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Here on the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii we are blessed with an abundance of sunshine. While living in paradise we became concerned with the Y2K problem and its possible effects on our lives. We realized that although there is sustainable, diversified agriculture here (hey the Hawaiians did quite well here before fast-food restaurants arrived) and we could stock-up on groceries, we wondered how we would cook our food should the power go out.

We could stock-up on bags upon bags of charcoal or buy a propane stove but how long would it last and how expensive would all of this preparation be? Then it dawned on us that the same powerful sun that provides the energy to grow world famous Kona Coffee could be used to brew it too!

I had seen solar ovens made with glass and mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays onto the food but it all seemed so bulky and fragile to tote around. I wanted something kid-proof, so if they stepped on it, things wouldn't break. Then I heard about reflector solar ovens and decided this was the way to go.

Cheap and easy to build, you can step on it without breaking it. Easy to store and transport, the Kona Cooker proved to be a fun, worthy project to undertake. I felt it was important not just to sell the cooker but empower people to build enough to feed their whole family if needed or to teach a whole classroom full of kids about the power and ecology of solar cooking.

Y2K turned out to be not much of a problem, but the Kona Cooker is good to have around in case of emergencies like natural disasters in case of power failure. You can even pasteurize water with the Kona Cooker. The Kona Cooker also fits in well with the new Science Content Standards for Hawaii educators.



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