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“The Life” Cel e b ra t i n g t h e a r t s, c u lt u re, a n d sust a in a bilit y o f t h e H a wa iia n I s la nds For those who love life in Maui County Second Anniversary Edition

April–May 2015 ‘Apelila–Mei 2015

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Our theme for this issue is mālama honua—taking care of the Earth. This has always been an important concept to me personally, resulting in my husband and I living off the grid in a yurt. Businesswise, our Ke Ola magazines on Hawai‘i Island and in Maui County are printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks. We also don’t print more than get picked up—the reason you may find empty racks when they’re gone. The few that may not get picked up are redistributed at events to those who may have missed them originally. What can you do to help make Ke Ola more sustainable? Ke Ola is timeless! If you choose not to keep an issue you’ve previously read in your collection, we encourage you to pass it on to a friend, neighbor or relative, or leave one in your doctor or dentist’s waiting room. Enjoy the stories in this issue! It’s the last of three issues that combine our flip-side wedding section. Beginning in June, the wedding issue will be a standalone Weddings and Special Occasions magazine. Me ke aloha pumehana (with warm aloha), Barbara Garcia, Publisher




13 Art of Trash & Trashion Show Maui’s trash-to-treasure showcase. By Debra Lordan

Business 20 The Greening of Maui’s Resorts The island’s major hotels continue to reduce, reuse and conserve. By Debra Lordan


Health 19 Earth Medicine: Healing Plants: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Home ‘Uhaloa: A Hawaiian Plant Powerhouse By David Bruce Leonard

Keiki 14 Grow Some Good! School garden program has taken root on the Valley Isle. By Cindy Schumacher

6 Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui Institute of Hawaiian Music students to present inaugural Aloha Maui Music Festival.

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Sustainability 7 Maui Tomorrow Environmental advocacy group continues to protect the Valley Isle for future generations.


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The Institute of Hawaiian Music includes (left to right) Kalae Manini, Patricia Kuwaye, Roy Newton, Jowellyn Kauhaapo (no longer with IHM), Dennis Chong-Imamura, Meaghan Owens, Louise Lambert, Leihuanani Keali‘inohomoku, Marja Lehua Apisaloma, IHM mentor Keola Beamer, Destiny Mahaulu, Kalani Librando-Souza, Ka‘ena Eleban and Glenn Keli‘ikoa.

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Institute of Hawaiian Music students to present inaugural Aloha Maui Music Festival. | Maui County, April/May 2015



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new Hawaiian music revival is happening again— this time through the Institute of Hawaiian Music (IHM) at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College. The program began four years ago under the direction of Hawaiian Renaissance man and slack key guitar master George Kahumoku Jr. The program is currently spearheaded by Dr. Keola Donaghy. IHM mentors and trains aspiring musicians in Hawaiian ‘ōlelo (language) and mele (song), performing, singing, music theory, harmony, composition, repertoire development, recording techniques, music business and marketing. Students are nurtured from the beginning of their musical training to their career debut. They gain experience jamming and performing with some of IHM students performing at the first Aloha Maui Music Festival include (left to right) Hawai‘i’s best musical artists. Leihuanani Keali‘inohomoku, Meaghan Some of the training is formal; Owens, Kalani Librando-Souza, Kiana Kamake‘e‘āina Reece, Patti Kuwaye,Louise some is not. Lambert and Glenn Keli‘ikoa. Students perform at fundraisers for community groups and campus events, support the activities of their fellow classmates, jam on the back lānai at “Uncle” George’s home, and they perform monthly at the Bailey House for George’s Moonlight Mele Concert Series. Maui residents and visitors alike will have the opportunity to catch IHM students in action at their first annual Aloha Maui Music Festival on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. Proceeds will help provide scholarships for IHM students and fund other initiatives that support their development as musical artists and perpetuate Hawaiian music and culture. This event will be fun for the whole family in the beautiful garden setting. This year’s theme is Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Maui (Maui is truly beloved). Food, arts, crafts and other merchandise will be available for purchase, and there will be activities for the keiki. Entertainers will include IHM students, Mailani is a soulful Hawaiian multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winvocalist and multiple Nā Hōkū ners Mailani and Kenneth Makuakāne, Hanohano Award winner. Grammy winner George Kahumoku Jr., Maui’s own Nā Wai ‘Ehā and more. ❖ For more information on IHM or Aloha Maui Music Festival:

IHM Students are a diverse group—from teens to seniors—who all sing and play multiple instruments and often create smaller band units for performances. Kalani Librando-Souza, 20, sings in a soaring falsetto and plays happy Hawaiian-style ‘ukulele and bass. Destiny Mahaulu, 21, plays ‘ukulele and is a dynamic Hawaiian songstress. Hollis Lee, who heads the music at Keola Hou Church, performs at lū‘au and casual bass or ‘ukulele gigs with his jazzy flair. Patti Kuwaye, who plays bass regularly at the Old Lahaina Lū‘au, adds delightful harmonies and joyfully plays with many IHM bands. Guitarist Kui Gapero, the cultural consultant for Kaho‘olawe, has a gripping, passionate vocal style. Rev. Roy Newton leads Hawaiian music and a congregation at Maluhia Church in lower Waiehū. Meaghan Owens, a delightful country singer-songwriter, often plays at Hana Hou in Ha‘ikū. Dennis Chong-Imamura is kumu hula of Hālau Hula Keli‘i Pu‘ukū O Ke Ao in Ha‘ikū, and incorporates his ‘ukulele and beautiful heartfelt oli (chant). Leihuanani Keali‘inohomoku, a multi-media artist and educator, writes Hawaiian children’s songs. Glenn Keli‘ikoa soothes the soul with his rich and soulful baritone. Kiana Kamake‘e‘āina Reece, a rocking guitarist-videographer, sings fun, eclectic songs. Vernon Ka‘aihue, a contemporary Hawaiian guitarist, plays riveting revivals of HAPA and Cecilio & Kapono classics. Kalae Manini, another contemporary Hawaiian musician, plays fiery ‘ukulele in a delightful modern Hawaiian style. Marja Lehua Apisaloma, a contemporary Hawaiian recording artist, has a refreshing vocal flair, and appears regularly at the Grand Wailea’s Sunday champagne brunches. Ka‘ena Eleban, a soulful contemporary Hawaiian vocalist, sings and plays guitar at Mākena Resort’s Molokini Bar & Grill on Mondays and at Andaz poolside on Fridays. Louise Lambert, Maui’s Swing Queen, rounds out the group.

Maui Tomorrow Environmental advocacy group continues to protect the Valley Isle for future generations.


| By Liz O’Garvey and Jay Greathouse

aui Tomorrow Foundation promotes progressive stewardship of Maui’s beloved ‘āina (land), lewa (air) and wai (water). The Valley Isle’s foremost environmental advocacy organization was established 25 years ago, and continues to serve as a watchdog for enforcement of Hawai‘i’s environmental and land-use laws, poised to take legal actions when necessary. The nonprofit foundation’s primary focus includes long-range sustainable planning, reef and shoreline protection, sustainable energy development, improved air quality, protection from pesticides, water conservation and reuse, and stream restoration across the island.

Maui Tomorrow: In the Beginning

Maui Tomorrow was instrumental in preservation at Honua‘ula, formerly called Wailea 670. Hundreds of cultural sites and thousands of rare and beautiful native plants, including the native wiliwili tree species shown here, will be protected in a proposed 152-acre preserve. Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow

Mark Sheehan joined the board right after the build-out alarm sounded. In the early days, the all-volunteer board did not have an executive director, Mark said. “After about five years,” Mark recalled, “we hired Richard Lafond to work in that capacity. He was a good coordinator, event organizer and lobbyist at the county.” Mark said that having an executive director kept the board in touch with bills that were to go before the Maui County Council. “He’d testify and alert us when to come up to join the process,” said Mark. “After Lafond, Scott Crawford and Kekula Bray-Crawford were a great team,” Mark continued. “They did a great job inviting some 400 people to attend a groundbreaking Wailea conference, the Interface Inc., a six-day world meeting in 1997. An environmental dream team devoted a whole day to inspiring planners, engineers, activists and environmentalists from all over the state.” The team was comprised of Hunter and Amory Lovins, and green building expert Bill Browning—all from the Rocky Mountain Institute. “Author Paul Hawkins Maui Tomorrow Executive Director Irene Bowie said, worked with me, the “What makes a government ‘sustainable’ is when its group and the hotel to set citizens are propelled by values and principles to do the right thing.” Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow it up,” said Mark. “About eight years ago, we lured Irene Bowie away from Imua Family Services to be our executive director,” said Mark. “By that time, the position was a full-time job, and Maui Tomorrow had a six-figure budget.

The ‘Āina: Mākena & Honua‘ula The Mākena and Wailea areas of South Maui remain a priority for Maui Tomorrow, as they press for a balance between urban development, and the preservation of cultural and natural resources in the area. As one of the area’s recognized stakeholders and founding member of the Oneloa Coalition, Maui Tomorrow currently works with the community and the State Parks Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources to update the master plan for Mākena State Park. The Oneloa Coalition is comprised of a diverse group of Maui residents and organizations—the Surfrider | Maui County, April/May 2015

Mākena Beach State Park, commonly called “Big Beach,” would be bounded by high-rise hotels today, if not for the efforts of the State Park at Mākena (SPAM), a grassroots organization from which Maui Tomorrow evolved. The catalysts for the concept were Rick Sands, now a doctor at Kaiser Permanente on Maui, Wailuku Attorney Anthony Ranken and others, who sold over 4,000 $1 memberships. The group worked for 14 years to create the state park. The real effort involved persuading the state and the county to pony up funds to buy back the dozen or so parcels that had been acquired by speculators in hopes of some day receiving a big check from a major hotel chain. Instead of Mākena becoming “the last resort,” the “Save Big Beach” campaign successfully preserved 37 acres, 98 percent of which is beachfront footage. Soon after the creation of SPAM, Rick and Anthony started Maui Tomorrow with Albert Perez. Perez, who was working for the county, came up with a great idea that would illustrate just what development at Mākena would look like. He created a build-out scenario to show Maui residents what the area would look like if already-approved projects became a reality. The build-out project received much attention from the county and neighborhood associations who realized that our planning process would never catch up with the more rapid approval process.

Maui Tomorrow is working to make sure this popular spot gets added to the Maluaka Beach park as the Mākena Resort conditions of zoning require. Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow


Foundation, Pacific Whale Foundation, Dowling Company, the Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund and area residents, along with Maui Tomorrow and others. Maui Tomorrow’s goal continues to focus on the preservation of this jewel as a wilderness park for generations to come. For example, Maui Tomorrow and other members of the Oneloa Coalition are working with state Department of Land and Natural Resources on a curator’s agreement to restore and maintain Paniaka Pond at Mākena State Park and surrounding areas of this beloved South Maui coastal area. Paniaka Pond is an ancient fishpond, now overgrown with alien plant species. Maui Tomorrow also provided information and support to County Council members to complete the promised expansion of popular Maluaka Beach Park in Mākena, despite attempts made to abrogate the current agreement. In addition, the group was also instrumental in preservation at Honua‘ula, formerly called Wailea 670. Ancient native wiliwili trees, thousands of rare and beautiful native plants and hundreds of cultural sites will be protected in a proposed 152-acre preserve. This represents an expansion through advocacy efforts from the 40-acre preserve proposed in 2012. | Maui County, April/May 2015

The ‘Āina: Infrastructure & Smart Growth


While many of Maui Tomorrow’s efforts are conservation oriented, it is also an advocate for improved infrastructure. The group also went before the Maui County Council last year to request zoning for needed industrial activities, and presented community forums in various locations island-wide to encourage the public’s participation in the county’s General Plan workshops. Maui Tomorrow supports the “Smart Growth” principles of urban boundaries, a range of housing opportunities and choices, including compact building design versus conventional land consumptive development, mixed land uses, walkable communities, bike paths and designated transportation corridors. The group regularly The additional donation of 35.55-acre in Pā‘ia is a great start to the ultimate goal of a Northshore attends planning Heritage Park, forever protecting the undeveloped commission meetings shoreline between Spreckelsville and Pā‘ia Town, as recommended in the Maui Island Plan. Photo and advocates for more courtesy Maui Tomorrow bus stops, sidewalks and adequate crosswalks in proposed developments. Maui Tomorrow and allies successfully called for the state and county to follow planning laws rather than fast track a large commercial development in South Maui. Two shopping centers proposed for an 88-acre site, approved in 1995 for a low-impact, light industrial park, have been reworked. A review of the project’s first Environmental Impact Statement in 20 years still leaves many with questions about impacts on existing business districts, traffic, drainage, water supply, preservation of historic sites, and whether there is a proven need for the project. Maui Tomorrow hosted a popular series of historical presentations over the last year to highlight just what is at risk. The group will return to the state Land Use Commission in the months ahead to ask that the project follow the law and seek a Community Plan Amendment. Maui Tomorrow also asks that alternative project designs be considered, with less impact and more community benefits.

Maui Tomorrow’s continued advocacy efforts proved successful again last fall, when the Maui County Council voted to buy land from Alexander & Baldwin Inc. for a new county service center in Kahului that would include a bonus of almost 36 acres of beachfront open space between Baldwin Beach Park and the park at Pā‘ia Bay. This vital addition is a great start to the ultimate goal of a Northshore Heritage Park, forever protecting the undeveloped shoreline between Spreckelsville and Pā‘ia Town, as recommended in the Maui Island Plan.

The Four Great Waters: Nā Wai ‘Ehā


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“We also weighed in on the Nā Wai ‘Ehā case, along with other stream restoration projects,” said Mark. “We also signed an important piece of legislation with Maui County, limiting its ability to plunder East Maui water resources without showing that it was the only and best In April 2014, a historic settlement was reached with use of funds to acquire Hawai‘i Commercial and Sugar and Co., returning waters to ‘Īao and Waikapū streams after a century of the water. The county unlimited diversions. Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow agreed to do cost-benefit analyses.” In 2014, Maui Tomorrow and Hui o Nā Wai ‘Ehā settled a decade-long legal action to restore streamflow to the four great streams of Central Maui. Maui was given an Earth Day gift in April 2014, when a historic settlement was reached with Hawai‘i Commercial and Sugar and Wailuku Water Co., returning waters to ‘Īao and Waikapū streams after a century of unlimited diversions. A decade of persistence by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and Earthjustice attorneys representing Maui Tomorrow, Hui o Nā Wai ‘Ehā and OHA beneficiaries resulted in the return of 10 million gallons a day of water to Maui’s legendary ‘Īao stream and restoration of flows to a portion of Waikapū Stream, the first restoration to these streams in over a century. Maui Tomorrow and its allies were also successful in 2008, restoring flows to Waiehu and Waihe‘e streams. Together these form the “Four Great Waters” of Central Maui, Nā Wai ‘Ehā. The precedent-setting Hawai‘i Supreme Court decision over Nā Wai ‘Ehā has reopened the state Water Commission’s review of adequate stream flow in 27 streams in East Maui which are now diverted by East Maui Irrigation. Maui Tomorrow is representing the This surf dog was featured on the interests of native flora and fauna cover of the Maui Tomorrow Year End Report 2012. habitat, ongoing watershed health, and Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow families dependent on a fair share of those waters for their homes, farms, recreation and aesthetic enjoyment. Their ally, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, represents cultural and traditional interests. These actions are significant and historic, because fresh water is recognized in our State Constitution as a public trust resource, yet it has been treated as a private commodity by corporate agriculture for more than

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a century. Hearings are planned for early this year. Maui Tomorrow continues educating the public about the importance of this natural aquifer recharge in the face of ongoing drought and Cane smoke often fills Central Maui. Maui Tomorrow changing weather asked the EPA for a third monitor in Wailuku in patterns. They’re working order to monitor air quality in the entire central valley. Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow with county staff to promote increased use of recycled water, reuse of gray water and the protection of areas upslope of all public wells.

The ‘Āina: Pollution and Pesticides Maui Tomorrow is a member of the newly formed Hawai‘i chapter of the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. This association is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the beaches, shores and other coastal resources of America. The association participated in a recent study that found significant levels of Diuron, in run-off from local cane fields into Mā‘alaea Bay. Diuron is a carcinogenic weed killer that can devastate coral reefs. With these findings, Maui Tomorrow began a dialogue with Maui County and large agricultural interests to develop sustainable practices to keep polluted runoff from entering near-shore waters.

Maui Tomorrow led a network of local organizations, demanding that polluting runoff from a state Department of Transportation roadway hardening project along the shore be halted at Ukumehame in West Maui. The state administration listened and mitigations were put in place along with regular monitoring. As part of Don’t Inject, REdirect (DIRE), a coalition of Maui citizens concerned about the effects of injection wells, Maui Tomorrow asks that this environmentally harmful wastewater be redirected for irrigation uses and protective greenbelts to lessen the threat of fires. Maui’s coral reefs are suffering greatly, not only from injection wells along our Maui Tomorrow made great strides in their Clean Air coasts, but also due to for Keiki campaign in the last year, meeting with the state Department of Health, Clean Air Branch, and increased construction obtaining a second air-quality monitor placed in Pā‘ia. run-off, an increased Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow population of invasive fish species, and the practice of aquarium collecting, which has become a significant industry in Hawaiian waters. The group is working with Maui fishermen, the state Legislature and others to correct these destructive practices. Most community members remember Maui Tomorrow’s efforts in the Hawai‘i Superferry litigation and subsequent state Supreme Court victory that called for an Environmental Impact

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community to report excessive smoke, ash and dust violations from their phones with an accurate GPS location, time and date stamp, and a photo. This information goes directly to EPA Region 9, the state Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch and the County of Maui Mayor’s Office. Through the efforts of this Clean Air for Keiki campaign, the state’s Clean Air Branch issued smoke violations to HC&S, and for the first time ever, a fugitive dust violation. The CleanAirMaui smartphone app empowers the community to report excessive smoke, ash and dust violations from their phones with an accurate GPS location, time and date stamp, and photo. Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow

Maui Tomorrow made great strides in their Clean Air for Keiki campaign in the last year, meeting with the state Department of Health, Clean Air Branch, and EPA Region 9, which resulted in those agencies placing tighter restrictions on HC&S’ 2013 burn permit, and obtaining a second air-quality monitor placed in Pā‘ia (for many years, there has Through the efforts of the Clean Air for Keiki campaign, only been one monitor the state’s Clean Air Branch issued smoke violations to HC&S, and for the first time ever, a fugitive dust in North Kīhei). Maui violation. Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow Tomorrow asked EPA for a third monitor in Wailuku in order to monitor air quality in the entire central valley of Maui. The CleanAirMaui smartphone app empowers the

Maui Tomorrow: Future Of course, Maui Tomorrow is all about the future, and how we can shape a better one through diligence, education and advocacy. “What makes a government ‘sustainable’ is when its citizens are propelled by values and principles to do the right thing,” Irene quoted from author Dov Seidman. Maui Tomorrow continues to be a public voice in planning a sustainable future for the island we cherish. ❖

The Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar facility in Pu‘unēnē continues to cause air quality concerns for Valley Isle residents. Photo courtesy Maui Tomorrow

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The Art of Trash & Trashion Show


Maui’s trash-to-treasure showcase.

Event organizer Wilma Nakamura shows off her stunning fashion sense in her sweet See’s outfit.

Nakamura. “They happily find themselves among other like-minded artists working with salvaged items, discarded metal,and other recyclable objects.” Ira Ono, known as the “father of recycled art” and founder of the Art of Trash on Maui and Trash Show, Hawaii Artists Recycle in Hilo, will once again serve as the exhibition’s juror. “I will be looking for inspired work that takes materials that are discarded, broken or forgotten, and transforms them into art,” said Ira. “Well-constructed work matters.” ❖

Art of Trash gallery hours are 10am to 6pm daily from April 11 through May 2. Art of Trash is supported by the County of Maui, Department of Environmental Management. For more information about Art of Trash: For more information about SharingAloha, and for the selected artwork announcement on April 4: See artworks from previous years: For more information about Mālama Maui Nui:

HOW TO ENTER The submission date for this juried show for Maui County artists is Saturday, April 4, between 9:30am and 3pm. Entry forms are available online at

“The Cat’s Chair” by Joy Webster and “Table” Angela Raphel.

Entry forms will be available on April 4, but artists are encouraged to review full Entry Day details online at The entry fee is $15 per piece, with no limit on the number of pieces each artist may enter. Smaller pieces are preferred. | Maui County, April/May 2015

owhere is there a better example of the (updated, politically correct) adage, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Again this year, you can view spectacular art and fashion with a focus on environmental awareness at the 13th annual Art of Trash and Trashion Show. The show will feature original work by Maui County residents made solely from repurposed materials. Centered around Earth Day and as part of Mālama Maui Nui’s Great American Cleanup initiative, Art of Trash brings the community together to highlight the importance of keeping reusable items out of the landfill through creative recycling. Each year, the exhibit strives to push the envelope by using unconventional materials to illustrate environmental stewardship in action. The Art of Trash is an annual three-week art exhibit showcasing everyday objects that have been given new life by Maui County artists. Art pieces will give new life to items that are no longer functional for their original purpose, and would ordinarily be discarded as trash. The exhibit will be comprised of original work made from recycled and/or reused material. This exhibition demonstrates how items can be repurposed for fun, for art, and for the sake of the environment. Highlighting the reuse of materials as a way to reduce overall waste and alleviate the pressure on Maui County landfills is a main tenet of the Art of Trash. Works that include natural materials, food or water features are not accepted into the show. The annual exhibit sponsored by MMN and SharingAloha is scheduled from April 10 through May 2, 2015. You won’t want to miss opening night’s Trashion Show, which starts at 6pm on Friday, April 10, at Maui Mall’s Center Stage; the gallery opening will follow from 7 to 9 pm. Opening night’s Maui Trashion Show, a fun, family-friendly event, features garments made from reused, repurposed, recyclable materials. Attendees are encouraged to create their own attire that inspires reuse and come to opening night “dressed in trash.” “Every year I look forward Ira Ono, founder of the Art of Trash on to meeting new artists who Maui and Trash Show, Hawaii Artists discover the Art of Trash,” Recycle in Hilo, is pictured here with Maui Artist Deybra Fair. said Event Coordinator Wilma

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Students at Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary School are thrilled to plant, grow and harvest their school gardens! Photo courtesy Grow Some Good | Maui County, April/May 2015



Grow Some Good!

School garden program has taken root on the Valley Isle. | By Cindy Schumacher

row Some Good is sprouting! It is a model program for integrating sustainability and nutrition into the Maui school curriculum. In the past seven years, the nonprofit organization has grown from one teacher and three raised garden beds to providing school garden program support for 12 schools and more than 3,000 students in South, Central and West Maui. Grow Some Good is dedicated to creating hands-on outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles. The teaching connects students to their food sources and inspires better nutrition choices. “We help establish food gardens and living science labs in local schools,” said Kirk Surry, co-founder of Grow Some Good. “In addition, we provide resources and curriculum through community partnerships in agriculture, science, Matthew Fitzgerald and Dane Vannatta (red shirt) prepare to plant a school garden at Maui Preparatory food education and Academy. Photo courtesy of Grow Some Good nutrition.

“Students are composting, preparing soil for new garden beds and planting seeds for their new edible classrooms,” Kirk said. “Many good things are growing in our Maui schools!” “We hope the next generation will learn to sustain the vegetable crops we eat,” he continued. “That’s especially important Students Anna Bulat, Ezra Offergeld, Azure Mann, Logan Kalar, Roger Geng, Diego because we live on an Duarte-Chavez and Mia Bitonti, plant sweet island. It is necessary to potatoes at Maui Preparatory Academy. Photo courtesy Grow Some Good start their education early and inspire them to become actively involved in every aspect of sustainable living.” Even children who otherwise have not done well in the classroom are blossoming—just like the plants they are cultivating. “They share gardening information and techniques with the other students and beam with pride from the positive response they receive from their classmates and parents,” said Kirk.

In addition, Grow Some Good incorporates a variety of math, science and other educational lessons into the school garden programs. For example, students practice measuring perimeters and volume in the garden to determine quantities of soil and lumber needed to build a new raised garden bed. They also design garden layouts, using other measurements to determine how many plants can be planted in the surface area of the new bed. Plus, they apply math skills to decide what price to charge for the produce. Aiden Bluh (left), Namahina Kawabata (middle) and Bryce Worth eat the carrots they harvested at Maui Preparatory Academy. Photo courtesy of Grow Some Good

Mrs. Lori Fleuter (back row, middle) encourages her fourth grade Maui Preparatory Academy class to plant, grow, harvest and taste their creations with Grow Some Good School Garden Coordinator Tricia Calhoon (back row, left) and Chef Paris Nabavi (back row, right) from Sangrita Grill + Cantina in Kā’anapali. Photo credit Cindy Schumacher

The Seed of an Idea

Grow Some Good was created in 2008 as a program of South Maui Sustainability’s School Garden Committee to support gardens created at Kīhei Elementary School, Lokelani Intermediate School and Kamali‘i Elementary. Since its inception, Grow Some Good has expanded its outreach at Kīhei Elementary to a 10,000-square-foot school garden with 29 teachers and more than 800 students participating in the outdoor learning programs.

The School Garden Club

Volunteerism and Future Vision “Our vision is to seek long-term partners, expanded funding and more community advisors that support healthy values and a sustainable future,” said Kirk. “We hope to plant new seeds of change every day A caterpillar in the school garden teaches La‘akea throughout Maui while Thompson at Maui Preparatory Academy about the life providing outdoor cycle of butterflies. Photo courtesy Grow Some Good learning adventures and greater nutritional awareness for our keiki.” ❖ For more information related to this story: or call 808.283.2166 Contact writer Cindy Schumacher through the editor: | Maui County, April/May 2015

While encouraging community members to get involved in gardening and growing their own food, Kirk realized that even with Grow Some Good’s successful grants and fundraising, their greater sustainability would be achieved on a grassroots level. Hence, the School Garden Club was started. “We liked the concept of a Garden Club where members of the community could come together during special planned events such as workshops on various aspects of gardening,” he explained. The Garden Club—a $15 membership cost—gives parents and community Kīhei Elementary School volunteer Jordan Claymore assists first-graders—(left to right) members’ options in how Samuel “Dash” Tabon, Imanol Alonso and they can support the school Sam-Mahree Celario—in selecting vegetables for their garden-grown pesto pizza. garden program. Benefits Photo courtesy Grow Some Good include discounts at various community businesses throughout Maui, membership in a seed exchange program and three free garden plants at one of the school’s “Plant it Maui” plant adoption events. Grow Some Good alerts Garden Club members by email and social media on new discounts and promotions with contributing businesses available in their area. Folks can also apply to become a Volunteer Member, which gives the same benefits as a Donor Member, after volunteering during three ‘Work and Learn Days’ or daily garden maintenance at a school garden.

“The Garden Club membership proceeds are used to support school garden coordinators that keep teachers and students engaged with the program,” said Kathy Becklin, Grow Some Good co-founder and treasurer. “Coordinators help to create consistent volunteer support, schedule class visits and work with teachers to model garden classes that support curriculum in science, math, history, Hawaiian studies and more.” However people choose to support school gardens, the benefits are already abundant. By taking garden lessons home, the students are growing their own food in whatever space they have available. “So, with this club, the returns continue to grow and grow,” added Kirk, noting that this is just the beginning. “It’s not just about the future,” he said. “It’s about working now to make our communities self-sustaining while everyone enjoys the opportunities we provide.”


Featured Cover Artists: Luna CarlIsle & the Maui Community

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entered around Earth Day and as part of Mālama Maui Nui’s Great American Cleanup initiative, Art of Trash brings the community together to highlight the importance of keeping items out of the landfill through creative reuse and repurposing. Each year, the exhibit strives to push the envelope by using unconventional materials to make art and illustrate environmental stewardship in action. For last year’s Art of Trash, Mālama Maui Nui asked muralist Luna CarlIsle (above, center) to design and prepare two artworks, including the “Give Back” mural used for this issue’s cover. Using solely repurposed materials, the bottle cap murals were prepared for the community to complete at the public event called “Celebrate Our Mother (Earth)” held May 10, 2014, at Whole Foods.


Doors from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore served as the mural canvas, the paint to create the design came from the MMN Paint Exchange, and the bottle caps are from King Kekaulike’s 2014 school collection. “‘Celebrate Our Mother (Earth)’ encouraged the public to celebrate Mother’s Day in honor of the “mother” we all share, and to engage in an ‘Art of Trash-esque’ project to see how ordinary objects, often thought of as trash after serving their initial purpose, can be reused and rediscovered as beautiful works of art through our own hands and creativity,” said Jen Cox of Mālama Maui Nui. The two completed murals will hang at the Whole Foods Market Café through the first week of May this year. For more information about Mālama Maui Nui:

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The Department of Water Supply is an agency of the County of Maui. Its mission is to efficiently provide clean water to approximately 35,700 homes and businesses on Maui and Moloka‘i. The water the department provides meets all state and federal water quality standards. The Department of Water Supply needs everyone’s help to conserve water. Here are some tips for easy ways to use less water (and save money): • check around your property for leaks • water your yard less frequently • use low-flow fixtures The department also offers some free items available to the public, Monday through Friday between 7:45am and 4:30pm. • shower heads • faucet aerators for the kitchen and bathroom • leak detection dye tablets (to check toilets for leaks) You can obtain a low-flow fixture data form by stopping by the Water Resources & Planning Division office in Wailuku. The forms are also available on the department’s website, so they can be filled out in advance and dropped off at the office. The 2011 County of Maui Landscape and Gardening Handbook is also available for free in PDF form on the department’s website. This handbook was developed by the Department of Water Supply as a resource for people who want to decrease the amount of water they use for their yards and for those who want learn what and how to plant in certain areas of the island. It offers a wealth of information on xeriscaping, including the practice’s seven basic principals, a list of native plants appropriate for each plant zone and other useful resources. The Department of Water Supply, along with Maui community groups, participates in an assortment of garden projects. The goal of the projects is to demonstrate the benefits of landscaping with native plants and conserving water. The department offers another free booklet in PDF form on its website. The following is an excerpt of Department of Water Supply Garden Projects: “Xeriscape is a water conservation practice used for landscaping. The word ‘xeriscape’ is a combination of the Greek words ‘xeros’ (dry) and ‘landscape.’ In the simplest sense, xeriscaping is landscaping with plants requirements appropriate for the natural, local climate. Ideally, xeriscaping can help reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental irrigation. “Xeriscaping utilizes seven basic principals: planning and design, hydrozones, plant selection, soil preparation, mulching, efficient irrigation and appropriate maintenance.”


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‘Uhaloa: A Hawaiian Plant Powerhouse


This native medicinal plant is literally growing at our feet. • For asthma (hānō) ‘uhaloa has been used with Solanum nigrum (pōpolo), Desmodium spp. (pua pilipili) leaves, Saccharum officinarum (kō/sugar cane), Morinda citrifolia (noni) and other local herbs. • For bronchial infections, Musa spp. (banana) sap can also be taken internally. ‘Uhaloa can also be decocted in a formula with local weeds Oldenlandia corymbosa (bai hua she she cao), Bidens pilosa (kīnehi) and Desmodium spp. (puapilipili). • Because ‘uhaloa is very astringent, it needs to be properly combined to effectively deal with bronchitis that manifests as sticky phlegm in the lungs (pa‘a). The addition of expectorants such as Commelina spp. (honohono grass) or Hibiscus tiliaceus (hau) flowers will help moisten the formula. The dosage for ‘uhaloa flowers, leaves or root bark is one to two ounces decocted alone or in small formulas. For larger formulas of six or more herbs, the dosage is one-half ounce. For a sore throat chew one thumbnail-sized piece of root cortex and swallow the juice. Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva, a kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) practitioner on Hawai‘i Island, has used the ‘uhaloa oil infusion extensively as a topical treatment for numerous conditions, including diabetic neuropathy, with promising results. Interestingly, modern science has validated some of ‘uhaloa’s traditional uses. Crude extracts and compounds isolated from ‘uhaloa have been shown to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antimalarial, anti-anemic, anti-oxidant, sedative and anticonvulsant effects. ‘Uhaloa shows potential therapeutic benefit in the treatment of malaria, inflammation, oxidative stress, lung infections from Klebsiella pneumoniae, and diarrhea from Candida albicans or Escherichia coli. It has been shown to be effective in the laboratory against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, with the root being the most effective part of the plant. ❖ David Bruce Leonard, L.Ac., is the founder of the Earth Medicine Institute, which offers classes and certifications on plant medicine, wild edibles and nature skills on all the Hawaiian Islands. For more information about Earth Medicine: Never take any plant internally without a 100 percent positive identification and proper preparation. Never attempt to use herbal medicine without the guidance of a traditional elder or a licensed healthcare provider. Do not try to be your own doctor. | Maui County, April/May 2015

haloa, also called Waltheria indica, is one of our most useful and commonly found native medicines of Maui. ‘Uhaloa is indigenous—it found its way to Hawai‘i without the help of people and was here when the original Polynesian settlers landed. It also grows in other places, such as the Virgin Islands, Martinique, Central America and Africa. While most often found in dry leeward areas, it can also occasionally be found in Ha‘ikū and Huelo. Gathering this gift from the land requires respect and forethought. Because ‘uhaloa is native, it is important to not overharvest it. Although the root bark contains the strongest medicine, I typically gather the leaves and flowers and save the roots for more urgent situations. I recommend trimming off the leaves and flowers rather than pulling it up by the roots— a practice that allows this treasure to remain plentiful. For those interested in traditional Hawaiian gathering protocols, ‘uhaloa has a long and rich history. In old Hawai‘i, plants were often gathered not only for the plant itself, but also to honor the deity that the plant was believed to embody. This embodiment or physical manifestation was called “kinolau.” Some say ‘uhaloa is a kinolau of the god of the ocean, Kanaloa, while others consider it the kinolau of Kamapua‘a, the pig god. ‘Uhaloa is most commonly used for sore throat, infections and asthma. It is arguably one of our best native plant medicines for sore throats and a good primary herb for bronchial or bacterial infections (it should not be used in pregnancy). According to Hawaiian tradition, the yellow flowers and buds were chewed and given to infants and children, the stems and leaves given to young people, and the roots were saved for adults. However, the whole plant can be used. Any part of the plant that is made into a tea should be decocted—simmered for 30 to 45 minutes. The root bark may be chewed for sore throat. And the whole plant can be juiced fresh for asthma or as a bitter tonic. Some interesting and useful local and traditional plant combinations include: • For neuralgia, ‘uhaloa has been used with Piper methysticum (‘awa) rhizomes. • For sore throat, ‘uhaloa can be used with Musa paradisiaca (banana) sap and/or Syzygium malaccense (‘ōhi‘a ‘ai/mountain apple inner bark). The banana sap is taken topically to coat the throat. The mountain apple tree inner bark and the ‘uhaloa root bark are chewed and the juice swallowed.


The Greening of Maui’s Resorts

“Everyday is Earth Day” is a common refrain heard from many of Maui’s green resorts. The Fairmont Kea Lani partners with Trilogy Excursions each Earth Day for a coral reef cleanup. In 2013, the resort donated $1,000 to the Coral Reef Alliance.

The island’s major hotels continue to reduce, reuse and conserve. | By Debra Lordan

The Fairmont Kea Lani joins all Fairmont properties around the world for the World Wildlife Fund’s “lights off” for one hour every year. Special Earth Hour activities center on low-energy use.


or many, Earth Day brings to mind images of kids on beaches picking up litter and poster contests highlighting the protection of natural resources. On that special day, environmental nonprofits invite volunteers to community events and school groups collect recyclables to protect and preserve the ‘āina (land). So how do Maui’s resorts fit into this idyllic picture? “At the Fairmont Kea Lani, we aim to celebrate Earth Day every day throughout the year by being as environmentally responsible as possible to protect the island’s natural resources,” said Megan Hardesty, director of public relations. “In addition, Earth Day is celebrated each year by partnering with Trilogy Excursions for a community reef cleanup and a donation of $1,000 to a local nonprofit.” Maui’s resorts—huge economic drivers for the local economy —also have a huge environmental impact. Approximately 10 years ago, resort owners, managers and staff began to take seriously their ability to conserve resources and protect the island’s environment. Energy efficiency, solar panels, native plantings, reef-friendly landscaping, Andaz Maui Chief of Engineering Bryan community volunteering for social Dyer stands with the solar panels that helped earn a LEED Silver service agencies, and use of certification for new construction. compostable or recyclable products The solar thermal array offsets about 4 percent of annual energy costs. are some of the ways many Maui resorts continually seek strategies to “green their properties.” Alex de Roode, executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, has observed this progress since the inception of SLIM in 2006.

SLIM is “committed to optimizing Maui’s economy by helping people build skills that are compatible with the community’s cultural choices and economic aspirations; developing Maui as an exemplary and prosperous island; sharing eco-effective methods with other communities throughout the world; and serving as a living laboratory and classroom for building and managing holistic communities.” “Offering the latest trainings and programs to help Maui businesses reduce their energy and water use, build more responsibly, utilize our abundant renewable energy sources and think creatively about preserving our islands for generations to come, was a large part of SLIM’s original vision,” said Alex. “To partner time and again with resort personnel through our trainings and internships has been extremely rewarding, knowing that they understand the economic and environmental benefits of this joint sustainability movement, and seeing the pride they take in the skills and knowledge they bring back to their workplace.” What else motivates Maui resorts to make the effort? Increasingly, travelers are searching for hotels and resorts that can demonstrate their commitment to “green practices.” “Green hotels are leading the pack on TripAdvisor,” Kate Harrison wrote in Forbes Magazine. “Since the program launched in 2013, users have searched for green properties over 200,000 times… and we see a 20 percent higher rating for properties with TripAdvisor Green Leader status,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel for TripAdvisor. Attracting guests isn’t the only motivation behind the move toward efficiency and sustainability. High electricity rates and the cost of water and waste management in Maui’s remote locations create a powerful incentive to reduce, reuse and conserve. How have resort personnel learned about strategies they employ? Often, it is the director of Both Gary Bulson (above), Hyatt Regency Maui chief engineer, facilities who leads the campaign and Honua Kai Resort and Spa to implement sustainability Engineer Nathan Cabrillo (below) have taken multiple sustainability improvements. trainings through SLIM. Gary Bulson, chief engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, had the sustainability itch before the word was ever coined. He has worked to incorporate the latest efficiency and low-impact innovations into the Hyatt’s physical plant for the past 25 years. Gary has also Photos courtesy Nicolette Van Der Lee

Besides LEED certification, there are now multiple rating systems resorts can use to make their green practices transparent to visitors and the community. Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is another certifying agency that has created a Sustainability Reporting Framework. Starwood, Marriott and Hyatt have completed reports with metrics accounting for their environmental and social progress ( TripAdvisor Green Leaders and Green Key Global rating systems are specifically focused on hotels and resorts. Guests can write in to report on good practices or lack thereof, giving consumers the ability to review and hold accountable the vacation accommodations they choose. The Aloha State has its own Hawai‘i Green Business Program rating system for any business established and facilitated by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The island’s major hotels sit on the shoreline yards from coral reef systems that are under pressure continually. “Shoreline properties are the ‘last line of defense’ to protect fragile While it may not be as exciting as solar panels, recycling is a huge challenge for resorts to take on. An increasing reefs,” said Wesley Crile, number of resorts are finding ways to make it easy for a Hawai‘i field manager guests and staff to reduce waste through recycling. The Grand Wailea places attractive recycling receptacles for the Coral Reef Alliance. throughout the resort to make it easy for guests to “Even if the problems recycle HI-5 recyclables. didn’t start on site, what the resorts and oceanfront facilities can do is substantial. They can become the protectors and heroes of the coral reefs and beaches their guests come to visit.” “The West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative recently completed a project working with seven resort properties in southern Kā‘anapali to create reef-friendly landscape management plans to tighten chemical applications in landscaping in order to reduce runoff to coastal ecosystems,” said Project Coordinator Tova Callender. “We’re also happy to be working with SLIM on a reef-friendly training designed for resorts and other shoreline properties. Education is key in this effort.” Public sentiment and consumer preferences often create the driving forces that lead to positive change. As visitors search for lodging with a good sustainability track record, as citizens press for preservation of their local “environment, and as each generation All Andaz Maui food waste is dehydrated into granular form of employees gains knowledge and in this composting dehydrator. skills to positively affect the “triple The end product is used as a nontoxic, stable fertilizer for bottom line” (people, planet, profit, the resort’s landscaping. or environment, economics, social performance), many Maui resorts hear that call and are stepping up to the challenge. Resort and condominium chief engineers meet monthly to share ideas. “They’re friends after so many years of gathering to exchange experences and ideas, but they are very competitive,” Alex said with a smile. “I just love that they presently compete over whose property is more aggressive in their sustainability efforts. The race for ‘green’ just keeps getting stronger.” ❖ Contact writer/editor/art director Debra Lordan: | Maui County, April/May 2015

made good use of the sustainability trainings offered through SLIM Maui’s major resorts sit yards from fragile reef systems. over the last eight However, resorts can act as the last line of defense to protect reefs from soil erosion mauka of their properties. years. The West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative worked with “SLIM and UHMC seven West Maui resorts to upgrade their reef protection strategies. For example, the Hyatt Regency Resort uses contribute to our native plantings and no herbicides or pesticides to help successes by offering protect reef health. Photo courtesy Tova Callender courses on Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, sustainability practices and building operations,” said Hyatt General Manager Allan Farwell. “They also offer scholarship programs to aid our associates with funding these key courses.” Gary and his team recently completed a rare and arduous accomplishment: The Hyatt Regency Maui was the fourth resort in the world to receive a “LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance.” This required a two-year process to upgrade all aspects of facility and staff operations, including landscaping, water use, waste management, cleaning and disposable products, lighting, air conditioning, guest engagement and community participation. Gary and staff will also participate in SLIM’s Sustainable Strategies for Hotels and Resorts program in order to apply for either a Green Key or TripAdvisor Green Leader rating for guests who increasingly seek out green lodging options. “As some of the largest energy consumers on the island, this is a great opportunity for the resorts to improve our sustainability strategies,” said Honua Kai Resort & Spa Chief Engineer Ellsworth Kalawaia, representing another Founding Sponsor of the Sustainable Strategies program. “It’s a win-win for Maui businesses, the community and the environment.” Ellsworth and his staff have attended countless hours of SLIM’s energy management and sustainability trainings. Two recent staff hires were past SLIM interns, now joining in the effort to make Honua Kai more resourceefficient and ‘āina-friendly. Two state-of-the art chillers with variable speed The recently rebuilt Andaz motors provide maximum efficiency for energy Maui in Wailea received its intensive air conditioning at the Andaz Maui. LEED Silver certification for new construction. Some of the LEED strategies listed on its website include: 93 percent of the renovation utilized existing walls, floors and roof. It made use of healthy, low-emitting materials throughout, including low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems and composite wood products. Bio-plastic straws and reusable bamboo cutlery are used in outdoor food and beverage facilities and biodegradable disposable potato starch cutlery and bio-plastic cups are used for to-go orders. The gardening and landscaping staff does not use any gas-powered equipment and green waste is recycled into mulch to help hold moisture for less use of irrigation. Andaz Chief of Engineering Bryan Dyer hasn’t rested on the LEED certification laurels, however. Andaz Maui Chief of Engineering Bryan Dyer Through SLIM, Bryan recently stands with the solar panels that helped earn a LEED Silver certification for new received Northwest Energy construction. The solar thermal array offsets Efficiency Council’s Building about 4 percent of annual energy costs. Operator Certification and achieved accreditation as a LEED Green Associate.


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