Chinese New Year

These festivities celebrate the Chinese New Year. The venue for the festival has been at the Maui Mall. 2010’s Chinese Festival included a recycling and green component.

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Filipino Working Group

The project aims to improve understanding of the socio-economic, educational, mental health, substance abuse, and psycho-physiological factors that may affect the health and well-being of the Filipino Community on Maui. Through one or more workshops and outreach efforts, participants and community members will better understand Filipino historical background and cultural value systems. The project has been funded by the County of Maui, Hawaii People’s Fund, and private donations.

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Ma`alaea Harbor Pumpout

Through the continuation of the pump-out program at Ma`alaea Harbor and educational campaigns informing boaters about the importance of protecting the environment and encouraging them to utilize this pump-out service, at least 20 commercial vessels routinely participated in this pump-out program. Nearly 1,000 gallons of raw sewage was prevented from being dumped in the ocean daily. The two objectives of this program continue to be to provide the following: (1) The on-going support of the actual pump-out services for boat owners in Ma`alaea Harbor (2) To provide administrative support for the tracking and community education using local media and others to raise public awareness regarding the issues of dumping of sewage in Maui waters Twenty-eight participated in 2009. It appears as if the sewage pump facilities have been placed on hold. It was announced that it may take up until Summer of 2010 for a revised bidding process to begin, with work starting approximately January 2011 and completion in December of 2012. An additional grant from the County of Maui and HTA has been awarded to continue the pumping through June of 2010.

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Kamaole II Park Dune Restoration

A county grant from Hawaiian Tourism Authority funds was awarded to restore and stabilize oceanfront dunes that have eroded from wind, pedestrian traffic, stormwater runoff and wave action. Two phases of the project have been implemented. Pedestrian access was diverted, native beach species were planted and irrigated to help stabilize the dunes, and sand from the Kihei Boat Ramp dredging project has been

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South Maui Coastal Corridor

The South Maui Coastal Heritage Corridor is a recreation and tourism project of the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. (Tri-Isle RC&D). The project is a culmination of a partnership with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Hawaii, Sea Grant Extension Service, and individuals from the community of Kihei. The project protects and provides public access to South Maui’s 15 mile leeward coastline. The project has installed interpretive signs between Maalaea and La Perouse Bay. Signs describe the historic importance of the area in terms of Hawaiian cultural values and traditions.

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Project Graduation

Grants from Housing and Human Concerns assist with this project. Alcohol and drug free events on graduation night are held in a large number of Maui County High Schools. An additional grant to support Make a difference Day and other volunteer programs has also been awarded.

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Mu’olea Point Archeological Project

 Na Mamo O Mu‘olea is a local group in East Maui whose mission is “To perpetuate traditional ‘ahupua‘a management of the Mu‘olea ‘ahupua‘a and to restore and maintain Mu‘olea’s natural, cultural, scenic, historic and marine resources for the benefit, education and enjoyment of our community and future generations.” Tri-Isle assisted by administering the OED grant for an archaeological survey, archival research and oral history.

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Mokuleia Stairway

This past project is in need of upgrade and repair and approximately $90,000 is needed to match ADA funds of $54,000 and Na Ala Hele of $20,000. Maui Coastal Land Trust and Na Ala Hele are partnering in this project with total costs estimated at approximately $175K.

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Na Kupuna O Maui

The project aims to establish a center in the old Pioneer Mill Administration Building for Kupuna to gather for meetings and other activities and to establish a repository of family and other historical records for persons of Hawaiian Ancestry on Maui. The License to Occupy is being prepared by the Department of Housing Concerns. A Determination of Eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places has been made by the County Department of Planning. The project is currently undergoing an inspection process to determine any mitigation needs for safety or hazardous materials. The idea is to sub lease a portion of the building to the Lahaina Town Action Committee for a repository for historical items. Funding sources are being pursued.

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Hawaii Childrens Trust Fund

This project is based upon a grant that was transferred to TIRCD due to the closing of Community Links Hawaii.

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Molokai Land Trust

The Molokai Enterprise Community organization has voted to have Tri-Isle be their fiscal agent.

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Maui Upcountry Fair

The Up-Country Ag Fair was held during the summer. Attendance was approximated to be over 15,000. This is another event funded by the County of Maui and augmented by donations as well as food and craft income.

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Kamehameha Day Parade

The events was well attended in previous years. Funding for this event has been awarded by the County of Maui and event planning and workshops have started.

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Aloha Festivals

Tri-isle provides fiscal oversight to the Aloha Festivals in Maui County. Using grants from the the County of Maui Aloha festivals are celebtrated on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. This year’s events were successful. Carry over funds from the events will be carried forward as seed money for next year.

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Wai Ke Kena

This Farm Project located past Haiku — located near the famous Jaws big wave surfing area — is a project in which youth plant taro as part of learning about native Hawaiian culture. It works with approximately 200 student volunteers. Approximately 12 adults volunteer over the course of the year in support of the program. Two at-risk recovering adults provide additional assistance on a year-round basis.

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Maui Agricultural Website

The NRCS Field Office approached Tri-Isle regarding a partnership on a web site to provide information on the Farm Bill and additional contact information. USFWS and DLNR/DOFAW also approached us to develop a similar web site for permitting and licensing information at the state level.

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Maui Agricultural Development Program

The Maui program is based on the Moloka`i model and has been in existence for 7 years with 6 rounds of grantees. More group projects were awarded than on Molokai, including cattle producers and a local vegetable producer cooperative. Diversified farming projects have included traditional taro production, persimmons, strawberries, coffee, Maui sweet onions, lavender and value added products. An advisory committee of agricultural leaders has helped guide the program and make grantee selections. Funding for the islands of Lanai and Maui for FY 2010 is $ 241,000. From this project’s inception, over $1 million dollars, matched locally by over $ 200, 000, has been invested in agricultural development on the islands of Maui and Lana’i.

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Moloka`i Agricultural Development Program

Initiated by Senator Inouye’s office to help transition plantation agriculture to diversified farming, this program has supported agricultural business opportunities on Molokai which emphasize appropriate models of sustainability and promote local community values and benefits. Steered by the local CIC (Community Impact Committee) the program provides cost-share grants to beginning and established farm businesses to grow, diversify, develop value added products, marketing strategies, and other methods of developing viable businesses. Currently in the 8th year, MADP has provided training workshops and individual coaching to applicants and grantees. The variety of applicant projects has included organic and conventional diversified ag, permaculture, consumer supported ag, floriculture, specialty crops, and group projects including cooperatives. Seventy four projects have been awarded grants totaling more than $1.6 million for developing local ag businesses. Local match exceeds $320,000.Training scholarships were provided to MADP participants for a number of workshops. Recently, funding has been received every year except FY-07. Funding approved for FY-10 amounts to $ 241,000. Projects will be reviewed and approved by the end of January 2010.

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Keanae Arboretum Taro Project

This project supports a local volunteer group, Wailuanui Hui to restore traditional taro fields and provide interpretive history of the local area to Arboretum visitors. A Cooperative Agreement between Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Tri-Isle RC&D and Wailuanui Hui was signed by all partners. Predator fencing was completed to keep out wild pigs. Replanting taro has continued. Tri-Isle developed a project brochure for distribution.

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Natural Farming 2011

NRCS has provided grants to Hawaii’s RC&Ds in order to demonstrate and test Master Cho’s methodology of Natural Farming using indigenous micro-organisms(IMO’s). TIRCD is administering the project for the islands of Maui, Lana`i, Moloka`i, and O`ahu. It is expected that there will be a total of 8 test projects selected.

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