SMS Newsletter, December 2009

December 6, 2009 at 11:08 pm 1 comment

December Community Event
South Maui Sustainability Sunset Picnic
Maui Sunset
Thursday, December 10, 2009 4:00 -6:00 PM

Kamaole III Beach Park (South End)

Join us for a casual gathering whose location alone reminds us why we must care about sustainability. We are holding a potluck sunset picnic on the south lawn at Kamaole III Beach Park. Look for the blue and yellow SMS signs and banner. Come relax, dine and talk story with us by the beach.

Bring your own food and beverage or something to share with others. You may want to bring a beach chair too. Check the SMS website for an alternate location in case of rain.

Community Meeting of Interest
Public Hearing on Central/South Maui Water Use
Precious Resource

Tuesday, December 8, 5:30 PM

Kihei Community Center

Contact: 244-8550

The Board of Water Supply of the County of Maui (BWS) is conducting a public hearing regarding the Central District Final Candidate Strategies Report. The Maui Department of Water Supply is in the process of updating its
Water Use and Development Plan (WUDP). According to Hawaii state law, each county is required to prepare, periodically update, and adopt by ordinance a WUDP to serve as the long-range planning blueprint for all uses of water in each county. Each plan must be approved by the State of Hawaii’s Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM). Each county in Hawaii prepared and approved a WUDP for the year 1990. Maui County requires a WUDP update each time the County General Plan is amended or revised.

Quarterly Coastal Cleanup
Trash Flows Downhill Too
Cleanup Joy
Saturday, December 12, 8:00-11:00 AM
Along Pi’ilani Highway in Kihei

Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in our International Coastal Cleanup Day event at the Kealia Wildlife Refuge. Together, we captured an incredible amount of garbage from the roadway and beach area.

Litter along our roads and beaches becomes a threat to ocean life when it ends up in the water. Turtles, fish, crabs and lobsters don’t know the difference between human trash and food. Besides creating life-threatening digestive problems, debris also traps and entangles sea life.

Join the SMS Reef Committee as we address this ongoing problem. Our next quarterly clean-up is along the Piilani Highway in Kihei on Saturday, December 12th, 8:00-11:00AM. Our coordinator, Katherine, is providing collection bags and gloves at the site. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own clean-up supplies.

If anyone has bins we can use for separating recyclable materials please let us know when you reply. See you on the 12th! Sign up below to get more detailed location information.

January Community Event
Better Soil, Better Gardens, Better Health
Ma'a Body and Soil Conference
Thursday, January 14, 6-8:30 PM

Kihei Charter School

We have a most unique opportunity for our January meeting. Maui Aloha Aina, which puts on the Body and Soil Conference on Maui every year, is bringing their 4 featured guest presenters to our meeting to speak and answer our questions. This year’s theme for the conference is “Culturing the Micro-Flora of the Body and the Soil” and the speakers are Jerry Brunetti, Dr. Paul Hepperly, Michael Martin Melendrez, and Theresa Vernon. Get more event info.

Please join us for a fun and informative evening. 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.

Special January Event
Community Empowerment for a
Prosperous and Sustainable Future

State Representative Mele Carroll
Thursday, January 26, 7:00-8:15 PM

Kihei Charter School

State Representative Mele Carroll will be sharing insights on how the community can best influence our sustainable future. Representative Carroll serves the communities of East Maui, Lanai and Molokai. She is the Chair of the Hawaii Affairs Committee and Chair of the Legislative Hawaiian Caucus and will be bringing the Hawaiian perspective to her talk. This event is the second in a series that we started by having State Senator Gary Hooser come and do his “Public Advocacy 101” workshop for South Maui Sustainability. Bring your questions as there will be Q & A session following her talk.

Join us for an informative evening and take steps to influence our politicians. The doors will open at 6:30 with the program starting at 7:00. Bring potluck pupus to share; we’ll supply plates, utensils and water.

Volunteer Corner
South Maui Sustainability Volunteers

In this monthly article, we showcase our volunteer activities focusing on specific needs or highlighting the work done by our volunteer members.

See our School Garden Volunteers in action!
We had about 35 volunteers each of the 2 Saturdays it took to build the Kihei Elementary School Garden. It is a large garden being used by 28 teachers and hundreds of students. Thank you to each and every person who helped out to make this project a huge success. We’ll have more articles in future newsletters.

PR Editor and Production Assistant
If you prefer computer work to getting dirty in the garden, we have an immediate need for a volunteer who has talent in editing and production of PR material. This includes but is not limited to press releases, our monthly newsletters and flyers for events. This is a great opportunity to help South Maui Sustainability create a consistent style and get the word out. It is estimated to be 8-12 hours of work per month. Participate as a member of the PR committee that meets about twice a month. To apply or get more information on this position contact Kathy Becklin at 344-0469 or

Hui Garden Members
A beautiful, productive volunteer hui garden is now interviewing for 1-2 new members. This is a great opportunity for gardeners who love gardening, growing food, and working as a team. The garden, on private property in Maui Meadows, is a seed-vision for abundance on this planet and one of its goals is to be able to produce enough to give 5% monthly to the Maui community. Volunteers must be willing to work at least 4 hours work a week and share in garden costs including water, amendments and other necessities. There is an upfront buy-in fee. To apply or get more information contact Carole Burnstein at 891-8662 or

Maui Bicycle Alliance Update
Maui Bicycle Alliance

The newly formed Maui Bicycle Alliance has taken their first action step by sending a letter to Milton Arakawa (Director of Public Works) and many County Departments letting them know of our group and about our goals of promoting bike riding and bike safety for our community. Current coalition members include South Maui Sustainability, Kihei Community Association, Maui Bicycle Alliance, Kihei Charter School, One Voice, Maui Family YMCA, NPAC, South Maui Learning Ohana, Inc., and State Representative Joe Bertram. If you know any other groups that we should invite to join please let us know, as there is strength in numbers, and that is exactly what this group is about. Our next meeting is in January and will be announced in the newsletter. Thanks for your support.

Report from our November Event
1st Annual Sustainable Gift Fair

SMS_Sustainability Fair
As the lightning storm took over Maui’s night skies, we all enjoyed a memorable evening of connecting in the spirit of sharing creative gift giving ideas with each other. We’ve received such positive response, that we will plan for another SMS Gift Fair in 2010. For those of you who were not at this fair, please consider purchasing gifts from our on-island vendors, to support us all in thinking and acting more sustainably.

Click on picture for event slideshow.

Our 1st Holiday Gift Fair held on Thursday November 12th was a wonderful event. The entire large hall at the Kihei Charter School (KCS) was filled with Maui vendors and community organizations including the KCS’s own Honu Heroes, the Maui Coastal Land Trust, and the Sierra Club. Vince and Irene Mina brought a variety of fresh produce and sprouts to sell in addition to promoting their upcoming ‘Body & Soil 2010 Conference‘; vegan chef Brook Ke’amohala with Mama Earth Cafe and Chef Derrick Salomon sold scrumptious pupus and dinner entrees; Live Foods Chef Joe DellaBalla with Joy’s Place brought yummy fresh pies and raw chocolate delights; Roxanne from KulaFields offered weekly delivery service of local fruits and vegetables; Maui girl Pomai with Ali’i Kula Lavender sampled and sold their collection of fragrant bodycare products; author and educator David Bruce Leonard sold copies of his book on the Hawaiian plant kingdom: Medicine at Your Feet and promoted his on-island nature walks and Hawaiian Cultural classes; watercolorist Barbara Berg sold copies of her amazing childrens’ books; Ku’ulei w/Maui Favorites from Kula sold their delicious line of homegrown gourmet products including savory dressings and marinades, jams and jellies and unique seasonings; Beth Marcil sold her beautiful cloth bags featuring her colorful artwork; Tracey and Meeghan from the Kihei Community Yoga Center shared intro coupons and promoted their studio and classes; John Sanderson from the Maui Academy of Healing Arts, and body-worker Jana Horst from Kihei shared about their array of work; Dania Katz represented Edible Hawaiian Islands magazine; Phill and Paula sold pieces from their one-of-a-kind jewelry collection; Amber educated and refreshed us with Mountain Slope Water and SMS core members Daniel Kahanahele and Nancy Toney demonstrated a variety of ways to preserve food and shared samples and recipes.

Special “Mahalos” to:
Cambria Moss on violin, and Phill on harp and piano, for playing such beautiful music throughout the evening; David Bruce Leonard for your beautiful graphics; Vivian for spearheading the entire event, Nio for adding beauty and atmosphere ; Kirk for the final PR; Kathy for the awesome holiday sustainability tips and photos; Susan for your great organizing skills; Maury for MC-ing; Gene Zarro for coordinating and assisting with the KCS facility, and to each SMS core member who made this event possible.


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