Tucked away in Makiki, sits Meleana, a 1976 Airstream Camper that has been converted and refurbished to include solar energy. It’s the result of a desire by the non-profit organization Mana Maoli to “connect with, inspire, and guide Hawaiian youth” through their Mana Mele project, which aims to teach “academics, businesses, and cultures, using music and multimedia as the venue.”
Through guidance from artists, engineers, and an advisory panel, they designed a towable trailer that houses the studio’s energy hardware. It’s composed of eight PV solar panels, six lead acid batteries, a charge controller, and two inverters. Inside, Meleana is inviting - with cozy wood-paneling and sky-blue décor. Through renewable energy and creative vision, Meleana has welcomed millions of online views, tens of thousands of students, collaborators, music technicians, and recording artists, and community and industry awards.