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4th Annual Earth Maui Nature Summit
September 18-26, 1999

Schedule of Events:

On September 18-26, 1999, Hawai'i's archipelago will be showcased during Maui's premiere environmental event, the Earth Maui Nature Summit. This year's theme, "Hawai'i's Treasured Islands" focuses on our state's current and future efforts to protect and preserve our land and sea. Presented by the County of Maui and the Kapalua Nature Society, the goal of this nine-day event is to foster an appreciation of Hawai'i's natural environment and host culture, while encouraging prudent use and protection of our islands' natural resources.

Saturday, September 18:
8:00 am
"Get the Drift & Bag It" Beach and Reef Clean-Up
Help keep Maui County's beaches and reefs beautiful. Volunteer for this international marine debris survey and clean-up effort to rid our beaches and ocean environment of marine debris and litter. Clean-up locations will be held on all islands of Hawai'i. Coordinated by Community Work Day Program in Maui County, "Get The Drift & Bag It" kicks off the 1999 Earth Maui Nature Summit.
To volunteer, call Community Work Day Program 877-2524.


8:30 am
Kanaha Park Tree Planting Project
Join Community Work Day as volunteers. Plant native Hawaiian palms and other plant species on the 17.5-acre Kanaha Park area.
To volunteer, call Community Work Day Program 877-2524; bring your own shovel, if possible.


9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Preserving Hawai'i's Precious Undersea World
(Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alaea)
Take a journey through the extraordinary underwater world that lies beyond Hawaii's surf-ringed shores and learn about one of the most unique marine environments on Earth. Special presentations by Maui Ocean Center's ocean naturalists are scheduled throughout the day. A portion of the proceeds for this day of discovery will go to coral reef ecology studies.
Cost: $17.50/person; $12/person ages 3-12. The Maui Ocean Center is open 9 am to 5 pm.


Sunday, September 19:
7:30 am
Kapalua Fun Swim Challenge
(Kapalua Bay)
(7:30-8:30 am - check-in and late registration)
(8:45 am - race instruction)
(9:00 am - race starts)
Maui Masters Swim Club hosts the second annual Kapalua Fun Swim Challenge, a one-mile ocean swim which starts and finishes at "America's Best Beach," Kapalua Bay. Younger participants will compete in a U.S. Swimming-sanctioned race of mile. Partial proceeds benefit the Hawai'i Wildlife Fund for endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle conservation.
Cost: Ages 19 years and older: $26/person for early registration (by Sept. 9); $31/person for late registration; cost includes $9 USMS insurance registration and post-event refreshments. Ages 15-18 years: $29.50/person for early registration (by Sept. 9); $34.50/person for late registration; cost includes $17.50 one year USS membership fee and post-event refreshments. Space is limited. Call Kapalua Nature Society at (808) 669-0244 for a registration form.


10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Eco-Maui Trade Show
(Kaahumanu Center in Kahului)
Responsible eco-tour operators, environmental organizations, and local businesses showcase their products and/or services which benefit the environment during Maui's largest eco-trade show. Also enjoy Pacific Whale Foundation's Keiki Ocean Discovery Workshops, local entertainment and more! Exhibitors include Community Work Day Program, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary; Kapalua Nature Society; Valley Isle Roadrunners.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
A Cold Smooth and Scaly Encounter
(Hawai'i Nature Center in 'Iao Valley)
Join Dr. Jeff Corwin, producer and host of Disney's Going Wild With Jeff Corwin at the Hawai'i Nature Center in 'Iao Valley for an up-close and personal encounter with a retinue of reptilian wonders! Fearless in his quest to track down unusual and interesting animals, Dr. Corwin will make his way to the lush valleys of Maui to explore our naturalized and captive skinks, salamanders, geckos and more! A great activity for the family!
Scheduled from 10 am to 11 am, the program is free as is admission to the Nature Center's Interactive Science Arcade featuring 30-plus natural science exhibits and experiences. Dr. Corwin's programs are popular and space is limited; call Hawai'i Nature Center for reservations 244-6500.


Monday, September 20:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hawaiian Nature Tile Creations
(The Art School at Kapalua)
Create your own special "Hawaiian Nature Tile" with local artist, Jill Ireland. Pre-drawn tiles with sea creatures, green sea turtles, geckos, whales, coral reefs and florals galore will bring alive your own creative expression. Ireland, Maui Chamber of Commerce Artist of the Year, will assist you in choosing the right ceramic piece and colors to capture the beauty of nature.
Cost: $15/tile piece. Reservations requested, but not required. For more information and reservations, call The Art School at Kapalua 665-0007.


10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hawai'i Nature Center's Rainforest Walk
(Hawai'i Nature Center in 'Iao Valley)
Hawai'i Nature Center's environmental education staff will conduct guided Rainforest Walks on the hour beginning at 10 am until 2 pm. These trails follow the ancient footpaths of warriors and Ali'i alike under the towering kukui canopy along 'Iao River. Included in the hiking package is a visit to the Nature Center's world-class Interactive Science Arcade, Hawai'i's only hands-on natural history exhibits and displays.
Cost: $20/person. Reservations required; space is limited. Call the Hawai'i Nature Center 244-6500 ext. 15 (leave your name, telephone number, number in your party and time you wish to attend).


9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Waihee Ridge Trail Hike
Offering one of the best short hikes on Maui, the Waihee Ridge Trail in the Na Ala Hele Trails and Access System, lies along a ridge separating Makamakaole and Waihee Valleys. A moderately strenuous hike, the trail rewards hikers with amazing views and abundant native plant life.
The hike will be led by Na Ala Hele and is free of charge; space is limited. Reservations required, call 873-3509.


Tuesday, September 21:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Coastal Process
(Sanctuary Headquarters; 726 So. Kihei Rd, Kihei)
This special presentation is part of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Program's lecture series. Learn from Robert Mullane of UH Sea Grant College Program, the natural and geological processes and human-induced actions that have altered and shaped Maui's shoreline. Maui's beach management plan will be referenced.
Free admission. Call the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Program 879-2818. Please do not park in Kalepolepo Park as gates close at 7 pm.


Wednesday, September 22:
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Old Lahaina Pali Trail Moonlight Hike
An excellent historical interpretive hike in the daytime, the Old Lahaina Pali Trail at night offers a moonlit experience that is truly exceptional. Located in the southern end of the West Maui Mountains, the Pali Trail was once the old route from Wailuku to Lahaina. This eerily beautiful hike of 5 miles is Maui's premier Na Ala Hele Program trail.
The hike will be led by Na Ala Hele and is free of charge; space is limited. Reservations required, call 873-3509 for information.


Thursday, September 23:
10:00 am - 12 noon
A Sense of Place: A Time For Healing
(The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Amphitheatre)
The plight of our islands' indigenous people, the native Hawaiian, is presented in two compelling film presentations: "Then There Were None," a story brilliantly told about the culture of Hawai'i displace by outside influences; and Na Wai E Ho'ola I Na Iwi" (Who Will Save The Bones?), an account that deals with the unifying of the Hawaiian people and their struggle to successfully stop the desecration of their ancestral bones and burial grounds. The results of these efforts have changed the course of history for these islands and its people. Clifford Nae'ole, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, facilitates a question and answer session following the film presentations.
Free admission. Advance registration required; space is limited. Call Kapalua Nature Society at 669-0244.


Friday, September 24:
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pu'u Kukui Preserve Nature Walk
(for 1999 general public winners)
Regarded as the most exclusive hike in Hawai'i, Maui Pineapple Company's field naturalists lead 12 lucky people on a "once-in-a-lifetime" hike into Pu'u Kukui Preserve, the largest private preserve in the state. Located on the slopes of Halemahina (a.k.a. West Maui Mountains), this pristine area is one of the biologically richest areas in Hawai'i, home to over a dozen plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth.
The 12 people were selected via random drawing in July 1999, for information on next year's hike, call Kapalua Nature Society 669-0244. Proceeds benefit the Pu'u Kukui Watershed Management Program.


9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hawaiian Nature Tile Creations
(The Art School at Kapalua)
Create your own special "Hawaiian Nature Tile" with local artist, Jill Ireland. Pre-drawn tiles with sea creatures, green sea turtles, geckos, whales, coral reefs and florals galore will bring alive your own creative expression. Cost: $15/tile piece. Reservations requested, but not required. For more information and reservations, call The Art School at Kapalua 665-0007.

10:00 am - 12 noon
Environmental Writers Workshop: Nature In The Media
(The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Amphitheatre)
What are some of the keys to good nature writing? What mistakes do writers frequently make when approaching an editor with an article idea? How can you sell original material about Hawaii's natural resources and the environment to sites on the World Wide Web? Editors from major U.S. and Japanese magazines and from one of the nation's leading online web sites discuss current trends in environmental and nature writing, and what each publication looks for in article ideas. With editors in search of good Hawaii-based contributors, this is your chance to get all of your questions answered. Panelists include Sue Klemens, media editor for Discovery Channel Online; Mark Wexler, editor of National Wildlife magazine; Hisako Tanaka, editor of SINRA (Japan's leading animal magazine); and John Hollon of Hawaii Magazine and WildBird Magazine.
Free admission. Advance registration required. Call Kapalua Nature Society at 669-0244.


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Through The Lens: Nature Photography In the Media
(The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Amphitheatre)
Hawaii offers a wealth of photographic subject matter for U.S. and Japanese nature magazines. There is also a growing market for photographs and video of nature-related subjects on the World Wide Web. What kinds of images are publications looking for? How do you tailor your material to fit the needs of specific large-circulation magazines and web sites? How can you increase your chances of making a sale? These are just some of the questions our panelists will discuss. Panelists include: Kay Zakariasen, photo editor of Natural History Magazine; Sue Klemens, media editor for Discovery Channel Online; Mark Wexler, editor of National Wildlife magazine; Hisako Tanaka, editor of SINRA (Japan's leading animal magazine); and John Hollon of Hawaii Magazine and WildBird Magazine
Free admission. Advance registration required. Call Kapalua Nature Society at 669-0244.


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sneak Preview: Witness Hawaii's Endangered Species
(Maui Arts & Cultural Center - McCoy Studio Theatre)
World renowned photographers David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton present stunning images from their recently completed project of Hawai'i's rare plants and animals and their endangered habitats. Working in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund and The Smithsonian Institution, Liittschwager and Middleton will publish and exhibit these works in fall 2000.
Admission: $2/person; children 12 and under free. Advance registration required. Call Kapalua Nature Society: 669-0244


Saturday, September 25:
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Audubon International Conference: Sustainability and Stewardship in the 21st Century
(The Kapalua Bay Hotel, Ballroom)
The important role everyone plays in conserving our natural resources, reducing waste and enhancing and protecting wildlife is discussed during this series of information-packed workshops. Participants will work with experts in the field of land management and sustainable technologies to develop strategies which may be implemented at their own businesses, schools, golf courses and homes. A great conference for business, golf course, and resort managers as well as homeowners who want to actively participate in stewardship activities where they live, work and recreate. Speakers include Ron Dodson, President of Audubon International; Larry Gilhuly, Northwest Director of the United States Golf Association Green Section; Dr. Frank Rossi, New York State Extension Turfgrass Specialist and Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Management at Cornell University; Jim Sackett, President of Seventh Generation Strategies; Dr. Miles (Bud) Smart, Environmental Planning Director of Audubon International Institute for Sustainable Resource Management; and Joshlyn Sand, Horticulturist for Honolulu Botanical Gardens.
Cost: $60/person; cost includes lunch. $15/person for each individual session. Advance registration required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Kapalua Nature Society's Native Hawaiian Plant Reforestation Project. Call Kapalua Nature Society at 669-0244 for a conference program/registration form.


3:15 pm
Earth Maui 5K Run
Run or walk for Hawaii's environment in this fun-filled 5K traversing the slopes of Haleakala Volcano. Race starts from Rice Park and ends at Keokea Park in Kula. Shuttles to and from Rice Park and Keokea Park will be available. Proceeds benefit the protection and preservation of Haleakala National Park's fragile eco-system.
Cost: For early registration (before Sept. 17): $20/person (13 years and over), $15/person for Valley Isle Roadrunner members and children 12 years and under. For late registration (after Sept. 17): $25/person. Packet pick-up and late registration at Footlocker in Kaahumanu Center on Sept. 24, 6pm - 8 pm. Registration on race day (Sept. 25) at Rice Park from 3:15 pm-4:15 pm. Race begins at Rice Park, 4:30 pm start. For applications and race information, contact Joy Tamayose at 579-8190, Joseph Alueta at 243-9636, or e-mail ulukitty@aol.com or stardog@maui.net.


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pu'u Kukui: Hill Of Enlightenment
(The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Amphitheatre)
Join Randy Bartlett, supervisor of Maui Pineapple Company's Pu`u Kukui Watershed, the largest private nature preserve in all Hawai`i, on a photographic essay depicting the daily challenges he and his team have faced in managing over 8,600 acres of pristine and near-pristine native Hawaiian rainforest over the past decade. View magnificent vistas and intimate portraits of rare native species that exist nowhere else on the planet (not even on other Hawaiian islands).
Free admission. Advance registration required. Call Kapalua Nature Society 669-0244


Sunday, September 26:
8:00 am
AT&T; Golf In The Environment Tournament
(Kapalua Bay Course)
Man and nature play together during the state's only Golf In The Environment Tournament. Players challenge the greens using both golf skills and environmental smarts, while enjoying the natural environment and wildlife found on Kapalua's Bay Course, the first designated Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in the U.S. Cost: $120/person, cost includes lunch. Proceeds benefit Kapalua Nature Society's Native Hawaiian Plant Reforestation Project. Space is limited; advance registration required; four-man team scramble format. Call Kapalua Nature Society at 669-0244.


The 1999 Earth Maui Nature Summit is coordinated by: County of Maui Kapalua Nature Society
Major Event Sponsors and Supporters:
Audubon International
Community Work Day Program
Department of Education
Edward Enterprises, Inc.
Gear For Sports
Hawaii Magazine
Hawaii Nature Center
Hawaii Tourism Authority
Kaahumanu Center
Kapalua Land Company, Ltd.
Maui Ocean Center
Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc.
Maui Masters Swim Club
Na Ala Hele
The Kapalua Bay Hotel
The Kapalua Villas
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Water Man
United States Golf Association
Valley Isle Roadrunners
Youth For Environmental Services

Golf In The Environment Sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
AT&T; Hawaii

Audubon Sponsors:
B. Hayman Company, Ltd. - Hawaii
Dickenson Cameron/Kajima Construction-Joint Venture
Goodfellow Bros., Inc.
Hawaii Grower Products, Inc.
Maui Soda & Ice Works
Pacific Machinery, Inc.


Green Sponsors:
Warren S. Unemori Engineering, Inc.

Eagle Sponsors:
Brewer Environmental
Brownlie & Lee
Chris Hart & Partners
Fewell Geotechnical Engineering, Ltd.
Munekiyo & Arakawa, Inc.
Ronald M. Fukumoto Engineering, Inc.
United Horticultural Supply


Program is subject to change

For more information, contact:
Kapalua Nature Society
800 Kapalua Drive
Kapalua, Maui, HI 96761
(808) 669-0244; 800-KAPALUA; (808) 669-4480 fax

(updated August 10, 1999)



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