Outings Schedule for July-September 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 absolutely required 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 11am-3pm 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.

Friday, July 6
Palauʻea Mauka (Wailea 670) Hike (C/E)
South Maui, 2-3 miles

Help discover rare native plant clusters in the Wailea 670 Preserve and enjoy stunning mountain and ocean views. 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

Saturday, July 14
Chapter Retreat at Hale Akua Farm

Saturday, July 21
Pauwalu Bird Sanctuary and fish ponds (C/E)
Keʻanae 2.5 miles
Coastal hike through historically rich area with spectacular views. Bring water, lunch/snack, sun and rain protection. Hiking down a steep slope to the fish ponds is optional and includes plastic cleanup on the beach. Meet 9AM at Haiku Community Center. Limit 20. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490

Saturday, July 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 Hamakua 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

Sunday, July 29
Makawao Forest Reserve, lower forest ramble (C/E)
Makawao, 4-5 miles
Moderate hike hike through big tree forest, shaded all the way and mostly level. Meet in the parking lot across from St. Joseph’s Church on Makawao Ave at 9:30 am. Leader Kalei Johnson <kalei1908@gmail.com> or 344-0006; leave your phone number.

Friday, August 3
Waikapū Stream Trail Work/Hike and Swim (S/C/E)
Central Maui, 3 miles
Easy trail clearing along trail to Waikapū stream, followed by a short hike to a “secret valley” 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.

Saturday, August 4
Nā Hōkū – 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 6:45 pm at the entrance to the parking lot. Light pupus will be served. Special Event: $5 for members, $10 non-members. Register with Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490

Saturday, August 11
Honolua snorkel, Lipoa point hike (C/E)
Honolua, 3 miles
Explore Honolua Valley and Lipoa Point w/ Hawaiian cultural sites, amazing views and a chance to swim in the bay. Bring hat, sunscreen, water and lunch/snacks, swimwear. Meet 8am Maui Ocean Center parking lot across from Carls Jr. to carpool. Limit 12. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com>

Saturday, August 18
Wailea 670 Hike, Western section native plant preserve
South Maui, 2 miles
Visit magnificent stone walls and prominent cultural complexes in Wailea 670 preserve, and help take pix of rare native plants. Rugged terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 18. Leader: Lucienne de Naie and cultural guide. Register: laluzmaui@gmail.com or 214-0147

Saturday, August 25
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

Sunday, August 26
Hanawi Stream Hike (C/E)
Nahiku Area, 4 miles
Strenuous. Pools with waterfalls, native stream life. Numerous stream crossings and hiking on slippery rocks in the stream. Good water footwear a must. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Haiku Community center. EMI waiver required (see above). Limit 15. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490

Sunday, September 2
Haleakalā Supply Trail (C/E)
Haleakalā, 3.5 miles
Intermediate, but high altitude. Beautiful views along trail. Leave cars at Hosmer’s Grove campground and shuttle up to hike down from Halemauʻu at the crater rim (8,000’). Prepare for wet/windy conditions. Meet 8:00 a.m. Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center near Ace Hardware. Wear footwear for rocky conditions. Bring hat, jacket, lunch, plenty of water, and a park pass (if you have). A hiking stick may be useful. Leader: Kalei Johnson <kalei1908@gmail.com> or 344-0006; leave your phone number.

Friday, September 7
Olowalu Shoreline (C/E)
Olowalu, 2.5 miles
Victory hike! Celebrate the natural Olowalu coastline, once proposed for hundreds of condos and commercial development. Learn about Olowalu’s rich history and enjoy a swim or snorkel.
Meet 8:30 am at 14 mi mkr, ocean side of Honoapiʻilani Hwy. Limit 20. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com>

Sunday, September 9
Wailea 670 Historic Kanaio-Kalama Trail Hike (C/E)
South Maui, 3 miles
Explore ancient shelters along this historic road in Wailea 670 preserve. Rugged terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 18. Leader: Lucienne de Naie with guidance by Hawaiian cultural practitioners. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluzmaui@gmail.com> or 214-0147

Thursday, September 27
Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Keālia, 1 mile
Come and see a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds and hear an overview about the refuge. Meet 9:00 am at the refuge office (turn into driveway at mile post 6 on Mokulele/Maui Veterans Highway and follow the road for 1/2 mile to the office). Bring binoculars, suitable closed toe shoes for mud and water, sun protection, water. Limit 20. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490

Saturday, September 29
Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)
Ha‘ikū, 2 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

The Maui News: Suit challenges EIS approval for wastewater plant

Suit challenges EIS approval for wastewater plant

Anaergia aims to install anaerobic digester to produce methane gas

The Maui News

The Sierra Club Maui Group and Maui Tomorrow have filed a lawsuit challenging the approval of an environmental impact statement for Anaergia Services’ project with Maui County for a renewable energy conversion and sludge processing project at the Wailuku-Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

The project led by Anaergia’s Maui All Natural Alternative aims to install an anaerobic digester to produce methane gas from energy crops grown on 500 acres of former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. lands. The gas would be refined at the Kahului wastewater facility site and fuel a combined heat-and-power engine to generate electricity for the treatment plant located on 18.8 acres next to the ocean on Amala Place.

Waste heat from the engine would dry wastewater solid matter, known as “sludge.”

Undried sludge has been used for years as raw material for Maui EKO Systems to create compost at the Central Maui Landfill. Without the sludge, EKO is expected to go out of business.

According to the plaintiffs’ announcement of the lawsuit, the project entails trucking sludge from wastewater facilities in Kihei and Lahaina to the Kahului facility to be dried using methane gas byproducts of the plant’s anaerobic digestion project.

The announcement says that Anaergia was the sole bidder for the project. Anaergia holds a county waste-to-energy landfill gas contract, which an independent auditor determined would cost the county $35 million more than anticipated, the plaintiffs said.

The groups challenge Anaergia’s preparation of the environmental impact statement, as opposed to the county, “for reasons including the county’s unwritten policy of imposing less-strict oversight over projects for which they have outside entities prepare an EIS.”

They also contend the environmental review failed to adequately consider predicted sea-level rise.

“Taxpayers should not be burdened with underwriting complicated science experiments that will only cost taxpayers more money and likely do nothing to protect the environment,” said Maui Tomorrow Executive Director Albert Perez. “Maui County needs to move forward, not backward, by getting the Kahului treatment facility out of the tsunami zone and away from sea-level rise.”

Sierra Club Maui Group President Rob Weltman said: The “Sierra Club is very much in favor of increasing the use of renewable energy, including microgrids for specific purposes. However, it must be done in a responsible way which does not result in new threats to our sensitive shoreline environment.”

There was no immediate comment Thursday afternoon from Maui County or Anaergia.

County officials have said Anaergia would develop the facility at no construction cost to the county. In return, the county would pay 29 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity produced at the plant. The cost of disposing the sludge would be reduced from $103 to $80 per ton by switching from EKO Compost to Anaergia, officials said.

Built in 1973, the wastewater treatment plant can treat up to 7.9 million gallons of Central Maui wastewater daily. The plant is forecast to reach its treatment capacity by 2030.

Press Release: COMMUNITY GROUPS CHALLENGE EIS FOR PROPOSED KAHULUI SLUDGE FARM AND POWER PLANT

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2018

Contact: Lance D. Collins (808) 243-9292 lawyer@maui.net

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS CHALLENGE EIS
FOR PROPOSED KAHULUI SLUDGE FARM AND POWER PLANT

 

KAHULUI, MAUI – The Sierra Club Maui Group and Maui Tomorrow are challenging Maui County and Anaergia Services’ proposed sludge farm and power plant along the Kahului shoreline by filing a lawsuit in Maui’s Environmental Court today. The groups are represented by attorney Lance D. Collins.

The groups challenge the County Environmental Management Director’s approval of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Anaergia’s proposed sludge processing, energy generation, and biocrop growing/burning project. Under the proposal, sludge from wastewater treatment facilities at Kīhei, Lahaina, and the Wailuku-Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility
(Kahului Wastewater Facility) would be trucked to a site at the Kahului Wastewater Facility and dried using methane gas byproducts of the anaerobic digestion of “biocrops” grown on 500 acres of former sugar cane lands, with additional energy from a propane burner. This process is also proposed to generate electricity for the Kahului Wastewater Facility.

The project was first proposed through a county procurement. Anaergia was the sole bidder in that process. Anaergia also currently holds a County waste-to energy landfill gas contract, which an independent auditor determined will cost the County $35 million more than anticipated when procured. The community groups challenge Anaergia’s preparation of the EIS, as opposed to the County, for reasons including the County’s unwritten policy of imposing less strict oversight over projects for which they have outside entities prepare an EIS.

The groups also challenged the failure to adequately consider sea level rise predictions. Maui Tomorrow Executive Director, Albert Perez commented, “Taxpayers should not be burdened with underwriting complicated science experiments that will only cost taxpayers more money and likely do nothing to protect the environment. Maui County needs to move forward, not backward, by getting the Kahului treatment facility out of the tsunami zone and away from sea level rise.”

The Kahului Wastewater Facility’s precarious location was specifically called out in the State’s Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report, published in December 2017. “Sierra Club is very much in favor of increasing the use of renewable energy, including in microgrids for specific purposes,” said Rob Weltman, president of Sierra Club Maui Group. “However, it must be done in a responsible way which does not result in new threats to our sensitive shoreline environment.”

The proposal will result in nearly 3,130 tons per year of dried sludge and nearly 30,000 tons per year of biocrop byproduct “digestate,” but the EIS does not indicate how the County will dispose of them.

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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 –