We are proposing the establishment of designated sites around the County of Hawai’i that will facilitate unencumbered testing of autonomous and sustainable living systems including but not limited to energy, water, food, sewage, heating and cooling, bio-fuels and building with recycled and renewable materials.

In the coming years, as resource scarcity and population increase continue, these research sites will bring about the emergence of new methods of living that will profoundly affect the quality of life for all members of both the public and private sector.

This bill was “killed”.. the article about it all is here:http://hawaiisustainablecommunity.org/ dated May 21, 2014…

<<Latest News on SB2274 – R.I.P.   (until next legislative season) 

In a travesty of democracy, Senator Malama Solomon (as Chairperson of the Senate Conference Committee) refused to grant SB2274 a hearing by the deadline on Friday April 25th.  Tragically, our bill was killed after passing through all six Senate and House committees with overwhelming supportive testimony. The purpose of the conference committee is only to resolve which amendments are adopted, and ours were simple.>> read more at the above link…



Currently, no other venue subsists that encourages this level of research. Instead, by virtue of the existing paradigm sustainable development is often inhibited.

The Hawaii County Sustainable Living Research Sites will cause new systems and inventions to occur at a more rapid rate, thus contending with the rate of resource depletion and population increase. These sites will provide a working template not only for the Big Island, and the State of Hawaii but also for the US. A similar bill is in position to be introduced in Colorado and both bills are similar to that which was passed in New Mexico a few years ago. The passage of this bill will add to Hawai’i’s long history as a pioneer in the area of long–range planning. In the words of State Auditor Marion Higa “The visionary Hawai‘i State 2050 Sustainability Plan and its related functional plans were among the first planning documents in the nation that provided integrated, far-reaching policies for the economic, social and environmental future of an entire state.” The bill we are proposing will complement this effort.


The purpose of this bill is to allow and encourage privately or otherwise funded sustainable projects within the County to research new low impact ways of living. This bill will create a “doorway” through the current limitations of traditional codes to support the development of more sustainable methods of living, allowing greater implementation of County and State sustainable living policies.

The objective being…

a.) To allow the County to approve, at their discretion, “Sustainable Living Research Sites” to spark change beyond the current consumption/depletion methods of living.

b.) To search for and demonstrate alternative living styles that reduce the depletion of resources with regard to, but not limited to, energy generation and use, land use, construction materials, food growing and living systems.

c.) To establish a County approved “doorway” through existing codes, for research of a more sustainable living approach to occur.

populations are increasing while resources are decreasing; the result is a need for more sustainable and environmentally appropriate means of supporting human habitat in the State of Hawai’i.

sustainable and environmentally appropriate means of supporting human habitat are presently inhibited from happening due to current zoning regulations, building codes and infrastructure requirements that control and regulate conventional development.

Some of the needed solutions for more sustainable development can only be revealed from outside the confines of our existing mechanisms.

the benefits for the State of Hawai’i, rural and urban areas, and Hawai’i people in general are numerous, including:

a) Reduced dependence on fossil fuels and the co-generation of renewable energies.

b) Income generation and the creation of new green jobs.

c) Stimulation of small family farming and gardening.

d) Promotion of innovation, entrepreneurship, green industry, and small and micro business.

e) Strengthened local economies through the attraction of new green businesses and eco-tourism.

f) Bolstered economic stability and standards of living for residents of host communities and surrounding areas.

g) Increased tax revenues for the State of Hawai’i.

h) Decreased dependence on products and services produced outside of the State of Hawai’i. Localization rather than globalization.

i) Barter and energy-exchange systems.

j) Conservation of vital natural resources for the benefit of Hawai’i peoples, especially future generations.

k) Revitalization of natural systems with earth-friendly appropriate technologies.

l) Greater food self-sufficiency of all Hawai’i people.

m) Land use that restores health and vitality through small family farming and gardening techniques that efficiently produce high quality, local, organic produce and products.

n) Resurgence of family values and neighborly cooperation. Celebrations and festivals.

o) Preservation of permanently affordable housing.

p) Comparative analysis of healthy, non-polluting housing designs which use only eco-friendly building materials.

q) Reduced wastes and strategies for achieving zero waste.

r) Innovative systems for the education of children and the life-long learning of adults.

s) Improved health and well-being of both individuals and communities through education, preventive practice and integrated health centers.

t) Alternative models for collective decision-making and self-governance.

u) Strategic planning methods critical to evolving infinite sustainability including: shared vision, collaborative partnerships, issue analysis, action plans, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation.

v) Leadership in the development of new, cutting-edge sustainable growth strategies.

The aim of a Sustainable Living Research Ordinance is to discover, test and perfect new approaches and solutions for development including…
a.) provision of heating and cooling without fossil fuel
b.) provision of energy without grid hook ups
c.) provision of water without tapping into aquifers
d.) full containment and treatment of sewage without discharging underground
e.) making use of the vast resource of natural materials for human dwellings
f.) production of food within the land boundaries
g.) reducing dependence on machines for daily living
h.) reduction of waste such that all materials used for living can be returned to the earth with beneficial or neutral consequences on the soil, water and air.

This bill will allow specifically designated research without blanket conventional regulations which sometimes, by their very nature, inhibit new and beneficial concepts from emerging.

Current regulation on development restricts strategies to the point that new beneficial ways of living sustainably are prohibited from being explored.

New automobile designs are tested to the point of failure with real drivers on board; new airplane designs are tested to the point of failure with real pilots on board, it is time for sustainable methods of living to be allowed to be tested with real people in the experimental living circumstance.

“Human Scale Experiments” can be ethically conducted when individuals sign a release and choose to participate in uncovering and evolving new living concepts.

These experiments must be such that they invite all sources of funding to create the ability to sustain themselves beyond conventional outdated methods of living.

Sustainable Living Research Ordinance can be non-profit and/or profit-making enterprises to encourage all designations of lands and funding to be involved in the development of more intelligent, environmentally friendly methods of living.

Presently, private developers are encouraged to produce “more of the same” consumption/depletion economy based dwellings and systems due to fewer barriers between the developer and the profits in the current development codes.

New ideas, concepts and inventions are “automatically” barred due to regulations and codes addressing only short term protection of the public and vested interest groups rather than long term environmental and human health.

A set of requirements will be set in place, via this bill, which will allow/invite a private individual to submit their property to be declared a ” Sustainable Living Research Site” by the County. On this Sustainable Living Research Site, experiments, structures and inventions related to but not limited to energy, housing, water harvesting, sewage treatment, food production and reduction of dependence of machines for daily living can be experimented with on a human scale to the point of failure with real people being involved and inhabiting the site having signed releases of liability.