What is Sustainability?
Sustainability Organizations
& Blogs

Sustainability Books, Classes
& Lectures

Community Garden
Home Garden
Hui Garden
School Garden
Sustainable Landscape
Green Homes, Buildings
&Urban Design

Conservation & Recycling
Government, Legistlation
& Political Action

Green Business
Health & Safety
Renewable Energy
Nuclear Fusion
Solar Electric
Thermal Electric
Wave Electric
Solar Hot Water
Ocean Health
Emergency Preparedness


Timeline of Modern Sustainability Developments

The Center for Ecoliteracy, co-founded by Fritjof Capra, states, “We do not need to invent sustainable human communities. We can learn from societies that have lived sustainably for centuries. We can also model communities after nature’s ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms. Since the outstanding characteristic of the biosphere is its inherent ability to sustain life, a sustainable human community must be designed in such a manner that its technologies and social institutions honor, support, and cooperate with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life.”

Adopt Sustainable Behavior:
– Maury King, Maui Weekly 12/11/08

Upcountry Sustainability
Upcountry Sustainability is a group of upcountry people meeting weekly to talk about and take action to forward the sustainability of Upcountry Maui. Join us, Monday evenings (630-800) at Haleakala Waldorf School’s Christopher Hall.

Our Green Maui
Our Green Maui focuses on the triple bottom line categories of sustainability, providing coverage of local happenings that pertain to the island’s social, environmental, and economic well-being. Our Green Maui provides frequent updates on current initiatives, opportunities, and efforts to conserve and protect the environment as well as sustainable initiatives in the business and development sectors. We hope that our coverage of these issues serve to raise awareness and build momentum for a movement to restore the principles and practices of eco-friendliness in each of our lives and communities.

Green Hawaii
A video-rich website “for and by the community concerned with sustainability and promoting the positive efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations contributing to a healthy environment, society and economy”. Blogs, forum discussions, events calendar, etc.

Green: Hawai’i’s Sustainable Living Magazine
Green is dedicated to educating and informing consumers about sustainable living practices with smart, practical and sustainable ideas and solutions in easy to digest content complimented by detailed images. Print verison vailable in stores, bookstores, grocery stores and specialty shops. Also see current online version and archives. Green Magazine Hawai’i, P.O. Box 894061, Mililani, Hawai’i 96789

Sierra Club—Green Home
This new Sierra Club website has useful information about making your home more sustainable.

 Best Green Blogs
Just what the name says—a wonderful list of sustainability blogs.

Mālama Hawai’i

Mālama Hawai‘i is a hui of over seventy organizations and hundreds of individuals committed to the vision that Hawai‘i, our special island home, be a place where the people, land and sea are cared for, and communities are healthy and safe.

Over the past five years and in the future, Mālama Hawai‘i will use strategic networking, public awareness campaigns, educational programs, website development, community surveys, and events to support the good work already being accomplished in our communities. Mālama Hawai‘i serves to inspire, and be inspired by, the people of Hawai‘i to mālama (care for) our island home, through a partnership that enriches our lives and our children’s future. Our work will integrate the environment, health, education, justice, culture and the economy; and celebrate the strength of community.

• Mālama Kaua’i—Sustainable Solutions In Action

Many active projects on Kāua’i; Social Networking Portal

• Sustainability Association of Hawaii

The purpose of (SAH) is to help businesses and families make wise use of resources. SAH fosters ideas and helps implement solutions to conserve, protect and recycle resources while promoting the sustainability of a healthy society.

The Sustainability Ninja

The Sustainability Ninjas like to write about news, products, and the people fighting to make a difference in promoting sustainability. The Ninjas believe that together we can all help to reduce consumption, improve health, and find cleaner alternatives to power the gadgets, cars, and lives we lead today.

Kahea The Hawai’ian Environmental Alliance

KAHEA is a network of activists throughout the five main Hawaiian Islands that addresses critical issues within our communities and ‘ahupua’a (geographic and cultural demarcation from the uppermost land to the outer reef). Kahea works with citizens organizing to protect sensitive shorelines and culturally significant sites from inappropriate development and to prevent the conversion of our agricultural lands to gated communities, golf courses, and malls. Kahea also works to protect Hawai‘i’s threatened biodiversity and endangered species. One of KAHEA’s objectives is to convene key activists, kupuna (elders), practitioners and resource experts. Together they develop coordinated strategies, share expertise, build networks and focus campaigns in order to become more effective in protecting Hawai’i’s fragile environment, resources and people. Kahea strives to encourage citizen participation through outreach and education. By joining forces, Native Hawaiians, environmentalist activists and the concerned public can have a much greater impact on issues that affect us all.

Very rich sustainability social network and blog(s) that include:
Latest Headlines
Greener Buildings
Greener Computing
Sustainable Design
Sustainable Business
Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Sourcing

Click for more listings and details.

University of Hawai’i: Suistainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM)
The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) is a center with a primary focus on non-credit based community outreach and development activities, as well as complementing UH-Maui College credit-based activities. These activities include the development and dissemination of knowledge and the provision of services to the County of Maui community in various areas of sustainability, particularly renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. Community outreach and workforce development efforts target K-12 and college-level students, teachers and faculty, and community members at-large.

SLIM primarily directs its resources to five focal areas:

  • Curriculum and practicum development for an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sustainable Sciences;
  • Adult continuous education (empowering individuals to develop sustainable solutions to personal, business, and community challenges);
  • Employee enhancement (sustainability skills development and knowledge acquisition for practicing professionals);
  • Scholar & Intern Program (“green” workforce development through the acquisition of professional experience and job placement; sustainability focused research undertaken by SLIM supported scholars);
  • K-12 leadership and outreach (sustainability oriented teacher training and knowledge development, identification of sustainability oriented career pathways, K-12 sustainability curriculum development).


Natural Step
A non-profit environmental education organization working to build an ecologically and economically sustainable society. The Natural Step Framework is a scientifically robust model that helps organizations make pragmatic decisions to move toward sustainability. Providing research in the science of sustainability and links to real world applications, Natural Step creates dialogue about the opportunities and challenges in building a sustainable future. In the late 1980’s, Swedish oncologist, Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt started developing a framework outlining the conditions that are considered essential for life. He sent this draft to a broad cross-section of scientists, including over 50 ecologists, chemists, physicists and medical doctors around the world and asked for their input. Twenty-one drafts later, there was at last consensus about what we is needed to sustain life on earth. This became Natural Step, which since then has worked with thousands of corporations, municipalities, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations to help them move strategically toward sustainability, new opportunities, reduced costs, and dramatically reduced ecological and social impacts.


Sustainable Agriculture
A CTAHR (University of Hawai’i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources) blog dedicated to discussion of issues related to the sustainability of agriculture in Hawaii and across the country.

The Permaculture Group
A distributor and promoter of local goods and services for socially responsible businesses on Maui, with the intention of creating opportunities which stimulate the economic and environmental growth of our neighborhoods. Committed to supporting Maui communities through the core values of permaculture, ultimately sealing the bonds that allow the communities to thrive.

Through Community-Supported Agriculture projects (CSAs), The Permaculture Group supports local farmers, native reforestation projects, and promotes land stewardship. They also offer media and marketing services which expand and promote all of the above.

Maui Perma Culture: Marian Scott
What is Permaculture? 11/6/08;
The Flags of Naturem: 11/20/08
Planting a tree is a great way to help the environment.

Forests Can Help Maui’s Environment, 12/04/08

The Barefoot Gardener: J.M. Buck
jmbuckSoil Sustenance: 12/25/08
Your crop isn’t in your veggies, it’s in your soil.

The Joy of Wild Hawaiian Ginger: 12/11/08
Tasty ginger grows wild on Maui.

A Taste of the Mediterranean: 12/4/08
Artichokes are an attractive addition to the garden

Revive the Victory Garden website
Future Farmers Victory Gardens 2007+ website

• Maui Earth Compost
The only large-scale source of intentional compost on Maui. Facilites in Puunene and Kihei. Contact Tim Gunter, 877-0403.

HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION – Radical Change Taking Root
Video of family that has converted their home in Pasadena, CA into a prolific garden.

• Darryl Kalua & Sons (Indian blueworms)
Pahoa, Hawaii, 808-982-6917,

• Hawaii Rainbow Worms
Worms, worm bins
Piper Selden, owner and operator, 905 Hoolaulea Street, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-937-2233,,

Joy of Worms
Red wigglers for home composting, worm bins
Wilma Nakamura, 573-3911,

• Maui Earthkeepers Earthworm Farms
Commercial worm composting
Robert Bell, PO Box 791417, Paia, HI 96779, 283-6118

• Olomana Gardens
Worms, vermicompost
41-1140 Waikupanaha St , Waimanalo, HI 96795, 808-259-0223,,

• Waikiki Worm Company
Worms, worm bins, vermicompost
234 Ohua Ave. #118, Honolulu HI 96815, Contact: Mindy Jaffe, owner, 808-382-0432,,

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening
Biodynamic Gardening, begun by Rudolf Steiner, is a unified approach to agriculture that relates the ecology of the earth-organism to that of the entire cosmos. Essentially, biodynamic farming and gardening looks upon the soil and the farm as living organisms.

Biodynamic Farming Association

Hawai’i Biodynamic Organization:
Patrick Moser, 845 Pe’ahi Road, Ha’iku, HI 96708; 808-572-1766; Email.

Google search for biodynamic gardening.

A 2008-2011 project to promote stable and sustainable food production, lively local agricultural commerce, and healthy lifestyles

Hawai’i SEED is a statewide non-profit coalition of grassroots groups composed of farmers, doctors, scientists, lawyers, activists, and Native Hawaiians who are working on five islands to educate the public about the risks posed by genetically engineered organisms. We are dedicated to promoting diverse, local, healthy and ecological food and farming that supports real food security for the Hawaiian Islands.

GMO-Free Maui
Working to inform and protect Hawaii and its people from the risks posed by genetically engineered organisms. We promote diverse, local, healthy and ecological food and farming practices that support food security for all of the Hawaiian Islands.

Maui Growing Together
Peter Durkson’s blog—created to connect people on Maui who grow food or want to learn how to grow food in their home or neighborhood gardens and, hopefully, plant an extra row for the Maui Food Bank.

Maui Food Security
Excellent articles and links for Organic Gardening, Organic Farming, Sustainability, Maui County Government, Agriculture, Events, News, CSA—Community Supported Agriculture, Permaculture, Seeds of Change, and Biodynamic Farming.

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources – free resources for the community including Master Gardener Program and support of all agricultural practices.

Hawaii Organic Farmers – statewide site devoted to organic growing and certification.

Goin’ Coconuts – Very nutritious food and the Samoan variety grow relatively close to the ground.

Hale Akua Garden Farm – Though not in South Maui, classes are offered.

Maui Permaculture Network – An introduction to Claire Kellerman’s network.

Maui County Farm Bureau – Relevant more for larger scale and agribusiness than community gardening.

Maui Aloha Aina Association – Dedicated to Promote life nurturing practices for the body and the soil through education and outreach. Sponsor of the 8th Annual Body & Soil Health Conference, Oct 11 & 12th, 2008

Aloha Victory Gardens
The Aloha Victory Gardens Program derives its title from, and builds upon, the successful nationwide Victory Garden programs of WWI and WWII. Modeled after a successful pilot project in San Francisco launched in 2007, their goal is to donate and plant ten diverse Victory Gardens around the State of Hawaii.

We are a small, family run, organic farm in North Kohala, Big Island of Hawaii, that is engaged in the development and dynamics of a medium scale permaculture site that uses alternative energy and alternative construction.

D.T. Fleming Arboretum [FOFA]
The D.T. Fleming Arboretum is Hawaii’s oldest and largest native arboretum. It was planted in the Pu’u Mahoe cinder cone on Maui’s southern slopes of Ulupalakua to preserve species from the dying forest of Auwahi.

Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program
Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program is funded by the USDA Forest Service and focuses on improving the health and viability of trees in Hawaiian communities through educational programs; financial support in the form of cost-share grants; technical training; and Arbor Day promotions and partnerships with the public and private sectors, community groups and non-profit organizations.

WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)
WWOOF-USA is an organization that facilitates volunteering on organic farms. The program is available to anyone 18 years of age or older. WWOOF farms offer a variety of educational opportunities, including growing vegetables, keeping bees, building straw bale houses, working with animals, and making wine. With hundreds of farms in all 50 states, as well as the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, there is something for everyone.

Kichen Gardners International
Promoting the “localist” food of all, globally.

National Gardening Association
Large and respected array of gardening content for consumers and educators, ranging from general information and publications to lessons and grants.

Burpee Seeds

Harris Seeds

Master Gardening
Garden Supplies

HISCO (Hawaiian Irrigation Supply Company, Inc.)
200A Waiehu Beach Road, Wailuku, HI 96793, Ph. 808-856-7676


Haile Maile Community Garden

Maui Community Garden Initiative
These folks have much experience starting and running school and community gardens and can help you start your own. Go right to the ‘Contact Us’ page.

Starting a Community Garden — A pdf document wrttten by Haile Maile Garden’s Kristin Mack.

How to Start a Community Garden and Beautify Your Neighborhood
A How-to Guide for neighborhood. leaders working to make life better for. people in Battle Creek.

Starting a Community Garden
An American Community Gardening Association fact sheet designed to give many different groups the basic information they need to get their gardening project off the ground.

Mana O Aina educates customers on the joy of growing their own healthy organic fruits and vegetables at home. We will help you design, build, and maintain your own custom organic garden based on your needs, soil, space and budget so that you and your family can enjoy an abundance of healthy and delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs year ‘round.

Organic Consumers Association.
Interesting and relevant articles and postings on this site for growing, eating and supporting organic and sustainable foods. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.

• Green Corn Project
Green Corn Project (GCP) is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since 1998, GCP has built more than 130 gardens in Austin’s underserved neighborhoods. We teach effective techniques for growing food at home naturally, while making maximum use of land, water, and energy. The whole community benefits when gardeners share their new skills and excess harvest with others.

GCP serves people with limited access to nutritious, affordable food by partnering with them to build their own gardens at homes, schools, and community centers. GCP also educates garden recipients, volunteers, and community members about the techniques and benefits of organic gardening through skills workshops, presentations, and community events.


Garden boxes that can be placed where there is no space for gardens&emdash;in small yards, condo, etc.


Smart By NatureTM
Schooling for Sustainability, an initiative of Ecoliteracy, provides information, inspiration, and support to the vital movement of K-12 educators, parents, and others who are helping young people gain the knowledge, skills, and values essential to sustainable living.

The Edible Schoolyard
Started by Alice Waters, a creator of California Cuisine and Chez Panisse, The Edible Schoolyard, in collaboration with Martin Luther King Junior Middle School, provides urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. Experiences in the kitchen and garden foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, and promote the environmental and social well being of our school community.

This site is very rich, featuring sections on From Seed to Table, Developing Ecoliteracy, How to Start a School Garden, etc.

 Urban Roots
Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and increase the access of healthy food in Austin, Texas.

 Trim Tab
The Cascadia Green Building Council’s quarterly online magazine filled with provocative articles, interviews and news on the issues, designs, and people that are truly transforming the built environment. Trim Tab’s mission is to incite deep discussion and inspire the real solutions that our industry must undertake to address the global challenges we face.

Sierra Club—Green Home
This new Sierra Club website has useful information about making your home more sustainable.

US Green Building Council – Creates and administers LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifications for green buildings, neighborhoods, etc.

Hawaii Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council

Dom Nozzi Urban Design Website
Topics include: Great Thoughts in Urban Design, Fundamentals of a Good City, Top Ten Best Urban Design Books, Measuring Walkable Urbanity, Recipe for Creating a Bicycle-Friendly City.

Bamboo Living – Bamboo homes and more info about bamboo products/uses. Maui company.

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.

HC1 Box 180, Hana, HI 96713
Yellow Seed Bamboo – Many uses for this great plant that is totally renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and many other ables. It would be great to support bamboo growers as they will undoubtedly play a role in the new future.

Rocky Mountain Insitute – Fostering the efficient and restorative use of resources.

500 Hats of Sustainability
Articles from TNLA Green Magazine, published by the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association.

Waste Not Want Not
An organization of volunteer harvesters who help Maui’s hungry by harvesting backyard fruit trees. or call 808.874.8038 or send an email. To locate an organization near you where the Food Bank distributes the “Waste Not Want Not” fruit call 211.

Roots of Change is making the food system sustainable by connecting and supporting people that have the knowledge, roles, relationships and commitments required to successfully manage a rapid transformation. Very active Facebook page, Changemakers Network, Declaration for Healthy Food & Agriculture, News and Resources.

Chefs Collaborative
Chefs Collaborative is the leading nonprofit network of chefs that fosters a sustainable food system through advocacy, education, and collaboration with the broader food community. The Advocate for sustainability in the greater food community, Provide chefs with the tools necessary to make sustainable purchasing decisions and Connect chefs and sustainable food producers. The “Regional Food Infrastructure Project” speaks directly to some of the issues, challenges and opportunities for sustainable local food distribution here on Maui, and Hawaii.

Slow Food USA
Supporting good, clean, and fair food, Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch is an organization dedicated to the belief that the public should be able to count on our government to oversee and protect the quality and safety of food and water. The site covers information and news about the effects of Fish Farming, Growth hormone in milk, Global food shipping, Safe Seafood guide, Tap water vs. bottled water, etc.

• Kula Fields, a fresh new way to have local produce, flowers, & grocery items delivered to your home or office on Maui!

Kula Fields Delivery is a farmer’s market on wheels. They spend a significant amount of time fostering fruitful relationships with a diverse range of farmers & artisans to bring you the best of the islands, while supporting the awesome people that grow it & furthering our community’s economy.

Help us build these links by asking restaurants if they serve locally produced food. Is it organic or conventionally grown? What percentage of their meals are local? Are they clearly marked on the menu so people can easily make the choice to buy local? Then, pass it along to us. Thanks.

Help us build these links by asking stores if they sell locally produced food. Is it organic or conventionally grown? What percentage of their products are local? Are they clearly marked so people can easily make the choice to buy local? Then, pass it along to us. Thanks.

The George Mateljan Foundation
A non profit organization dedicated to making the world a healthier place by providing you with cutting-edge information about why the World’s Healthiest Foods are the key to vibrant health and energy and how you can easily make them a part of your healthy lifestyle.


The KCA works with county government, law enforcement, other community organizations, businesses, and individuals on growth, safety, infrastructure, and quality of life issues in order to ensure that Kihei remains a top place on Maui to live and vacation. KCA goals include bringing a high school and hospital to Kihei, ensuring that parks are updated and maintained, and working with developers to ensure growth is managed and responsible.

KCA member’s involvement and volunteerism greatly impact and influence many aspects of the community. The Planning Committee works with developers to ensure that all growth in South Maui is responsible and sensitive to our island lifestyle. The Roads Committee works with the County to plan and maintain our traffic infrastructure. The Environment Committee works with the State and County to keep our ocean and beaches clean. The Parks Committee works with the County to keep our parks clean, maintained and safe.

An organization that works together for the good of the community first. Members may not agree on all the details of what is needed nor the priority of the list but they work together hand in hand, openly and honestly and get behind the goals of the association and make progress where possible.

At this page you can sign up subscriptions to any of dozens of county e-mail lists, including Bid Postings, Job Postings, Event Calendars for all county agencies and commissions and News Flashes for any committee.

Mission statement “From Apathy to Advocacy.” Byline “Let’s raise the bar on what we expect from the County of Maui. Citizens should demand it.”

BLUE PLANET FOUNDATION: Legislative advocacy
Creating systemic change in Hawaii’s energy system to build a clean energy future by shaping state laws and policies. Offering political participation to everyone to be at the table when critical decisions are being made through advocacy work. Legislative advocacy provides a perfect venue for us to affect lasting change. Support replacing coal and oil with renewable energy from sun, wind, wave, and other indigenous, clean energy sources; the Clean Energy Fund; The Solar Roof Fund; and other energy initiatives like Electric Vehicles, Private Investment in Clean Energy Resouces, Energy Efficiency Standards and On-Bill Financing, Homeowner Association guaranteed Right to Use Clothes Lines.

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
Summaries and exhibits of the October 20, 2008 Energy Agreement. At that time Governor Lingle announced the Energy Agreement among the State of Hawaii, Division of Consumer Advocacy, and Hawaiian Electric Companies. The pact streamlines the goal to separate Hawaii from dependence on oil and improve energy efficiency.

Environment America: Issues and actions:
Repower America
Stopping Global Warming
Our Rivers, Lakes & streams
Parks, Open Spaces, Wild Places
Healthy Oceans
Clean Air
Stop Toxic Pollution
Current Priorities In Washington, D.C.


: Find Recycling Centers and learn how to recycle paper, metal, hazardous, plastic, glass, electronics, automotive, household, garden and construction materials. Also on site are reports on compliance and recycling, On-Product Labeling, Recyclability reporting, and Data reporting.

Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world’s energy supplies.

Energy Hog
Facts and tips on how to save 10-50% on your home energy bills by making some energy smart improvements to your home.

* Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

Energy Star
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Waste Not Want Not
An organization of volunteer harvesters who help Maui’s hungry by harvesting backyard fruit trees. or call 808.874.8038 or send an email. To locate an organization near you where the Food Bank distributes the “Waste Not Want Not” fruit call 211.


Working to communicate and educate the public of the personal and environmental health concerns of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) and other plastics AND to reduce environmental degradation and economic injustice through education, community networks & sustainable products and enterprises.

Tater Ware
Cups, plates, forks, spoons, knives made from 100% biodegradable, non GMO potatoes.

Earth Cup™
We’re the solution not the pollution™. 100% compost able
Made from renewable resources, Earth Cup™ is 100% compost able and petroleum free—very earth friendly.
Most hot cups are coated with Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), a petrochemical plastic. LDPE is non-renewable and non-compostable, making the only methods of disposal; litter, land fills or incineration. Earth Cup™ is coated with earth friendly bio based material that uses less energy and significantly less greenhouse gas footprint.

Maui Recycling Group
Maui Recycling Group’s mission is to provide public education, research, training and technical assistance to encourage environmentally and economically sound solid waste resource management systems in the County of Maui and the State of Hawaii.
Email, 808-268-4380 Maui, P.O. Box 880852 , Pukalani, Maui , Hawaii 96788

• Tour de Trash: 270-7874 — A day-long bus tour of all the major recycling businesses on Maui, including the county land fill, Pacific Biodeisel, Compost, SOS Metal Recycling, County Recycling, Habitat ReStore, etc.

  Grist Magazine – Ask Umbra.
More of everything you always wanted to know about recycling

 BioCycle Journal

Reports on composting, organics, recycling and renewable energy.

 Pacific Biodiesel
A pioneer and leading advocate for the establishment of community-based biodiesel.

 Grass Roots Recycling Network

County of Maui Recycling Information

County of Maui Recycling Task Force Recommendations

Solid Waste Resource Advisory Committee
Schedule of meetings and information about agendas, Notes, Briefings, & Presentations, the Committee, the Board Schedule, the Solid Waste Management Plan and appendices, and the Maui County Project Approach to waste management.

Zitro Recycling Fun, friendly, accessible and supports a locally owned South Maui business. Bring anything that is HI5able. Next door to Salvation Army on Halekuai. All the best to you, Ortiz!

Craigslist for sharing and recycling things in our own local community.

Freecycle for sharing and recycling things in our own local community.

Maui County Recycling Centers
Kahului Kahului Park, Hina & Lono
MCC Location, off Wahine Pio Road
Upcountry Behind Kalama Intermediate School
Haiku Haiku Community Center
Kihei Piliani Highway & Welakahao Road
Wailuku Kahekili Highway & Makaala Drive
Olowalu Convention Center, 3 miles south of Lahaina
Lanai Lanai Waste Systems, 565-6478
Molokai Recycle Molokai, 553-3869
Kihei A American Storage
300 Ohukai Road (behind Tesoro)
Kihei Rent A Car
96 Kio Loop (Across from Eskimo Candy Seafood, up the street from Maui Dive Shop, Hale Kuai St.
Mon-Sat 7:30 – 6, Sun 7:30-5
Wailuku Business Etc.
2020 Main St (across from Main St. Bistro)
Kahului Las Pinata’s of Maui
95-J Dairy Road (Just below Hana Hwy)
Royal Hawaiian Movers
400 Hana Highway, Suite B-2 (near 24-hour Fitness)
Drop-off box in from of business.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
970 Lower Main St, Wailuku, HI 96793-2007, (808) 986-8055
Habitat for Humanity Maui’s ReStore accepts donations of new and slightly used construction/ remodeling materials and resells them to the general public at 50% or below retail. The ReStore is located at 970 Lower Main Street, Wailuku. We are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. The proceeds from the ReStore go directly to the building of Habitat homes here on Maui.

Aloha Shares Network 808-268-4380
Aloha Shares Network (ASN) does not pick up donations. Instead they match your donation with a request on an automated database that puts the recipient directly in touch with you to arrange pick up or delivery.There is no charge to either the donor or the recipient for the service offered by ASN. This way Island landfills receive less waste and Hawaii’s nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools get good, usable material they need, without using their limited funds for it. Donors of the material avoid charges for hauling, storage, and disposal, and receive a receipt for tax purposes if the donor requires one and the item is donated to a nonprofit, church or school.

• Remade on Maui
Listing of businesses that use recycled materials to manufacture new, value-added products for sale here on Maui and throughout the world.

Maui County and Habitat for Humanity E-Cycling Project
Recycle television sets and computers and all computer plug-in accessories—twice-a-week e-cycling program.
* 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays
* 970 Lower Main Street at corner of Mamo Place in Wailuku. Look for container and sign.
* For information call the Maui County E-Cycling Hotline at 573-4018.

M M Lilly Used Electronics Buyers
Cash for new and used Laptops, Smartphones, iPods (newer ones only), and all types of other high-tech electronics. Contatct them and then meet up at any Bank, Starbucks or other safe location and sell your items for cash in person! Maui representative is Steve Freid, host of the Life on Maui show on Akaku TV. For more info and price quotes call (215) 870-3436.

• Hawai‘i’s Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days
All electronics contain hazardous materials that must be disposed of in an environmentally sensitive approach to avoid being released into our air, ground water, and soil. Hawai‘i’s Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days provides an opportunity for safe and environmentally friendly disposal of eWaste regardless of the manufacturer, free of charge. All equipment collected will be processed in North America in an environmentally responsible way and recycled into commodity grade materials such as metals, plastics, and glass. Recycling and disposal services are provided courtesy of Apple. Click here for details, dates and locations.

Donate your old cell phones to help find a cure for breast cancer. Cell phones will be reciyc led by EPA standards and 100% of funds raised will go to 2009 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Call Island Honda or Printers Ink. 344-6552.

• Home Depot
Concern about the very small amount of mercury in CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) has inspired the EPA and some businesses to recycle them. Some details can be found in this article.

• Longs Drug (any batteries smaller than automobile batteries)


• Big Brothers/Big Sisters: 242-9754. Will pick up at your home.
• Rainbow Attic: 1881 S Kihei Rd Ste B5, Kihei, HI 96753-7924, 808-874-0884
• Salvation Army: Kihei: 875-8065
• Savers: 380 Dairy Road, Kahului, Phone: 808-871-7244

SPORT SHOES: • Nike Grind
Ship your old sport shoes to Nike and they grind them up and make materials for synthetic for basketball, tennis and soccer courts; rubberized running tracks, fitness room flooring, playground safety surfacing and infill for synthetic turf fields; air bag rubber and outsoles for new Nike shoes.

SOS Metal Recycling

808-357-5528, Maui Baseyard: They take Computers; Appliances; Vehicles; Electronics; Small, Ni cad and Phone batteries; Aluminum; Brass; Copper; Steel; Zinc; Lead; Stainless Steel; Insulated Copper Wire; Cast Iron; Machinery; Metal Demolition Waste.

Pacific Biodiesel: 877-3144

Kahului: Maui Oil Change & Tuneup, Wakea & Puunene
Maui Carquest, 305-A Dairy Road
Napa United Auto Parts, 90 East Wakea Ave.
Wailuku: NAPA United Auto Parts, 1820 Wells St.
Central: Central Maui Landfill, Pulehu Road, 1 mile from Hansen Road
Kihei: Kihei/Wailea Unocal, South Kihei Road
Lahaina: NAPA United Auto Parts, 1058 Limahana Place
Olowalu: Olowalu Recycling Center, 3 miles south of Lahaina
Haiku: Carquest, 780 Haiku Road
Molokai: Recycle Molokai Center
Plant Rescue Maui
Save the plants dug up by homeowners, condos and resorts from being discarded in the landfill. Plant Rescue maui is dedicated to preserving and finding a home for these plants. Phone: 808-276-2900, Email:

Wonderfully rich web site with excellent blog and many valuable links to other blogs about green business and general sustainability.

Click here for an SMS page of Triple Pundit Green Business Links and it’s RSS Feed.

Interface, Inc.
A carpet company in Georgia founded by Ray Anderson, dedicated and leading the way “To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: People, process, product, place and profits — by 2020 — and in doing so we will become restorative through the power of influence.”

• da green tee
Clothing made from sustainable fibers that grow fast, produce more oxygen, require little water, are pest resistant and are grown on chemical free fields. Tee shirts, hoodies, dresses & bags.
161 ‘A’ Alamaha Street, Kahului, HI 808-871-5ECO, Mon-Sat 10<font size=”1″)AM–6<font size=”1″)PM

• Humuhumunukunu-kaupua’a at the Grand Wailea: Check the locoavore (locally grown) menu. 875-1234, ext 4900.

Good Guide
GoodGuide provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home. Cradle to Grave analyses.

Skin Deep
Skin Deep is a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products.

What’s On My Food?
Produced by the Pesticide Action Network (PAN)‚ which promotes the elimination of highly hazardous pesticides and offers solutions that protect people and the environment. The site lists the pesticides found on each kind of conventionally grown vegetable, how to protect yourself and how to get involved in improving how our food is grown.

• Child Safety: Free Child Safety Kit
The Polly Klass Foundation offers a free Child Safety Kit shows you how to teach your children:

  • Which strangers to ask for help when no trusted adults are available.
  • How to recognize dangerous situations.
  • How to respond to those dangerous situations correctly.
  • Also included in the 24 page Kit is special information on:
    • Special no-scare methods for each age group.
    • Recording your child’s fingerprints in the privacy of your home.
    • Sampling and storing your child’s DNA in your own home.

Clean Energy Maui
Chris Mentzel’s website that includes information on FIT (Feed-in Tariff), Energy from Algae, Maui plan for 100% energy independence and much more.

Energy Information Administration
Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government

Maui Solar Water Heater Contractors
Listed and approved by Maui Electric

Willy Bennet 3 minute video about solar power
This is an inspiring video to watch if you are thinking about adding solar power to your home with contact info at the end. Pens ready!

FIT: Bringing Germany’s groundbreaking Energy Law to Hawai’i. (FIT—Feed-in Tariff) is Germany’s groundbreaking law that has made its renewable energy industry the world’s biggest. It is a small law, often misunderstood. is a website that explains the law and what it would mean for Hawaii, if it was implemented here— creating the “Hawaii Miracle”, with a massive influx of investments and jobs and move quickly away from our dependency on oil. Site includes a 5-minute video by the World Future Council.

• Maui Electric Company, Ltd.
News about CFL Instant Rebate Program, News Releases Special Events & Offers, Hawaii’s Energy Future Generation Bidding and a Home Energy Check as well as account information.

Scientists Experiment with Nuclear Fusion Device

The following Hawai’i related links are from The Energy Bible: Your guide to renewable Energy—very comprehensive information about all aspects of renewable energy – Solar, Wind, Water, Geothermal, Bio-energy, Saving energy and federal and state rates, incentives and other programs. 

Hawai’i Loan, Bond & Rebate Programs for Renewable Energy:

State-by-State Comparisons:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Research and development of renewable fuels and electricity that advance national energy goals to change the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars.

Hawai‘i Bio Fuels
Rates companies and methods of producing bio fuels according to their sustainability.




Scientists Experiment with Nuclear Fusion Device


Hawai’i PV Coalition
The Hawaii PV Coalition, made up of businesses and homeowners, was formed to actively promote the solar electric agenda across our islands.

Working with legislators, government agencies, utility companies, and public interest groups, the Coalition is pushing to make Hawaii more energy independent while creating more jobs in the renewable energy sector.

Use this website to get tax credit information, find PV installers and learn about the benefits of Solar PV.



Pure Energy Systems Wiki’s Energy Directory on Ocean Wave Energy
Overview of current wave energy systems and companies involved.

Amercian Wind Energy Association® (AWEA)
Abundant information about clean energy, wind and small wind power, legislation, events, utilites, etc.

Pickins Plan
T. Boone Pickens plan to:

  • Create millions of new jobs by building out the capacity to generate up to 22 percent of our electricity from wind. And adding to that with additional solar capacity;
  • Building a 21st century backbone electrical grid;
  • Providing incentives for homeowners and the owners of commercial buildings to upgrade their insulation and other energy saving options; and
  • Using America’s natural gas to replace imported oil as a transportation fuel.



Complete Streets
Working with city and towns to complete the streets so that they are safer, livable and welcoming for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper.

Hawaii Pedal Power
Events and bike info for Hawai’i: 1177 Queen Street Suite 1006, Honolulu, HI
Hawai’i Pedal Power Facebook page

Car Free U.S.A.
A blog promoting the joys of car free life in the USA.


A web site deciated to promoting Plug-in Cars for a Better America. Also on the site is a PLUG-IN VEHICLE TRACKER that keeps up-to-date information on all makes and models of all plug-in cars, trucks and bikes—their features, production status and photos.
Share rides to work, island events, etc.

Aptera Electric cars

Phoenix Electric cars

• better place
Building infrastructure for zero-emission plug-in electric vehicles: charging spots, battery switching stations, and software that automates the experience. Contracted in 2008 by Governor Linda Lingle to build these stations in Hawai’i.

Trains 4 America

Urban Design: Walkable Streets Website
A walkable street is the fundamental building block of a quality community

Complete Streets
Working with city and towns to complete the streets so that they are safer, livable and welcoming for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper.

Maui Water County Water Dept site with conservation tips and at the bottom of the page is a link to Low Flow Fixture Data Form for free low flow fixtures.

Maui Department of Water Supply
Information about all aspects of the Maui water supply, including what to do about drinking water in case of an emergency?

Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch is an organization dedicated to the belief that the public should be able to count on our government to oversee and protect the quality and safety of food and water.

• Making a Difference—A PDF Action Guide to Marine Conservation in Hawai‘i

• Project Sea Link promotes marine Science, Education, and Awareness (S. E. A.) by providing a link between students, teachers, scientists, the local community, the general public, other nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. Their goals are:
* To encourage and inspire the next generation of marine scientists, educators and stewards of the ocean environment
* To support the inquiry-based reform in science education
* To promote conservation and stewardship in order to preserve and protect marine resources

• Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is the only international organization working exclusively to save coral reefs. CORAL provides education, tools, and inspiration to help local communities become passionate environmental stewards for the reefs.


CERT – Community Emergency Response Teams – creating local ‘first responders’ in every community. Maui County offers free training.


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