Hawaii Energy & Friends Partner with Special Olympics Hawai'i to Help Raise Funds for Upcoming State Summer Games

Posted May 23, 2013

Hawaii Energy, the conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, has teamed up with Consolidated Electrical Distributors, GE Lighting Hawaii and Special Olympics Hawai'i to help raise funds for Special Olympics Hawai'i’s State Summer Games.

As part of the collaboration, Hawaii Energy will provide Special Olympics Hawai'i with 5,000 energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFLs use 75 percent less electricity and last nearly ten times as long as traditional incandescent light bulbs. Attendees at the State Summer Games are encouraged to donate a $1 or more to Special Olympics Hawaii to receive a free CFL. Special Olympics Hawai'i’s State Summer Games will take place Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

“We are proud to support Special Olympics Hawai'i,” said Ray Starling, Hawaii Energy Program Director. “Not only is this a great opportunity for us to work with such a wonderful cause, we are also able to spread our energy-saving message to many more electric utility customers. Hawaii is all about taking care of one another, and we are doing just that through this collaboration.”

More than 1,000 athletes and coaches from throughout the state will participate in Special Olympics of Hawai'i’s Summer Games at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Central Oahu Regional Park. Athletes began training in February and are competing in area and regional competitions from the end of March through the beginning of May. Competitions will be held in powerlifting, softball, swimming and track and field. The Special Olympics Hawai'i State Summer Games have been held continuously since 1968.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Hawaii Energy, as it will add another layer of support to our organization, making it possible for us to continue supporting our athletes throughout the state,” said Nancy Bottelo, president of Special Olympics Hawai'i. “As we continue to serve more athletes and face rising costs, individual and corporate partnerships have become increasingly important to our work. We are thankful to Hawaii Energy, and their work to support our mission.”

For more information regarding Hawaii Energy, or energy efficiency rebates, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com. To learn more about Special Olympics Hawai'i, please visit www.SpecialOlympicsHawaii.org.