Ideas for solo hiking – West Maui

In April 2020 we are required to keep a distance from people outside of our own household to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 and to allow our health and other services to take care of those who need help. Sierra Club has therefor canceled all organized outings until further notice. But we are still allowed to venture out on our own or with members of our own household for exercise such as walking, running, hiking, swimming and surfing. No need to stay cooped up at home all day. Just keep at least six feet between yourself and anyone you meet. This is the second of several posts on good places to go hiking/walking without a guide.

The Kapalua Coastal Trail is an easy walk on the West Side with breath-taking views.

For a minimal 2-mile walk, park at Kapalua Parking at the intersection of Kapalua Place and Lower Honoapiilani Highway, cross Kapalua Place and follow the trail down to and along the ocean. Note the detour (see the map) out to a point at about 1/2 mile into the walk.

Note: as of May 12 at least, the path from DT Fleming Park to Makalua Point is closed off due to the coronavirus pandemic, so for this hike don’t park at DT Fleming. But you can park near the corner of Office Road and Lower Honoapili Road. That lets you do the Makaluapuna Point detour as well.

Update July 11: The restrooms at DT Fleming Park and the one at the other end of the hike at Kapalua Bay are now open.

For a longer outing, park at DT Fleming Park instead and head up the concrete path until you reach Kapalua Place and the trailhead described above. On the way there, take a detour on the lawn to the right where there is a fence and a monument informing about the historic events at Honokahua. In 1987 development of the Ritz Karlton started and uncovered the bones of hundreds of Hawaiians. There were massive protests on Maui and in Honolulu, leading to the moving of the Ritz Karlton away from the site, the preservation of the burial area and in 1990 to the Burial Treatment Law that gives traditional Hawaiian burials the same protections as those for Christian cemeteries.

On the way back from this longer outing, follow the Honokahua fence out to Makaluapuna Point for a detour to see some unusual lava stone formations forming a toothed wall against the crashing waves.

Here is a map:
https://bit.ly/kapalua-coastal

A message from the Sierra Club Maui Group amidst COVID-19

We hope you and your ʻohana are healthy and safe. We want to let you know that we are concerned about you—our valued members, volunteers, supporters and share some information and resources about how we will get through this together. We also want to update that the Sierra Club staff is currently working from home and all in-person gatherings like outings and other activities are canceled through April 30th (dates will be updated in the upcoming weeks).

For over a century the Sierra Club has used the power of bringing people together, to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth and restore the quality of the natural and human environment. Today we face additional challenges that compel us as an organization to change our in-person approach—but with no less dedication to our mission. To protect our community and wonderful volunteers, we will be working together while staying apart… but only physically. As we continue to pursue our goals, we are shifting our work to maintain connections online and do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

For the foreseeable future, our communities, economy, and democracy will face critical choices about the path ahead. As we confront a rapidly changing world, the Sierra Club has and will remain committed to fighting for a clean, just and equitable future. In light of the pandemic, our foremost demand has been for immediate relief for those affected by both the health and economic crisis. The Senate has finally approved a coronavirus relief package, providing sick leave, unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing, food and medical aid to those most in need. The Sierra Club supported this package and our National teams worked to drive nearly 30,000 emails to members of Congress and over 4,000 tweets in support of the relief package.

This is a time when our shared values and aloha for each other play an important role. With this mindset, we can help our communities get through this in a way that minimizes the impact on the wellness and safety of us all while we continue to work towards environmental and cultural protection in a more just world.

When this is all over, we will have transformed, no doubt. We look forward to staying connected with you and of course getting together in person again to advocate for the environment, get outside for outings and service projects, and band together to continue to protect what we love.

Stay safe, healthy, positive, and calm. Together, we will move through this and hold hope for a better world.

 

NEW WEBSITE BY County of Maui Office of Economic Development for COVID19 related issues on Shelter, Food, EBT, Farmers, Rent, Unemployment, business loans, and Medical Services is:  https://www.covid19mauinui.com/

Ideas for solo hiking – South Maui

In April 2020 we are required to keep a distance from people outside of our own household to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 and to allow our health and other services to take care of those who need help. Sierra Club has therefor canceled all organized outings until further notice. But we are still allowed to venture out on our own or with members of our own household for exercise such as walking, running, hiking, swimming and surfing. No need to stay cooped up at home all day. Just keep at least six feet between yourself and anyone you meet. This is the first of several posts on good places to go hiking/walking without a guide.

South Maui is blessed with miles of easily accessible coastline that even novice hikers can enjoy. You can walk from beach to beach with only short detours on low grassy bluffs all the way from Kalama Park to Ulua Beach, over 3 miles. This stretch includes beautiful views out over low rocky cliffs as well as eight sandy beaches. Stay as close as you can to the water to keep on this trail. When you get to the South end of Ulua Beach you can walk up to the paved Wailea Beach Walk and continue for another mile to Polo Beach. No need to do the whole trail – you can generally get to it from South Kihei Road or Wailea Alanui Drive from one or both ends of any of the ten beaches it passes. Here is an approximate map of the 4+ mile (one-way) path described:

bit.ly/south-maui-walk

 

Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting graphic
Members and Non-Members Welcome!

Maui Group Annual meeting on Leap day, February 29 was a great chance to honor environmental heroes and enjoy good food, fun and fellowship. Mahalo to Flatbread Pizza, Nalu’s South Shore Grill, Monsoon India, Hawaiian Moons, Aloha Aina BBQ, Maui Coffee Roasters and Maui Sustainable Solutions for food and beverage donations. About 100 attendees got legislative updates from Chapter Policy advocate Jodi Malinoski, Rep Tina Wildberger and Council member Shane Sinenci.

congratulations to our award winners:

Onipa‘a: Walle Landenberger and Kai Nishiki
Mālama ka ‘āina: Justin Kekiwi, Tina Roth, Autumn Rae Ness
Mālama kahaki: Jim Koons, Bob Aldrich
Volunteer of the Year: Kim Toomey

 

Re-Tree Hawaii

The news on the climate front continues to get worse. We had at least one day in February when Antarctica was warmer (65 degrees) than many places on Maui. Melting glaciers and polar ice caps will trigger an accelerating increase in carbon dioxide and global temperatures.

Hawai‘i has to do its part to reach carbon neutrality – stop releasing more net greenhouse gases that capture heat in the atmosphere – by shutting down all fossil fuel plants (Kahului and Ma‘alaea on Maui), replacing ground transportation with electric or other zero-emission vehicles, improving public transportation and replacing inter-island traffic with more efficient and ultimately zero-carbon-emitting means of travel. More local production of food and other goods for consumption in Hawaii will reduce the need for shipping, which is a significant source of greenhouse gases. Limiting tourism to sustainable levels would dampen the continued growth in flights.

However, air and sea transport to and from Hawaii will continue to generate very large amounts of greenhouse gases for years beyond when the steps above have been taken, and we have an accumulated carbon debt which will take even longer to pay off. We have to also invest in removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

There are new technologies in the works that may help, but there is one established technology that has been around since before the industrial revolution, before man, before any animal life: photosynthesis. Plants consume CO2 and water with the help of sunlight and produce oxygen. Trees are champions in that they can continue to do this work for dozens or hundreds of years once they get started.

Unfortunately, the increase in CO2 emissions has been paralleled by continuous destruction of forest areas on the planet – 15 billion trees per year according to one article, with only 5 billion replanted. Most of this is due to expansion of industrial agriculture and logging.

We can do better, much better! Lā Ho‘oulu Pae Moku – ReTree Hawaii – is a campaign to plant trees (and other plants) in every region of every populated Hawaiian island on October 30, 2020. Find how how you can be part of the solution:

https://retree-hawaii.org

Whale Day 2020!

The Sierra Club hosted a booth at Whale Day on Feb 8th at Kalama Park in the “Eco-Alley” section of this annual event.  It was a huge success with many participants asking for more information on climate change, water rights issues, agriculture, cultural preservation and much more!  We had an “Eco-stamp bracelet” activity and a Volcanoes National Park coloring activity as well as information on our native endangered Hoary Bat for the keiki to enjoy.  We even enlisted new volunteers and members!

Sierra Club Benefit Night at Maui Ocean Center

Kecia & Flip 

Thank you to Tapani Vuori, Flip Nicklin, and those who join us for a fantastic “Sierra Club Benefit Night” at the Maui Ocean Center Sphere! We learned, we laughed, and we were inspired by all that was shared of the many years of whale research, underwater photography, and video footage captured by award winning National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin. You can learn more of the latest research at the upcoming 14th Annual Whale Tales Event hosted by Whale Trust.