Next SMS Meeting: March 12 – Malama Aina: Connecting Traditional Hawaiian Practices with the Vision for a Sustainable South Maui

February 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm 3 comments

Location: Kihei Charter School*
7 p.m. – Light pupus
7:15‐9 p.m. – Speakers and discussion

Daniel Kanahele will be introducing the evening’s program and our speakers. He lives on Oahu and Maui and has gotten very involved with issues on Maui including preservation of sacred lands and more respectful development. He is a respected speaker and has written and offered most powerful and moving testimony at many hearings and committee meetings.

Alex Bode is a long time Kihei resident. With a PhD in Common Sense, he is using farming and traditional practices to teach life’s lessons. He is currently Project Director of Waikikena which is a 150 acre farm and cultural center in Haiku that serves as a substance abuse prevention center. Waikikena means a place to regain strength and a place to rest. Alex hopes to create a nonprofit organization of this project. Alex says he doesn’t feel right if he doesn’t get his hands in the dirt every day.

Lucienne de Naie lives on a small farm in East Maui. She is a frequent presenter on historical and water issues and has written a book on the history of Makena. Lucienne is constantly of service to the community and some citizen’s committees she is currently involved with include General Plan Advisory Committee, Focus Maui Nui Advisory Committee, Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and she is serving as the Chair of the Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Kalani Au was raised on Oahu and had early mentors to learn traditional Hawaiian knowledge. He has degrees from UH Manoa in Hawaiian Studies and History and a Master’s Degree in Education. Kalani has taught social studies, Hawaiian Language and hula for 8 years at Lokelani Intermediate School.

Iokepa Meno currently works as a Reserve Ranger at Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve in Honuaula. He is also a Teacher of Hawaiian Culture through private tutoring, and is a certified substitute teacher with the Hawaii Department of Education. He holds degrees from UH Manoa in Marine Science Education, MCC and certificate in Experiential Marine Science Education from UH Manoa’s Marine Option Program. He is also completing a program to earn a Masters in Arts in Teaching in Middle School Science. He was born and raised in Upcountry Maui on a 2 acre farm and can Olelo Hawaii.

*Kihei Charter School location:
300 Ohukai Rd # 213
Directions: 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. Coming from north of Kihei, turn left (mauka) onto Ohukai Road and follow the directions as above from Ohukai Road. Look for the blue and yellow signs.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rosemary Zazu  |  January 13, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    When is the up coming organic gardening workshop that I heard was coming up? Couldn’t find it on the site.

  • 2. stuartkarlan  |  February 7, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Rosemary, we’ll let you know as soon as it’s scheduled.

  • 3. Princess Lehuanani  |  March 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm


    I look forward to attending your hawaiian values vision of sustainability. I would love to have seen speakers/Kupuna’s (native hawaiian traditional cultural elders) of the Ahupua’a that is in our Kihei/Makena districts that lived there for over 50 yrs.
    Like the AKIMA Ohana, the AKINA Ohana and also the Kenolio Ohana, they are the keepers of the Ahupua’as of the South side of this Kingdom of Maui Nui.

    They would be the ones who know how to be sustainanble, you can not take outsiders of this Kingdom to know the wisdom of our Aina (land) ,they have to come from with in.

    I am in the making of NaHaVas (native hawaiian values) Workshops, for young parents. I would love to start a workshop working towards a real cultural center in kihei.

    My vision of a Native Hawaiian Cultural Center is to see only Native Hawaiian Practitioners from each ahupua’as in all the 12 districts of this Island Maui.

    keep in touch
    until we meet
    malama kou kino (take care of your Body)

    Da Princess


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