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Larry Ellison’s Fantasy Island

“Imagine these hale, these grass huts on the beach,” Mr. Ellison said excitedly of his plans for the new resort. “They are individual hale, built on poles in the sand. We will retain the unspoiled primitive nature of the beach.” He says the hotel will be a model of sustainability—generating electricity from the sun, making its own fresh water, reusing “gray water for irrigation, and all the buildings will be made from light, renewable materials, like bamboo.”

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August 3, 2013 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

A computerized house that generates as much energy as it uses!

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled a laboratory in the form of a typical suburban home, designed to demonstrate that a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year.

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September 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

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

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

Surviving Climate Change – Access to Land

Simon Dale, developer of explains the “Low Impact Woodland Home” (see below) explains his his form of “Future Ethics”.

See details about the The Low Impact Woodland Home

December 24, 2011 at 2:56 am Leave a comment

The Tragedy of Suburbia – James Kunstler 2007 TED Lecture

A prescient, compelling and sometimes wry look at the American built environment.

Read 2011 interview with James Kunstler.

October 18, 2011 at 2:44 am Leave a comment

Maui Bamboo for Construction

Whispering Winds Bamboo Co-operative has been farming biodynamically since 2003 and is certified organic by Stellar Certification Services. They cultivate a full range of bamboo plants for landscaping and have bamboo timber poles as well as several tropical hardwood species.

The sustainable benefits of constructing  (and landscaping) with bamboo are:

  • Bamboo IS sustainable agriculture Bamboo is a perennial plant offering a sustained annual harvest, which eliminates the need for yearly re-plowing and re-planting. Once established, a bamboo grove will minimize wind and soil erosion and maximize water retention.
  • Bamboo is a high-yield renewable resource Bamboo timber from a newly established plantation can be harvested in 6-8 years versus 10-30 years for most softwood, and it generates a crop every year. Each clump will produce from 3-8 new culms a year. A 4″ diameter pole is equivalent to a 4×4 of wood and is known to have greater load capacity. Bamboo tolerates extremes of precipitation, from 30-250 inches of annual rainfall on well-drained soils. With a 10-30% annual increase in biomass versus 2 to 5% for trees, bamboo creates greater yields of raw material for use. One resource book lists over 5,000 uses from building houses, scaffolding, furniture, musical instruments, paper, plywood, to clothing, medicine and food.
  • Bamboo protects the watershed and can do environmental clean up Bamboo greatly reduces rain run off, while keeping up to twice as much water in the watershed. Bamboo is a pioneering plant and can be grown in soil damaged by overgrazing or poor agricultural techniques. It is very effective at removing metals and toxic substances from soil and water. Bamboo survived the Hiroshima atomic blast closer to ground zero than any other living thing and participated in it’s re-greening.
  • Bamboo is the strongest and fastest growing woody plant on planet earth Bamboo’s tensile strength is 28,000 psi versus 23,000 psi for mild steel.
  • Bamboo is protecting the atmosphere Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen and consumes 4 times more carbon dioxide than equivalent stands of trees. There are over 1500 species of bamboo. The carbon sequestration ability of Bamboo is still being determined but early models show substantial amounts of bound carbon especially if the harvested fiber is locked in a 50-year structure.
  • Bamboo can feed us Bamboo shoots provide nutrition for millions of people worldwide. Taiwan alone consumes 80,000 tons of bamboo shoots annually, constituting a $50 million industry.
  • Bamboo is saving the rainforest Over 1 billion people in the world live in bamboo houses and they are exceedingly earthquake proof. Its lumber yield (weight per acre per year) is up to 25 times that of normal timber. To build 1000 houses of bamboo, material may be taken from a 60-hectare bamboo plantation, which will be replaced in 5-7 years. If an equivalent project used timber, it would require 500 hectares of forest cover and it would take decades to replace.
  • Bamboo grows GREEN on Maui WWB coop has over 18 acres of non-invasive clumping select species that are being managed organically and thriving. Using locally grown select bamboo will save our timber resources, reduce our reliance on importing lumber and stimulate the local economy with jobs.
  • Bamboo is Profitable Global bamboo market in 2004 was estimated around $10 billion and is expected to become $20 billion by 2015, riding mainly on the demand from US, especially for paper production.

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April 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

All-in-One Greywater Recycling System

 Eleagant self-contained greywater system that is capable of reducing water use by up to 25% compared to a standard 6/3-litre dual flush toilet.

Read Inhabitat article.

February 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Inhabitat’s Top Green Stories of 2010

 The Inhabitat (design will save the world) website has posted lists of the top green stories of 2010.
Included in the top green energy category are:

The site also features:

Plus scores of other interesting articles about new green developments.

December 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Indoor Electric Composter


NatureMill Indoor Composter


Click image for History Channel video report.


You can add food scraps every day. Takes 2 weeks to make a basketful of ready-to-go compost. Very low electric usage.

December 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

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