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77 Hookele St., Suite 202 Kahului, HI 96732

2013 Annual Report from the 4 Maui Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Clipart by the National Association of Conservation Districts Stewardship Program

DLNR Division of Water and Land Management and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Serving OLINDA-KULA SWCD HANA SWCD WEST MAUI SWCD CENTRAL MAUI SWCD

This annual report is dedicated to three special people who are gone, but will never be forgotten ….. Eddie Perreira began working with the Soil Conservation Service in 1962

Edward Pico Perreira Sr. Feb. 27, 1927—January 20, 2013

when the Plant Materials Center (PMC) was located in Kahului. When the PMC moved to Molokai in 1972, he joined the SCS Wailuku Field Office as a Soil Conservation Technician and worked until the end of 1990. Eddie’s best SCS experience was working in the Pacific Island field offices (Guam, Saipan, and the Mariana Islands) where he felt “free” to develop much needed conservation plans without supervision. He then retired to his 1/2 acre commercial nursery which specialized in rare tropical plants in Haiku. Eddie served on the Olinda-Kula SWCD board as an associate director for 20 years, and 12 years as a member of the Farm Service Agency County Committee. If anyone ever needed something, we could always count on Eddie to lend a helping hand. His bright smiling face is sorely missed.

Martin Luna served on the West Maui SWCD board for over 35 years, and was a highly regarded real estate and land use attorney on Maui. He was active in many organizations and local Maui community charities, including Hawai'i Access to Justice (commissioner), Hawai'i State Bar Association (president 1983), Judicial Selection Commission, State of Hawai'i (chair 1997- 1999), Phi Delta Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha and Omicron Delta Kappa. People remembered Martin as a man who always had a smile, a joke, came to choir every Thursday and liked to sing. They remember him as a man who loved and enjoyed his family as he watched them grow. B. Martin Luna July 25, 1938—January 20, 2013

Bobby Lani joined the NRCS Wailuku field office staff as a soil conservationist in January 1997 after working ten years for the Plant Material Center (PMC) on the island of Molokai. He worked as an intermittent gardener for the PMC while attending Maui Community College, and earned an A.S. Degree in Agriculture. Bob then became the PMC Biological Technician responsible for the operations, maintenance, and green propagation of various plants for conservation practices. He was very creative in designing irrigation systems and reservoirs. His 3 dimensional irrigation drawings were quite amazing, said District Conservationist Ranae Ganske-Cerizo. Bobby earned 7 extra effort spot awards for his excellent work. Robert W. Lani Mar. 14, 1949—January 30, 2013

On a daily basis we all experience feelings of joy, stress or sadness. When each day ended at the office, Bobby would say, “OK, try again tomorrow.”

Message from Ranae Ganske-Cerizo Kahului Field Office District Conservationist The cooperative efforts between the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kahului Field Office and the Maui Soil Water Conservation District personnel provided technical assistance to more than seventy land owners and operators this year. The Kahului Field Office reached out to farmers, ranchers, foresters and provided conservation technical assistance for the following Farm Bill programs; Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA) and the West Maui Coral Reef Initiative. The Farm Bill Programs address soil, water, air, plants and animals at various levels of resource treatments on grassland, non-industrial forest land, organic and conventional cropland. The West Maui Coral Reef Initiative is designed to provide support for coral reef health through targeted assistance for conservation and land management practices in the West Maui, Kahakuloa, Waihee, Wailuku, Waikapu and the Maalaea Districts. The Farm Bill programs require that each participant enter into an agreement to practice and maintain their operations according to NRCS standards and specifications. Currently the NRCS Kahului Field Office manages over 100 active Farm Bill conservation plans which result in soil savings, coral reef and marine health, reduction of sedimentation, improvement in endangered species habitat, control of invasive species, reforestation of native riparian buffers and declining habitats. Currently the 2013 EQIP, Coral Reef Initiative and AMA conservation plans written are greater than 400 acres and current total contract cost amount is approximately $1 million. We welcomed Kip Cherry to the Kahului Field Office as the Maui County Resource Conservationist. Kip transferred from Washington, DC where he was the Natural Resources Specialist–Program Manager. The Hawaiian Islands are not new to Kip, before taking on the position in Washington, DC he served as the NRCS Hawaii State Agronomist. Unfortunately Kip departed on May 13, 2013 to move back to the mainland to be closer to his family; however, he will continue to work with NRCS. I would like to thank all of our partners for their continued support throughout the years. NRCS recognizes and appreciates the support and efforts of the Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts, Maui County Farm Bureau, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Maui County Council Members, Department of Public Works and Environmental Management, Department of Health, Department of Land and Natural Resources, UH Cooperative Extension Service, Maui Invasive Species Committee, East Maui Watershed, West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership, Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA- Farm Service Agency and the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development.

Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts Island of Maui VP Message The role of the Soil & Water Conservation Districts is to carry out programs for the conservation of soil and water; to prevent soil erosion; control floodwaters and sediment damages; and assist farmers, ranchers, and all private land users in making the best use of their natural resources through proper land use planning, design and implementation of best management practices, and use of federal funded farm programs. The Districts’ responsibilities also include reviewing Maui County drainage and erosion control plans for land use changes, developments and subdivisions. (Chapter 20.08.080 Grubbing and Grading Permit Review). The Districts also assist in environmental education of the general public through school programs and other methods of recognition for conservation minded citizens. There are 16 Soil & Water Conservation Districts in the State of Hawaii. The SWCD board members operate on a voluntary basis. The Island of Maui consists of Central Maui, Hana, Olinda-Kula, and West Maui. The SWCDs of Hawaii are legally constituted, self-governing units of the State of Hawaii, organized under Hawaii Soil & Water Conservation District Law, Chapter 180, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Our purpose is to conduct soil and water conservation activities within our respective boundaries on the islands of Maui and Kahoolawe. In partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the SWCDs are poised to meet the needs of local agricultural producers and the community through conservation planning and technical assistance with Best Management Practices (BMPs) or conservation practices. In some instances, an agricultural producer with an approved conservation plan may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the USDA-NRCS Farm Bill to implement the conservation practices identified on their conservation plan. All of the programs involving SWCDs are community based. SWCD directors are citizens from their respective communities and welcome community input toward identifying natural resource problems. The SWCD Programs carries out its activities in partnership with County, State, and Federal agencies. We truly appreciate the ongoing support we receive from DLNR, USDA-NRCS, U.H. Cooperative Extension Service, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Maui County Council Members, Maui County Dept. of Public Works and Environmental Management, Office of Economic Development, State Dept. of Health, Coastal Zone Management, Maui County Farm Bureau, and Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development. Sincerely, JoLoyce Kaia HACD Island of Maui Vice President

Federal Budget Cuts Sparks Concern for Two Watershed Projects Projects in need of ongoing support for completion Lahaina Watershed Project Background


Over 30 years ago, under the leadership of former Chairman Buddy Nobriga, West Maui SWCD requested assistance from SCS (now known as NRCS) to engage the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act, Public Law 83-566 to resolve flooding problems in Lahaina. With an added commitment from the County of Maui, an agreement was developed calling for federal funding for planning, design and construction activities, and County funding of land rights and permit activities.

1880-1980 over 25 damaging floods

The community demand for flood control was greatest after storms, especially 1997 and 2003. Closure of Pioneer Mill in 1999 reduced land and runoff management in the upper watershed.

Upcountry Maui Watershed

Sponsoring Agencies Timeline: 1980 Project Initiated 1992 NRCS Authorized January 15, 2010 Project Finally Breaks Ground

Estimated Cost:

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Olinda-Kula Soil & Water Conservation District County of Maui, Department of Water Supply State of Hawaii, Department of Education USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Project Description The Upcountry Maui Watershed Project is a federally-authorized implementation project. The purpose of this project is to improve agricultural water supply to small farmers in the Upper Kula area of Maui through installation of a dedicated agricultural water distribution pipeline system which bypasses the domestic water treatment facility. Conceptual-level estimate of unfunded construction phases: $10,800,000

 Phase 1: Project completed January 2011, The final con-

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struction cost for Phase 1 was $7,364,890 which included $3,792,464 federal funds and $3,572,426 local funds Phase 2B: $1.88 million, scheduled for completion in October 2013 Phase 2A (rebid as Phase 3A): Construction expected to start late summer of 2013 Phase 3B: Estimated Cost $7.5 million (not funded) Phase 4: $3.0 million (not funded) Phase 5: $3.0 million (not funded)

Project Benefits: Protection of people’s lives and property, ocean environment, businesses and public areas.

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200 homes 35 condominiums 160 commercial buildings 4 public facilities

Project stakeholders meet to discuss Best Management Practices for the construction of an Access Road to Phase V of the Upcountry Maui Watershed Project.

Photo Highlights of the Conservation Awareness Program 2012 Island of Maui Land Judging Contest

Students and Advisors Baldwin High School Leo Tomita

Kamehameha School Duane Iwamura

King Kekaulike Douglas Duarte

Maui High Ian Lowland

St. Anthony Seabury 4-H Dirt Devils Stephanie Betancourt Daryl Yamada

Mahalo to Volunteers and Staff HC&S Mae Nakahata Elmer Manuel . Mark Minobe Dino Corpuz . Mark Macanas Rodney Chin Jackie Thomas . Ray Inouye Harry Cambra Proctors Robin Shimabuku . Kahana Stone Malia Santos . Joe Takai Bobby Brooks . Randall Moore Puaonaona Stibbard Score Keepers Kira Nims . Lorraine Brooks Norman Nagata . Carl Hashimoto Ryan Woolbright . Richard Sylva Pamela Kantarova . Brian Hashiro Merry Tamashiro . Dan Clegg Wes Nohara . Kip Cherry Harold Keyser Coordinators Ranae Ganske-Cerizo Maggie Kramp Food and Beverage Buddy Nobriga . Nobriga Ranch Maui Soda & Ice Works Roselani Ice Cream Jay Nobriga . James Ino

Congratulations to the 4-H Dirt Devils, 1st place team pictured in bottom right photo with Central Maui SWCD Director Dan Clegg and Conservation Specialist Kira Nims

2012 Conservation Awareness Program


November 16, 2012 Hosted by the Maui SWCDs Mahalo to UH CES Dr. Harold Keyser preparing site for contest

Haleakala Ranch Hana SWCD

1st Place Team, Seabury Hall 4-H Dirt Devils (l-r) Faith Berry, Robert Prouty, Harrison Wright and Cameron Hanisch with Maui County Farm Bureau Executive Director Warren Watanabe (middle)

Nobriga Ranch Maui Soda & Ice Works Roselani Ice Cream Maui County Farm Bureau Ulupalakua Ranch Bobby Brooks, Central Maui SWD and Kip Cherry, NRCS scoring cards

James Robello, USDA FSA Tri-Isle RC&D

2nd Place Team, Kauai Erin Rynda, Advisor Herb Keamoai, Chantel Rusaw, and Layton Fleege

UH CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Joe Takai, NRCS (in background) serves as proctor for the Ag Site

for supporting the State Land Judging Contest

Students and Advisors Representing Molokai, Kauai, and Maui

1st Place Conservation Skit, Molokai Robert Onofrio, Jake Sakamoto, Anuhea Tengan-Bush, and Lesley Escobar with Maui SWCDs Conservation Specialist Kira Nims (middle)

The Kipahulu ‘Ohana is dedicated to the cultural sustainability of the Kipahulu ‘Ahupua‘a on Maui, Hawai‘i through educational programs which incorporate local, national and international partnerships and projects. We envision families working in harmony together to preserve and enhance the traditional cultural practices of the Hawaiian people. To this end, we conduct cultural demonstrations, restoration projects, self-sufficiency programs, biological diversity projects and other related endeavors. --Kipahulu ‘Ohana Mission Statement, Adopted October 27, 1996

Hawaii State Capitol Ag Awareness Day ….. Students from Millilani High School’s AP Environmental Legislative Affairs class meet up with Bobby Brooks, Central Maui SWCD Director; Greg Friel, Haleakala Ranch; and Warren Watanabe, Maui County Farm Bureau to talk about problems that farmers and ranchers are facing today, and what is being done in regards to water and land availability.

The Kipahulu ‘Ohana works to:  Restore the Kipahulu ‘Ahupua‘a as a model of a living, working, self-sustaining Native Hawaiian community circa 1778-1848, including the construction and maintenance of traditional Native Hawaiian agricultural and aquacultural features.  Assist in the elimination of alien flora and the reintroduction of native, endemic and Polynesian species.  Maintain, increase, and perpetuate a mutually beneficial formal relationship with the National Park Service, State of Hawai‘i, Maui County, Sovereign and private entities.

Mahalo to the following people, businesses, agencies, and SWCDs for being great supporters of the Land Judging Contest Central Maui Soil & Water Conservation District Diana Perry East Kauai Soil & Water Conservation District Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company Haliimaile Pineapple Company Kona Soil & Water Conservation District Mauna Kea Soil & Water Conservation District Olinda-Kula Soil & Water Conservation District South Oahu Soil & Water Conservation District Sumner Erdman, Ulupalakua Ranch Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development U.H. Cooperative Extension Service Wes Nohara, Puu Kane Farms West Kauai Soil & Water Conservation District West Maui Soil & Water Conservation District West Oahu Soil & Water Conservation District Your donation made it possible for the 4-H Dirt Devils to represent Hawaii in the National Land Judging Contest, Oklahoma City. Overall, the team placed 5th in Homesite and Harrison Wright place 10th.

4-H Dirt Devils (l-r) Harrison Wright, Dr. Daryl Yamada (Advisor), Robert Prouty, Cameron Hanisch, and Dr. Shaun Wright


What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land where all of the water, such as rain, streams or groundwater, drain to a common place. A healthy watershed provides replenishment groundwater resources, surface water for streams, flood prevention, wildlife, recreational opportunities, and aesthetic value. There are a number of ways to protect the watershed, and they all start with you!

Richard Sylva, Central Maui SWCD Project Manager for the Southwest Maui Watershed Project presents the final draft of the watershed base plan at the final public meeting, which was held at the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Watershed management plans protect water quality by characterizing watersheds, identifying pollutant sources and impacted natural resources, engaging stakeholders, quantifying pollutant loads, and identifying and implementing management measures and best management practices to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

West Maui Storm Drainage Systems Inventory and Assessment Conducted By Wes Nohara and Malia Santos

Concerns were raised on the locations and conditions of the storm drains and outlets in West Maui. So at the request of the West Maui Soil and Water Conservation District, this project was created. The purpose of this assessment was to evaluate the existing conditions of the storm water drainage systems in West Maui from Puamana to Napili on both the “ma kai” and “ma uka” sides of Honoapiilani Hwy. Being able to identify, inventory and assess the condition of the storm water drainage systems gave us a good starting point for what can be done to improve/ maintain the system in case of major storm events, to insure minimal damage to persons or property in the area. Results  Data collected in the field was compiled and quantified and noted on Field Spreadsheet.  Maps with GPS points were created to show the location of each feature and its current condition.  Photo documentation was labeled to match its associated GPS point.

Central Maui SWCD Seeking Assistance for Drought Mitigation

Upcountry Maui farmers are affected drastically by drought. In order to find a solution to this problem, the Central Maui Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) sponsored the Kula Stormwater Reclamation Study, which was completed last year. Funding to conduct the study was made possible through the State of Hawaii DLNR Commission of Water Resource Management. Central Maui SWCD would like to take the study to the next step by developing on the ground results. In order to get to this point, approximately $100,000 is needed for a project manager that is able to write grants for development of water storage facilities. photo source NOAA forecast: Drought will linger —

Our mission is to provide a healthy natura coordinating technical, financi

Photo L-R Front Row

Neil Nakamura Secretary-Treasurer Clark Hashimoto Chairman Back Row

Alan Nago Director Koa Chang Director Garret Hew Director Missing in Phone

Robin Shimabuku Associate Director

Photo L-R

Daniel Pomaika’i Kaniaupio-Crozier Director Kimo Falconer Treasurer Jeff Rebugio Director Jay Nobriga Chairman .

Wes Nohara Secretary Missing in Photo ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

Brian Hashiro . Dave Minami . Ian Swezey Lance Nakamura . Marlon Domingo

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JoLoyce Kaia Chairwoman

Scott Crawford Director

Susie Cuffe Director

Annette Smith Director

Doug MacCluer Chairman

Dan Clegg Vice Chair

Mae Nakahata, Director

Bobby Brooks, Secretary

Scott Meidell, Treasurer

Jimmy Gomes, Director

Associate Directors: Richard Sylva, Randall Moore, Wes Nohara, and Darren Strand

What is the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative? The West Maui Ridge to Reef (R2R) Initiative is an all- encompassing approach across multiple agencies and organizations to address adverse impacts to coral reefs in West Maui. The State recognized that an integrated and comprehensive approach to reduce land-based sources of pollution is one of the most important steps to help restore coral reef ecosystems. The R2R Initiative builds on already established efforts underway and leverages resources across a number of agencies and community groups to implement actions to reduce one of the key sources of reef decline – land-based sources of pollution. R2R Objective To restore and enhance the health and resiliency of West Maui coral reefs and near-shore waters through the reduction of land-based pollution threats from the summit of Pu`u Kukui to the outer reef.

The working group is comprised of ten members that represent key interests in West Maui. It is chaired by Dept. of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and facilitated by the West Maui Watershed Coordinator. Members represent interests in agriculture, land development, resort operation, soil conservation, traditional Native Hawaiian knowledge, non-profit marine conservation, recreational ocean users, Maui County and fishing. The Working Group supports the R2R Initiative by serving as a local body providing community input to the Funding and Agency Support Team (FAST). The working group also acts as liaisons to coordinate and communicate information and efforts undertaken by community partners to the FAST and visa versa, as well as a mechanism for the two-way flow of information with the representative constituents which the working group members represent. (Pictured from left to right: Wayne Hedani, Liz Foote, Chris Brosius, Wes Nohara, Pomaika`i Kaniaupio-Crozier, Russell Sparks, Felimon Sedang and Ekolu Lindsey. Missing: Rob Parsons & Jeff Rebugio) West Maui Advisory BodyR2R Working Group

Sunia Summer Interns Malia Santos and Patrick Zerzan, and Watershed Coordinator Tova Callender take rain gauge hike on Pu`u Kukui

Wahikuli-Honokowai Watershed Management Plan (WMP) The first phase of watershed planning managed and funded by NOAA was completed in January 2013. This includes the area between Wahikuli Wayside Park north to Pohaku (S-Turns) Park, from the top of Pu`u Kukui to the outer reef. Creating a WMP is an important first step; it will guide the next phases including on-theground pollution reduction projects, environmental monitoring, educational opportunities and community engagement. Having a WMP is also critical for securing funds needed for on-the-ground actions. The second planning phase for Kahana, Honokahua and Honolua Watersheds is underway (to be completed by 2015). This begins north of Pohaku Beach Park and continues past Honolua Bay. Priority Watershed Area Wahikuli & Honokōwai

WHWMP Vision & Goals Vision: Healthy and resilient coral reefs that support marine life and sustainable human use as a result of active watershed stewardship by businesses and the public, reducing land-based pollution in Kā‘anapali from mauka to makai. Goals: 1. Measurably reduce rates of erosion and sediment loads generated on dirt roads, fields, and along waterways in the agricultural and urban areas of Wahikuli and Honokōwai Watersheds and carried to the coral reefs by 2017. 2. Measurably reduce fertilizer loss and nutrient loads generated from residential and resort properties and agricultural fields of Wahikuli and Honokōwai Watersheds and carried to coral reefs by 2017.

The primary objectives of the WMP are to identify sources of land-based pollutants and develop actions to remediate them to reduce stress on coral reefs. Land-based pollutants include sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants that are transported in surface and ground water and deposited in the ocean. Pollutant sources are the result of a watershed’s land uses, its physical condition, and human activities.

3. By maximizing reuse, decrease the amount of treated waste water effluent from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility injected into the ground and transported to the ocean by 2023. 4. Provide effective guidance to ensure implementation and long-term success of watershed management efforts in Wahikuli and Honokōwai Watersheds by 2014. 5. Increase education, understanding, and participation by both residents and visitors regarding watersheds, non-point source pollution, and coral reef health in Wahikuli and Honokōwai Watersheds by 2017.

Top Nine Priority Projects in Wahikuli and Honokōwai These projects address the top nutrient and sediment concerns in these two watersheds. If you or your associates are interested in getting involved with any of these efforts, please contact Watershed Coordinator Tova Callender,

USDA NRCS PIA Kahului Field Office Staff

USDA-PIA Coral Reef Initiative Tree/Shrub Site Preparation, Woody Residue Treatment, Mulching, Tree/Shrub Establishment, Fence Article and Photos By Joe Takai

Ranae Ganske-Cerizo NRCS District Conservationist

Joe Takai NRCS Soil Conservationist

Kahana Stone NRCS Soil Conservationist


Ryan Woolbright NRCS Civil Engineer

Kira Nims SWCD Conservation

Maggie Kramp SWCD Administrative Assistant

Carl Hashimoto NRCS Soil Conservation Technician


Aloha & Mahalo to Andrea and Malia Andrea Thompson NRCS Soil Conservation Aid

Tiana Malia Santos NRCS-SWCD Student Trainee

for the outstanding work you have done

for the SWCDs and USDA-NRCS

This field was a former pineapple field operated by Maui Land & Pineapple Co. The field was infested with Formosa koa (Acacia Formosa) after ML&P stopped planting pineapple. The former pineapple fields are now being leased out to new and existing farmers & ranchers. In 2004, a rancher obtained a lease from ML&P. He heard about possible funding assistance in 2004 and signed up to develop his pasture, but did not make the selection then. He admitted that it was nearly impossible to achieve his goals without financial assistance. Through the West Maui Coral Reef Initiative, the rancher of this parcel was able to remove the invasive trees, recycle some of the byproducts of the debris, establish a stand of native koa (Acacia koa) trees to try and restore some of the native habitat lost through the plantation days, and lastly, install an exclusion fence to keep his cattle out while the koa trees take root.


--Seasonal High Tunnel-Submitted by Carl Hashimoto

Maui’s first Seasonal High Tunnel was constructed on a leased property that was previously farmed in Pineapple on the west side of Maui. The Cooperator wanted to grow tomatoes, but climate conditions were too wet and windy. The high tunnel helps in controlling the environment to successfully grow and raise tomatoes.

Farm Bill Programs and Conservation Practices Brush Management Brush Management was completed to remove/control the black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) in the Kula area. The cooperator did this to improve forage accessibility, quality and quantity for his livestock. Brush Management- the management or removal of woody plants including those that are considered noxious and invasive. Crop Rotation This field is an example of Crop Rotation; carrots, parsley, basil, and green onion. The cooperator does this to help manage pest, and maintain a better soil quality. Crop Rotation- growing crops in a planned sequence helps to reduce erosion, improve soil quality and organic matter, manage plant nutrients, and manage pests such as weeds, insect, and disease. Fence & Prescribed Grazing The cooperator of this parcel installed cross-fencing to better manage paddock rotations of livestock to be in compliance with the NRCS Prescribed Grazing Plan. Fence- a constructed barrier to animals or people. This provides a means to control movement of animals and people, including vehicles. Prescribed Grazing- managing the harvest of vegetation with grazing and/or browsing animals. Tree/Shrub Establishment, Irrigation System, Micro Irrigation & Mulching The cooperator of this parcel did a native tree/shrub establishment, with black plastic mulch to suppress the weeds and maintain good soil moisture, as well as the installation of the micro irrigation system. Tree/Shrub Establishment- Establishing woody plants by planting or cuttings, direct seeding, or natural regeneration. Irrigation System, Micro Irrigation- An irrigation system for frequent application of small quantities of water on or below the soil surface; drops, tiny streams or miniature spray through emitters or applicators placed along a water delivery line. Mulching- applying plant residues or other suitable materials produced off site, to the land surface.

TRI-ISLE RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND D E V E L O P M E N T C O U N C I L, I N C. SERVICING ALL OF MAUI COUNTY Establishing partnerships within our community to conserve our natural resources, strengthen our economy and enrich the lives of our residents. Who We Are


The Tri-isle RC&D Council is a community-based nonprofit 501C3 organization. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Maui County by encouraging and assisting local leaders to develop and carry out activities that conserve and sustain our natural, human, cultural and economic resources.

In 1962, Congress established a unique program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that empowered rural communities to improve themselves while protecting and developing their natural resources. The focus on local direction and control made Resource Conservation and Development one of the most successful rural development programs of the Federal Government. Three hundred seventy-five RC&D areas had been authorized throughout the country.

A 12-member volunteer Board of Directors, representing all of Maui County governs the Tri-Isle RC&D Council. What We Do TIRCD provides a mechanism for local residents and community leaders to work together and actively address community, economic, environmental, and agricultural needs. We help utilize the abilities, knowledge and energy of local volunteers to get projects done. Interested groups may approach TIRCD for project sponsorship by submitting a project for consideration by the TIRCD Council. The Council has taken a strong leadership role in community economic development, water quality issues, and environmental projects. TIRCD has over 135 community projects totaling over $12 million. The projects include protecting and promoting wise use of the islands’ natural resources, providing opportunities for locally led community improvement measures, and assisting sustainable agricultural and alternative energy initiatives.

RC&D Staff (l-r) Audrey Tamashiro-Kamii, Project Coordinator; Evelyn Peterson, Office Coordinator; and Nina Magbual, Financial Assistant

Good luck and best wishes goes out to Executive Coordinator Stuart Funke-d’Egnuff as he prepares for his retirement, after nine dedicated years of service. We would like to welcome aboard John A. Hau’oli Tomoso as Tri-Isle RC&D’s Executive Coordinator. Hau’oli was raised and Stuart Funke-d’Egnuff grew up on Maui. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1975. He earned his M.S.W. from the School of Social Work at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 1977. He became a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) in 1981. He has been Licensed Social Worker in Hawai’i since 1995. In 1981, he was awarded a teaching and research fellowship in Public Administration at the UniJohn H. Tomoso versity of Wyoming in Laramie in 1981, where he won the John P. Ellbogen Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 1983. Since 1976, he has practiced as a Social Worker in various public, private and non-profit sector settings and methods. His most recently acquired practice modality is in resource development. He has maintained a private practice in Social Work since 1985. He retired from public service as the Maui County Executive on Aging in 2008. He has also been appointed to serve on several State and County Commissions, including the Hawaiian Homes Commission from 1995 to 2003. He was appointed by Gov. Abercrombie to serve on the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs in 2011. He is a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha the First and since 2007 has served as the appointed Kahuna Pule O Kahekili. In 2009, he became a member of the inaugural class of the California/ Hawai’i Public Health Leadership Institute. He is a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i. Since 2003, he has written the monthly Kumunidad column in the Fil-Am Observer, a newspaper of general circulation in Maui County. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

Selected Activities and Accomplishments Environmental TIRCD works with the Moloka’i Land Trust on fragile land restoration, the Kaho`olawe Island Restoration Commission (KIRC) on culturally sensitive lands, the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens for Earth Day activities, local government for boat sewage pumping in Ma`alaea Harbor, and the Hawaiian Tourism Authority to assist local volunteer dune restoration efforts. Endangered Species The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Pu`u O Kali Dryland Forest and the Leeward Haleakala Watershed projects all work for better management of endangered plants and animals through research, mitigation, restoration, and planning. Several grants through TIRCD support the Lanai Native Species Recovery Program, which works to protect native and endangered seabirds by building local capacity and educating and involving local residents in conservation measures. Pu’u-O-Kali Dryland Forest Traditional Agriculture Wai Ke Kena is a farm project located near the famous Jaws big wave surfing area that teaches youth how to cultivate taro as part of learning about native Hawaiian culture. They work with approximately 200 student volunteers and 12 adult volunteers per year. Two additional at-risk recovering adults provide additional assistance on a year-round basis. Keanae Arboretum Taro Project -- This project supports a local volunteer group, Wailuanui Hui to restore taro fields and educate visitors on traditional Hawaiian farming through field demonstrations and by distribution of an educational brochure. Keanae Arboretum Taro Fields Watershed Restoration and Invasive Species Control TIRCD provides administrative support for several groups active in watershed restoration: the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, East Maui Watershed Partnership, West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership and the Lanai Forest and Watershed Partnership. TIRCD continues its long-term partnership with the Maui Invasive Species Committee to address the most aggressive and damaging exotic plant and animal species in the county. Grants from county, state and federal funding sources are utilized in control strategies for coqui frog, miconia, fireweed, axis deer and other invasive pests.

Restoration Planting

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2012 Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts Annual Conference Highlights in Photos Mahalo to the following people and associations for being a part of the conference Mayor Alan Arakawa Alan Nago Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum Annette Smith Battalion Chief Kimo Kino, Maui County Fire Dept. Castle & Cooke Emma Yuen, DLNR-DOFAW 4-H Dirt Devils Gerry Ross and Janet Simpson, Kupaa Farms Greg Takeshima and Brian Hunter, DOH Haleakala Ranch Haliimaile Pineapple Company Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company Janet Ashman Jay and Maile Carpio, Holon LLC Mae Nakahata Maui County Farm Bureau Maui Soda & Ice Works Maui Land & Pineapple Company Molokai SoapWorks Monsanto Company Neil Nakamura Ohana Maui Randy Bartlett, East Maui Watershed Partnership Richard Sylva and Pamela Kantarova Scott Fisher, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Teya Penniman, Maui Invasive Species Committee Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Ulupalakua Ranch U.H. CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and to all of the volunteers and silent auction donors We could not have done it without you and we really appreciate it! Aloha from the The Maui County Soil & Water Conservation Districts

We are fortunate to have legislators that believe farming is the backbone of our community, and soil and water conservation program will preserve it for future generations. They have helped out our program with financial aid locally and statewide The Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the people of Maui want to express our thanks and appreciation to the following Senators and Representatives for their active support of the SWCDs in Maui County. Due to their efforts, the Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been able to accomplish their objectives.

Senator J. Kalani English District 7 Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe

Representative Joseph M. Souki District 8 Kahakuloa, Waihe'e, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku, Kahului

Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey District 10 West Maui, Maalaea, North Kihei

Representative Kaniela Ing District 11 Kihei, Wailea, Makena

Senator Rosalyn H. Baker District 6 South and West Maui

Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran District 5 Wailuku, Waihee, Kahului

Representative Kyle T. Yamashita District 12 Sprecklesville, Pukalani, Makawao, Kula, Keokea, Ulupalakua, Kahului

Representative Mele D. Carroll District 13 Haiku, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Nahiku, Paia, Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai, Molokai, Molokini

Representative Justin Woodson District 9 Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani

The Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts sincerely appreciate and thank the Maui County Council Members for their active support for the SWCD program in Maui County. The Maui County Council Members are our strongest unifying factor in the soil and water conservation movement. They help our program with financial aid and believe the soil and water conservation district program will preserve our community for future generations.

Gladys C. Baisa

Robert Carroll

Council Chair Residency Area— Pukalani, Kula, Ulupalakua

Council Vice Chair Residency Area— East Maui

Michael P. Victorino

Elle Cochran

Donald G. Couch, Jr.

Council Member Residency Area— Wailuku, Waihe'e, Waikapu

Council Member Residency Area— West Maui

Council Member Residency Area— South Maui

Mike White Council Member Residency Area— Makawao, Haiku, Paia

Stacy Crivello Council Member Residency Area— Molokai

G. Riki Hokama Council Member Residency Area— Lanai

Don S. Guzman, Esq. Council Member Residency Area— Kahului

Farmers, Ranchers, Fishermen and Country Home Owners NEED AN AGRICULTURAL LOAN? To purchase open land, build a dwelling, operating loans, line of credit, equipment purchase, truck or automobile purchase, livestock purchase, refinance a mortgage or an agreement of sale. Both the Federal Land Bank Association of Hawaii, FLCA and Hawaii Production Credit Association can custom design a loan to meet your needs. We offer long term loans, short term loans, competitive interest rate programs, flexible repayment schedules, and excellent loan servicing options.

CALL ONE OF OUR LOAN OFFICERS OAHU OFFICE • 99-860 Iwaena Street, Aiea, HI 96701• Phone: 808-836-8009 • Fax: 808-836-8610 • HILO OFFICE • 988 Kinoole Street, Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: 808 836-8009 • Fax: 808 961-5494 NEIGHBOR ISLANDS • Toll Free 1-800-894-4996 FCS of Hawaii, ACA is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide system of leading agricultural financial institutions which started in 1917. FCS of Hawaii, ACA has been doing business in Hawaii since 1966 through its subsidiary the Federal Land Bank Association of Hawaii, FLCA. The FCS of Hawaii, ACA is not a Federal Agency of the Federal Government.

2013 Maui Soil & Water Conservation Districts Annual Report  
2013 Maui Soil & Water Conservation Districts Annual Report