Some students from Iolani School already have big plans for our state. They're in a first-of-its-kind renewable energy class focused on getting Hawaii off its dependence on fossil fuels and onto ideas of sustainability.
These students spent the semester hitting the books, but their teacher admits this is still amateur analysis.
"But, it does speak to all the different renewable energy options that we have on an island-by-island basis with a very real possibility of getting the state off of fossil fuels," said Dr. Timothy Cottrell.
The study found that our state's energy usage is well above what we can produce.
"So we're trying so that we can cut our energy consumption and increase our renewable energy production," said Iolani student Juliette Paige.
While we're used to hearing about new and improved energy research being published, these students came up with a number to track how much energy the average person uses everyday. That number is 209.5 kilowatts.
"That's actually a pretty huge numbers because in comparison to Britain, which is only around 130, we're almost around 70 kw hours per day more, so Hawaii at the status quo is pretty unsustainable," said Iolani student Nick Lee.
The students know that dropping that number is a bold task. Their plan is even more daunting.
They want to wean Hawaii off of imports with a 70 percent cut and manufacture more goods here. That would drop that 209 number to around 146.
To decrease our energy usage even more, they want to convert all transportation vehicles to electric vehicles.
"By using an electric car, we were able to drop that number down 9 kilowatt hours per person per day," said Iolani Student Kaz Tomozawa.
Talk about a tough assignment, but these kids say it's just a start.
Thursday night, the students had their final exam before the governor, a military general and dozens of other dignitaries.
Class wraps up for these students on Friday. No word on a final grade, but we're told the Thursday night presentation went really well. Even the governor had a question for the class.