Many of the initiatives involve robotics, construction material research, renewable energy and telecommunications. The benefit will not only be technologies for use on planetary surfaces, but also innovative technologies that can have immediate application for the Hawaii economy and the general well-being of the State.The MOUs span a variety of technologies but all gravitate around the blossoming aerospace industry on Hawaii, including 3D printing technologies and other advanced fabrication techniques. Kelso didn't address any of these directly but spoke more in general terms about how Hawaii is very well situated for future international developments, pinpointing the centrality in the Pacific, the unique environmental conditions on Big Island (a lot of time spent here), the fact that there are two international airports, two deep-sea ports, and a variety of power generation mechanisms (think geothermal).
Interestingly, Kelso mentioned plans for such things as an aerospace technology park on Big Island, a multitude of conferences and educational drives, and all around exhibited a lot of energy about the project. Opening his talk, Kelso also mentioned how he was learning the etymologies of 'Haole' and 'Aloha' and talked about how he wanted to arrive (as a foreigner to the state) but wanted to be welcomed into the island and to really have PISCES be an organization that works with the peoples and future of Hawaii, rather than one that merely utilizes the resources. Very apt as an opening, as it is precisely a new and fresh breath that PISCES has been given ("the first MOU's [sic] in five years for PISCES") with his arrival. As someone who is trying to be involved with PISCES long-term, it is personally exciting to see some progress and change being made and it was great to be able to attend this morning session. Mahalo to Hui Ka Ua and PISCES for organizing the event.