2nd Annual Earth Maui Nature Summit showcases
ISLANDS’ natural treasures
August 27-31, 1997

 

On August 27-31, Hawaii's archipelago rich in natural resources will be showcased in Maui's premier environmental event, the "2nd Annual Earth Maui Nature Summit." Presented by the Kapalua Nature Society, the goal of this four-day event is to foster an appreciation of Maui's natural environment and to encourage prudent use and protection of our islands’ natural resources.

During the Earth Maui Nature Summit, the public will learn to practice wise stewardship of the land through unique educational field experiences, seminars, exhibits, island-wide eco-tours and more. Hawaii’s unique ecosystems and the businesses that are dedicated to preserving our islands’ natural treasures are showcased.

Malama ka ‘aina (care for the land) is the message throughout Earth Maui week, which kicks off on Saturday, August 23 with an island-wide community clean-up.

On Wednesday, August 27, a small group will be flown by helicopter to the island of Kaho’olawe for an unforgettable day trip to The Sacred Island led by Hokulani Holt-Padilla, Cultural Coordinator for Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission. Participants will learn about the history of Kaho’olawe and the efforts made by native Hawaiians to preserve their natural heritage. Back on the Valley Island, another group of participants will visit Kahakaloa Valley for a guided tour of a native Hawaiian village during The Ritz-Carlton’s Eco-Tour.

Maui’s flora and fauna take centerstage on Thursday and Friday when participants join field educators and conservationists on an exciting adventure in search of the

island’s most watchable wildlife. Thursday’s guided tours and activities include a Honolua Bay diving adventure with noted author and marine biologist Ann Fielding; a wildlife excursion to Kealia Pond Wetland Refuge led by Refuge Manager Kathy Smith; a whale sanctuary and native Hawaiian fishpond lecture and tour hosted by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary; and a Polipoli Cloud Forest hike led by Hike Maui’s naturalist guides.

Thursday afternoon, a special Nature In The Media Environmental Writers Workshop brings together a panel of top environmental media to instruct participants on how they can market their ideas and causes to national and regional magazines. Participants include National Wildlife Editor Mark Wexler; Sports Illustrated Senior Editor Myra Gelband; National Geographic Traveler Regional Editor Jonathan Tourtellot; and Audubon Magazine editor Michael Robbins.

The day concludes with a special evening music and video presentation by Eddie and Myrna Kamae and the Sons of Hawai’i of "Listen To The Rainforest," a tribute to old Hawai’i and the special creatures that call our islands home.

Watchable wildlife tours continue on Friday with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Waikomoi Preserve birder hike, as well as a Waihee Ridge hike led by Hike Maui’s naturalist guides.

Friday morning at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, nature enthusiasts and photographers learn how to capture spectacular photographic images on film from world renowned nature photographer Frans Lanting, during a special half-day photography workshop which includes a field session.

The benefits and challenges of indigenous tourism development in Hawai’i and worldwide are discussed later that morning by Leslie Jarvie, Executive Director of Ecoplan:net USA and Hokulani Holt-Padilla. In the afternoon, Ecotourism Design Consultant David L. Andersen (AIA) challenges workshop participants to reconnect with the spirit of Hawai’i by designing relevant and scaled tourism facilities. This 3-hour workshop is an approved AIA continuing education program.

In the evening, traditional Hawaiian healing practitioner and teacher Lyons Kapi’ioho Naone, shares his vast knowledge of the many faces of the Hawaiian moon and its effects on our daily lives.

On Saturday, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i raises awareness of our islands’ natural resources during their annual fun run for Hawaii’s rainforests – a 5K stroll, walk or run traversing the scenic Kapalua resort. A pre-race warm-up with Disney’s "Jungle Book" star Jason Scott Lee leads the pack, with an awards ceremony following the race. Throughout the day, Hawaii’s keiki are honored during a fun-filled eco-educational Keiki 4 Nature Day. Activities include a myriad of nature arts & crafts by Hawai’i Nature Center staff, the MeWes of the Garden of Be, Village Galleries’ artists-in-residence and more. Youngsters can also reserve a spot in The Star Lab, a constellation journey into our solar system. And, science rules when Bill Nye of the award winning show, "Disney Presents Bill Nye The Science Guy" returns to Maui to stir up some eco-logical fun for children of all ages.

Throughout the day, over 40 responsible eco-tour operators, environmental organizations and local businesses will showcase their products and services which benefit the environment during Maui’s only Eco-Maui Trade Show. Special presentations on Saturday will also include an update on Maui’s future resident, the sign language lowland gorilla, Koko; a passionate career presentation by world renowned nature photographer Frans Lanting; and a look at the preservation of a Hawaiian rainforest, the Pu’u Kukui Preserve. The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i will also address the silent invasion of our island home by alien species.

In the evening, get ready to enjoy Hawaii’s cornucopia during this year’s Island Harvest and Hukilau. Local farmers, fishermen and chefs showcase Maui’s bountiful harvest of produce, fish and game. Festivities include a Hawaiian hukilau, farmers market, food booths and entertainment by Eric Gilliom. All events on Saturday will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

The Earth Maui Nature Summit concludes on Sunday with the state’s only AT&T Golf In The Environment Tournament. During this unique event, players challenge the greens using both skill and environmental smarts to score points while representatives from Audubon International, United States Golf Association and Kapalua’s golf staff showcase the unique natural resources and wildlife surrounding The Plantation Course, one of the resort’s three Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

And, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the 12 people who will be selected in 1997 via random drawing to participate in the state’s most exclusive hike, the Pu’u Kukui Nature Walk. Located on the highest peak on the West Maui Mountains, this pristine area is one of the biologically richest areas in Hawai’i, home to hundreds of plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. Applications for participants are now being taken and will be accepted up to July 25th.

On the same day, a special Year of the Reef Symposium will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua as a means to bring attention to these unique and beautiful ecosystems that today face grave dangers from a variety of threats, many of them human-caused. Noted marine researchers will discuss the health of the coral, as well as issues related to anchoring, mooring, bleaching, human interactions, water quality and more. Participants include Dr. Wendy Wiltse, West Maui Watershed Coordinator; Jim Housch of Ocean Recreation Council of Hawai’i; Skippy Hau of Department of Land & Natural Resources; Eric Brown of Pacific Whale Foundation; and Hannah Bernard of Hawai’i Wildlife Fund. In the afternoon, families head to D.T. Fleming Beach for some wet sand sculpting fun of their favorite sea creatures with Village Galleries’ artist John Ensign.

The culmination of the Earth Maui Nature Summit week is a memorable tribute by native Hawaiians to the ‘aina (land), as they share their love for the land in story, dance and chant held at the Honokahua Preservation Site.

Along with a full week of activities and seminars, nature exhibits will be displayed throughout the event featuring works by Frans Lanting and Village Galleries artists. A special forest bird exhibit by the State Department of Land & Natural Resources, the 1997 entries and winners of The Art School at Kapalua’s Keiki Earth Art Contest, a native Hawaiian plant exhibit and a gorilla art exhibit will also be on display.

The public can also unlock the secrets of a Hawaiian rainforest or come face to face with a Happyface Spider at Hawaii’s only hands-on science center, the Hawai’i Nature Center Iao Valley Interactive Science Arcade. During Earth Maui week, just mention the Earth Maui Nature Summit and receive half price admission at the new Iao Valley Science Arcade.

A fee is charged for some activities. Partial proceeds from the 2nd annual Earth Maui Summit benefit various environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i, Maui Protect Kaho’olawe Ohana, Pu’u Kukui Watershed Management program, Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, Hawai’i Nature Center, Pacific Primate Sanctuary, The International Society For Eco-Tourism Management, the Kapalua Nature Society’s West Maui Native Hawaiian Plant Reforestation Project and more.

Special event room rates are available for Earth Maui event attendees at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; The Kapalua Villas; and Kapalua Bay Hotel. Space is limited on some activities.

Major sponsors for the 1997 Earth Maui Nature Summit include Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc.; Kapalua Marketing Association; AT&T Hawaii; Audubon International; Maui Visitors Bureau; The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; Audio Visual Headquarters Corp.; and Edward Enterprises, Inc.

The Kapalua Nature Society is a environmental education organization, managed by Kapalua Land Company, Ltd., dedicated to the education of Hawaii’s unique environment and the protection of our islands’ natural resources.

 

For more information and reservations call or write Kapalua Nature Society: 800 Kapalua Drive; Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii 96761; 800-KAPALUA or 808-669-0244; 669-4480 fax.