Pu`u O Kali Dryland Forest

More than 200 acres of this rare remnant native dryland forest in South Maui is one of the last of it’s kind remaining in the state. The area is protected from axis deer and feral goat intrusion by an 8 ft. high fencing exclosure. This forest ecosystem has also been improved through outplanting of indigenous species. The area serves as an educational and ethnobotanical resource for present and future generations.

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Administrators of this project came to an agreement with Tri-isle RC&D to have it act as fiscal agent for their grants, mostly from state funds. The mission of MFBRP is to develop and implement techniques that recover Maui’s endangered birds and restore their habitat through research, development, and application of conservation techniques. Tri-Isle is working in partnership with the MFBRP, RCUH and the University of Hawaii, utilizing the same structure currently in place with MISC and East Maui Watershed Partnership. So far a donation of $19,979 has been received to support the project’s activities. Expending funds from their donation account and the recovery project is looking for additional funding for the operational end of this program. They have received a grant of $7K for a series of bird walks through HTA. Their recent fund raiser brought in approximately $4,000.

First Friday Hawaiian Nights

The project honors Hawaii’s people and culture while encouraging economic development by creating a monthly town-wide celebration, drawing visitors to downtown Wailuku to share with residents in unique and memorable experiences. The event is focused towards visitors who want an authentic experience in entertainment, shopping, and dining while on island. Local and part-time residents are also drawn to the area by a festive “Pau hana” atmosphere, including unique entertainment, food drink and merchant specials. Funding for this next calendar year has been decreased to $17,000. Even though the event continues to draw many visitors and residents alike, funding is limited.

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Teens on Call

This program provides supervised work/study experiences for at-risk teens and young adults. Job skills are developed through training programs and personal guidance. The Program also supports community service projects and support to community events such as cultural and recreational festivals and the Maui County Fair. Grants from Maui County Housing and Human Concerns support the program’s operational and personnel expenses. A Housing and Human Concerns grant $52,975 each year for two years on behalf of Teens on Call operations had previously been contracted. TOC has been awarded level funding for year two. It is not certain as to the process in the upcoming fiscal cycle.

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Kuha’o Business Center

The Center has provided training and support services to Molokai residents and has been particularly instrumental in assisting applicants and awardees of the Molokai Agricultural Development Program. In the previous 3 years, Center staff conducted training workshops for applicants to help them prepare their MADP funding proposals. In addition the Center provided individual counseling and assistance to grantees in preparing claims and reports for Tri-Isle. Through FY-06, Tri-Isle assisted the Center with fiscal oversight of a county grant for operations. Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo, Director of the Center was transferred to the Office of Economic Development as an employee in fiscal year 06-07. Tri-Isle is completing a final reconciliation and expenditure of the three accounts with the Center. Future agricultural training contracts with the center are dependent on congressional appropriation of MADP funds. 2009 continued these activities– and are expected to continue with the larger 2010 funds.

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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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