Archive for July, 2009

Advocacy Contacts


    Most effictive are:

  1. Letters
  2. Phone Calls
  3. Faxes
    and least effictive is
  4. E-mails
  • Keep to One Topic: Keep your conversation focused on one subject while hitting the three strongest points on that subject.
  • Plan What You Are Going to Say: Print or write out your talking points to help you plan what you are going to say.
  • Reference the Officials Position:  Remind and familiarize them with their opposition and urge them to do something to support Vacation Rentals.  If they have done anything helpful, thank them, and urge them to do more.
  • Personalize Your Call: If you have a personal story that is relevant, or you have voted for or have met the elected official, be sure to mention it in your conversation.

The address to write to the Mayor or County Council Members is:
   Kalana O Maui Building
   200 S. High Street
   Wailuku, HI  96793


Position /
Election Facts
Photo Telephone, Fax, Email
Charmaine Tavares

Next election:
September 18, 2010

Won last election
by 1,749 votes.

Fax: (808)270-8073

Danny A. Mateo
Council Chair


Unopposed in 2008 election

(808) 270-7678
Fax: (808) 270-7717

Sol Kahoohalahala


Won 2008 election
by 5196 votes

(808) 270-7768
Fax: (808) 270-7848

Wayne Nishiki
South Maui

Won 2008 election
by 2,042 votes

(808) 270-7108
Fax: (808) 270-7119

Gladys Coelho Baisa

Next election:
November 2010
Won 2008 election
by 13,424 votes.

(808) 270-7939
Fax: (808) 270-7127

Jo Anne Johnson
West Maui

Last term
Won 2008 election
by 8777 votes.

(808) 270-5504
Fax: (808) 270-5505

Bill Kauakea Medeiros
East Maui

Next election:
November 2010
Won 2008 election
by 11,571 votes.

(808) 270-7246
Fax: (808) 270-7247

Michael J. Molina
Makawao Haiku Paia

Last term
Won 2008 election
by 8,730 votes.

(808) 270-5507
Fax: (808) 270-5508

Joseph Pontanilla

Next election:
November  2010
Won 2008 election
by 14,452 votes.

(808) 270-5501
Fax: (808) 270-5502

Michael P. Victorino
Wailuku Waihee Waikapu

Unopposed in 2008 election

(808) 270-7760
Fax: (808) 270-7639

Jeff Hunt
Maui County
Planning Director
(808) 808-270-7735
Fax: (808) 270-7639

Jeffrey S. Hunt
Planning Director
County of Maui
250 S. High Street
Wailuku, HI 96793

Maui News
Letters to the Editor:
Telephone: 808-244-3981

Thanks to MVRA.

July 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm 1 comment

Vegetable gardens crop up in Seattle parking strips

Seattle Times Newspaper, July 25, 2009, By Maureen O’Hagan

The Seattle City Council is working to increase availability of affordable, locally grown food. One approach: allowing folks to grow vegetable gardens in parking strips — the no man’s land between sidewalk and curb.. (see full article)

July 29, 2009 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Upcountry Farm Tour Report

MauiWeekly, July 23, 2009, by Sarah Ruppenthal

On Saturday, July 18, Upcountry Sustainability presented the first in a series of local farm tours, providing an opportunity for residents to explore three Kula farms and meet the farmers who keep things growing. Farm tour participants visited Coca Farm with Gil, Kupa‘a Farm with Simpson and Ross, and ‘O‘ō Farm with Clark. (see full article)

July 28, 2009 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Waste Not Want Not: Update

Maui Weekly, July 14, 2009, by Debra Lordan

You may remember me referring to my black thumb and my little greenhouse, aka my plant mortuary. On the other side of the spectrum, we have green-thumbed gardeners who can grow a veritable Garden of Eaten—those with orchards of oranges, acres of avocados, a bounty of bananas… well, you get it. Fruit trees often produce an abundance of food, and it may be difficult for those with fruit and nut trees to keep up with harvesting, which takes time and labor. The fruit might end up going to waste on the ground or end up in the trash.

A group called Waste Not Want Not, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization comprised of community volunteer harvesters, have collected and distributed six tons of Maui-grown fruit, nuts and veggies since they began last December. Instead of becoming mulch or fruit fly food, WNWN collects edible fruit and produce from businesses and residents, which is then donated to the Maui Food Bank (MFB). MFB distributes the fresh food to Hale Makua and about 75 other organizations that provide services for keiki, the elderly and the homeless.

After you schedule an appointment with Waste Not Want Not, part of their crew of 35 volunteer harvesters come to your property to harvest your surplus. WNWN doesn’t charge for collection or delivery, and in exchange for their work, volunteers may receive a bit of the harvest.

But nonprofits can’t run on fruit alone. It takes money to run any organization. WNWN needs money for gas, administration fees, and software for taxes, scheduling and a donor database. They need equipment such as orchard ladders as well.

WNWN is currently using personal trucks, borrowed ladders and other equipment with the hope they can expand the operation and increase their harvesting ability to meet an increasing need.

The organization also requires money to hire a mechanic to either fix the old van donated by the MFB, or to buy another vehicle. Because the van is broken, they use a pickup truck, which limits what the group can harvest. They take the pickup out twice a week, but one pickup of food is gone after four or five deliveries to MFB recipient agencies. They could easily go out every day—there is that much food available—but they don’t have the financial support.

As we all know, times are hard and receiving this fresh produce means a lot to those in need—now more than ever. WNWN Co-founder and Director James Mylenek Sr. told me about a senior citizen who tearfully accepted a few tangerines, fresh fruit that she hadn’t been able to afford to buy for four years.

Don’t let these treasures go to waste.

To learn more about Waste Not, Want Not, to become a volunteer, donate fruit or make a contribution to support the program, visit or call 874-8038.

To find an organization near you that receives WNWN fruit through the Maui Food Bank, call 244-9500.

July 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Solar Hot Water News

Stimulus will buy low-income Hawaii families solar heaters
The Honolulu Advertiser, July 27, 2009

About 420 low-income households in Hawai’i will soon be getting solar water heaters paid for with $3.7 million from the federal economic stimulus program. On Maui people looking for more nformation about the Weatherization Assistance Program can call 808-249-2970. Read full article

July 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Introduction to the Clean Water Act

 A 66-page description of the Clean Water act at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.

Go to Clean Water Act modules.

July 27, 2009 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

Ocean Health News

From pristine reefs to coral wastelands—In Hawaii, climate change’s impact is raising alarms. Honolulu Advertiser, July 25, 2009
As our activities on land and in water increasingly impact the health of our reefs, The Advertiser launches a year-long, in depth examination of Hawai’i’s coral reef system.

Governments trying to reel in ‘ocean sprawl’:, July 15, 2009

July 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

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