Archive for September, 2009

October Meeting: Basics to Bounty in your South Maui Garden

 Next Community Meeting
Thursday, October 8
6:30 PM
Kihei Charter School [see map]

In South Maui, October is like springtime for gardeners! Our October event, Basics to Bounty In Your South Maui Garden will help you whether you are just getting started or tuning your garden mastery. We’ll start with Susan Wyche taking us on a visual tour to get started with a home vegetable garden focusing on what works best for South Maui. She’ll describe selecting your site, preparing your soil and provide lots of information on what edible plants work best in South Maui as well as how to deal with common pests and diseases. Whether you are a beginner with a lanai, an expert with an acre, or anywhere in the middle, come and share your tips, challenges and questions. Bring samples of blighted leaves, mystery plants, and unknown bugs or anything you have questions about. If you prefer, you can email us questions in advance, with photos that illustrate your question, and we’ll include them in a slideshow as part of the Q &A.

Susan Wyche is an award-winning sustainable landscape designer from Kihei and has been featured in several publications, including Sunset Magazine’s Secret Gardens, Easy Care Landscaping, and the San Francisco Chronicle. We are also privileged to have her as a core member of South Maui Sustainability. Find out more about Susan at

We’ll be having our seed and starts exchange so bring seeds and starts to share with others.

The doors will open at 6:00 with the program starting at 6:30. Bring potluck pupus to share; we’ll supply plates, utensils and water.

*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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September 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm 1 comment

Mauka to Makai Riverwalk

First Friday in Wailuku
Friday, October 2, 2009

Hui o Na Wai `Eha and Maui Tomorrow, represented by Earthjustice, are petitioning the State Commission on Water Resource Management to stop wasteful water diversions and to restore the Waihe`e, North & South Waiehu, `Iao, and Waikapu Streams, traditionally known as “Na Wai `Eha” or “The Four Great Waters.”

A march in support of mauka-to-makai stream flow will begin at 4 p.m. at ‘Ïao Valley State Park and proceed about 3 miles down ‘Ïao Valley Road to the State Office Building where participants will hold signs and rally to raise awareness of the need for stream restoration.

Shuttles up to  ‘Ïao Valley State Park will be available at 3:30 p.m. for people who park near the State Office Building.

Sponsors will provide signs for peope who don’t bring their own.

That evening an information booth will be set up at First Friday on Market Street.

The State Water Commission will hold a meeting on Maui to hear final arguments from the parties on October 15, 2009, at 9 a.m., at ‘Ïao Congregational Church at 2371 W. Vineyard Street.

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September 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm Leave a comment

Reports from County Renewable Energy Working Groups

 At the Maui County Energy Expo, the Mayor’s Energy Alliance Working groups presented the reports they had been working on for two years.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares established the Maui County Energy Alliance in 2008 to address the formulation of policies and actions to break the cycle of fossil fuel dependence. Maui’s abundant natural resources, which include the sun, wind, ocean, fertile arable land, and geothermal potential, offer the real possibility of a broad portfolio of renewable energy sources. These will be harnessed to meet the Mayor’s goals for 2020 of meeting 95% of all energy needs in Maui Nui sustainably and achieving a
carbon‐neutral footprint.

The working groups are:
Working Group 1: Renewable Resource Development;
Working Group 2: Green Workforce Development and Education;
Working Group 3: Energy and Transportation Infrastructure;
Working Group 4: Energy Efficiency and Conservation in County facilities;
Working Group 5: Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Emissions.

Download the report.

September 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Kipahulu “Back-Side Farm Tour”

September 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea—Special Pre-Release Screening

SPECIAL EVENT – MONDAY September 21st:
”Movie and a Talk” — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Upcountry is proud to present a pre-release showing of the new Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

There will also be a short talk about our own National Park, Haleakela. Donations to help support the National Park system will be accepted and greatly appreciated. Refreshments will also be available.

Space is limited.

See details at the Upcountry Sustainabiity website.

September 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment

Thin-Film Solar Startup Debuts With $4 Billion in Contracts

From the web via Wired Science
By Alexis Madrigal
September 9, 2009

A startup with a secret recipe for printing cheap solar cells on aluminum foil debuted today, in what could end up a milestone for the industry.

Nanosolar’s technology consists of sandwiches of copper, indium, gallium and selenide (CIGS) that are 100 times thinner than the silicon solar cells that dominate the solar photovoltaics market. Its potential convinced Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page to back the company as angel investors in its early days.

Two big announcements marked its coming out party: The company has $4 billion in contracts and can make money selling its products for $1 per watt of a panel’s capacity. That’s cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels in markets across the world.

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September 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

Agricultural inspector layoffs slammed

Via The Maui News
September 5, 2009
by Claudine San Nicolas

KAHULUI – Environmentalists and farmers lashed out Thursday night at the announced layoffs of state agricultural inspectors, arguing that the move planned by the Lingle administration would uproot efforts to preserve the island’s agricultural industry and pristine environment.

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September 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment

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