Kent R. Smith The Developer

Kent R. Smith has been actively involved in the development of renewable energy projects in Hawai'i since 2001. He is the co‐founder of Makani Nui Associates, LLC (MNA) (Maui’s first utility scale wind farm) and is the principal owner of Haleakala Energy Associates, LLC (HEA). Mr. Smith also has holdings with No Ka Oi Energy, LLC and is actively involved in the development of two solar farms, South Maui Renewable Resources (2.87 Megawatts) and Ku’ia Solar (2.87 Megawatts). Kent’s involvement with MNA was vital to bringing Maui’s Kaheawa Windfarm (1&2) (51 Megawatts), Oahu’s Kahuku Windfarm (30 Megawatts) and Kawailoa Windfarm (69 Megawatts), from conception to successful fruition. Mr. Smith and his wife moved to Maui in 1970 from Southern California. They were successful restaurateurs for many years owning three popular and successful restaurants on Maui and Lana’i. Kent was vital in the building and developing of Club Lanai, a beachside Club Med type resort on the East coast of Lanai. Their Makawao Maui restaurant, “Polli’s Mexican Cantina” is still 30 years later a staple in upcountry Maui. Mr. Smith concurrently entered the real estate development business based on experience as a carpenter. He then started his own company, Kula Construction Company, in 1975. He created Kent Ross Smith Development (KRSD Inc.), which became known as one of Maui’s most respected early affordable home development companies. KRSD spearheaded zero-lot‐line affordable housing projectson Maui while also successfully undertaking large multi‐lot land homes and subdivisions. His building experience also includes condominiums and commercial development on Maui, The Big Island and Lana’i. He retired from his successful development company, KRSD, to focus his energies on renewable energy opportunities. Mr. Smith’s career has given him extensive background, knowledge and connections with all aspects of successful land development projects, government entitlement, construction ownership and management of renewable energy projects in Hawai'i. He is known for unyielding perseverance and a “take no prisoners” attitude which has proven successful in all of his business ventures. He and his wife Polli give back to the community through their association with the Hawai'i Community Foundation the Kent and Polli Smith Family Fund. They are benefactors to many charitable non-profits throughout the islands of Hawai’i. Mr. Smith is an avid golfer and he and his wife spend much time enjoying their child and grandchild.

Hilton H. Unemori The Engineer/Project Designer

Hilton Hiroshi Unemori was born and raised on Maui. He grew up in a close-knit family, with strong roots to the land and the community. Mr. Unemori attended the University of Notre Dame where he pursued a degree in electrical engineering. He worked at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. and Avco Everett Research Labs as a data analyst engineer, and Fuku Construction, Inc. as a project engineer and operations manager. In 1976 he along with two partners founded ECM, Inc., an electrical engineering consulting firm based in Wailuku, which serves the county, state and private sector, as well as renewable energy ventures. Twenty years later, HIHM acquired majority interest in HHMI Corp., an electrical engineering consulting firm based in Hilo, which specializes in Power engineering and serves the Department of Defense in the Pacific Rim and the utility companies in Hawai'i. HHMI was sold to Power Engineer in 2012. Mr. Unemori’s knack for business and his passion for seeking alternative energy solutions for Hawai'i led to a partnership in Makani Nui; which in conjunction with First Wind, developed, owns and operates Kaheawa Wind Farm 1 and 2 on Maui and other wind farms in the state. He remains a serious advocate for Hawai'i’s energy independence and passionately believes in the need for urgent action by the state, industry, and other players in developing clean and renewable sources of energy to help Hawai'i become more sustainable. Mr. Unemori has been a partner with Mr. Smith and Mr. Yamane in each successful energy project to date. He currently serves on Boards and various leadership roles for several organizations including the Wailuku Rotary Club, St. Anthony Parish, Wailuku Main Street Association, and Catholic Charities; he is a former board member of the Boy Scouts Maui Council and Lokahi Pacific, and a state leader for Worldwide Marriage Encounter Hawai'i.

Russell T. Yamane The CPA/Economist

Russell Yamane graduated from the University of Hawai'i in 1977 and obtained his Certified Public Accountant license in 1978. He moved to Maui in 1980 and worked for Coopers & Lybrand for twenty years on both Oahu and Maui. He became a partner in 1993. In 1997 he purchased the Maui office of Coopers & Lybrand. The business is now named Russell Yamane & Associates CPAs, Inc . Mr. Yamane has been integral in the success for many renewable energy firms throughout the islands, including the success of the Maui’s Kaheawa Windfarms 1 and 2. Russell Yamane & Associates CPAs, Inc. performs a variety of professional accounting services ranging from conducting audits to review and compilation of financial statements of both profit and non-profit organizations. In addition, he also provides various income tax services, ranging from income tax preparation to consultation on income and estate tax structuring. He is also involved with consultation on business mergers and acquisition and litigation support . Mr. Yamane has extensive knowledge of the tax incentives for renewables in Hawai'i. Mr. Yamane received the United States Small Business Administration Accounting Advocate Award in 1993.He is currentlya board member on the Hawai'i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) which has oversight responsibilities for the state run hospitals. He has been involved in renewable energy companies and investments for over 15 years and has been a partner with Mr. Smith and Mr. Unemori on each of their successful energy projects to date. Russell’s peers view him as a tax wizard a key component to their successes.

Emily S. Erickson The Renewable Energy Director

Emily Erickson has worked diligently on Maui to support the growing efforts of the renewable energy movement, with a specific expertise in the solar industry. Before joining Hawaii Energy Strategists as the Renewable Energy Director, she was Director of Operations for Maui Solar Project. Previous to that she served as Director of Marketing at the University of Hawaii Maui College, where she was made keenly aware of the challenges our community faces in being a small island chain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Also an avid filmmaker, she moved to Maui in 2007 and worked as the Director of Productions at Akaku. She has also held many interesting positions over her career including working as an Assistant Director on film and television shows, and a performer for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Mrs. Erickson is a member of the prestigious Ka Ipu Kukui Leadership program, Maui Young Business Round Table, Maui Polo Club, and serves on the Board of the Directors for The Maui Farm, a non-profit organization providing life services to families in transition. Originally from Montevallo, Alabama, she was raised on an expansive 300-acre Christmas tree farm, which she hopes will one day soon become one of the first solar farms in central Alabama. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major from Colorado State University in Journalism and Equine Science. Mrs. Erickson lives with her husband and dog Pepper in beautiful upcountry Maui where she enjoys horseback riding, golf, and kayaking. Emily is your first point of contact at HES, contact her to learn more about how HES can help your project reach success.