Archive for October, 2008

Next Community Meeting—November 13


Thursday, November 13

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


Mark Sheehan and Rob Parsons
Food Security on Maui

Rob and Mark are noted environmental activists, writers and thinkers and Maui Tomorrow board members. Both are on Maui Tomorrow’s Food and Energy Security Committee and together they have started a site/blog called Maui Food Security that acts as a clearinghouse for information about these issues.


Following the speakers, we will be breaking up into action teams and rolling up our sleeves to continue designing our sustainable future. We invite you to get on one or more of these teams and work with us. The teams that we have establish so far are:

  • Backyard Gardens
  • Community Gardens
  • School Gardens
  • Hui Gardens
  • Renewable Energy
  • Outreach & Public Relations
  • Fundraising & Grants
  • Conservation & Recycling
  • Government & Legislation

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

Directions to Kihei Charter School: Coming from south Kihei, take the Pi’ilani Hwy toward the Mokulele. Turn right (mauka) onto Ohukai Road. Take your second right. Go straight to the very end and turn left around the building. Turn left into the next bay. KCS is located on the right.

October 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Maui Island Plan—South Maui Public Workshop, October 23

October 23rd, 2008
Kihei Community Center
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Provide Input to the Maui Island Plan. Comment and provide suggestions regarding proposed urban growth boundaries. Ensure that the interests of South Maui are incorporated into the Maui Island Plan.

For information contact Dave Michaelson, 270-7214, Maui County Long Range Planning at or

October 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

Electronics eWaste Recycling, October 25

• Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
• Maui Community College
   Large parking area nearest to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center
   (on Wahinepio/Cameron Way)

You can recycle your eWaste (old computers, printers, faxes, TVs, radios, calculators, cameras, phones, etc) at the statewide recycling opportunity at UH locations on all islands.

Click here for details.

All electronics contain hazardous materials that must be disposed of in an environmentally sensitive approach to avoid being released into our air, ground water, and soil. Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days 2008 provides an opportunity for safe and environmentally friendly disposal of eWaste regardless of the manufacturer, free of charge. All equipment collected will be processed in North America in an environmentally responsible way and recycled into commodity grade materials such as metals, plastics, and glass. Recycling and disposal services are provided courtesy of Apple.

October 21, 2008 at 12:28 pm 1 comment

Solar Energy Renewable Energy Forum, October 28

Oct 28
Kihei Community Center, 303 E Lipoa St.
6:30–9 p.m.
Cost: Free
According to Fred Krup in his new book Earth: The Sequel, in addition to the superior efficiency of solar plants compared to wind and biofuels, “The economic benefits of Solar farming is impressive. A 2006 study…found that solar thermal plants create twice as many jobs as coal and gas plants and produce eight times the retained revenues in the states in which they are located. Each gigawatt of solar thermal-generated electricity, according to the Natural Renewable Energy Lab, will create 3,400 construction jobs, 250 permanent jobs, and $500 million in tax revenues.”

Abengoa Solar is building the largest concentrated solar electric energy plant in the world and will participate with the greater Hawaii/Maui community, Legislators, and candidates October 28th at 6:30 to 9pm at Kihei Community Center. They will present their revolutionary technology using Concentrated Solar Thermal Power to provide sustainable power and electricity and will be available to the public and Legislators to discuss and answer questions for the implementation of this technology for Hawaii. Sustainable energy working groups, Industry and Energy entrepreneurs are welcome to bring their ideas and displays. Please RSVP to Lance Holter.

October 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

What are Hui Gardens?

One neighbor provides the land for a hui garden and several neighbors share the responsibility of building, tending and all in the hui receive the bounty.

The first of this new model garden is planted and underway. Keep posted for our reports of  growing ideas and practices.

Please also post your own experiences of hui-style gardens.

For information or to join the Hui Gardens team contact the team coordinator.

October 13, 2008 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

Fundraising & Grants Team

As SMS seeks to carry out the interests of our community, we are going to need some operating funds and there are funders ready and willing to give us the money to do just that. The job of the FC will be to research grants, write grants, and find all possible ways to create finances and resources for South Maui Sustainability to be able to take on projects, serve the community, educate ourselves and others, and live our Mission Statement.

For information or to join the Financial, Fundraising & Grants team contact Maury King

October 10, 2008 at 3:09 pm 1 comment

Outreach & Public Relations Team

  • Spread the word about South Maui Sustainability through all available channels and creatively come up with new ways to increase our ‘supporter’ base.
  • Build bridges with government, developers, community groups. Learn about ways to live sustainably and promote the ideas.
  • Maintain a state of the art web site posting information about and links to all aspects of living a sustainable future.

For information or to join the Public Relations/Outreach team contact Maury King

October 10, 2008 at 3:09 pm 1 comment

Government & Legislation Team

Exploring public policy and representation that supports a fully sustainable future on Maui.

For information about the Government & Legistlation Team, contact team coordinator

October 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Renewable Energy Team

  • The Renewable Energy Team is working on facilitating installations of solar hot water and photovoltaic panels on houses in South Maui. We educate people that both of them are reasonable investments at this time and make information about their installation available.
  • Recognizing the overarching importance of policy, we also work on advancing renewable energy legislation like the FIT law (, the extension of net-metering and virtual net-metering. Writing letters to lawmakers is of great help and very influential.

October 10, 2008 at 3:04 pm 1 comment

Conservation & Recycling Team

We are exploring ways to support the three R’s—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

oil burning and auto traffic by:

    • Supporting Public transportation (bus and rail)
    • Promoting green vehicles: bicycles, electric, biodiesel and hybrid
    • Promoting use of solar, wind, biofuels, wave energies
    • Promoting energy conservation at home and work


  • – Composting home and business food waste and compost-able packaging
  • – Supporting replacement of non-recyclable packaging with recyclable
and compost-able materials.


  • Promote curbside pickup of all of all recyclables 
glass, paper, metal, plastics, textiles, and electronics
  • Promote recycling of used clothing and building materials.

For information or to join the Conservation & Recycling Team contact the team coordinator.

October 10, 2008 at 3:02 pm

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