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 –

 

2017 Q4 Hike Schedule

Friday Sept 1
Palauʻea/Wailea 670 Cultural Sites & Native Plants (C/E)
2.5 miles
Explore lava flow areas marking cultural sites and monitoring native plants in Central 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 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Saturday, September 9
Sliding Sands Trail and Halemauʻu Trail (C/E)
Haleakalā, 11-12 miles
Advanced hike through the Haleakalā crater from the Keoneheʻe Trailhead at 9740 ft. to Halemauʻu at 7990 ft. Hike goes down 3000 ft. in elevation and then back up 1000 ft. Must be in great physical shape and good with elevation changes. Bring 3+ liters of water, lunch and plenty of snacks, hat, sunscreen, warm clothing, rain jacket, binoculars, and sturdy closed toe hiking shoes. Meet 8:30 am at Pukalani Longs parking lot. Hike will take about 7-8 hours. At end of hike, optional stay to watch sunset and the stars come out. Note: Fee of $20/car to enter the Haleakalā National Park. Limit 12. Leader: Robin West <rwest808@yahoo.com> or 277-7267. Map of hike route: https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/upload/Map-and-Descriptions-FINAL_Compressed-1.pdf

Sunday, September 17
Wailua Iki Stream Hike (E/C)
6 miles
Moderate hike through beautiful forest on winding muddy, jeep road. Pools, waterfalls and lush plant life. Bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen, lunch and water. Meet 8:00 am at Haiku Community Center. EMI waiver required (see above). Limit: 15. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Sunday, September 24
Waiheʻe Ridge Hike (C)
5 miles
1200 ft elevation gain. Great workout with native plants, beautiful views! Bring rain jacket, lunch, water, hat, sunscreen. Meet 8:30 am at Waihee School parking lot. Limit 12.  Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, September 30
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 <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

Saturday, October 7
Waikamoi Preserve Native Bird Outing (E/C)
1.25 miles
Moderate. Wonderful guided hike into a Native Hawaiian Forest. It’s a unique and special ecosystem and a great birding hike. Meet 8 a.m. Hosmer’s Grove inside Haleakala National Park. There is a $10 per car entrance fee to the park. Bring water, lunch/snack. Be prepared for chilly and/or wet weather. Limit 15. Special conditions for this outing: to prevent spread of rapid ohiʻa death, no participants may have been on the Big Island for the past three months; no participants under 18 years; please make sure your shoes and pack are clean. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 808-354-0490.

Sunday, October 8
Olowalu Stream Hike (C/E) Canceled

Sunday, October 8
Makawao Forest Reserve – Kahakapao Loop
(E)
Moderate hike hike through 6 miles of 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 am. At a leisurely pace it’s a 3 hour hike. Limit 18. Leader Kalei Johnson <kalei1908@gmail.com> or 344-0006; leave your phone number.

Sunday, October 15
Wailea 670/Palau’ea (C/E)
South Maui 2 miles
Newly restored loop trail across lava flows, to a cluster of cultural sites in Southeast Wailea 670 preserve. Rugged terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 4 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Special Event
Friday, October 20
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 comfortable folding chair and flashlight.
Meet at 6 pm in the main parking lot, in front of the country store.
$5 for members, $10 non-members. Register with Adriane Raff Corwin <adriane.raff-corwin@sierraclub.org> or 419-5143

Sunday, October 22
‘Iao Valley (C/E)
3 miles
Hike this beautiful stream trail in I’ao Valley where we will pass by a small taro lo’i and a few pristine swimming holes. Come prepared for possible wet/muddy trails and bring swim gear. Meet 9:30 am at Heritage Park parking lot. Limit 15. Leader: Kalei Johnson <kalei1908@gmail.com> or 344-0006 and leave your phone number for registration.

Saturday, October 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 <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

Saturday, November 4
Kōkua Day at Fleming Arboretum, Pu’u Mahoe (C/E)
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 Kahoolawe. Bring a light jacket, lunch, and gloves. Meet 9am Keokea 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, November 11
Makamakaʻole (C/E)
2 miles
Beautiful hike with many stream crossings and waterfall at the end. Bring water shoes, lunch, water, swimsuit. Limit 12. Meet at Waiehu Golf Club parking lot 8:30 am to carpool. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848. Email is preferred.

Friday, November 17
Wailea 670/Palau’ea (C/E)
South Maui 2.5 miles
Makahiki hike. Visit several ceremonial sites in Wailea 670 preserve to pay our respects. Rugged terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 4 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Sunday, November 19
King’s Highway (Hoapili Trail) to Kanaio Beach (C/E)
Mākena, 6 miles
Kings Highway from La Perouse Bay to south of major lava flow and great snorkel place. Bring lunch, water, hat and sunscreen. Bring bathing suit and snorkel gear if you want to snorkel. Meet at Kihei Community Center at 8:30 am. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490

Saturday, November 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 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 <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147 

Saturday, December 2
Makawao Forest Reserve – Kahakapao Loop (E)
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 9 am. Limit 18. Leader: Kalei Johnson <kalei1908@gmail.com> or 344-0006; leave your phone number.

Sunday, December 3
Launiupoko Heiau and Valley C/E)
4 miles
Lots of trails/Hawaiian heiau and sites hidden along the way as we hike up this iconic valley. Bring hat, sunscreen, water, lunch/snack. Meet 8 am at Maui Ocean Center parking lot in Ma’alaea, near gas station. Limit 20. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848. Email preferred. 

Saturday, December 9
Old Makena-Ulupalakua Road Hike (C/E)
Mākena, 6 miles mostly downhill
Rare opportunity. Experience this famous historic road that has been closed for all use since 1985. Downhill on switchback road (leave cars at both ends.) Bring hat, sunscreen, water, lunch/snack. Estimated time: 3 hours. Meet 8 am at Makena Landing parking lot. Limit 20.   Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

Sunday, December 10
Kapalua Resort Coastal Trail hike (C/E)
3.5 miles, mostly level
Hike spectacular Kapalua Resort Coastal Trail with optional snorkel at Kapalua Bay. Meet 8:30 am at the Maui Ocean Center parking lot in Maalaea (the end near the gas station) to carpool. If you live on the West side, meet 9:30 am at D. T. Fleming Beach Park (the South parking lot) which is where the trail starts. Bring water, lunch, sun protection, camera, and optionally a swimsuit and snorkel gear. Limit 18. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490

Saturday, December 16
Wailea 670/Palau’ea (C/E)
South Maui 2 miles
Archaeological hike with Dr. Janet Six. Visit prominent cultural complexes in Wailea 670 preserve to mark sites. 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 15. Leader:s Lucienne de Naie and Janet Six. Register: <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Saturday, December 30
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 <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

County Water Availability Policy Under Attack!

Developers claim (falsely) the current law keeps Affordable Housing from being built!! 
Exactly the opposite is true! 
SEVENTY-FIVE PER CENT of all future housing units will be UNAFFORDABLE to those with Maui salaries. 
New developments are NOW only required to have 25% of their units sell between $300k and $570 k. The rest, 75%, can be any price.
Real affordable housing projects are exempt from the law, and therefore given priority for the water we do have.
 

Please spread the word. 

Developers and large landowners want to get rid of this law and the realistic planning and accountability it brings to water management.
 
Our public trust water resources are at risk if the water department loses this important planning tool.
 
 
Wednesday Dec. 2      9am    TESTIFY 
Water Resources Committee Meeting
8th Fl. County Building
 
Can’t COME?
 
Testimony may be submitted to wr.committee@mauicounty.us    referencing agenda item WR-11.
Keep our Water Availability Law Strong!!
 
• Keeps accountability in our water planning. Bill asks large developments to get real and “prove they have a water source”
• Protects water supply of current residents from being over-promised to new, unaffordable developments.
• Protects our aquifers and streams from over exploitation, as was commonly  done before the bill passed.
• Has encouraged water conservation efforts when large commercial water users like hotels want to expand
• Asks County Water Department to comment on all proposed wells, including their impacts on the exercise of traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights and practices.
Background: The water availability policy, codified at Chapter 14.12 of the Maui County Code, was enacted in 2007 with the intent to conserve the county’s water resources. 
The ordinance requires applicants for development approvals to provide evidence of “a long-term, reliable supply of water.”
The Committee is being asked to approve amendments to REPEAL the current bill.
COMMITTEE CHAIR BAISA stated:
“The policy is often mentioned in discussions as one of the main reasons why affordable housing has not been built,” Baisa said.
“This review will provide a chance to evaluate what the policy’s true impact has been.”
 
The current law actually supports affordable housing being built, since it exempts all the following type of developments from proving a water source, giving them priority access to County water supplies where available:
 
• family subdivisions
• infill projects of 10 lots or less in west or central Maui service areas
•  projects with 100% affordable housing in west or central Maui service areas
•  public/quasi public housing projects in west or central Maui service areas
 
If the law is repealed, thousands of new units already approved in Central, South and West Maui will be “entitled” to water meters, whether there 
are sufficient water resources available or not.

Kihei History Night: Land of Palauea

Tuesday, November 3
 Kihei History Night: Land of Palauea
Slideshow and talk story with historical researchers Daniel Kanahele and Lucienne de Naie  and biologist Colin McCormick about one of south Maui’s legendary areas.
 6 to 7:30 pm at Kihei Library.  FREE

“This Changes Everything” at the MACC

This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs The Climate

Watch a talk Naomi Klein filmed at First Parish in Cambridge. Ms Klein is the author of <em>This Changes Everything</em> which was made into a movie and is being shown at 7:00pm<strong> on </strong>Tuesday,October<strong> 20</strong> at the MACC. This piece runs a little over an hour.

Klein has been exploring the interface between environmental degradation and capitalism since her first book, No Logo, appeared in 1999. Her provocative new book, <em>This Changes Everything</em>, argues that carbon is not the ultimate cause of climate change; the real enemy is capitalism. She provides a far-reaching explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Who benefits from the status quo? How deeply are the current power structures embedded in our political economy? How difficult will it be to change them?

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of The New York Times and international bestseller, <em>The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism</em> and <em>No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies</em>, which The New York Times called “a movement bible.”

You can also watch this online: