Hawaii In­de­pen­dent En­ergy Re-opens West Re­fin­ery

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - West Oahu Islander -

and those bonds they share with the com­mu­nity.

That’s why I would like to fo­cus this week’s Sec­ond City Spot­light on Hawaii In­de­pen­dent En­ergy (HIE).

While the name has changed from “Te­soro” to “Hawaii In­de­pen­dent En­ergy,” the look and feel around the Camp­bell plant re­mains the same. The clean sweep that nor­mally ac­com­pa­nies cor­po­rate ac­qui­si­tions did not hap­pen. In­stead, it was clear that HIE did much more than just re­fine oil. When Par Petroleum ac­quired the Camp­bell prop­erty, it took re­spon­si­bil­ity for the work­ers, their fam­i­lies and the role that the re­fin­ery played in the com­mu­nity.

I was hon­ored to be a part of such an im­por­tant day in the grand re­open­ing of the re­fin­ery. HIE has made an in­vest­ment in our long-term en­ergy sus­tain­abil­ity but more im­por­tantly in our peo­ple. Be­hind each of the 500 work­ers is a fam­ily that is de­pen­dent on the re­fin­ery. West Oahu busi­nesses are sus­tained be­cause they pro­vide es­sen­tial ser­vices to re­fin­ery work­ers.

While it is easy to crit­i­cize an op­er­a­tion like an oil re­fin­ery, it is dif­fi­cult to truly re­al­ize and ap­pre­ci­ate its im­pact on the com­mu­nity. The losses Hawaii suf­fered when Aloha Air­lines went out of busi­ness many years ago are still fresh in many of our minds. We are for­tu­nate that this bit of his­tory did not re­peat it­self in the case of the re­fin­ery. While Hawaii’s en­ergy fu­ture is cer­tain to change, what should not change is our com­mit­ment to ohana and to com­mu­nity, our com­mit­ment to the ties that bind us all.

The old Te­soro re­fin­ery re­cently re-opened as Hawaii In­de­pen­dent En­ergy. Pic­tured (from left) are Lance Tanaka, man­ager of gov­ern­ment af­fairs at Hawaii In­de­pen­dent En­ergy; Bill Haywood, CEO and pres­i­dent of Hawaii In­de­pen­dent En­ergy; Will Mon­teleone, CEO of PAR Petroleum; Rep. Har; Peter Coxon, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of PAR Petroleum; Tom We­ber, vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions at Hawaii In­de­pen­dent En­ergy re­fin­ery. Photo from Rep. Sharon Har.

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