Tuesday, April 10th: Flatbread Pizza Benefit & Silent Auction

 

Come out Tuesday, April 10th to support Sierra Club Maui during Earth Month!

A proceed of all pizzas bought at Flatbread Pizza in Paʻia between 4 pm – close will be donated to Sierra Club Maui (eat in or take out). And check out our great silent auction items! Item list below –

 

Silent Auction Items Available
(Auction open from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Experiences
– 2 round trip tickets to Lana’i (Value $120)
– Ticket for 2 on Atlantis Submarine adventure (Value $260)
– Tickets to Maui Film Festival in June (Value $12-25)
– 2 tours of Maui Brewing Co. in Kihei (Value $30.00)
– Gift cert from Cross Fit Maui at Ma’alaea
– Hike with Sierra Club Maui Hike Leader Lucienne De Naie

Artwork and Lifestyle Items
– Backpack (Linked Pack 28L) and rolling duffel suitcase from Patagonia (Value $160 / 360)
– Jellyfish glass piece by Chris Richards (Value $380)
– Hand carved gourd with traditional Marquesans designs (made of coconut and sea grass fiber trim) Artist: Neola Caveny of Huelo (Value: $200)
– Beautiful potted plant donated by Jeanne Schaaf
– New folding bike from Ride Smart (Value $550.00)

And more!

Outings Schedule for April – June 2018

Please register for all hikes with the leader listed in the description. Bring lunch, water, rain gear, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear. Hiking boots are recommended for longer hikes. A donation of $5 ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over age 14 except where otherwise indicated.

Hike description key: (C) conservation focus, such as discussing how to conserve this land for future generations to enjoy; (E) educational, such as visiting and learning about archeological sites and naming the plants and flowers; (S) service outing (no donation requested), (D) round trip hike distance.

We always welcome more hike leaders! Contact sierraclubmauigroup@gmail.com if you are interested.

Check bit.ly/SCH-Maui-Outdoors for updates to the schedule.

If hike description states EMI waiver is required:

East Maui Irrigation Company (EMI) allows access to their trails as long as each hiker has a waiver – an EMI waiver is an absolute requirement for EMI hikes. One waiver covers all EMI hikes for this quarter. Call in your waiver request at 579-9515 well in advance to make an appointment to sign it. Then go to EMI’s Pāʻia office at 497 Baldwin Avenue to sign the waiver. It is open Monday 11 am-3 pm and Friday 8am-1pm. Waivers cannot be mailed, faxed, or emailed. Please be considerate of EMI staff time and pick up the waiver 5 days in advance whenever possible. The waiver must be brought on the hike and shown to the hike leader.

 

Sunday, April 8

Palauʻea Mauka (Wailea 670) Native Plant Hike (C/E)

South Maui, 2 miles

Moderate, with some sections in rough lava flows. Help document native dryland forest flowering plants. Meet 3pm at top of Kaukahi Road in Wailea. Long pants recommended/sturdy closed shoes a must. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie, laluzmaui@gmail.com or 214-0147

 

Friday, April 13

Waiheʻe Ridge (C)
Waihe‘e, 5 miles

Hike a 1200ft elevation gain in Waiheʻe. Great workout, somewhat strenuous, can be very muddy. Native plants, beautiful views! Bring rain jacket, lunch, water, hat, sunscreen. Meet at Waihe‘e Golf course parking outer lot at 8:30am. Limit 15. Leader: Miranda Camp, mauimiranda@hotmail.com

 

Saturday, April 14

Sierra Club Plant Sale at Ha‘ikū Ho‘olaule‘a

9am-4pm. If you’d like to donate plants—especially food producing plants, non-invasive popular ornamentals, and native plants—or would like to volunteer, please contact Rob Weltman, plantsale@mauisierraclub.org or 354-0490

 

Sunday, April 15

Pauwela Lighthouse and Tide Pools (C/E)

Haʻikū, 3-4 miles
Moderate, with some steep muddy sections. Dramatic coastal views and tidepools. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Bring lunch, water, and footwear good for slippery rocks. Limit 15. Leader: Rob Weltman, robw@worldspot.com or 354-0490

 

Saturday, April 28

Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)

Ha‘ikū, 4 miles

Monthly community service outing to remove trash and keep coastal trails open on 267 acres of Hāmākua lands purchased by Maui County. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/sturdy shoes. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie, laluzmaui@gmail.com or 214-0147

 

Friday, May 4

‘Āhihi Kīna‘u to Anchialine Pools (C/E)

Mākena, 3 miles
Moderate. Rare access to this protected area across the lava field, led by Jeff Bagshaw, Volunteer Coordinator of the DLNR for ‘Āhihi Kīna‘u. Jeff has a wealth of knowledge about the plant and animal life of this sensitive region. Meet 8am at the Kanahena (“Dumps”) parking lot. Bring water, sun protection (reef-safe), and footwear with toe protection and strong soles. Limit 15. Leader: Rob Weltman, robw@worldspot.com or 354-0490

 

Friday, May 4

Nā Hoku – Star Watch at Waikapū Tropical Plantation Slopes (C/E)

Come spend an evening with astronomer Harriet Witt and learn about the lore of our Hawaiian night sky. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and flashlight. Meet at 7pm at the entrance to the parking lot, look for the sign-in table with Sierra Club signs. Light pupus will be served. Special Event: $5 for members, $10 non-members. Register with Adriane at contact@mauisierraclub.org or 419-5143. Email or text message is best.

 

Friday, May 11

Palauea-Keauhou Mauka (Wailea 670) Archaeological Hike (C/E)

South Maui, 2.5 miles

Moderate, with some sections in rough lava flows. Explore the southern end of the Wailea 670 Preserve along the ahupua‘a boundary to document boundary markers. Meet 3pm at top of Kaukahi Road in Wailea. Long pants recommended/sturdy closed shoes a must Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie, laluzmaui@gmail.com or 214-0147

 

Sunday, May 13

Kōkua Day at Fleming Arboretum, Pu‘u Mahoe (C/E/S)

Help maintain the Fleming Arboretum at 2600 feet in Ulupalakua, sanctuary to many endangered native dry land forest plants. Awesome views of La Perouse (Keone‘o‘io) coast and Kaho‘olawe. Bring a light jacket, lunch, and gloves. Meet 9am Kēōkea Park. Estimate 3 hours of work. Refreshments available. A BYO lunch will be at the Fleming cabin with a great view of South Maui. Limit 20. Leader: Rob Weltman, robw@worldspot.com or 354-0490

 

Saturday, May 19

Puʻuone Central Maui Sand Dunes Historic Walk – Hosted by Mālama Kakanilua (C / E)

Learn about the history of the beautiful Puʻuone Central Maui sand dunes from Mālama Kakanilua, a group of local descendants who are fighting to protect this ancient traditional burial ground. Meet at 9am at Wailuku Heights Park at 655 S. Alu Rd, Wailuku. Estimate 3 hours of easy walking mostly in the sun, so bring a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water, and a snack. Special event: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. All proceeds will benefit Mālama Kakanilua’s campaign to protect the sand dunes. Leader: Adriane Raff Corwin, contact@mauisierraclub.org or 419-5143. Email or text message is best.

 

Saturday, May 26

Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)

Ha‘ikū, 4 miles

Monthly community service outing to remove trash and keep coastal trails open on 267 acres of Hāmākua lands purchased by Maui County. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/sturdy shoes. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie, laluz@maui.net or 214-0147

 

Sunday, May 27

Victory Hike: Wailua Iki (C/E)
East Maui, 5 miles

Moderate hike through beautiful forest on winding muddy, jeep road. Pools, waterfalls, and lush plant life with an option to swim in freshwater. See water flowing again in the streams after many years of local struggle to end diversion. Hawaii Invasive Plant Specialist Chuck Chimera will guide us in recognizing native and invasive plants we see. Bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen, lunch and water. Meet 8am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. EMI waiver required (see above). Special event: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Limit: 15. Leader: Rob Weltman, robw@worldspot.com or 354-0490

 

Friday, June 1

Waikapū Stream Trail Work/Hike and Swim (S/C/E)

Central Maui, 3 miles

Help clear away overgrowth from trail along south (Tropical Plantation) side of Waikapū stream then enjoy a short hike and swim. Water-friendly footwear required. Bring loppers, small saws, cane knives, gloves, water, lunch/snack. Meet 9am Maui Tropical Plantation parking lot south end. Limit 18. Contact Hike Leader: Lucienne de Naie, laluzmaui@gmail.com or 214-0147. Assistant leader Robin West.

 

Sunday, June 10

Makawao Forest Reserve – Kahakapao Loop (E)

Upcountry, 7 miles

Moderate to strenuous hike of big tree forest on undulating trail, estimated time at least 3 hours. Meet in the parking lot across from St. Joseph’s Church on Makawao Ave at 9am. Limit 18. Leader: Kalei Johnson, kalei1908@gmail.com or 344-0006; leave your phone number.

 

Friday, June 15

Lower Waikamoi to the Waterfall  (C/E)

East Maui, 3 miles

Very rugged stream hike from Waikamoi Ridge trail on Hāna Hwy upstream to pool/waterfall. It seems further than 3 miles. Must have great balance and be able to walk through the stream on wet slippery rocks to our destination. Native plants, scenery. Bring lunch, water, hat and water hiking footwear. Meet 8am Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 12. EMI WAIVER REQUIRED (See above). Leader: Miranda Camp, mauimiranda@hotmail.com

 

Saturday, June 16

Palauʻea Mauka (Wailea 670) Hike (C/E)

South Maui, 2-3 miles

Explore the northern boundary of the Wailea 670 preserve with magnificent stone wall systems and ancient dwelling sites. Meet 3pm at top of Kaukahi Road in Wailea. Long pants recommended/sturdy closed shoes a must Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie, laluzmaui@gmail.com or 214-0147

 

Sunday, June 24

Uaoa Bay (C/E)

Ha‘ikū, 2 miles
Moderate, with a steep descent/ascent at the bay using fixed ropes and a short walk on large stones on the beach. Beautiful coastal views on this recently reopened trail. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Bring lunch, water and footwear good for slippery rocks. Limit 15. Leader: Rob Weltman, robw@worldspot.com or 354-0490

 

Saturday, June 30

Hāmākua Victory Hike (C/E)

Ha‘ikū, 3 miles

Explore the stunning coastline, hidden streams and archaeological sites that are preserved in the Hāmākua lands saved from development in 2016. Special guided tour with resource guides. Special event: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie, laluzmaui@gmail.com or 214-0147

2018 Annual Meeting Report

Award winners pictured: Roxanna Smith, Tom Reed, Scott Fisher, Kelly King, Robin Knox

 

February 25, 2018 11 am – 3 pm

Pāʻia Community Center

Sierra Club Maui’s Annual Meeting on February 25, 2018 was our best yet, with almost 200 people in attendance to enjoy our presentations and lunch at the Pāʻia Community Center.

The meeting began with a pule by Reverend Tasha Kama, after which Sierra Club Maui’s Executive Committee members Chair Rob Weltman, Lucienne De Naie and Clare Apana, presented on our work over the past year, which included efforts to protect land and water in Mākena, Lāhainā, and Wailea, and campaigns to phase out single-use polystyrene food containers (ban goes into effect at the end of this year!), stop sand mining in Central Maui (the moratorium has gone into effect but thereʻs still more work to be done), and phase out oxybenzone and octinoxate chemical sunscreens (weʻre waiting for County Council to schedule the second and final vote). Sierra Club Maui extended a big mahalo to the other community groups and individuals that lead or partnered on these campaigns, including Mālama Kakanilua (sand mining), Maui Tomorrow (Mākena), and Marge Bonar and many others (polystyrene). We also highlighted the work of our parent Chapter, Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi, which is working to pass important bills at the state legislature. Updates are available at hawaiicapitolwatch.org

Sierra Club Maui honored five individuals and one group this year: Roxanna Smith and Tom Reed both received the Mālama i ka ʻĀina Award for their work to reduce the impact of waste on our island; Robin Knox received the Mālama Kahakai Award for her tireless efforts to research and protect our ocean water quality; Kelly King received the ʻOnipaʻa Award for her lifelong work to get Hawaiʻi off fossil fuels; Scott Fisher also received the ʻOnipaʻa Award for his lifelong work to protect Hawaiʻiʻs most special and beautiful areas; and the Wailea 670 Trail Crew was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award for their dedication to clearing the trails and making them accessible to hundreds of people through our outings program (mauisierraclub.org/hikes). The Wailea 670 Trail Crew includes: Buck Joiner, Barbara Kaneshige, Liz Ebner, Amy  Fazzari, Peter Drinkovich, Duane Sparkman, Ashford DeLima, Colleen Curren, Nan & Steve Jackson, Jeanne Schaaf, Amanda Hess, Alexa Deike, Gammy Arenasa, Nio Kindla, and Lucienne De Naie. All of the leis given to awardees were beautifully made by Vernon Kalanikau, Jacob & Stephanie Noury with ti leaves from Lucienne De Naie and Daniel Grantham.

We invited all local politicians running for office in 2018, and sixteen were able to attend. They represented races ranging from Maui County Council to State House to Lieutenant Governor, and our attendees got the chance to talk one-on-one with them all during the amazing lunch, which was generously donated by Mana Foods and Flatbread Co., with coffee donated by Mike Atherton. Mahalo to all attendees who also brought great items for the potluck!

After lunch, our featured presenters, Tara Owens of UH Sea Grant and Matthew Gonser of Honolulu’s new Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency gave fascinating and alarming presentations on the impacts of sea-level rise that we’re already seeing on Maui and how the Office of Climate Change is working on O’ahu to make that island, and all of Hawaiʻi, more resilient in the face of climate change. This incredibly important presentation, along with Sierra Club Maui’s group presentation and awards ceremony, is available now on Facebook at facebook.com/SierraClubMaui (scroll down to find the Annual Meeting videos).

Maui residents: check for screenings of the presentation on Akakū in the coming months.

BIG MAHALO to Tim Wolfe of Akamai Productions for recording the meeting, and to our star volunteers who helped make the day go smoothly – Marta Sweeney, Miranda Camp, Clare Apana, the Toomeys, and Chuck Chimera.

 

Annual Meeting – Sunday, February 25th

Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 25th from 11 am – 3 pm at the Pāʻia Community Center.

  • Hear highlights from Maui Group’s work this past year
  • Get updates on our 2018 state legislative priorities and campaigns
  • Congratulate our 2018 Community Award Honorees (starts at 11:45 am)
  • Listen to a fascinating presentation on the effects of climate change on Maui and work being done to mitigate its effects, presented by Tara Owens of UH Sea Grant and Matthew Gonser of the O’ahu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency – and then participate in a brainstorming session on what more we can do on Maui

Lunch is generously being provided by Mana Foods and Flatbread Pizza. Bring a pupu to add to the potluck! This is a waste-free event – please bring your own utensils, plate, and cup.

Our 2018 Community Award Honorees are:

Mālama i ka ‘Āina Awards
Tom Reed, Roxanna Smith

Mālama Kahakai Award
Robin Knox

ʻOnipaʻa Awards
Kelly King, Scott Fisher

Volunteers of the Year
Wailea 670 Trail Crew

More details in the poster below –

 

Help Pass a State-Wide Ban on Oxybenzone!

Lahaina Injection Wells Lawsuit: Enough Already! Just Fix the Problem

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser agrees – Enough already, Maui County! Stop trying to appeal the lawsuit and start fixing the problem!

 

Call/Email the Mayor & Maui Council Chair and say “ENOUGH ALREADY! Stop wasting the public’s money to defend illegal injection wells in West Maui. Spend the money instead on fixing the problem!”

Mayor Alan Arakawa
270-7855
Mayors.Office@co.maui.hi.us

Council Chair Mike White
270-5507
mike.white@mauicounty.us

 

Background: $3 million down the toilet – Enough Already!

The County paid a main land law firm $3 million to defend its actions of injecting treated wastewater into the ocean without proper state oversight. The County was joined in its fight by the Association of American Railroads, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Mining Association and the Fertilizer Institute.

The County lost the original court case but kept filing appeals – in total they’ve spent $3 million and lost all 4 times in court. Sierra Club Maui Group was one of 4 plaintiffs in the case, and just this month the County lost ANOTHER appeal.

The County COULD have used that money to build the infrastructure we need to support water recycling. Instead, now they’re talking about filing MORE appeals. Will this be another $3 million of public money down the toilet?

Call or email the mayor and council chair and say: Enough Already – Stop spending the public’s money on lawsuits and just fix the problem!

Campaign and meme from Tamara Paltin and http://www.savewestmaui.com
Mahalo!