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Seattle Building Massive Edible Forest Filled with Free Food

 Taking the urban garden to the next level, Seattle, Washington has officially broken ground on a dedicated seven acre area of city land set to be converted into an “edible forest” that will produce free food for the city’s residents and visitors, human or otherwise.

See OrganicAuthority.com article.

March 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm Leave a comment

Testify for Bike Paths

The Maui County Council will be holding Public Meetings around Maui to hear testimony on the proposed 2013 Fiscal Year Budget. There are a number of bicycle related capital improvement projects scheduled for this year.

These items are:

  • CBS-1036 Countywide Bikeway Improvements – IMPORTANT, $1.5mil Total)
  • CBS- 1044: Waipuilani Bikepath
  • CBS-1216 Safe Routes to Schools, Princess Nahi’ena’ena
  • CBS-1217 Safe Routes to Schools, Kamali’I Elementary

Road Resurfacing (along with and Bike Lanes and/or Shoulders)

  • CBS- 1013 Kamehameha Ave and Hina Ave Pavement Rehabilitation
  • CBS – 1028 Wakea Ave Resurfacing from Kaahumanu Ave to Pu’unene Ave
  • CBS – Haili’imaile Road Safety Improvements Phase 2

Please attend one of these meetings or send in testimony.

All meetings are open to the public and with the exception of the Wailuku-Waihe’e-Waikapu-Kahului district meeting, are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. as follows:

  • Monday, April 2, 2012, Kihei Community Center, Main Hall, 303 East Lipoa Street, Kihei, Maui – South Maui District
  • Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Mitchell Pauole Center, Main Hall, 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai, Molokai – Molokai District
  • Monday, April 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., Pomaikai Elementary School Cafeteria, 4650 South Kamehameha Avenue, Kahului, Maui – Wailuku-Waihe’e-Waikapu and Kahului Districts
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Lahaina Civic Center, Social Hall, 1840 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, Maui West Maui District
  • Friday, April 13, 2012, Lanai Senior Center, 309 7th Street, Lanai City, Lanai District
  • Monday, April 16, 2012, Helene Social Hall, 174 Keawa Road (Hana Bay), Hana, Maui – East Maui District (Hana-Keanae-Kailua)
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Social Hall, 91 Pukalani Street, Pukalani, Maui – Upcountry District (Pukalani-Kula-Ulupalakua)

For more information, please contact Committee Chair Pontanilla’s office or the Budget and Finance Committee staff. His number is: (808) 270-7838 and fax: (808) 270-7686

You can also send in testimony to the Budget and Finance Committee via email at: bf.committee@mauicounty.us

Aloha and Mahalo,
Walter Enomoto
Maui Bicycle Alliance
Keeping Maui on the Right Path

March 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

Plastic-Eating Ecuadorian Rainforest Fungus

 Yale students discovered a plastic-eating fungus in the rainforest that thrives in oxygen-free environments, meaning it could work wonders at the bottom of landfills:

Read full Inhabitat article.

March 30, 2012 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

Grand Opening Kihei Redemption Center

March 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Waste-to-energy projects coming to Maui

Maui County Landfill Mayor Alan Arakawa’s administration is exploring ways to turn waste into energy at the Central Maui Landfill.

The mayor announced plans last week for the county to look into partnering with a company to burn the island’s waste at the landfill and create electricity.

County Environmental Coordinator Rob Parsons said that the mayor’s renewable energy vision could generate as much as 15 megawatts of power.

See full Maui News article..

March 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Check Out Slow Food Maui

 Mission: Slow Food Maui promotes locally grown foods and culturally diverse culinary practices for health, pleasure and island food security in alignment with the Slow Food movement.

Vision: Food is a common language and a universal right. Slow Food USA envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.

Visit the Slow Food Maui webiste.

March 27, 2012 at 12:20 am Leave a comment

How to reuse silica gel packets

 Silica gel is a desiccant, a substance that absorbs moisture. Despite its misleading name, the silicate is actually a very porous mineral with a natural attraction to water molecules. Manufacturers utilize the gel to keep goods from spoiling, molding or degrading due to humidity. The gel itself is nontoxic, but can have a moisture indicator added (cobalt chloride) which is a known toxin that turns pink when hydrated and is otherwise blue in its dry form. Most silica found in our food and household purchases looks like tapioca beads and is benign unless combined with certain chemicals.

  • Put packs in your ammo cans and gun cases/safes to keep dry.
  • Protect personal papers and important documents by putting some gel in a baggie wherever these are stored.
  • Keep with photos to spare them from humidity. Tuck a small envelope in the back of frames to protect even the ones hanging on your walls.
  • Store in camera bags and with film. After snapping photos in cold or wet conditions, silica gel will absorb moisture to keep your lens from fogging or streaking.
  • Leave a couple packs in your tool box to prevent rusting.
  • Use the material to dry flowers.
  • Place with seeds in storage to thwart molding.
  • Stash some in window sills to banish condensation.
  • Dry out electronic items such as cell phones and iPods. Remember after the device has gotten wet, do not turn it back on! Pull out the battery and memory card and put the device in a container filled with several packs. Leave it in there at least overnight.
  • Slow silver tarnishing by using the gel in jewelry boxes and with your silverware.
  • For items in storage, such as cars or anything prone to mildew. Popular Mechanics offers a good suggestion for use in engines of sitting vehicles.
  • Tired of buying big bags of pet food only to have it get soggy? Store your kibble in a bin and tape some silica packs to the bottom of the lid.
  • Cut open the packs and saturate the beads with essential oils to create potpourri.
  • Use in luggage while traveling.
  • Tuck some in your pockets. Hide them in your closet in leather goods such as coats and shoes, and even handbags, to help them survive life in storage.
  • Gather your razor blades and keep in a container with several silica packs to stave off oxidation.
  • Video tape collections will last much longer with these to help keep them dry.
  • Litter is now made with silica. With its fantastic absorption qualities, this litter requires fewer changes and sends less mess to the landfill.
  • Squirrel some away in your car, especially on your dashboard. This will help maintain a clear windshield and leave it less foggy during times of high humidity.

See full Mother Nature Network article.

March 26, 2012 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

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