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SMS at KCA June 16, 2009 – Review of Meeting

June 16, 2009, 68 p.m., Kihei Community Center, 303 E. Lipoa St. Kihei, Maui, HI

The Kihei Community Association hosted South Maui Sustainability for a slide presentation and breakout group discussion of community gardens, renewable energy, reef sustainability and recycling and conservation.


Curbside Recycling
Advocate for full service curbside recycling
In the meantime set up neighborhood recycling groups where neighbors take turns transporting to the recycle/redemption centers.

    Money collected could go to:

  • The person who transports the materials
  • The whole group
  • Other organizations as a donation.

Advocate for the recycling of office paper.


  • Charge for plastic bags in the stores. This stick might be a more effective way to reduce use of plastic bags than the carrot of getting a small refund for using your own bags.
  • Find a way to get money for plastic bags (by weight) to motivate the pubic to pick up the bags, especially off the beaches.
    Energy and water Conservation

  • Clean the exhaust ducts from electric dryers
  • Turn off dishwaser “drying cycle”.
  • Watch your wattage on all appliances with KillaWatt or other metering devices.
  • Lower thermostat on hot water heater. 100 degrees is enough.
  • Upgrade any appliances older than 10 years to Energy Star.
  • Clean off the radiator tubes of your refigerator.
  • Turn dishwashing and hand washing water off when not actually using it to wet or rinse.
  • Turn off electricity for hot water heater, then turn on 15 minutes before needed. A timer box by the heater is better than using the circuit breaker for this.
  • Plug appliances, sound and computer equipment into power strips and then turn off power strip when done.
  • Use drip irrigation whenever possible
  • Promote graywater usage and public policy.
  • Advocate for Xeriscaping.
  • Advocate for bike lanes, especially on the Norht/South Kihei collector road.
  • Encourage bus usage
  • Whenever possible rescue freshly dug up plants from beting taken to the landfill. Can take them to schools, Aloha Shares, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, churches, homes, etc. Also see
  • Use used coffee cans for storage.
  • Convert old cloths into bags or material to chrochet into rugs.
  • Take old towells to the Humane Society for use with the anmials.
  • Use the library instead of buying new books.
  • Use passive solar jugs to store heat for upcountry greenhouses
  • Take used magazines to your doctor and dentist’s offices.

Most important issues

    Carbon dioxide deposition, nutrient rich waters going into ocean.

  • Run off from development (concrete, better construction, land use)
  • Street run off, golf courses. Irvine& Newport Beach already doing good things. John
  • Decline in fish, over fishing
  • Water quality
  • Sewage dumping.
  • Community ed. is poor, need to raise awareness. Population and growth problem
    What needs to be done?

  • Start at worst problem and work back.
  • Put filters in run off areas, since wetlands are already built over.
  • Promote natural wetlands, have penalties to over fishing, rules and regulations.
  • Neighborhood watch program.
  • Mooring. Rotationrest rotation – put into law?
  • Small steps s/b encouraged faucets, car washes, look at selfbehaviors.
  • Consulting Hawaiian Kahuna
  • More gray water use – education
  • Apollo alliance –Pam lightfoot
  • Water recycling link west Maui, establishing political strength, Gary Hoosier, political advocacy, Malama Kauau = connecting
  • Pick two/3 political issues, strength together State issues DNLR enforcement, 24 county offices to work with.
  • Use wastewater instead of dumping It., proactively protecting reefs now. Spending now to save reefs/water later.
    What is being done by other groups?

  • Pump don’t Dump. Putting signs up to help protect reefs. Educating visitors PSA on Airlines, Ziggy Lovenut. “Eyes on reef” –How to recognize Coral Disease and algae Growth.
  • Darla White. Shoreline reef cleanup Diving, snorkeling, beach line
  • Aquamarine collection Legislation Dyer?
    What can we do? And how will we do it?

  • Education. Create Hawaiian island alliances to gain political power.
  • Encourage –testify legislators – to save reefs and waters
  • Create Education programs, all age schools
  • Presentations –water quality, respecting our waters.


    Possible Sites

  • Kalama heights, Churches, ML&P land, Technology Center
  • KCA back and front. Safeway –North Liloacatchment

Interested parties – Kirk Surrey, Anne, Michael

    Ideas for bringing in the community

  • Church out reach, parents of children in schools, Rotary, SMS mailing list, Advertising in Maui Weekly etc. Flyers on Apt. doors.
  • Master Gardeners. Marin County model.
  • Tova

Challenges of water cost.
Do prototype, then “sell” idea.
Create a social network.


  • Funding – Done by county or state – solar install paid on property tax bill and passes on to new owner w/tax credits over 50% it is a good return on investment 1017%. Also prop value goes up. $24,000.00 = 3KW system. Fed Gov will lend money for this. Standard measurement unit is peak power output of solar panels….?
  • New units prices going down due to supply and demand
  • MECO can invest in solar elect, themselves and will start doing installs.
  • New super efficient glass which gives 3% better absorption of solar light.
  • Panel warranties going up to 20 yrs.
  • Efficiency = conservation w/out sacrificing
  • Great person in Kihei for solar – Steve Fryer
  • July 18th solar Town call Hawaii PV
  • Know what you need – Willy Bennett can do this for you.

June 30, 2009 at 5:49 pm 1 comment

Public Meeting on Maui Planning Commission’s Maui Island Plan

This is an opportunity for the public to weigh in about the Maui Island Plan, which is available online.

July 7, 2009, 1:30 – 8 p.m., Kihei Community Center, Kihei, HI.

Testimony will be taken at beginning of meeting and after the dinner break (approx. 6 p.m.) To confirm timing, please call Luciene Denes at 214-0147.

June 29, 2009 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Environmental Sustainability Central Focus at KCA Meeting

Maui Weekly article reports on the SMS presentation at the June 16 Kihei Community Association meeting.

June 29, 2009 at 2:21 am 1 comment

Website tracks all Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Plug In America is a web site deciated to promoting Plug-in Cars for a Better America.

Also on the site is a PLUG-IN VEHICLE TRACKER that keeps up-to-date information on all makes and models of all plug-in cars, trucks and bikes—their features, production status and photos.

June 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment


Comment from viewer:

I’m going to call this extremely misleading. The water is not fuel. It must be separated into hydrogen and oxygen and then the H burned in a combustion process or the H & O are recombined in a fuel cell. No matter what, there must be something other than water and that something costs money and energy to produce. And whatever that is, it must be replaced.

The company that makes this car is Genepax. They did not protect the name globally so there have been others grab the name and exploit it. Here is their website and they claim money and development problems. IF this worked, it would be a thousand trillion dollar idea and no lack of money to make it happen.

Every other claim to have invented a “water powered car” has turned out to be a hoax.

June 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm 1 comment

Plant Rescue Maui

PlantRescue Have you ever seen someone or some organization digging up plants and throwing them away? Have you ever thought about how those same plants could be ‘recycled and bring joy and add a bit of color to someone’s yard, as well as continuing to help replenish the earth’s oxygen supply?

Next time you see it happening, call for help! Plant Rescue Maui is here for you.
Phone: 808-276-2900

June 17, 2009 at 1:34 am Leave a comment

Feed-in Tariff Law Under Review by Public Utilities Commission- Maui Weekly Article

Two Maui Weekly journalists attended the June 4th SMS Renewable Energy Committee meeting. One, Sophie Cocke, wrote an in-depth article covering problems of oil dependence and the current process of establishing Feed-in Tariff (FIT), an important part of establishing fossil fuel independence through clean, renewable energy. Other articles on Feed-in Tariff.

June 16, 2009 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

Kihei Community Association hosts SMS – June 16

6:00 p.m.
Kihei Community Center

Kihei Community Association will host South Maui Sustainability for a presentation and discussion of community gardens and other sustainability projects being planned for South Maui.

Come get inspired to grow your own food at home and in hui (neighbor) gardens, and learn about local school garden projects. Discover how Maui is using renewable energies to fuel our future and learn how you can take those first important steps to creating a more sustainable lifestyle through conservation. For those interested in collective gardening, SMS will invite residents to share ideas for locations, resources, and participants to help establish one or more community gardens in South Maui.

If you’ve been curious about or wanted to attend KCA meetings, meet some new neighbors, and support the growing projects of South Maui Sustainability, this is a wonderful opportunity. We’ll see you there.

Kihei Community Center location

(click picture to see map)
303 E. Lipoa St.
Kihei, Maui, HI 96753

June 12, 2009 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

Film Festival—Free “Green” Films

“Green” Film Series: 8 p.m—June 20—SandDance Theater on Wailea Beach.

The film will screen as part of a that includes the feature film Dirt: The Movie. Admission to the screening is free.

Free showing of:
SUSTAINABLE LIVING 101: Looking to Maui’s Past to Inform a Sustainable Future
    a SLIM documentary short premiering at this year’s 2009 Maui Film Festival.

    The Movie tells the story of humans trying to re-connect to Dirt – the living skin of the earth. For thousands of years we humans got along very well with this magical matrix of all life on land. Then we grew apart. DIRT! The Movie explores how we can restore and repair this broken relationship… before it’s too late.

Sustainable Living 101 addresses the urgency for addressing Maui’s most critical sustainability challenges and also raises the awareness of community initiatives currently underway. Featured initiatives range from locally based projects in the fields of sustainable agriculture, watershed restoration, renewable energy, and green building.

Sustainable Living 101 is a documentary short focused on raising awareness within the Maui Community and beyond of the urgency for addressing sustainability challenges at the local level. Several Maui based initiatives addressing local sustainability concerns are highlighted and their champions interviewed. This documentary short places special emphasis on approaching challenges by blending both modern and traditional technologies and practices. Local food sustainability, education and community empowerment are featured topics.

The film was produced by The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and University of Hawaii- Maui Community College (UH-Maui CC),

SLIM Executive Director Alex De Roode states, “In raising people’s awareness about projects already underway to address sustainability challenges within our own communities and informing them about how they can become involved in these efforts, our hope is to empower communities to create the reality they envision for themselves and to promote positive and meaningful change.”

Sustainability 101 was made possible by a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation-Pikake Fund. The film is a collaborative project between SLIM ‘s Alex de Roode, veteran film maker Danny Miller and writer Janet Six of UH-Maui CC. SLIM is currently seeking support expand Sustainability 101 into a feature length documentary that explores sustainability within a Maui Island context.

June 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

Reusing Houshold Water (Greywater) Editorial – Maui News

There’s a way to ease the drain on Maui’s water supplies with the only cost to government being the time needed to revise current rules and regulations. Homeowner recycling of household graywater is illegal due to concerns about contaminating groundwater.

Arizona allows homeowners to use water from a clothes washer, bathtub, shower and bathroom sink to irrigate landscaping by drip or flood irrigation. Kitchen sinks and, of course, toilets must be connected to sewer or septic systems. Spray irrigation is not permitted and the graywater flow must be less than 400 gallons a day.

Homeowners using graywater irrigation need to use detergents that are low in chlorides, sodium, borax, sulfates and alkaline content – chemicals that are harmful to plants. There are an increasing number of so-called “green detergents” readily available.

It’s estimated that up to 1 million Californians are breaking state law by hooking drains to irrigation systems. The state’s Department of Housing and Community Development is trying to come up with new rules covering graywater irrigation.

There’s a long tradition on Maui of piping toilet and kitchen wastewater into septic systems and running water from bathtubs, bathroom sinks and washing machines out into a pasture or lawn. A washing machine uses about 15 gallons of water for every load of wash. Irrigation was a byproduct limited to the end of the pipe. The idea was to avoid overloading septic systems.

Household use of recycled water for landscaping looks to be safe, if handled properly. Arizona has found a way. Just last week, the Maui County Department of Water Supply was urging consumers to cut back water use, although conscientious homeowners have long since figured out ways to make sure every drop of water is used efficiently.

It’s more than apparent that it will soon be essential to get maximum mileage out of water and find safe ways to use graywater from wastewater treatment plants and from Maui’s individual households.

Maui News, June 9, 2009

June 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

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