Archive for August 28, 2009

SMS Newsletter, August 2009

September Community Event:
Protecting South Maui Water Quality:
What You Can Do

Thursday, September 10

Kihei Charter School

The SMS Reef Sustainability Committee is hosting their first event which is the second in a series to address South Maui water issues. In the first water event, we examined water quantity. This presentation addresses water quality issues.

Robin Knox is discussing how the Clean Water Act protects our oceans and streams and describing how clean water planning relates to current concerns about wastewater treatment, injection wells, water reuse and polluted runoff control.

Robin is an environmental scientist with more than 25 years experience in Clean Water regulation and pollution control. She specializes in developing water quality-based pollution controls that protect aquatic resources from man-made sources of pollution.

Doors open at 6:00 for potluck pupus and socializing.

(Photo: Peter Liu Photography,

International Coastal Cleanup Day
September 19th—9:00
AM to Noon

The SMS Reef Sustainability Committee is joining forces with Community Workday, Maui Reef Fund, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Surfrider Foundation, and to collect litter and debris in an island-wide clean-up. Due to the fact that everything runs downhill, litter ends up in the ocean and is detrimental to our reefs in many ways. For this reason cleanup activities are being organized mauka as well as along the coast. SMS is organizing a group to clean up around Kealia Pond.

For volunteer information, email us at:
Community Bike Share Program
South Maui Sustainability is looking into the idea of a Community Bike Share Program for South Maui. Many bicycles are made available to the public at little or no cost as a ‘take a bike, leave a bike’ concept. Community bike programs have been created to address protecting and conserving the environment, saving money, reducing traffic, promoting good health and building community. Bike programs such as these are a great way to expand the conversation of creating more sustainable, livable neighborhoods.

SMS is looking for other local groups that we may partner with to create a non-profit to run the program. In the very near future we hope to have an initial meeting of stakeholders to brainstorm this idea. Some groups that seem obvious partners would be Kihei Community Association and the Maui Bicycle Alliance. We hope other groups and individuals would be interested to talk about this idea. Please help make this a success by thinking of others that might want to join us. Mahalo.

Public Advocacy 101
with Senator Gary Hooser

On August 6th South Maui Sustainability hosted a Public Advocacy 101 workshop hosted by Hawaii State Senate Majority Leader Gary Hooser from Kauai. Senator Hooser generously gave his time and years of knowledge as an elected official to let us know the best way to make connections and be effective at getting issues of concern heard by our local politicians. See our adovcacy tips and a list of all our local elected officials. We invited not only our SMS mailing list, but also representatives of 25 other environmental and activist groups to come so the information could be used by our community. A video of the event is available on our site courtesy of Dr. Leisure. We’re planning future events around advocacy issues with other speakers including Maui County elected officials.

foodincspaceMaui Screening of Food, Inc.
Friday September 11, 5:00 and 7:30PM
Castle Theater, MACC

How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same—a tomato still looks like a tomato—it has been radically transformed. Food, Inc. lifts the veil on the U.S. food industry—an industry that has often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihoods of American farmers, the safety of workers and our own environment. This is a must see movie for anyone concerned about sustainable food systems and understanding where your food comes from.

Food, Inc. reveals how complicated and compromised the once simple process of growing crops and raising livestock to feed ourselves and our families has become. It also reminds us that despite what appears to be a hopeless situation, each of us has the ability to vote on this issue every day—at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Check out a great interview on The Daily Show with John Stewart and the Director of the film.

(read more and view trailer)

Dinner and a Movie
dinnerThank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday evening July 18th for our second SMS “Dinner and a Movie” event! These are ‘locavore potlucks’ where we ask people to bring dishes made from ingredients from Hawaii. We set up 3 large tables that were filled with fresh fruits and veggies, and many delicious dishes including a selection of salads, a fresh venison dish, and chocolate covered strawberries. There was an abundance of great flavors and plenty of food for all.

The meeting began with a screening of Sustainability 101 a short film about the stewardship role played by SLIM (Sustainable Living Institute of Maui). We enjoyed meeting the two young interns from France who are working with SLIM this summer and attended on behalf of Alex De Roode. Then Kelly King introduced the newly edited version of Revolution Green, which profiles Bob and Kelly King’s development of their company Pacific Biodiesel. From his humble beginnings as a diesel mechanic working at the Maui Landfill, with the support of his wife Kelly by his side, the film took us on an educational journey about biodiesel on Maui. The awareness and passion of the King’s, coupled with their commitment and hard work, have grown a sustainable global business with roots right here in our own backyard. Nice to see Willie Nelson and his family’s relationship with biodiesel in the film as well!

The evening rounded out with talking story and exchanging seeds; sharing fruit and meeting new friends and neighbors, some of whom drove a long way to attend. We had a fun, mellow evening together and plan to do it again.

volunteers Volunteer Opportunities
In just over a year our mailing list is over 700 strong. It’s great that so many people are interested in sustainability issues. We invite you to get more involved with our group. We are growing so fast that we need more help to keep doing great things in our community. Please write us to let us know what might interest you, from our garden programs, to renewable energy to fundraising to administrative work. Maybe you even have an idea for a new committee we haven’t thought of yet. Come and play with us to promote sustainability and build community.

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