Archive for September, 2008

Renowned Sustainable Agriculture Expert to Speak at MCC

Free Presentation Followed by Outdoor Gardening Workshop

On Wednesday October 1st, 2008 the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) will host a presentation and workshop to be given by Michael Ableman, renowned farmer, author, and photographer and a recognized practitioner of sustainable agriculture and proponent of regional food systems.  Michael has written several books and numerous essays and articles, and lectures extensively on food, culture, and sustainability worldwide. Michael serves as a Food and Farming Advisor for the Center for Ecoliteracy based out of Berkley, California, is the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, currently directs the historic Foxglove Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, and is developing The Center for Art, Ecology & Agriculture. Michael Ableman and Zenobia Barlow, cofounder and executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, recently joined a delegation from the Nobel prize-winning Grameen Bank in Jamaica to discuss the central role of food practices in alleviating poverty. He is also the author of several books, most recently Fields of Plenty: A Farmer’s Journey in Search of Real Food and the People who Grow It (Chronicle Books, 2005). Michael will be joined by Dr. Carolie Sly, education program specialist with the Center for Ecoliteracy.  Dr. Sly holds a Ph.D. in science education from U.C. Berkeley and authored and coauthored several publications, including The California State Environmental Education Guide. She has taught elementary school, operated a private high school and teen café, and served on the faculty at San Francisco State University.

Michael will present on sustainability, farming, and education.  His presentation will be held in the MCC Paina main dining area from 2:30p.m.–3:30p.m. on Wednesday October 1st.  This presentation will be followed by an outdoor gardening workshop to be held from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the MCC Farm. All are invited to attend.  Attendance is free.

We look forward to having you join us for this exciting sustainability event!

For additional information on Michael Ableman please visit: Fields of

For additional information on the Center for Ecoliteracy please visit:,

September 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

U.S. Senate Passes Energy Bill

H.R. 6049, the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008, will provide approximately $18 billion of tax incentives for investment in renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration demonstration projects, energy efficiency and conservation. The bill will also extends $27 billion of expiring temporary tax provisions, including the research and development credit, special rules for active financing income, the State and local sales tax deduction, the deduction for out-of-pocket expenses for teachers, and the deduction for qualified tuition expenses. In addition, the bill provides almost $10 billion of additional tax relief for individuals through an expansion of the refundable child tax credit and a new standard deduction for property taxes. The bill would be primarily offset by closing a tax loophole that allows individuals that work for certain offshore corporations, such as hedge fund managers, to defer tax on their compensation and would delay the effective date of a tax benefit that has not yet taken effect for multinational corporations operating overseas.


September 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Ma‘alaea Algae Biodiesel Farm

Community Discusses Ma‘alaea Algae Biodiesel Farm Impacts

Maui Weekly, Maui Weekly 9/18–24/2008 article

September 19, 2008 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Experts Explore Water Recycling

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council discusses wastewater management and critical issues impacting the marine environment. “The ocean needs our kokua…”
Maui Weekly, Maui Weekly 9/18–24/2008 article

September 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Next Meeting: October 9, 2008


Thursday, October 9

Chats & Pupus: 6 p.m., Presentations: 6:30—8 p.m.
Kihei Charter School


Carl Freedman
Vast Versus Practical—Our individual roles and opportunities towards sustainability.

Carl Freedman lives in Haiku and works as a consultant in the field of long range public utility planning and regulation.  He has appeared many times before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission as an expert witness regarding energy utility planning, rate cases, renewable energy projects and conservation programs.  Carl was one of early proponents and principal contributors in the establishment of Integrated Resource Planning and Energy Efficiency Programs for Hawaii’s electric utilities.  Carl is currently under contract to assist the Maui County Department of Water Supply with its Water Use and Development Plan.

Hana Steel
State of the Garbage

Hana Steel, Ph. D., has been the Recycling Coordinator for the County of Maui since 1991. Dr. Steel will give a “State of the Garbage” address and provide a brief, but  in-depth look at the future of garbage for the County of Maui and the South Maui Community. Overviews of the new Integrated Solid Waste Management plan which extends out to the year 2042 will be provided for discussion. Community and individual action steps will be recommended. Current recycling information and free re-usable grocery bags will be given away.

Sharon Suzuki
Conservation and Efficiency

Sharon Suzuki, MECO Renewable Energy Services (RES) Manager oversees the company’s energy efficiency efforts and will speak on Conservation and Efficiency. MECO will offer two giveaways, CFL (compact fluorescent lights) Instant Rebate Coupons and our newly printed, 101 Ways to Save booklet.

The  Water Department

Speaking and giving out low flow showerheads, faucet aerators and other goodies.

Roxanne Tiffin of Kula Fields

A special display of fresh and delicious food that are available to you by a new and unique service that allows you to get weekly home delivery of your choices of fresh fruits and veggies from upcountry.

Click here for more information about Kula Fields or call 280-2099.

We will also discuss the the site for a community garden that we are considering.
You will also learn about the opportunities to join a team of South Maui neighbors working on:

  • Backyard Gardens
  • Hui Gardens (involving your friends/neighbors in your own backyard garden)
  • Community Gardens
  • Conservation/Recycling
  • School Gardens
  • Renewable Energy
  • Outreach/Public Relations
  • Fund Raising/Grant Writing

None of us are experts and we are discovering sustainable living as we go along.
Don’t let your lack of expertise keep you from getting involved.

Please plan to arrive a few minutes early for pupus and chats as the meetings start on time.

September 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm 1 comment

Pure Water from higher up the mountain

So much water has been taken from the water table that salty sea water is replacing it.

How about getting pure water from higher up the mountain and letting the water table replenish iteslf?

September 14, 2008 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

How about light rail for Maui?

Do you think Light Rail would provide practical transportation on Maui?

September 14, 2008 at 7:13 pm 2 comments

Bamboo Houses are lovely

Yes, they really are.

September 14, 2008 at 6:55 pm 2 comments

Emergency Preparedness

CERT – Community Emergency Response Teams – creating a citizens corps of local ‘first responders’ in every community. Maui County offers free training.

What should I do about drinking water in case of an emergency?

How much water do I need?
Consumers should ensure a safe supply of water for emergency use, by storing at least two (2) quarts of water per person per day that you expect an emergency to last. In other words, a supply of two gallons of water per person should last for 4 days. Don’t forget to have some water on hand for your pets.

Don’t wait to store water supplies. It would be wise to clean containers you will be using to store water ahead of time. Once you have been advised to store water, it would be best not to wait until the last minute, as many other people will be trying to draw water at the same time.

How can I disinfect my water for drinking?
If the water system did not have any main breaks or loss of water pressure, the water quality can generally be assumed to be safe for drinking. Otherwise, any water that will used for drinking, cooking, or brushing the teeth should be properly disinfected before use.

Consumers should listen to the radio for advisories on the areas where water has become contaminated and unsafe to drink. Follow directions and advisories from the Maui Department of Water Supply, Civil Defense, or the Department of Health on disinfecting water and/or the location of alternative water supplies.

Should there be any concerns over the safety of the potable water, the following may be considered for disinfecting water:


  1. Strain the water through a clean cloth into a container to remove any sediment or floating matter.
  2. Boil the water vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Allow the water to cool. The flat taste caused by boiling is easily removed by adding a pinch of salt to each quart of boiled water or pour the water back and forth from one clean container to another.

Chemical Treatment
When boiling water is not possible, chemical disinfection should be used. The two chemicals commonly used are chlorine or iodine. Strain the water as in step #1 above and purify with chlorine or iodine as follows:

Chlorine – Any household bleach solution (plain, not scented) that contains hypochlorite may be used for disinfection. The strength is given on the label; use the following to determine the amount of chlorine to add per quart of water.

Available Chlorine Drops per Quart of clean water*
1% 10
4-6% 2
7-10% 1
*Double the amount for turbid (cloudy) water

The treated water should be mixed thoroughly and allowed to stand for 30 minutes. The water should have a slight chlorine odor, if not, repeat the dosage and allow the water to stand for an additional 15 minutes. If the treated water has too strong a chlorine taste, it can be made palatable by allowing the water to stand exposed to the air for a few hours or by pouring it from one clean container to another several times.

Iodine – Common household iodine from the medicine chest or first aid kit package may be used to disinfect water. Add five (5) drops of 2% United States Pharmacopeia (U.S.P.) tincture of Iodine to each quart of clear water. For turbid water add 10 drops and let the solution stand for at least 30 minutes.

September 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Asian Inspired Mango Salsa

By Peter Liu
Best made at peak mango season, when you can’t keep up with the mangos falling on the ground. The mango is the only sugar component in this dish.

  • 2 large ripe mangos, finely chopped (squeeze the remnants around the pit into the bowl)
  • Fresh ginger, about twice the size of your thumb, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot or 2 scallions (green onions) finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ponzu (Kikkoman is best.  Ponzu is just a seasoned soy + citrus so you may get similar results w/splash of soy)
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • The juice of 1 calamansi (or 1/2 lemon or lime)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt  (just enough until you taste the shallots/onions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Fresh chile pepper or dried red pepper flakes to taste.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and allow to sit for a 1/2 hour. Serve with chips.

September 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

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