SLIDE SHOW: 50 WAYS THE NEW ROTARY CLUB OF LAHAINA SUNSET PROSPERED IN ITS SECOND YEAR Awards:

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BLOGSLIDE SHOW: Celebrating our dynamic clubs’s first two years. Scroll down for details. Service. Third Go for Green Recycling, Speakers, Socials, Fund Raising parties, Liz May and Jim Fahenstock, founding presidents, Sandra Schneider. Visit our web site , http://rotarycluboflahainasunset.org for up to date info including monthly calendar.

OUR GREEN TEAM TAKES A TOUR

KA’ANAPALI, MAY 3—There’s more to going green than recycling and our Go for the Green Recycle Saturday which has set records on collection of recylabes. Here an ecologically minded long-time resident at this club event gives Rotarians and guests a tour of her beautiful gardens that celebrates the land. Some 21 Native Hawaiian plants “were chosen to be drought tolerant, disease resistant and beautiful.

“The trees on the proprty are slow growing and need minimal pruning,” the owner says. Some plants and trees are medicinal.” Grasses were added for erosion control.

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FIFTH ROTARY UNOFFICIAL MOTTO IS TO HAVE FUN

KA’ANAPALI, Apr 29–Rotarians enjoy a potluck pool outing, the latest social among many held the third Tuesday of each month. Salmon was a favorite dish.

“WATER SCIENTIST” TELLS CLUB FAILURE TO PROTECT REEFS NEEDS MORE ATTENTION

(Note: scroll down for 24 photos of our spectacular St. Pat’s benefit)

LAHAINA, Mar. 29–Considering that “people come here for the natural beauty,” Maui is being shortsighted when laws are not followed by developers or enforced by government, a leading “water scientist” told members and guests of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset this week.

The fifth speaker in a Rotary series on the environment, Mark Deakos, executive director of the Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research, told Rotarians that our reefs are in danger from sediment from the land that is filled with pollutants, herbicides and pesticides that end up in the ocean.

When water filled with sediment from pipes as tall as a man pour into the ocean, it replaces natural sand and clouds up through wave action, preventing light from reaching life nurturing coral.

One of the biggest areas at risk is Olowalu where 370 manrays and other marine animals make their home. Plans for development of Olowalu pose significant danger to the reefs unless proper procedures are followed, Deakos said.d

Water reaches the ocean through literally hundreds of pipes that stretch from Naplii to Lahaina, New technology allows for the continuous measurement of the quality of water over the world wide web if developers are willing to install it, Deako said.

Water gets to the ocean through these pipes or by flowing naturally from the land. Vegetation on the land absorbs moisture and keeps it from the ocean. When there is concrete or no vegetation, water eventually flows downhill to the sea.

Although there are a number of West Maui organizations monitoring water quality and gathering statistics, the state has only one health officer to keep track of water quality and enforce regulations in all of Maui County.

The water scientist pointed out that violation of the Cean Water Act is a criminal offense which provides for penalties of $27,000 a day for violators.

The flow of water in developments is self monitored. A land owner can walk through a property twice a week, observe that everything is ok when it may not be, and then move on., according to the association’s executive director.

To reverse many of these trends, the County of Maui as well as the state must do a much better job enforcing the laws and providing support for proper monitoring. Legisltors need to step up and pay more attention to the need for enforcement, Deakos said.

UPDATE 24 PHOTO MONTAGE HOW WE CELEBRATED ST. PATS DAY AT BENEFIT FOR RECYCLING

KA’ANAPALI, Mar 17–A record crowd of more than 160 Rotarians, residents and visitors celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at sunset in benefit to support club’s Go for the Green recycling initiative. (New post replaces slide show some could not view)..

 

 

The Royal Lahaina Resort dished up ono food and them the JD Rock band played all evening as we danced into the night. Proceeds support the club’s 8-month Go For the Green recycling initiative. st pats B - 1Former Co-President Liz May of 5A Rent-A-Space (center) and her team played key role in coordinating ticket sales and as shown here a large auction. Also recognized at the event for his great work included former Co-president Jim Fahenstock (not shown). All were supported by hard working club members. 

CLUB HEARs IMPORTANT TALKS ON PRESERVATION OF REEFS AND WATER QUALITY

Lahaina Sunset hosted in the first quarter a series of talks on protecting the environment.

Rotarians and guests learned how land-based pollution impact our coral reefs. The series was opened with a talk by Liz Foote, Founder and Executive Director of Project S.E.A.-Link, a nonprofit organization based on Maui dedicated to marine science, education and awareness, gave a talk entitled: “The West Maui Kumuwai Campaign: A Movement for Ocean Health.

Ms. Foote discussed ongoing collaborative efforts in West Maui to address the damage to our coral reefs, and how community members can get involved and collectively make a difference.

Tova Callender representing the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative: A Watershed Management Approach to Healthier Oceans continued the series.

Development of new housing projects affects reefs because of water runoff. Calendar notes that West Maui is a place of great natural beauty cherished by locals and visitors alike for its long beaches and extensive fringing reef.

Unfortunately, nearshore coral reefs have experienced a significant decline over the past quarter century. In response to the complexity of the stressors contributing to this decline and the need to address land based inputs affecting corals and not just manage ocean pressures, a collaborative partnership cutting across jurisdictions and interests called the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative

 

 

 

 Unfortunately,  nearshore coral reefs have experienced a significant decline over the past quarter century. In response to the complexity of the stressors contributing to this decline and the need to address land based inputs affecting corals and not just manage ocean pressures, a collaborative partnership cutting across jurisdictions and interests called the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative

(R2R) was formed in 2012. The R2R has experienced both successes and challenges to date. Successes include completion of watershed management plans identifying priority problems and actions to reduce land based pollution, implementation of several pilot scale pollution-reduction projects, targeted research to improve management capacity and the development of a social marketing campaign engaging individuals in reducing their personal polluted run-off.

Challenges include initiating watershed planning with insufficient ecological data, plans which require more planning prior to implementation and limited ‘implementers’. Insights from our progress to date will be shared, along with highlights from the latest science emerging in West Maui and ways citizens can be involved in our movement for ocean health.Speaker Bio:
Growing up in rural Ontario, Canada

Tova Callender developed an early appreciation for the natural world. She went on to pursue a BSc in Environmental Biology and after adventuring in Asia, pursued a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management and today  Sassists the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative, a multi-agency, multi-partner planning and implementation effort aimed at addressing land based pollution to reduce stress to marine ecosystems.

 

SALUTING OUR RECYCLING SUPERSTARS

LAHAINA–Service above self is taking on new meaning in our club at our Go for the Green exceeds expectations collecting tons and tons of recycles over the last eight months.  Here we salute some of our Rotary superstars who make all of this possible.  These are the few who represent the many (photos of some not available).

Note that our second annual Go for the Green St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser  is set for March 17. 

THE ROTARY CLUB OF LAHAINA SUNSET BLOG: NOW CELEBRATING MORE THAN 5,000 VIEWS.

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OUR CLUB CONCLUDES BANNER 2015 WITH FOCUS ON COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

LAHAINA–1/1/16–Recycling, Good Bank, Women Helping Women, Helping the homeless plus good speakers and socials.
These were the major activities of the year for out club. And you saw many of these events this year as this blog went over the 500o mark in views. 

Highlights: We ran six community Go for the Green recycling events accepting everything from cardboard to computers, , batteries to bicycles and much more , filling huge containers and accepting individuals item to truckloads.   SEE THE SLIDE SHOW BELOW FOR A PHOTO SLIDE SHOW.

We walked in women’s heals to support battered women, collected can goods and money for the food bank, helping with the Relay for Line benefit, and more. We had sun too;

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ROTARY CLUBS HELP FOOD BANK

West Maui community responds strongly to Rotary food drive
LAHAINA— West Maui residents and visitors responded strongly to the recent “Rotary Gives Thanks” food drive for Maui Food Bank. In a single weekend, volunteers from the three Lahaina Rotary clubs collected cash donations totaling nearly $3,000, along with nearly

Members of the three Rotary clubs — Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, the Rotary Club of Lahainaand Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise staffed tables in front of Lahaina Safeway November 21 and 22, and in front of Times Supermarket in Honokowai November 21.

The clubs recently collect 1,500 pounds of packaged food and more than two dozen frozen turkeys.

For the last 12 years all Rotary clubs on Maui, in partnership with The Maui Food Bank, have set up collection stations island-wide for a two-day food drive before Thanksgiving. Residents have embraced the effort.

“We were thrilled by the generosity of residents and visitors alike,” said Sandy Schneider, President of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset. “The spirit of the holiday season – and the spirit of aloha – are alive and well in West Maui. The enthusiastic support of the community for this food drive was heart-warming.”

“We are indebted to the management of Lahaina Safeway and Times Supermarket Honokowai for allowing us to conduct this drive in front of their stores,” said Leah Lambros, President of the Rotary Club of Lahaina. “Thanks to their community-minded spirit, fewer people in Maui County will be hungry this holiday season.”

“Rotary is celebrating 100 years of service to Hawaii this year. There are ten Rotary clubs in Maui County – nine on Maui and one on Lanai. For information on Rotary, visit rotary.org. All Maui County Rotary clubs welcome guests and new members.

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS: WE SAIL AND RECYCLE

LAHAINA–Third Saturdays we hold our Go For the Green recycling event as service to the community. We know how to have fun too, sailing on the Trilogy for this months social.

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–Maui’s largest new Rotary Club is on a roll, sponsoring a major year long recycling event and other service-above-self projects, hearing top speakers and enjoying monthly socials at interesting venues. Our membership roles include many professional business women and men, managers, realtors, bankers, writers and retirees among others. CHECK OUT THE SLIDES ON OUR PHOTO-FILLED SITE AND LINKS ON ON CALENDAR EVENTS, MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR MORE DETAILS.

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