(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.
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. Former 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.
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.
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;
June 30, The one-year-old Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset this evening inaugurated its second president, Sandy Schneider of the Starwood Vacation Ownership, succeeding Co presidents Jim Fahnestock and Liz May. Jenelle Van Eynde-Root, an independent consultant specializing in International Development also became president-elect for 2016-2017.
Liz May (Below) bestows lei on new president Sandy Schneider
Lahaina, April 26–Nine members of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset Sunday raised narly $750 and collected 1o boxes of food in support of the Maui Food Bank. The Food Bank, formed in 1994, serves 10,000 people a month are food insecure and distributes food to the needy in Maui County including the rural communities of Hana, Molokai and Lanai.
Particiating Rotarians included Jenelle, Phylecia, Saman, Heidi
KA’ANAPALI–The club’s a Go for the Green” St. Patrick’s Day golf tournament and gala dinner, its first, raised a substantial sum to support recycling in West Maui, nearly meeting its target revenues . It is now moving forward on its first eco project with a beach cleanup
The winning golf team best team with low net included Golfers awarded prizes include Jim Gottwald, Luke Hoffseth, Kacey Root, and Ben Willis. The team for the low scoring will renameless.
Since figuring out how to support improve the environment in West Maui, the club is currently studying was the funding can be used in coordination with other groups and hopes to complete a plan by June 30.
Meanwhile residents and visitors are invited to join an Earth Day beach cleanup led by the club Wednesday, April 22, 5 to 6 p.m. Community volunteers are asked to meet at 5 p.m. at the Lahaina Jodo Mission parking area, 12 Ala Moana Street near Mala Wharf. Teams of volunteers will clean the beach, working south from the Lahaina Jodo Mission. The club will provide trash collection bags, plastic gloves and bottled water for volunteers. The cleanup will last one hour.
“This Earth Day beach cleanup gives those who are concerned about the environment an opportunity to pitch in and do something positive”, said Co=President Liz May.
To ensure ample supplies are on hand for the cleanup, volunteers are asked to register by calling co-president Jim Fahnestock at 808/214-5282.
March 17, Kaanapali, Maui Rotarians at the new Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset know how to have fun.In its inaugural fund-raiser to support recycling, its 23 charter members brought together some of the best dancers in paradise at our St. Patrick;s Day shindig that surpassed the pre-event hype. Photos by Norm Bezane, Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.
Sunset is in our name but we are beginning a new tradition on Maui.