Resources and Education

Maui and the State of Hawaii:

There are some National and other State links below that we thought would be appropriate educational links:  The Ulupono Initiative is a Hawai’i-focused social investment organization. Ulupono — meaning to prosper through the right, or pono, path — is rooted in the local wisdom that a healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for island residents in three areas: more renewable energy, more locally produced food, and less waste. By supporting local efforts to improve our economy and environment, the Ulupono Initiative ultimately aims to enrich the lives of Hawai’i's people.  A Hawaii Farm to School Project
In partnership with the Maui-Pacific Whale Foundation, Volunteers on Vacation is a free program makes it easy to plug into fun and memorable volunteer efforts on behalf of Maui’s fragile natural environment.
Maui Cultural Lands, Inc, (MCL) is a Maui-based grassroots land trust organization whose mission is to stabilize, protect, and restore Hawaiian cultural resources.
County of Maui Energy Office supports economic development on Maui that is sensitive to the unique island environment. This includes both projects that create energy from renewable sources and energy projects that save money through conservation.
Maui Tomorrow works with government decision makers and citizens to teach and promote growth management strategies, to implement sustainable development policies for Maui, and to preserve irreplaceable open space and natural areas.
Part of the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States, the Maui chapter of the Sierra Club works to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.
The Hawaii Organic Farmers Association is a non-profit organization that provides education about organic certification and sustainability in Hawaii. The website features an online search-engine marketplace linking specific produce to local farms.
Maui Food Web promotes local food sustainability by connecting farmers, businesses and consumers and giving them tools to increase the availability of locally grown food
Maui Aloha Aina is a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of life nurturing practices for the body and the soil through education and outreach.
The Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (MNBG) is dedicated to the protection of Maui Nui’s rich native plants and cultural heritage.
The Tri-Isle Resource Resource Conservation and & Development Council is a community of partnerships that values and conserves our natural resources as it acts to build an economy to enrich the lives of our residents.
The National Farm Union advocates for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation. NFU advocates sustainable production of food, fiber, feed and fuel.
The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) is a partnership fighting to protect Maui County from the most harmful invasive plants and animals that threaten our environment, economy, and quality of life.
The mission of the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) is to provide technology, methods, and information to—and to facilitate communication among—decision-makers, resource managers, and the general public to help support effective science-based management of harmful non-native species in Hawaii and the Pacific.
Hawaii SEED is a statewide non-profit coalition of grassroots groups composed of farmers, doctors, scientists, lawyers, concerned citizens, and Native Hawaiians. Hawaii SEED is working on five islands to educate the public about the risks posed by genetically engineered organisms.
The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is committed to the preparation of students and all citizens of Hawai‘i for life in the global community through research and educational programs supporting tropical agricultural systems that foster viable communities, a diversified economy, and a healthy environment.
Surfrider Foundation Maui is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of our local waves, water and beaches through CARE (Conservation, Activism, Research and Education).
Save Kahului Harbor is a group dedicated to long range, sensible planning for Maui’s ocean transportation needs. Save Kahului Harbor advocates for the residents of Kahului and Maui County.
Save Makena provides an independent voice for citizens coming together to protect and take care of Makena State Park and the lands of Honua’ula (from Wailea, south).
Save Honolua’s mission is to maintain open space, public access, and revitalize the ecosystem of Honolua Ahupua’a through community based management utilizing Hawaiian practices and values.
The general purpose of the FRIENDS OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, INC., a Hawai’i non-profit corporation, is to support educational, cultural, research, and service activities relating to the park and its ecosystems.
Maui Coastal Land Trust is a non-political, non-profit organization that works with private landowners, neighborhoods, community groups and government agencies to protect significant environmental and cultural resources in perpetuity.
Oceanic Institute, an affiliate of Hawai’i Pacific University, is a not-for-profit research and development organization dedicated to marine aquaculture, biotechnology, and coastal resource management.
Our mission is to develop and transfer economically responsible technologies to increase aquatic food production while promoting the sustainable use of ocean resources. OI works with community, industry, government and academic partners, and non-governmental organizations to benefit the state, the nation, and the world.
The West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership exists to reverse the negative trend of forest degradation caused by invasive species.
South Maui Sustainability is a community organization dedicated to creating sustainability awareness and action through education, growing food, producing energy and conserving and sharing local resources.
Maui Time Weekly provides insightful analysis and in depth reporting of local issues and events.
The online venue for and by the community with sustainability. Promoting the efforts of individuals, businesses, and organizations contributing to a healthy environment, society, and economy.
HAWAII Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency
The Kipahulu ’Ohana are a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating residents and visitors of the “ways of old” through cultural demonstrations and hands-on activities.
The purpose of Friends of Moku’ula is to educate the Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian community on the significance of historical sites in a non-exploitive environment; to initiate the process of restoring, protecting and preserving historically significant sites including the Hawaiian island and pond at Lahaina known as Moku‘ula and Mokuhinia and; to create diverse economic opportunities through historic preservation.
Mālama Maunalua is a community-based organization aimed at preserving and restoring the health of the Maunalua region.

Eat Local 2011
Eat Local Challenge 2011 – A Return to Local Abundance
Slow Food is an international organization with local chapters that develops projects, events and activities in the effort to link the pleasure of good food with a commitment to the community and the environment.
Farm Sanctuary works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.
Non-GMO and GMO FOod list
Civil Eats promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities. Civil Eats support the development of a dialog among local and national leaders about the American food system, and its effects abroad.
Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food.
GMO-Free Maui & Hawaii SEED are working together to promote diverse, local, healthy and ecological food and farming practices that support food security for all of the Hawaiian Islands.
The movie “Farmaggedon” The Unseen War on American Family Farms
“Hungry for Change” Download the movie “Food Inc” here


Aloha Recycling
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  • Our bins are never full, we will not turn you away
Recycling Centers on Maui
Online Recycling and Disposal Resource Guide

Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission is to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. The Foundation accomplishes this through ongoing marine research, education and conservation programs
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy ocean. The site offers recommendations on what seafood to buy and why.
The Don’t Inject, Redirect (DIRE) Coalition advocates reclaiming and using our treated wastewater for irrigation, stream restoration, green belts and fire prevention, rather than injecting it into wells were it migrates to the ocean, promotes algae growth, and suffocates our reefs.

Environmental News:
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