Our mission is threefold – to accelerate technology commercialization, strengthen the safety and security of the Hawaiian islands, and expand economic opportunities in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific.

As a non-profit, we are in a unique position to pursue this mission free from the typical pressures associated with seeking short-term financial returns.

Our fields of focus

Climate Change Adaptation

Renewable energy


Disaster Preparedness


Resource Conservation

Current Projects

Our current work leverage our core competencies in contract management, tech-to-market commercialization, and training and consulting.

2025 PaCT Conference

PICHTR’s Partnerships in Climate/Dual-Use Technology (PaCT) program addresses data-sharing solutions to climate and dual-use crises with a Whole-Of-Society focus featuring public and private capital.

Climate Adaptation Collective

PICHTR’s Climate Adaptation Collective project tackles barriers to climate change adaptation by providing capacity building and advocacy to decision-makers and the general public to enable forward progress on the most critical climate change adaptation initiatives of our time.

Climate Grants Accelerator

PICHTR’s Climate Grants Accelerator offers “one stop shop” support services for NGOs, government entities and businesses wanting to pursue Federal funding for their climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience initiatives but not having the in-house resources to do so.


PICHTR’s J-StarX program was an intensive two-week event designed to foster relationships, provide diverse experiences, and offer new perspectives to participating Japanese technology companies.

Pacific Islands Climate Collaborative

The objective of the Pacific Islands Climate Collaborative is to promote collaboration between the US, Japan and partners in Pacific Island Countries by coordinating, planning and executing clean energy and climate adaptation/resilience projects.

Past projects

Agriculture-Based Remediation Program

PICHTR’s involvement in the Agriculture-Based Remediation Program (ABRP) provided the opportunity to network, develop strategic alliances, and leverage PICHTR program areas in conjunction with agriculture-based activities.

Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit

The Hawaii – Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit is a coalition of governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and universities that promotes research, education and technical assistance to support better stewardship of natural and cultural resources across the Pacific.


CyberHawaii is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to developing Hawaii’s technology and cybersecurity ecosystem. The organization works with leading technology experts to increase Hawaii’s preparedness, readiness, and resilience to cyber threats.

Biomass Gasification Program

PICHTR provided the design, construction, and initial operation of a biomass gasification facility near the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. mill in Paia, Maui.

Biosystems Technology Program

The Biosystems Technology Program (BTP) is a joint program between the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Carbon Dioxide Ocean Disposal

PICHTR and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute of the University of Hawaii engaged in research on extracting CO2 from combustion gases and sequestering it in the deep ocean.

Energy Excelerator

The Energy Excelerator helps innovative companies develop and commercialize renewable-energy solutions by securing funding from both the public and private sources.

Hawaii Health Information Exchange (HHIE)

The Hawaii Health Information Exchange (Hawaii HIE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established for the purpose of improving health care delivery throughout the state through seamless, effective, and safe health information exchange.

Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV)

The mission of Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV) is to accelerate the development of viable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in Hawaii, and to help businesses successfully commercialize these innovations.

Hawaii Technology Development Venture

Hawaii Technology Development Venture (HTDV) is a project that utilizes the capabilities of Hawaii-based small businesses in performing high technology efforts related to current and future Department of Navy and Department of Defense programs.


The NDPTC has used the best practices it has developed in Hawaii to train thousands of people in many of the most vulnerable communities across the U.S., helping them prepare for everything from earthquakes and hurricanes, to tornados and floods.

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Program

Recognizing that the oceans are the world’s largest solar energy collectors, PICHTR focused early on the implementation of this thermal resource into a sustainable energy system.

Renewable Energy Program

PICHTR designed and constructed a Village Power Demonstration Training Facility located at Kahua Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii consists of PV modules, battery storage, wind-turbine generators, power converter (inverter/controller) and diesel generator.