The Kahaulelio family runs the Aloha Surfing ‘Ohana company, and spends their days in the water, teaching surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons on the North Shore of Oahu. After a long day at the beach, they return to their solar-powered Haleiwa home. In 2014, dad Gabby switched all the fluorescent lights in their home to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. In 2017, inspired by her husband’s effort, Iris installed solar photovoltaic panels in hopes of reducing both their electricity bill and their impact on the planet. Her investment has more than paid off: They now save $150 a month on electricity.
Daughters Kahea and Nohea, both Environmental Analysis majors at Pitzer College in California, credit their parents as the inspiration for their own green initiatives. They are saving up to buy an electric vehicle after their graduation this spring. The sisters hope that reducing their personal dependence on fossil fuels will encourage their younger siblings Kaua and Elia to follow in their family’s footsteps.