West Maui Sustainability


West Maui Sustainability meetings

are held the first and third monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the wefarm @kapalua offices.        

Next Meeting:  monday 12/06 (napili)

Ho'opono Farms Living Classroom Fundraiser

Take a sunny sunday, a couple of Grammy Award winners, some pahole fern salad,  a pint sized spiderman chasing a fairy princess, lau lau with a little bit of sweet potato (yes, i said lau lau with sweet potato! yumminess!), a bag o tricks and three guys that just got a bunch of land to start a community supported farm and you've got one hell of a party!  

Ho'opono Farm Fundraiser for the farms living classroom
Merrimans Restaurant
It was a good time!

Friends of the Farm Work Party
Saturday, July 17 8:30 a.m.

Grab your farm curious friends and family and join us for the first community work morning at weFarm@kapalua.  Help us move the farm forward while meeting your neighbors and local farmers.  Learn our vision for a more food secure maui, and find out ways to be engaged.
We will meet at the office at 8:30 and vanpool to the farm.  Together we will work through farm tasks assigned by farmer Dan.  Around 11:30 a.m. we will wrap-up in the field and head back to the office for a potluck lunch.

What: farm work party and potluck lunch
Where:  4900 Honoapi'ilani Hwy (corner of the hwy and Napili Hau st. across from Napili Plaza)
Date:  Saturday, July 17th
Time:  8:30 - noonish
Bring:  long pants, a protective top, gloves (if you have them!), sturday shoes, sun protection, a water bottle, a dish to share for lunch, and lots of energy!
RSVP: to info@uluponosustainable.com (reply as early as space is limited!)

Kaanapali Makai Watch “Talk Story” Meeting - Lahaina

What: Kaanapali Makai Watch “Talk Story” Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 from 6-8 pm

Where: Lahaina Civic Center Social Hall (1840 Honoapiilani Hwy; Lahaina HI 96761)

Target Audience: All community members who would like to help shape the development of and get involved with the Kaanapali Makai Watch program.

Workshop Purpose: All are invited to join us to learn about what's going on and what's planned, and to provide their input. There is NO OBLIGATION to volunteer; we are simply seeking feedback and could use help in brainstorming approaches and methods for engaging the community and providing fun and interesting ways for people to volunteer in support of this area!

Workshop Presenters: Luna Kekoa & Darla White (Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources); Liz Foote (Project S.E.A.-Link and the Coral Reef Alliance); Tamara Paltin (Save Honolua Coalition) & Robin Knox (Aquanimity Now)


Part I: Take Action NOW: Update/Overview of Turbidity Task Force (Tamara Paltin & Robin Knox)
• How to help Honolua and all West Maui sites
• water quality issues, the basics...role of Citizen Science
• demo of materials

Part II: Introduction to the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area (KHFMA) (Darla White)
• overview and background rules, boundaries etc.
• supporting science & ongoing research

Part III: NOAA Coral Fellow Role & Responsibility (Luna Kekoa)
• overview of projects and how to get involved

Part IV: Kaanapali Makai Watch program --overview & brainstorming (Liz Foote)
• what is Makai Watch?
• why Kaanapali?
• existing and planned activities
• What do YOU want to do?

More on Makai Watch: The statewide Makai Watch program consists of three components: 1) education & outreach; 2) monitoring; and 3) observation/voluntary compliance.
The Kaanapali Makai Watch program seeks to integrate with and build upon existing efforts that encompass these components, such as the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s education station at Whaler’s Village, and the Division of Aquatic Resources’ Herbivore Enhancement Area in-water survey protocols. In addition, the state is currently supporting the development of observation and compliance protocols for volunteers and will be coordinating DLNR-assisted trainings for current Makai Watch groups later in the year. In the meantime, we will focus efforts on education and outreach along with various types of community-based monitoring (including biological and human use protocols), while stakeholder coordination efforts are carried out in association with ongoing state and federal initiatives.

Attend this meeting to learn what’s already underway, what’s planned, how to get involved, and help us scope out other aspects of this program!

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Liz Foote, (808) 669-9062 or Lfoote@hawaii.rr.com

'A'ali'i Planting at Honolua,
saturday, may 22nd, 8-11 a.m.

meeting at lipoa pt. middle gate
bring covered shoes and water, gloves and shovel will be provided!

Maui Growing Local
Maui’s agricultural future.

By: Melanie Stephens, Maui Weekly

Rob Parsons “Maui Growing Local”
Everyone’s talking about sustainability. Maybe it’s because Maui has never felt so dependent on resources—including food, fuel, energy and commodities — that all come from somewhere else. That must be why sustainability groups are forming in different regions of the island, engaging hundreds of citizens in educational and hands-on events that address renewable energy, water and waste management, local economics and agriculture. On May 15, three such groups—South Maui Sustainability (SMS), Upcountry Sustainability (US), and the new kid on the block, West Maui Sustainability (WSM)—will hold a joint event at Kīhei Charter School called “Maui Growing Local.”

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) is a partner in bringing this event to an island-wide audience. SLIM Interim Director Lehn Huff is enthusiastic about the three regional groups joining with SLIM to look at the island as a whole.

“Each area has its own specific local issues to work out,” said Huff. “But our island and county need that big-picture perspective and the energetic people to help move us along.”

From noon to 1 p.m., a Locavore’s Potluck lunch will be held. Bring a dish made from local produce and ingredients. Maury King of SMS said these are very popular food events for his organization.

It is requested that attendees bring their own plates, cups and utensils so that this can be a trash-free event.

Maui Growing Local will focus on the island’s agricultural future. Rob Parsons, who has researched and written frequently on the challenges Maui faces, will introduce his “Eleven Ideas for Fixing Agriculture on Maui.” Parsons’ ideas are Regional Composting, Rebuilding Depleted Soils, Edible Landscapes, Protection from Alien Species, Native Hardwoods Reforestation, Construction Grade Bamboo, Hemp, Government Incentives for Farming and Subsistence Agriculture, Restoration of Hawaiian Coastal Fish Ponds, Aquaponics and Fair Allocation of Water Resources. He has also added a 12th idea—Community & School Gardens.

From 1 to 1:30 p.m., Parsons will present his ideas, then from 1:30 to 4 p.m., there will be group discussions of the 12 concepts to identify potential solutions and action steps, and a group discussion to prioritize actions.

Steve Phillips of WMS looks forward to bringing the island-wide ideas back to his group, which meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the WeFarm in Nāpili.

Maui Growing Local is an opportunity for people to join the discussion and create action steps to address Maui’s agricultural future, as well as network with others who share this island concern. Anyone with expertise on any of the 12 topics is especially encouraged to join in.

King hopes that everyone involved will share ideas and take action toward solutions that are inspired by Maui Growing Local.

All three organizations invite new members to join the groups and take part in these efforts. The groups also encourage dedicated people to pursue the outcome of the event in new ways. They know that great things come when concerned citizens get involved and take action.

Kīhei Charter School is located at 300 Ohukai Road, Suite 209. If you’d like further information about this event or about the three sustainability groups, visit www.southmauisustainability.com, www.upcountrysustainability.com, or email Steve Phillips at steve.phillips@live.com for WMS.