Archive for May, 2012

Hearing: Maui Island Plan – South Maui – Tuesday, May 29, 9am


Where: Maui County Council Chambers, 200 High St Wailuku

If you can’t go, send comments to General Plan Committee:

May 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Central Maui Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan for 2030 to be released Friday May 25

In June, 2010, the State Department of Health, Healthy Hawaii Initiative awarded a grant to Chris Hart & Partners and Berkeley, California-based Alta Planning & Design to prepare an active transportation plan for central Maui.  After nearly two years of work, the consultant team and 16-member steering committee will release the plan entitled “Central Maui Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan for 2030” to the public at a meeting to be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25 in the Cameron Center auditorium.  The event is sponsored by Hui No Ke Ola Pono and NPAC.  Light pu-pu will be served.

Early on the consultant team and steering committee concluded that central Maui could become a world-class pedestrian and bicyclist community with a commitment to this common vision and renewed investment in supporting infrastructure.  The steering committee set forth the following vision:

The people who live, work and play in central Maui desire a community in which bicycling and walking for health, transportation or enjoyment can be done safely and without physical barriers.  Further, we desire a future where bicycling, walking and other non-motorized activities are accommodated in a safe, well-maintained, and easily accessible manner for the following reasons:

  • -Promoting a healthier lifestyle
  • -Creating more livable communities, and
  • -Facilitating greater social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Please join us, meet the steering committee, and learn about the plan, the priorities identified by the steering committee and community, and perhaps volunteer to help move some of the projects forward!

This link is to the flyer—please download and circulate widely.


Sandra McGuinness, Coordinator
N-PAC: Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition of Maui County
A Project of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Office of Public Health Studies, John A. Burns School of Medicine
P.O. Box 769
Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
808.264.7895 or

May 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

EPA Clean Air Act Public Hearings at UH Maui

May 31 in Kahului, June 1 in Hilo

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding two public hearings on the proposed Clean Air Act Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan for Hawaii, one in Kahului, Maui on May 31 and one in Hilo, Hawaii Island on June 1.

Regional haze is visibility impairment caused by the cumulative air pollutant emissions from numerous sources over a wide geographic area. This haze obscures the views of scenery at a distance, reducing the beauty of national parks. The EPA plan is designed to achieve progress toward achieving visibility goals at the Haleakala National Park and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the first planning period through 2018. The proposed plan would impose a cap on pollution from certain oil-fired electric generating units on the Big Island. It is likely that the Hawaii Electric Light Company could meet this cap through improvements in energy conservation and increased reliance on renewable energy already planned as part of Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative. The EPA is not planning to impose any other additional pollution controls as part of this stage of the Regional Haze Program.

The Clean Air Act requires states, in coordination with EPA, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and other interested parties, to develop and implement air quality protection plans to reduce the pollution that causes visibility impairment in 156 national parks and wilderness areas. Agencies have been monitoring visibility in national parks and wilderness areas since 1988. In 1999, the EPA announced a major effort to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas through the Clean Air Act Regional Haze Rule.

The proposed plan for Hawaii is available on the following website:

Contact:  Dean Higuchi,,                      

May 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

May 15 Public Meeting on Proposed Development In South Maui

The Kihei Community Association Presents a Community Public Meeting on
proposed development in south maui. The meeting will be held at the Kihei Charter School, 41 E. Lipoa St., Kihei (old Hapa’s location). 6:30pm / Doors open at 6:00pm for talk story and pupu.

As much of our community expresses concern about proposed development in Kihei, an inquiry that repeatedly come up is “how was this approved?, and why didn’t we know about it?” In response, the Kihei Community Association (KCA) will devote their next two meetings to this general topic.

The MAY 15th meeting will examine major development being proposed at the Kihei gateway along both sides of the Pi’ilani in South Puunene, WHILE IT IS STILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. DLNR District Land Agent, Daniel Ornellas, will join Maui Planning Department Director, Will Spence, and Senior Long Range Planner, David Yamashita, to offer an overview on what is currently being proposed along the northern section of the Kihei Makena Community Plan area. This section includes areas along the Mokulele Highway.

The JUNE 19th meeting will address the Pi’ilani Promenade or Outlet Mall, which is proposed to extend ¾ mile mauka of the Pi’ilani Highway. Officers of Eclipse Development Group of California have been invited to participate, along with other guests.

For more information on the KCA and their upcoming meetings please visit, or call 879-5390.

May 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm 2 comments

May 16th – 10th Annual Ride of Silence for Bicycle Safety

 May 16, 2012

Check with Danielle for location and times.

Cyclists on Maui and worldwide join in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

See the Ride of Silence web site. .

May 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

UHMC SLIM Community Garden Blessing Invitation

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UH Maui College invites you to join us this Thursday for the blessing of our groundbreaking UHMC community garden, supported by Community Work Day (CWD) and the Ulupono Initiative.

The garden blessing will be at 11:00 followed by a community work day of native planting. Participants will have the opportunity to take home vegetable or herb plant starts from Community Work Day’s nursery sponsored by Bioponic Phytoceuticals, the makers of Kona Red beverage.

Date: Thursday, May 10
Time: 11:00 (arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure a parking spot)
Location: Upper, North-West side of the main parking lot and the UHMC educational fields, directly across from the Maui Arts and Cultural Center

The community garden will be available to all students, faculty and staff members along with members of our community who enjoy growing their own food while socializing and interacting with others who share the same interests. Participants will be able to sign up for their own garden plot this coming fall semester through SLIM and EdVenture.

For more information about the garden or the May 10 work day and blessing, please contact Tracy Tarlow via email at

May 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Wind Turbine Makes 1,000 Liters of Clean Water a Day in the Desert

 Marc Parent, founder of Eloe Water, has developed a wind turbine that makes both electricity and condenses up to 1,000 liters of water out of desert air.

Read full TreeHugger article..

May 7, 2012 at 7:50 am 1 comment

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