Educational Resources and Sun Safety

Educational Resources:

As part of its PV installation at Department of Education schools, each school is given a flat screen monitor (link to home page monitors) that allows students to do real-time monitoring of the power being generated and the amount of carbon reduction and energy savings.

In addition, HPS provides links to online renewable energy curriculum and other resources for teachers:

Links to community sustainability resources:


Sun Safety

Hawaii Pacific Solar became involved with sun safety for two reasons: One of our valued staff has personal experience with melanoma, a deadly disease; and we believe that we should understand all aspects of the power of the sun.


Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Hawaii and the desert Southwest have the highest rates of skin cancer of all kinds and melanoma in the U.S. The two most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are highly curable. However, melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous. And it doesn’t matter what ethnicity you are. A Johns Hopkins University publication states that “data from the Hawaii Tumor Registry suggest that the incidence of melanoma in the non-Caucasian population of Hawaii is not substantially different from that of the remainder of the United States

About 65%–90% of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Hawaii’s UV index is higher than any location in the U.S. with an average index of 6-7 in the winter and 11-12 for summer months. For fair-skinned people, 45 minutes in the sun using 30 spf sunscreen is a safe start if swimming between 10 am and 2 pm during the summer.

Educational Resources:

Melanoma Foundation

The Melanoma Education Foundation



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No-Shenanigans Golf Tournament

Each year, Hawaii Pacific Solar supports the No-Shenanigans Golf Tournament, in memory of Nathan Bloom. No-Shenanigans, a nonprofit organization, is also involved in local school programs with “sun safety” awareness and educational information. Proceeds of the golf tournament go to the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco to support its Melanoma Research Fellowship and continuing education and awareness. MORE INFO >