Certainly, if I had remained in Honolulu, I would have gone to the University of Hawaii and not have had opportunities provided by going away and growing up.
California Institute of Technology was a second option, but that would have steered me towards a much more scientific focus, if I could have graduated at all. They only accept 210 freshmen, and each was the top intellect in his school. The competition would have been unbearable.
We actually contemplated joining the mob at Woodstock, but chose not to mainly because we had no idea where we would stay and how we would survive. This is one of those crucial choices one makes in life, and till today I think we made the right/wrong decision. Eventually getting a PhD 3.5 years later gave me the entry into academia, where I could enjoy a professional life of freedom. The Archie's Sugar Sugar was #1, well capturing my psyche of the achievement.
Clearly, these three years made the difference in establishing myself as a sustainable resource authority, for I was involved with the passage of original legislation in wind energy, ocean energy, hydrogen and seabed mining. #1 for the year was the Knack's My Sharona.
- The Blue Revolution began to form with a few meetings involving U.S. Senators Inouye and Matsunaga, plus Hawaii State Senator Richard Matsuura. Dick and I wrote the first paper on the Blue Revolution. How serious am I about this solution for Planet Earth and Humanity? Last year I donated my apartment to the University of Hawaii to develop this field.
- Direct Methanol Fuel Cell: I formed the team to gain a major grant ($25 million) from the U.S. Department of Energy to the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research to produce methanol from biomass. This project has gone nowhere, and with oil today at less than half the cost of what it was two years ago, nothing much will happen anytime soon. However, for reasons that befuddle me, Toyota and European auto companies are pushing the hydrogen car, when a DMFC powered vehicle would go five time further than a battery powered one, at half the cost of hydrogen.
- Rainbow Pearls: someday we will have Chinese Red, Kelly Green and other colored pearls.
- Hawaiian Onsens: someday, too, our volcanic energy will be utilized for resort spas and eco-tourism.
- International Mass Transit System.
- Hydrogen Jetliner (I wrote more than a hundred articles for The Huffington Post)
I've arranged to have planted a bunch of gold trees (similar to the ones to the right in front of both Craigside properties) in her honor and I travelled the world more than half a dozen times, dropping off her ashes at places like Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal:
Surely, her ashes are now at 50 sites around the world, and I plan to produce a photo journal of those locations, with small stories for each. I also arranged for gold trees to be planted at three golf courses. Her cousin, Councilman Fresh Onishi of Hilo did most of the political work. #1 for that year was the Black Eyed Peas' Boom Boom Pow.