation, focused on energy independence and sustainability. Mikulina, former leader of the Hawaii Sierra Club, now serves as executive director of the foundation.

Candy Suiso: She is the founder and driving force behind the successful Searider multimedia education programs and productions out of Waianae High School.

Shane Victorino: The all-star centerfielder for the National League-champion Philadelphia Phillies has earned a World Series ring and just received a three-year, $22-million contract. He has done a lot of community service, especially on his home island of Maui.

Eric Yeaman: The president and CEO of Hawaiian Telcom is also a member of many community boards.