Business Manager Ahakuelo Announces Seven Person Panel to Administer Local 1260’s Scholarship Fund 

Business Manager Brian Ahakuelo is happy to announce that seven prominent members of Hawaii’s business, civic and political communities have been selected as the first administrators of the brand new Local 1260 Scholarship Fund.  The group will be charged with reviewing all applications and responsible for the awarding of scholarships, which will be open only to the children of Local 1260 members.


The administrators are:

Arnold Baptiste – President; Hawaii-Western Management Group

Kristina Lockwood – President & General Manager of KHON-2 Television

Sam Cadelinia – Control Technician, Hawaiian Electric Company

State Senator Donna Mercado Kim - Senate President

Dr. Matthew Friedman – Professor of Economics; Chaminade University

Alexander Fergus – Principal; Fergus & Company, LLC

Ian Clagstone – Managing Partner; Standard Commercial R.E. Advisors


The Local 1260 Scholarship Golf Tournament will serve as the Fund’s chief benefactor with its inaugural edition set for February 14, 2015 at the Hapuna Prince Golf Club on the Big Island of Hawaii.

“We’ve instituted many ways to give back to our communities,” said Business Manager Brian Ahakuelo.  “But this Scholarship Fund (and Golf Tournament) provides a method for us to be able to give back directly to our members and to make a positive impact on the lives of their families.”

Ahakuelo added, “We have assembled a strong team of professionals that will dutifully serve our members in the administration of this scholarship."




Local 1260 Members with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative Test LEDs as First Step in Street Light Replacement

Local 1260 Members with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative have started testing energy-efficient LED street lights at four locations as part of its plan to retrofit 3,500 fixtures owned by the County of Kauaʻi and the State of Hawaiʻi.

The newest LED lights use one-third the energy of traditional high-pressure sodium lights, potentially providing significant savings to government agencies.  The county, which is KIUC’s largest customer, spends about $1 million a year on 2,900 street lights. The state has 582 lights on Kauaʻi.

This is the first time in Hawaiʻi that an island’s entire inventory of street lights will be switched to LEDs.

LED lights are being tested at four sites: Hardy Street in Līhuʻe, from the county complex to Wilcox Elementary School; Kaumualiʻi Highway near the new Hōkūlei Village shopping center in Līhuʻe; Kūhiō Highway at Wailuā Beach near the old Coco Palms hotel; and Haleilio Road in Wailuā Houselots.

For the next two to three months, the lights will be evaluated for durability, ease of installation and light quality.

The new lights are controlled electronically, making it simple to adjust them by season and time of day and to turn individual lights on and off. The brightness level can be changed remotely and the system reports when a light is out, speeding up replacement.



Business Manager Ahakuelo a Featured Speaker at Today's Western LAMPAC Collaborative Conference
Business Manager/Financial Secretary Brian Ahakuelo was a featured presenter at today's West Region meeting of the National Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee (LAMPAC), an organization that brings together representatives of the IBEW and various Utility companies in a collaborative effort to address issues and changes facing the Utility industry.
Joining Ahakuelo in today's session was Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and new Hawaiian Electric President & CEO Alan Oshima.
Ahakuelo and Oshima teamed up to express the importance of the Union and Company to continue to work in unison to ensure mutual prosperity and long term sustainable growth. In particular, Ahakuelo spoke of the importance of Local 1260's leadership and members to recognize future market changes and to seize upon those opportunities to the benefit of Local 1260 and all of its members.
"When it comes to technological and regulatory changes, it's not a matter of if, but when," said Ahakuelo, "We have a duty to our members to embrace these changes and craft a plan of attack in which we seize upon the opportunities these changes present and use them in a way that will be most advantageous to our members.
"We must take this course of action on behalf of ALL our members, but in terms of this LAMPAC meeting and our utility members, I believe that Alan and I are already on track towards accomplishing these objectives and we are primed to build on the progress that Dick (Rosenblum) and I have managed to achieve over the past 3 and a half years."