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MWA ʻ13 Artist Hike

East Maui Watershed Partnership invites artists of all ages and abilities from Maui County to help raise awareness on the beauty and importance of our native ecosystems. Malama Wao Akua meaning realm of the Gods is East Maui Watershed Partnership’s annual juried art exhibition that showcases Maui Nui’s native species and the folks who work to protect them. Receiving for artwork will be start September 22nd. Subject matter must be a native species.

Not familiar with Maui's Native Species? Come journey with us into Maui’s Native forest and end up immersed in a place that is the same as it was before the arrival of humans to this island.

The Boardwalk Hike weaves its way into an almost 100% Native Hawaiian forest filled with ‘Olapa, Koa, ‘Ōhi‘a, and Native Honeycreepers all around. Hike is 3mi roundtrip with about 600ft elevation change with part of the hike on a raised boardwalk trail. Hike is from 9am-2pm. Space is limited and some transportation is available from Pukalani.

Please contact EMWP to SIGN UP and for info!

Go to our website for full exhibition details, entry forms, along with a calendar of events full of other opportunities to learn about native species to Maui Nui at

Start Date: 6/13/2013

Time: 9am

End Date: 6/13/2013

Time: 2pm

Paiko Lagoon Low-Tide Reef Walk

Saturday, May 25th from 8:30 – 10:30am & Saturday

Join the Hawaii Audubon Society for reef walk trips to check out birds, limu, and sea creatures that may be at Paiko Lagoon during very low tide!

Meet at Kuli‘ou‘ou Road at 8:30 am.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Alice with your name and phone number at 808-864-8122.

Start Date: Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Time: 8:30 am

End Date: Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Time: 10:30 am

Hawaiian Taro Sale at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Attention taro farmers and enthusiasts! Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will hold a Hawaiian Taro Sale on Friday, June 7th, at 9am! Rare potted taro varieties from the ‘Ele‘ele, Mana, Lehua, Manini, Lauloa, Piko, and ‘Ula‘ula families will be available for purchase from 9am until sold out. The Gardens may not have these varieties available until next year, so get them on June 7th! Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is located at 150 Kanaloa Avenue, in Kahului. Call 249-2798 for more information.

Start Date: Friday, June 7th, 2013

Time: 9:00am

End Date: Friday, June 7th, 2013

Time: 4:00pm

MWA ʻ13 Artists Hike

East Maui Watershed Partnership invites artists of all ages and abilities from Maui County to help raise awareness on the beauty and importance of our native ecosystems. Malama Wao Akua meaning realm of the Gods is East Maui Watershed Partnership’s annual juried art exhibition that showcases Maui Nui’s native species and the folks who work to protect them. Receiving for artwork will be start September 22nd. Subject matter must be a native species.

Not familiar with Maui's Native Species? Come journey with us into Maui’s Native forest and end up immersed in a place that is the same as it was before the arrival of humans to this island.

The Bird Loop Hike descends into Waikamoi gulch with great native bird viewing. The gulch is dominate with a variety of native vegetation like ʻAmaʻu Ferns,ʻŌhiʻa, and Kūpaoa. Hike is 1.25mi roundtrip with about 450ft elevation change. Hike is from 9am-12pm. . Space is limited and some transportation is available from Pukalani.

Please contact EMWP to SIGN UP and for info!

Go to our website for full exhibition details, entry forms, along with a calendar of events full of other opportunities to learn about native species to Maui Nui at

Start Date: 7/14/2013

Time: 9am

End Date: 7/14/2013

Time: 12pm


HONOLULU --  The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public hearing in December to amend existing regulations and adopt new regulations in Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (HAR) for management of aquarium fish collecting on O‘ahu.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in the Waimalu Elementary School cafeteria at 98-825 Moanalua Road. The proposed rules would establish requirements for the collection of certain marine life and its related net collecting gear for O‘ahu only, including: establishing a net length limit, commercial bag limits for seven species, size limits on three species, and no take of three species.  

Persons unable to attend the O‘ahu hearing or wishing to present additional comments may mail written testimony by Wednesday, December 19, 2012, to the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), located at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813.

Draft rules may be reviewed on the Division of Aquatic Resources website at in the “What’s New” section, or at the division offices at the above addresses. Additional information or a copy of the proposed rule changes will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR addresses above.

All interested persons are urged to attend a public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider.  

Anyone with a hearing impairment who desires to attend the public hearings may request assistance of a sign language interpreter. The request may be made in writing (to the DAR address in the preceding paragraph), or by calling 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. The request will need to be received at least seven days before the hearing is scheduled to start.

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For more information news media may contact:
Deborah Ward
DLNR Public Information Specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320

Empowering Families with Lomilomi


Saturday, December 1st


At Ilima at Leihano: 891 Kamaaha Ave, Kapolei

Cost: $10 per person or $25 for families of up to 3 people


Today in our busy world and the many modern technology distractions and stresses of life, families seek to maintain balance physically, mentally and spiritually.

This workshop will offer an overview on traditional Hawaiian perspectives and practices of maintaining balance with lomilomi as applied to life today. You will learn simple stretches, hands on - seated lomilomi and the use of modern day tools that will help improve your everyday health and well being. Presenter Chris Mileka Robins has over twenty years of experience in body work and is a practitioner, educator, and presenter of lomilomi and ho’oponopono.

Registration is required.

Families are encouraged to attend together (limit 3ppl per family group).

To register, please go to


If you have any questions, please contact us by email: or by phone: 542-9107.




Janice Staab

Education Coordinator

Mālama Learning Center

(808) 542-9107


In this November 2012 election, there will be a chance to amend the Constitution of the State of Hawai‘i (Constitution) to allow the State to issue special purpose revenue bonds to assist dam and reservoir owners with investigating and improving their facilities.

Did you know that when voting on a constitutional amendment, a blank vote is considered a “no” vote? Only a “yes” vote will count toward the passage of the amendment and the amendment needs more than 50% of all the total ballots cast to be “yes” in order to pass, so make sure to mark your ballot clearly!

Private dam and reservoir owners pay the debt service of the special purpose revenue bonds.

Amendment benefits our communities as improvements to dam and reservoir facilities provide:

*    public safety,
*    flood control,
*    recreation,
*    water for agriculture,
*    water quality, and
*    ground water recharge.

“Shall the State be authorized to issue special purpose revenue bonds and use the proceeds from the bond to assist dam and reservoir owners to make their facilities compliant with current safety standards?”

How does this affect our communities?
The proposal would allow dam and reservoir owners the ability to apply and obtain special purpose revenue bonds to make their facilities compliant with current safety standards. Many of these facilities have positive impacts on the general public, as these facilities provide a resource for the agricultural community as well as other benefits such as flood control, water quality, recreation, and ground water recharge benefits, which is critical in ensuring adequate water supply for future generations.

The State will not be pledging any of its assets or revenues to support a bond sale for this purpose. The private dam and reservoir owners who choose to apply for these bonds will be responsible for the debt payments. In order to obtain a special purpose revenue bond, a dam and reservoir owner must meet compliance requirements, such as being able to generate sufficient revenues in order to support the issuance of these bonds. As dam and reservoir facilities are
improved, the public will benefit from their services.

Similar special purpose revenue bonds have been approved for other uses such as health care, industrial enterprises, early childhood care, and schools.

For more information on this proposal, visit the following links: DLNR Wai Halana newsletter Notice of Proposed Constitutional Amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii:

2013 Hawai’i Conservation Conference – CALL FOR PROPOSALS & ABSTRACTS


Living Today, Sustaining Tomorrow: Connecting People, Places and Planet

July 16th – 18th, 2013       Hawai`i Convention Center, Honolulu, HI

Session and Abstract Proposal Deadline: January 21, 2013      Revisions Deadline: March 15, 2013

2013 marks the 21st annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) allowing us the opportunity to bolster island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Highlights include:  thought provoking keynote speakers; innovative panels and forums; a community event, novel lunch & reception, training opportunities, and more. Join us in celebrating the 21st annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference!


The HCC organizing committee is soliciting proposals for sessions, forums, workshops, trainings and individual oral or poster presentations in the following six tracks. Integrated approaches to research and management that involve community and cultural knowledge and approaches as a best practice will be given priority ranking.

1. Practicing Laulima (many hands): Building of Bridges between Ecosystems and Society

Human well-being is inextricably linked to the natural world through a myriad of exchanges – most of which go unnoticed or are under-appreciated in modern times.  Radical changes in land use and natural resource governance over the past century has resulted in rapid degradation of our native ecosystems, alienating changes in human relationships to the land and sea, and a common disassociation with our natural world. Management and research organizations need to better understand the context of this history in order to better measure, and share the value of ecosystem services and, in turn, build a broader base of support for and engagement in effective conservation and management.This Track will focuson sharing lessons and experiences (good and bad) from efforts to build bridges among the diverse communities by providing credible and robust information on the links between ecosystem management and the attainment of economic and social goals. Sessions will demonstrate that conservation and management efforts that take a laulima (cooperative) approach are more likely to succeed, and will provide detailed experiences on how the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of the parts.

2. Safeguarding Sacred Places: Restoration and Protection of Managed Areas

Hawaiʻi is blessed with many special places set aside for their importance, bio-cultural resources, and unique characteristics.  These protected areas are found on the highest peaks, deep ocean, and everywhere in between.  Protected areas are microcosms of larger ecosystems and landscapes. At the same time, Hawaii’s extensive systems of protected federal, state and privately or community-owned and -managed lands and waters provide critical ecosystem system services that sustain us.  They also serve as important sources of native species used in restoration elsewhere. To be effective and successful, their managers must deal with both the issues that pervade conservation issues in Hawaiʻi: invasive species, loss of ecosystem function, climatic change, population effects, and the socio-cultural needs of community. This track will focus on place-based conservation occurring in our protected areas.  Sessions will demonstrate the importance of place-based conservation, the differences between place-based and issue-based conservation, ecosystem services provided by protected areas, the importance of refugia, and need for community stewardship.

3.  Invertebrates:  Gems of Pacific Island Ecosystems

With their incredible abundance, diversity, and distribution, invertebrates – both on land and in the sea – are the ties that bind our island ecosystems together.  Our amazing endemic species are not only vital food sources, pollinators, and decomposers, but serve as indicators of ecosystem health, harbingers of global climate change, and icons of cultural significance. The incredible physiological and behavioral adaptations that have made our native invertebrate species so unique also put them and the ecosystems that they support, at great risk. Track and sessions will focus on illustrating the role of invertebrates in sustaining our natural, agricultural, and urban ecosystems and their cultural importance into the future, and include demonstrations of achievements in research, conservation, and management.

4. Oceans and Shorelines: Where Conservation Meets Everyday People

Hawaii’s human history is based on the ocean.  From the earliest Native Hawaiians who settled here to people today, our shorelines and nearshore waters are the places where conservation most directly meets people – as the provider for food, transportation, recreation, livelihood, and settlement. Unfortunately, with declining fishery resources, rising sea levels, warming ocean temperatures, ocean acidification and pollution, the health of our oceans are changing rapidly, requiring us to focus more attention on how these changes will affect us and what we have to do to increase the resiliency of both ecosystems and human communities. Increased attention and focus on marine conservation will aid Hawaii’s conservation community in increasing our relevance to people and communities.  This track is aimed at: mainstreaming marine conservation issues and successes within the broader conservation community; highlighting successful mauka-makai conservation approaches; sharing new initiatives and innovations aimed at enhancing food security and restoring fisheries in Hawai’i and larger Pacific region; and focusing attention on the cultural importance of the ocean to Hawaii’s people.

5. Connecting People to Place: Bio-Cultural Foundations and Innovations in Resource Management

In Hawaiian conservation, there are cultural connections to the places we work. As such there is also a wealth of cultural knowledge tied to the history and people of these places upon which to draw from in order to increase our conservation success.  This track will focus on both the foundations of culturally integrated conservation, as well as examples of cultural innovations to conservation in Hawaiʻi. Sessions are aimed at bio-cultural innovations and approaches to conservation, including integration of biology, culture, land-use history, community-based stewardship, and all that is rooted in aloha ʻāina.

6. Collaboration Across Sectors: Island Leadership in Defining the New "Green (and Blue) Economy"   

What sectors need to be involved in green initiatives, and how can island communities encourage cross-sector dialogue to promote effective developments in clean energy, food security, and the environment?

This track will focus on islands as microcosms for the world’s sustainability challenges.  It will highlight how Hawai`i is defining green growth to include sound management of our natural resources from the mountains to the sea and advancing innovative green growth initiatives through multi-sector and international collaborations. Sessions will demonstrate unique partnerships, programs and projects that will lead to a greener economy with more opportunities for green jobs.


Organizations and practitioners are welcome to conduct trainings (see “Conservation Campus” below) and workshops before or following the conference. While Hawaii Conservation Alliance (HCA) can contribute minimal logistical support, the facilitating organization(s) is responsible for organizing and supporting most aspects of their training or workshop. Please contact us for details about this new capacity building opportunity.


Session Proposal & Abstract Deadline: January 21, 2013

Session proposals and abstracts must be submitted online. The submission form will be available on the HCA website in early December, 2012:


Symposium: a formal moderated session with 4-5 presentations organized around a topic or theme; individual presentation time is limited to 20 minutes; moderator introduces presenters and conducts Q&A session at end of session. Time limit: 2 hours per session. Abstracts for each presenter are required and due Jan 21, 2013, along with a complete session agenda.

Forum: A less formal, interactive panel or roundtable session organized around a topic or theme; moderator guides presenters’ discussion and conducts Q&A session with audience during or after presentations. Time limit: 2 hours per session, with a minimum of :30 for audience participation. Abstracts for each presenter are not required unless requested by the forum organizer/chair.

Workshop: An interactive, highly facilitated, “hands on” session that minimizes formal presentations and emphasizes the application of information and/or technology. Active audience participation is encouraged. Subject categories may include: Education & Outreach, Community Engagement, Career & Skills Development, Management Tool Applications, etc. To register, one cohesive workshop abstract is required that describes engagement technique used by the person(s) facilitating the workshop. Hawaii-based workshop facilitators must be registered participants.

Conservation Campus: This an opportunity for organizations to host capacity building trainings and activities that focus on a specific skills transfer to conservation practitioners, teachers, etc or a time to engage a specific audience in a particular topic related to our larger theme (i.e. GIS analysis, integration of conservation in the classroom for teachers). A description is required to explain the goals and target audience of the training. Hawaii-based training facilitators must be registered conference participants. Trainings may occur on the weekend before or after the conference.

Oral and Poster Presentation Abstracts

Formal, individual presentations on various conservation topics will be scheduled in one of the following sessions depending on the abstract content. On the abstract submission form, you will be asked to choose a preferred presentation format (oral or poster) and identify the status of your project: information or news item; project/idea under development; completed project with data and results. In some cases, the review committee may suggest that you change your preferred format depending on the content of your abstract, available time in the program, and available space in the exhibit hall. All oral and poster presenters must be registered participants.

Oral presentations:

a.) 20-minute individual presentations (16-minute talk, 3 minutes Q&A, 1 minute for transition time)

b.) 10-minute individual presentations (7-minute talk, 2 minutes Q&A, and 1 minute for transition time).

Oral presentations will be scheduled into 2-hour sessions concluding with a 20-minute Q&A session. The 10-minute presentation format is appropriate for a topic of broad appeal, a new project or innovative idea, a recent success, a news story or update.

Poster presentation: This is a visual presentation to showcase your work to conference attendees throughout the entire conference. Posters are particularly useful as a way to present quantitative research. More than one participant may author a poster, but at least one of the primary authors must be in attendance to discuss the poster at the Opening Reception July 16th.

For more information Contact HCA Program Coordinator, Shelley Steele  808-687-6152


Hawaii Conservation Conference Announces Exciting Lineup of Entertainment and Activities for Public Day

Organizers invite everyone to join in the celebration of conservation through art, music and film on August 1, featuring local favorite, Anuhea

July 12, 2012, Honolulu – Malama Hawaii announced today Anuhea as its featured performer at the Hawaii Conservation Conference’s Public Day on August 1, 2012, a part of the annual conference attended by Hawaii’s leading conservation specialists, scientists and public officials. The public is invited to a festival of arts, music, film and conservation at the Hawaii Convention Center offering interactive programs and live entertainment focusing on issues of preserving and protecting our environment.

Activities on the public day on August 1, 2012 will take place from 3pm – 8pm and include interactive exhibits and Maoli Real Time Gallery, a live mural-painting by Wyland, Aupuni Place native art demonstrations, and Knowledge In Motion conservation through film showings, food and musical performances by Anuhea and Kawika Kahaiapo of Kaukahi.

“As we celebrate our 20th year, we are looking to cultivate the next generation of conservationists in Hawaii,” stated Lihla Noori, Hawaii Conservation Alliance Executive Director. “That’s why we are inviting everyone to join us, as work to protect our Hawaii as one community, in a fun, inspirational, and creative atmosphere on August first.”

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawaii Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawaii and wider Pacific Islands.

The entire community is invited to join the Hawaii Conservation Alliance at The Hawaii Convention Center for a day filled with activities for the whole family also including My Hawaii Student Award, poster contest winners, and the first-ever Hawaii Energy Conservation Award. The Award will mark the first time the Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference will honor the role of energy conservation in terms of the role it plays as part of the comprehensive effort to protect Hawaii’s environment.

The Hawaii Energy Conservation Award will honor an individual or organization whose outstanding leadership and innovation in the area of energy conservation has made a positive impact on the health and well-being of our state. Energy conservation does more than save money and natural resources, by reducing the need for imported oil it reduces the impact on Hawaii’s fragile environment and increases the sustainability of our state economy.

For more information, visit HawaiiConservation.Org.

For updates on the conference and public day - LIKE the Hawaii Conservation Alliance on Facebook.

About the Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference is an event brought to the community by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance, a collaborative coalition of 19 government, education and non-profit leaders responsible for managing the biodiversity of Hawaii’s lands and waters. The conference is the largest gathering of people actively involved in the protection and management of Hawaii’s natural environment.


For more information contact:

Kristin Jackson

Environmental Education Symposium

Aloha All,

Participate in the first ever Environmental Education Symposium hosted by the Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance at the Honolulu Convention Center on July 30, 2012. Join us for a day of learning, teaching, and doing. Build partnerships and friendships as we learn how we can all work to support environmentally literate communities. All are invited: It doesn't matter if you are a student, educator, parent or businessman. Register now at and have the opportunity to win a year subscription to Green Teacher, a coffee gift pack, and other goodies. Scholarships covering registration and travel from the outer islands are available and are due on June 27th

Environmental Education Symposium Agenda:

Monday, July 30, 2012

8:00 - 8:55 Registration

9:00 - 9:30 Opening remarks

9:40 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions (5 rooms)

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch on your own

1:00 - 2:00 Resource roundtables: hand's on EE activities, Q&A, sample curriculum, and more!

2:10 - 4:10 Professional Development and Capacity Building sessions (5 rooms)

4:15 - 4:30 Closing remarks


Concurrent Sessions and Professional development Themes*:

Teaching Our Future Farmers (Sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture)

Green Jobs in Hawaii: Building a Community that is College and Career Ready (Sponsored by the National Park Service)

Greening Our Schools (Sponsored by the Hawaii Electric Company)

Green Service Learning in Schools and the Community (Sponsored by the Kokua Hawaii Foundation)

Building Partnerships in Education - Connecting Mauka to Makai (Sponsored by the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence)**


* All themes correspond to the HELP objectives. View the Hawaii Environmental Literacy Plan to learn more.

There will be 5 rooms representing the 5 themes described above. Each rooms content will correspond to the theme. Participants are invited to join in which ever conversation(s) are of interest. Visit to see the agenda which is being updated regularly.

**Theme may be slightly modified.


A big mahalo to our sponsors:

KOA: US Forest Service

ALBATROSS: Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence:Island Earth; Division of Forestry and Wildlife; Department of Agriculture; Hawaiian Electric Company; Kokua Hawaii Foundation, and the National Park Service



Mahalo Nui,

Michelle Gorham Jones, Chair

Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance

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