Question: What is your full name?
Answer: James Aruda.
Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: I was born here on Maui. 1968.
Q: What is your position at Haleakala Solar?
A: Currently I’m the RME and VP of Operations for Haleakala Solar.
Q: What does RME stand for?
A: RME is Responsible Managing Employee and what that entails is… because I am a licenced contractor in electrical, I can either run my own business or I can sign permits for another company or entity.
Q: So you basically sign off on all the electrical permits for Haleakala?
A: Yes, correct.
Q: How long have you worked at Haleakala Solar?
A: 3 years.
Q: What is your marital status?
A: Been married for 18 years… my wife’s name is Jennie. I have two wonderful kids. My daughter… her name is Jamie Lee and she just turned 13. And I have a son. His name is Jonah and he’s currently 20.
Q: What do you like about working at Haleakala Solar?
A: The awesome thing about working here at Haleakala Solar is Jim, our CEO and owner. Great guy. He’s such a smart businessman and also he’s an innovator. He’s always looking for the newest, latest technology in our industry… trying to be ahead of the competition at all times. He’s a real go-getter when it comes to business.
The staff, the employees, the line employees… really great people. It’s interesting, I’ve worked for other companies and this company is really unique… it’s not only we know each other as co-workers but… it has that family atmosphere. I really enjoy working here and you know what’s neat is when we have new hires come in, everybody seems to feel that camaraderie. Everybody comes in, always says good morning, how’s everything… it’s really neat.
Q: That’s great. You don’t always get that in other companies.
A: Yeah, it’s rare.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: (laughs) Uhh, shoots. (thinks) I like to watch movies. I like action movies… comedies. I like to read and learn. Try new things. Do work on the house and build things.
Q: What kinds of things do you like to read?
A: I read a lot about electrical, mainly… my field. I’m like Jim, self-driven, try to stay ahead as far as technology, what is the latest and greatest on the market. Always trying to improve.
Q: And now for something a little different. If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what kind of music would you bring?
A: Uhhh…wow. (thinks long) You know actually, I like local, Hawaiian music, I would say. I also like Christian music too. Those are the two main ones I would listen to.
Q: What type of food would you bring?
A: Whoo, man… (laughs)
Q: I know it’s hard to bring it down to just one…
A: Yeah, that would be hard… I like a LOT of different…Uhhh. (thinks) Well, I like local food, Hawaiian food. Yeah.
Q: What secret skill or talent do you have that no one knows about?
A: Whooo… what kind of secret talents? Drawing… I love to draw. Yeah, I used to draw all the time… ever since small kid time.
Q: What kinds of things would you draw?
A: Pencil drawing mainly. Anything… cartoon characters… anything. When I was a young kid… I loved it… and I was pretty good at it too. (laughs)
Q: Were you a comic book reader?
A: No, not so much a comic book reader. I used to like to watch the tv shows… Marvel, Superman, Batman… things like that. I loved to draw them. I liked how they were drawn… the way they did the muscles and everything. I thought that was pretty cool.
Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A: Flying (laughs). If you think about it… strength, that would be great, but if you could fly, you could go anywhere.