SMS Newsletter, Year End 2009

December 30, 2009 at 11:16 pm 1 comment

Happy New Year 2010Happy New Year!
Let’s Make 2010 More Sustainable

<img src="" border="0" alt="Happy New Year 2010" title="Happy New Year 2010" align="left" hspace="6" vspace="6"Let’s all have a sustainable New Year so that there will be many more for future generations to enjoy. For South Maui Sustainability 2009 was a great year. We want to make 2010 even better. We’d like to thank all of the people who have participated and shared their views and ideas for a more sustainable South Maui. Last month’s Sunset Picnic on the Beach was a great opportunity to meet new friends and talk story about sustainability. Throughout the year many of you have contributed hours, dollars, food, ideas and plants to enable SMS to have an extremely productive year. We couldn’t do it without your support. Our vision continues to grow and we need your help to continue growing.

At the Sunset Picnic, we were discussing what sustainability means and how we measure success as an organization. Everyone has different views but one answer is simple; it means that an increasing number of people in our community are able to make educated and sustainable choices in everything they consume. For example, every time you are in a checkout line, think about what is in your cart and what is the real impact of your consumption. Think about what your choices do to the local economy and what the by-products may do the earth. The immediate cost of products is just the tip of the iceberg. In the “Just for Fun” column this month we have featured the Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard which is a great 20 minute lesson. It is a must-see for everyone!

And, if you still are looking for that last minute tax deduction, there is simply no place that your dollars will produce more local impact for the sake of sustainability than in the hands of our all-volunteer organization. You may donate to SMS in several ways:

  • Securely online
  • By Mail: Send checks made out to Tri-Isle RC&D to 77 Hookele St Ste 202, Kahului, HI. Please put SMS in the memo field.
  • In person: Give a check to any of our Core Members at upcoming events or call 808-874-5955.

South Maui Sustainability is a program of Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council. This is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to this organization are tax deductible. Mahalo.

January Community Event
Better Soil, Better Gardens, Better Health
Ma'a Body and Soil Conference
Thursday, January 14, 6:30-8:00 PM

Kihei Charter School

Our January event is our most comprehensive look at soil health yet. Many of us enjoy the knowledge and enthusiasm that Vince Mina has brought to several of our events and we were thrilled when he asked us to be the Body and Soil pre-conference event. This year’s theme for the Maui Aloha Aina 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
Tuesday, 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.

Kihei Elementary School Garden is Growing!
Boys Watering School Garden at Kihei Elementary
The Kihei school garden was started last year with 3 beds and one 2nd grade teacher participating. This years’ expansion plan was to add 6 more beds and have a few more classes participate. Fast forward several months. After several weekends building the 10,000 square foot garden, we had 27 classes and over 540 students participate in planting the garden. The garden is in place and operating thanks to almost 800 volunteer hours, $4000 in product donations and our original county grant. We’ve spent all the money and still have a few more things to complete. The most expensive and critical item is to put in a permanent shade structure for kids to sit under; any donations would help our keiki to be actively engaged in growing their own future. A huge Mahalo to everyone who made this project happen!

Here are just a moments of fun in the garden:

  • A 4th grader who stayed to help fertilize with stinky fish emulsion instead of going to the playground said “This is so much more fun than playing in the playground!”
  • Emily Goss (SMS School Garden Committee Chair) asked the kindergartners how long they thought it would take for the green bean seed to grow into a plant and make green beans. The first hand shot up and the response was “12 seconds”. Emily suggested it might take longer than that. The next immediate response was “forever”. Hopefully it will be somewhere between the two.
  • While planting sunflower seeds, a 2nd grader proclaimed in astonishment “We buy these at the store – I can’t believe you can grow them in the garden!”
  • At the end of each class we ask “Whose Garden is This?” It is always a thrill to hear the kids shout “It’s Our Garden”
  • Between the classes on the last day of planting, the SMS garden helpers were getting into the holiday spirit and over the course of the day, finished the song The 12 days of Gardening sung to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas. If you attended the SMS Sunset Picnic you got to hear the whole thing!

    Sung to Twelve Days of Christmas
    On the 12th day of gardening we planted in the ground
    12 Cherry Tomatoes, 11 Green Beans climbing,
    10 Beets a-blushing, 9 Nasturtium nesting,
    8 Lettuce leafing, 7 Parsley playing, 6 Sweet Potatoes,
    5 Kalo hui’s.
    4 Rainbow Chards, 3 Chocolate mints, 2 papaya trees,
    and Mr. Shima’s green banana tree.


Workshop by Steve Blake:
How to Build Your Own Solar and Wind Power System
Solar  Workshop
Saturday, January 16, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Held at: Steve’s solar-powered farm in Haiku

In this workshop you will learn how solar and wind power systems can run your home. Learn how to save thousands of dollars when setting up a power system. You will see how to set up photovoltaic solar panels and how to wire them to produce power. You will determine how much power is available and learn how to adapt your home to become more energy efficient. A colorful slide show will survey various types of wind turbines. The many intriguing parts of an independent power system will be explained. We will investigate the latest in charge controllers and inverters. This class will be held on an independent farm in Haiku so you can actually see the systems producing power. Steve Blake has built and lived on independent power for decades. The workshop price is $125 at the door, or $100 if pre-paid. Please call to register 572-8371 or email:

Volunteer Corner

In this monthly article, we showcase our volunteer activities focusing on specific needs or highlighting the work done by our volunteer members.
PR Editor and Production Assistant
We’re still looking for someone to help with editing and production. This is a great opportunity to help South Maui Sustainability create a consistent style and get the word out. No experience is necessary but you should have decent writing ability. It is estimated to be 8-12 hours of work per month. To apply or get more information on this position contact Kathy Becklin at 344-0469 or

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