Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Maui Grown Body & Soil Health Conference Weeks Away

Maui Aloha Aina Association"s Annual Body & Soil Health Conference countdown:

Remember Early Registration End January 8, 2010.

Jerry Brunetti
Speaks to:
Health from the Gut Up and Soil a Super Organism. To listen to how Jerry cured himself of non-Hodgkins lymphoma follow this link

To read more on Jerry at EmpowerMaui's website with video

For More on Jerry's Website

Dr. Paul Hepperly
Speaks to:
Practical ways for us to apply compost and cover crop modalities into our gardening and farming systems, along with showing his great visuals and science based results.

For more on Paul Hepperlyl

Theresa Vernon
Speaks to:
Mitigating  the effects of copper toxicity and other heavy metals that are blocking nutrient uptake and
how she cured herself of Epilepsy using these protocols.

For More on Theresa Vernon's Website

Michael Martin Melendrez
Speaks to:
The soil food web and how to sustain a vital soil in wet and especially dry environments.

To read more and check out some video.

For More on Michael Melendrez's website

This is information I have never heard here on Maui, now you will!!!!

Come Jan14th to a FREE pre-conference event meeting with these presenters at Kihei Charter
School 6pm.

More info:

South Maui Sustainability is such a shinning light over on the south side that folks come from all over the island to attend their monthly meetings. They are co-sponsoring this pre-conference event featuring it as their first meeting of the New Year.

Thats what I call leadership!!!

I was among many that took up the offer for the Tissue Hair Analysis and after having discussed it with Theresa by phone and then reading the Laboratory Report, which is pretty comprehensive and meets the Government Regulatory Standards (CLIA), it's like they were looking over my shoulder at my life.
My personal health challenges were made a lot more clear to me and why I am now now facing them.

I can't wait to see how bringing my balance back into the correct ranges over the next few months to a year will affect me.

It has to be better than just having doctors prescribe more medicines that in themselves may compensate, but ultimately cause even further degradation of my health.

I have to admit, I wasn't completely sold on the analysis and if it would just tell me I have too many metals in my body, which is what I expected, than I would have been more doubtful about the results. But it turned out, unlike many, I am dangerously low on many minerals due to being a low oxidizer among other issues.

So a retest later in the program should be an eye opener. For those that have already started making the corrections, they say the changes are pretty amazing.

Remember Early Registration End January 8, 2010.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Youth Homelessness a real problem NOT being a Legal Adult

If you are under age legally, in Hawaii 18, you probably don't qualify for many, if any services. There are no shelters that will take in underage kids without parents.

So what do these kids do? Probably like their adult counter parts and end up at the beach. With Winter approaching and it getting rainier, it's a rougher life.

Besides having very few services to turn to for help, they also run the risk of just being kids living on the beach and among many different people, may of who may be heavy drug or alcohol users.

Here is a video of one man's efforts to help out in West Virginia, Luke Stafford. He is the camera man for the effort to raise money for youth homelessness.

Tellman is running across the United States to raise money and barefoot in addition.

It's really no surprise to me in growing up on Maui and seeing third and even fourth generation kids that were raised in an environment of drugs and alcohol and parents in jail or just gone, to have to fend for themselves.

Can you imagine what it is like to never know if you will get a full night sleep without being beaten up or harassed. Whether you will see a meal the next day or even two? The adult's living in their cars by the beach go through it with smashed car windows, vandalism and fear for their safety. They are all around us on Maui whether you choose to see them or not.

Luke Stafford his doing his part in a very cold and snowy West Virginia. We may be on Maui, but the weather can still take it's toll, the law can be constantly moving "campers" and entire families, even with working parents are living on the beach.

This is Luke's message and effort. I am already working on extending the efforts to Hawaii. The "official ending" is in Los Angeles by spring, but I believe from their the 50th State should top off the run. More on this later.

For now watch Luke's video:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's Raining, It's Pouring and I Ran out of Coffee on Maui

Woke early to get some work done and remembered to late that we were out of coffee, augh!

Luckily I'm only a block away from the mall and Starbucks and being that they should have been open a half hour already, I hustled to get ready and ran down there only to find out their coffee wasn't done brewing either, augh again!

I grabbed a bag, hating to pay the price for the "Christmas Blend" and ran back home to grind up and make a pot. Whew, oh and it was pouring the whole time, just lovely.

But freshly brewed coffee in hand and ready to get some work done, videos being processed as I write, (Santa I need a couple of computers to all work at once, hint, hint),  Rains coming down hard and I need to start wrapping it up to go to my "real job" to sit in sub zero air-conditioned office space, since it's too rainy to get much outside work finished. Better pack my thick jacket too.

Life on Maui, versus vacationing on Maui are not quite the same. I think I would rather be vacationing on a cold early morning in some location or cabin I've never been to, than to do a 10 hour job.

As the witch told Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ, "All in good time deary, all in good time."

So for now I put in my time, and keep my mind on the goals and where I want to be and it will happen.

Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) and have a wonderful day.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sales Letters Creator 2009 Deal Ends At Midnight Tonight

I’m sure you’ve been hearing, if not reading about the Chad Michaels now infamous software, Sales Letters Creator 2009.
Well you need to pick up a copy today, if you haven’t already, because the $4.95.00 trial offer ends tonight at midnight. So get in while you still can at that price.
To Your Success,
Jim Hall
EmpowerMaui, LLC

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Aloha Again,
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EmpowerMaui LLC

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EmpowerMaui LLC

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hail Storm Hits Kahului Maui Hawaii

Sitting in Starbucks looking over a thinning Sunday Morning Maui News. I watched the lightning up on Haleakala as I drove to get a coffee and paper.

With only sprinkles on the way, I was very surprised to suddenly hear what sounded like people throwing rocks at the large picture windows.

As the squeals erupted throughout the coffee shop I realized we were being hit by a Hail Storm.

Never having even been in snow before, I have to say the sudden onslaught of Hail, Wind, Lightning and Thunder as the day was just beginning to lighten up was a surprising event to not only me, but the many other people in the shop.

Kahului sits at sea level, so to see Hail here as opposed to the slopes of the 10,000 foot Volcano Haleakala was a shocker.

It lasted about five minutes and then just began to rain heavily and right now there is no wind a very little rain. A puddle next to the window where water found it's way in the building, but beyond that it looks like it may just be another overcast slightly rainy day for Kahului Maui Hawaii today.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

1930's RickenBacker Hawaiian Steel Lap Guitar

As much as I would love to keep it and hand it down to my grand children, the fact is being steel in Hawaii is rough on an Antique Instrument and I really have no ability to restore it properly, although it is in good shape for so many years of being lovingly played by the previous owner, but it does show it's use.

If there is anyone interested in purchasing this instrument from me, I would love to communicate with them. It could be reused or just kept as a collectors item, your choice.

I am awaiting more info on it from the RickenBacker Company. I have had little success in matching the exact version on the internet.

Here is a picture and more available via a webpage if interested. Please contact me at if interested.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Too Much in One Blog

In an effort to not overwhelm people that read my EmpowerMaui Blogspot posts and yet stick to the theme of Sustainability, I've decieded to put more of the Business end of getting out of debt and making money on my Blog.

So having started up my WordPress blog and creating my first post, I was blown away by the number of comments and they were all positive about the product. The shortened Url for the first shortened url to the post is and now the second shortened Url for the next post is at

In the future I will try to put the business related posts on Wordpress and then mention them here. I may even do the same for different areas.

I would like the EmpowerMaui.blogspot to be more of a center of information and then point to places where more details relating to the subject can be dealt with. I hope that works out better and doesn't just confuse things.

While there are many areas that deal with Sustainability in everyones lives, not everyone is interested in it all and I hope by breaking it up a bit more I can help people stay more interested and apply more useful information.

Please feel free to sign up at my blog or website at, to help me serve you more useful information.

Jim Hall
EmpowerMaui LLC

Maui Crazy, but I would rather be in the mountains

Here is a picture I took of the Maui Sunset as I pulled into my yard.

Now I know people think I a crazy because I would like to live in the mountains, but after growing up on Maui, it would be nice to at least spend some time off the island.
Actually I'm heading for the Island of Lanai today. Formerly all Pineapple and 98% owned by David Murdock of Dole Pineapple fame and once completely closed down for Bill (Microsoft) Gate's Wedding.
All work though, not for play.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Maui Soil and Body Health Conference

We congratulate those that did save some money by registering before the December 14, 2009 for the annual Body & Soil Health Conference held on Maui in January and then on to the Big Island of Hawaii for an encore performance Hawaii Island-Style.

Myself I am looking forward to my first time attending the Big Island Conference. While I will be more than ready to help were I can, I think I will be able to just enjoy the speakers more and having some downtime won't hurt either.

The Maui event takes most of the year to plan and while the staff get some downtime, we are there to make sure the registered guests are the most important part of the conference and try to always keep thinking a few steps ahead about what needs to be done to make sure it is a very rewarding and educational conference. And always fun too!

You can still register and it's still worth many times the price of admission. Please visit or call (808) 242-7870, so we can get you on the list.

And don't forget we are limited to the number of vendors, so all you vendors get signed up now. Two tickets and a table under the tent with electric. Plus you can sell your products and add to your exposure and the sooner you sign o the sooner we can add you to our advertising via websites, blogs and newsletters. That's free advertising!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Body & Soil Health Conference

Early Registration for the Body & Soil Health Conference is over on Month the 14th of December, 2009. So there is one last day to get your registration in if you are going to be on Maui in January 2010.
there are Four Amazing Speakers that will be there and they are top notch Speakers from the Mainland.

The theme revolves around the micro-Organisims that exist not only in the Soil but our Bodies. It's a conference you don't want to miss! The cost for people in Hawaii is very little considering the closeness of the conference and there will be camping allowed on the Organic Farm that it takes place on.

Food is served throughout the weekend with some off the best Locally Grown Food for lunch and snacks at the breaks.

There is a Soil Analysis and Tissue Hair Analysis done at discounted rates and I just had mine verbally reported to me with the full analysis coming next week. It's amazing how much the analysis really told my story about my health issues and what I can do about making corrections.

The deadline to request the analysis is also the 14th. It should be interesting to see in three to six months how much of a difference it can make with myself. Surprisingly I turned up low in many areas and considering the health challenges and weight loss I have been through over the last year, it is not surprising.

Theresa Vernon will be going over the Tissue Hair Analysis and it is a good chance for some one-on-one time with her. Theresa's website is and her front page is almost like reading my bio. Check it out and read through her many sections. It's really amazing how much a Tissue Hair Analysis can tell you. If nothing else it can give you some direction and a starting point at understanding where you are at in our health.

So register for the Maui Conference in January or the Big Island of Hawaii the following week. They will also be giving a short presentation at the South Maui Sustainability meeting prior to the Maui conference. It will be a good time to come out and meet them.

For more or to register go to or call (808) 242-7870 on Maui.

Here are a few links for some good places to get more information on Farming in general:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

GoGVO is a killer application


I have spent many years, using many sites to do my online marketing. Since August a company named GoGVO has put together a killer site that allows you to build pages that include video, email capture and anything you want to write about.
It can be used to market any kind of product and include video, while building your marketing list too!

It has a built-in auto responder to send messages at an interval you like and any email you want at pre-determined times, it has a conference room to allow you to get your clients together for presentations and a forum with all kinds of helpful people to work with.

There are hundreds of pre-made templates that can be customized for your particular use and in many categories. They also have a huge list of pre-made templates for just marketing the GoGVO System.

All of this and more have very easy to follow tutorials that even the beginner can use and create some impressive campaigns with.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Ramblings-Going all over the Place

As I take my occasional indulgent early morning break at Starbucks on Maui, the sound of Christmas Music is played intermittently between jazz songs and the "seasonal" coffees are predominate at the counter. Not one for involving much sugar, especially corn based, I did opt in for one pump of ginger bread flavor just to add to the seasonal feel.
Having grown up on Maui, never even being in snow, relating to "traditional Christmas Songs" is all a perception. The air conditioning in Starbucks does help add to the feel that is related to my Christmas perception.

By the way, as Self Sustainability is a primary Theme behind my EmpowerMaui sites and company, the Sunday coffee and newspaper are my one real indulgence I allow myself.

With the Economy the way it is and Countries like China opting to put their money into Countries like Africa, rather than a debt ridden Country like the good old US of A, getting debt under control and maximizing your income is very important to personal survival. We 50 and above crowd will find manual labor tougher to handle in our more seniors years. I recently read of a retire 76 year old man that retired thinking he could finally relaxe and choose his activities and time. He now get's up at 4:30am to go to work as a golf cart mechanic. Not out of his choice to stay busy, but because his company he spent most of his life working for made bad decisions and his retirement turned out to be a third or quarter of what he expected.

So when I speak of Education, Einstein said something about it begins at birth and never ends, and alternate ways of creating an in come, it is because whether we like it or not, money is still a key factor is Self Sustainability.

Along that line for those that are inclined to internet business, and every business should have an internet presence, I have found one company that really seems to have some great instructional information, whether you use the internet or are a beginner looking to use it. They have become kind of a one stop shop for all the resources. They offer the ability to help your business grow it's reach to the world and what I really like is their video section. For those that are more familiar with just working at being found in the huge internet market or not building s page to attract customers or people to communicate with is critical and GVO's combination between video, templates in the 100's, along with built in email sign up, really can cut out the work involved and the learning curve needed to make it happen. They also have a very helpful bunch always available through their forum.

I just learned that some exciting video tutorials and more are being released. This means it's is going to be even more helpful.
With all the programs out their GVO does seem to be really working to put it all together. Of couse having some of the biggest names in Marketing being tied to this program helps.

If you would like to look it over go to http:// and take a look. I think they may still offer 30 days use for $1 and if you make some serious use of that 30 days, it could be very profitable and then you can decide if it works for you.

Well, I could go on to other subjects, but will get back to my paper and little time left this morning for my Sunday break. My grand daughter will be with me today, so it's time to run.

Aloha and have a great Sunday!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Maui's 1st Friday Event Afterwards

It started out a pretty rainy afternoon on the way up to Old Wailuku town to attend the 1st Friday monthly Event to kick off the Christmas season.
These events are real shots in the economy for Wailuku. There were a lot of people showed up, plenty of vendors and the usual array of bands from Baldwin High School choral group, that I just missed the last song on, to Hawaiian, Jazz, rock and some Slam Poetry.

Being only a few hours long, things wrap up pretty quickly, but there is a lot of activity all going on at once. I managed to get pictures and video and spend a little time talking with shop owners.

One concern a few years ago was that the Happy Vally side of Main street is kind of left out, so it was good to see some brand new shops doing butique Salon and even Acupuncture opening closer to the Happy Valley side.

The trick now is to get the people not to forget about Wailuku. Kahului always seems to over shadow Wailuku when it comes to commerce.

I'm hoping to get my videos processed and uploaded to eventually be seen, maybe even tomorrow if things work out.

Aloha Friday and the Lighting of the Christmas Lights In Wailuku

Well I made it to at least the start of Aloha Friday on Maui. Just getting ready to go out the door to work.

Tonight is the Lighting of the Christmas Lights in Old Wailuku Town during their Monthly 1st Friday event when the Main Street fills with People and the Shops stay open Late. The Crafters and Musicians set up everywhere from almost Happy Valley to the other end of Main Street.

I have enjoyed many wonderfully nights just walking the streets, checking out the people and exploring the shops. The bands set up in various nooks and cranny's. One shop La Bohemia near th Happy valley side has got to be one of the classsiest shops. Maggie, the owner (who may have her first child by now, if so Congrats!) She and her staff always keep an elegant second hand shop that makes you feel like your both Down-Home and in High Society at the same time and always some great goodies to taste or mull over, The restaurants like Cafe Marc Aurel are filled to capacity and their music is always great and there are a number of new clothing shops and such, even in a time when most places are shutting down.

Old Wailuku Town was the Main Town in Maui's days gone by with it's Wailuku Grand Hotel. I actually stayed there upon moving to Maui as a kid. While it was more of a high rise generic hotel then, it did offer me my first glimpse of waking up on a Maui Morning and looking at the West Maui Mountain's Iao Valley.
It's now a medical center.

there are some great books describing Wailuku's past, but for now I hope to enjoy Tonights's 1st Friday Events and hope they carry on. Winter tends to shut it down until Summer, but it's the one time of each Month when the essence of Old Wailuku Town seems to come out and like the ghost of Christmas present, makes itself felt.

Hope everyone's December is off to a good start and remember it's the Love you give and not the gifts that hold meaning for a lifetime.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Renewable Energy - What Are The Realistic Choices?

When it comes to Renewable Energy, just how many choices do we really have?


Although in today's world, the most prominent and promising ones would be Solar, Hydro and Wind Power. Our world is heading for destruction if it does not get a hold on the reins of fossil fuel consumption.

Now, we all know that since such Energy is non-renewable, sooner or later, depletion is most certainty the eventual outcome. Instead of leaving things to chance, we can always turn our focus to Renewable Energy Solutions.

The Sun is like a huge reservoir that is abundant in Energy. This is Free Energy. We have, up to this point, wasted the Sun Light for so many centuries. Now is the time to recoup that Energy by tapping the Solar Power to meet our Energy needs. By using Solar Energy, we are living green as well. The Sun is used today in Solar Heating Systems, Residential Solar Power Systems, Solar Dryers etc.

Other than being green and renewable, did you know that Solar Panels are built to last for decades? Most systems can last for up to 30 years. This not only saves you money and effort on its maintenance, there is hardly any repair needed as well. While it can be costly to install one at home, you will recoup the initial investment overtime.

Wind Power is another powerful and free resource nature has given us. Civilization has made use of it in many ways and for many, many years. Windmills are nothing new and have been used by different countries as a water pump or as other mechanical devices, such as grinding grains. Today, they are used to convert Wind Power into Electricity. When used for this purpose they are more often referred to as Wind Turbines. (See picture at the right of this post)

Large Wind Farms have been built to supply many homes with power. (See the picture of the First Wind operation built on Maui I just took a picture of from a distance.) While some may think they do not look aesthetic today, there are many that forget they are there. In fact, I just read a report, and I wish I could remember where, but they have not adversely affected the Real Estate Prices of homes located near them. They tend to blend well with the landscape. Unless you let them keep bothering you. That's a choice we make about most things around us.

Hydro Energy, the power of running water has been tapped for decades now. This has been used to provide Electrical Power in automotive and electrical appliances. Dams can often supply enough energy to sustain an entire town or city.

Maui does have some Hydro Electric Generation. the Big Island of Hawaii has quite a bit, but there are not too many dams to worry about. Getting enough water to run them, well that's a story by itself.

One product that I have bought and hope to put to use between work, blogging, raising grandchildren and putting on Health Conferences and Farm Tours is the Earth4Energy package. The ad is located on the right of this blog and should be on my website soon.

I recently gave away a copy to a Small Farm Family in Kentucky. Hopefully, I will have some updates on how they make out. The package has so much information, step by step plans, videos and lists of resources that you could literally build a Solar Panel for a few hundred dollars and probably double your money making them for your neighbors. That could be a nice little side money for those that have organized garages, unlike mine.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Twitter info for those that want to know and take it to a higher level

I've grown my Twitter following to around 1,000 people and if you are not familiar with how Twitter works or already do use Twitter, you can go to this page to learn more from an expert in Twitter and get access to a wealth of information.
The URL is shortened to or the actual page is at

Once you have signed up you can then follow me by searching for my Twitter name EmpowerMaui or going directly to my twitter page at

I hope this helps.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cyber Monday Spiders Hawaiian Style

Aloha to Everyone,

I'm guessing that if you are reading this, then you survived BLACK FRIDAY! And Now it's CYBER MONDAY!

After standing in lines from early in the morning and then only to find that the store probably only had 13 of the items you had your heart set on, I have to symphasize with you. Fortunately I was not one of those. I have to admit I was up early to go to work, but made sure to hit the Starbucks furthest from the malls.

In passing Walmart and I noticed that not only was their parking lot full, but they filled the Home Depot parking lot next door and just about any parking spot they could find. After work, I did wander into Walmart at the end of the day to see what was left, or more correctly what was not left and saw the rows of truck containers lined up on the road in the back waiting to either restock Walmart or unload the newly arrived Christmas trees.

So just to brighten your day and if you have a chance to get in on some CYBER MONDAY online shopping, which may take some online work to match those of BLACK FRIDAY'S. I have put together a package, limited as it is, to help you in your marketing and money making through the year and enjoy some Hawaiian Christmas Music through the season. This little incentive package combines the HOT Selling SPIDER SEO program with a little bonus.

For the first Fifty that purchase the SPIDER SEO package through the following link, I am going to give your absolutely free a copy of "Have a Very Maui Christmas." This CD was made back in 2002 and in a limited quantity. My brother's a recording studio engineer and he brought in some little know and since pretty well know Hawaiian Musician's that recorded a Christmas CD. As I was cleaning out my closets, I found a case of them and so for a limited time, unless I can scrape up a few more before Christmas, I will be including a copy to everyone that purchases the SPIDER SEO. I know that this is a CYBER MONDAY promotion, but I just may extend it until Tuesday for those that still have to work, but don't wait or your chance will be gone!

This year make a point to create yourself a Self Sustataining income and enjoy the time listening to some Hawaiian Music and thinking about taking that vacation on Maui.

While you can buy the SPIDER SEO through any of my links on this page, please use this one to help me better track your purchase and get that gift off to you right away.

Click on the picture below.

Maui Lands Donated to be held in Open Space Forever

Ulupalakua Ranch's owners Pardee and his son Sumner have taken nearly 12,000 acres of their existing 18,000 acre ranch lands and donated them through an easement to the Maui Coastal Land Trust.

The land that the Erdmans of Ulupalakua Ranch have now preserved for future generation are very much a visible part of Maui.

Part of the land was an Awapuahi. In the older days of Hawaii as land was considered "divided", it normally consisted of parcels that ran from the ocean to the mountain, sort of pie slice shape. This allowed the people that lived on that land to make full use of all it's various resources.
They could live along the beaches or in the mountain areas or choose to move to one or the other throughout the year.
Fishing, medicines from plants and various types of crops, not to mention just fresh drinking water were available for everyone's use. A concept that modern land ownership took away.

Much of the property donated in an historic lease agreement allow for the Ulupalakua Ranch to still use the property for much of their normal ranching, which presently consists of about 5000 cows, but also includes goats, Elks, Lambs. In addition they grow grapes and operate a Winery, small store and leases to operations like horseback riding and clay shooting.

The parcel includes the very sensitive Auwahi Habitat Restoration Project area that has been successfully removing invasive plants and replacing them with native species.

With so much development encroaching on the lands around Ulupalakua, including Oprah Winfrey purchasing a 1,000 acre parcel next door, the Erdmans felt it was time to make a move like this.

In the past, the site of Ulupalakua Ranch has a very rich history. Founded as far back as 1865 by Linton Torbet. The ranch had various owners over the years, with Captain James Makee probably one of the most notable.

The Ranch was a favorite stopping off and vacation spot by many famous people in it's early years. Hawaii kings and many notable Authors were among it's large and varied list of guests.

Here we are 150 years later and the land that once was the home to many forests and plants like the very much valued Sandal wood trees that were all either harvested or removed to make room for pasture land, will now see from 12 to 15 Wind Turbines sprout along the ridge line
Adding nearly 20 Million Watts of power to Maui's Electrical grid. Sempra Energy recently of San Diego recently bought the project and acquired the lease within the Auwahi portion of the Ranch.

So with the exception of possibly viewing a few Wind Turbines, the southern ridge of Haleakala on Maui in Hawaii will continue to hold it's present beauty and view.

Of course, adjacent land owner's are not restricted beyond the normal existing laws and development will no doubt continue on around the Ranch, but maybe the government and public will take the Erdman's act into consideration when considering future proposals for development, at least within that area of Maui.

Having been privileged in the past, during a time when I worked on the two-way radios for the ranch and took many a trip to the top of this region, stopping off to taste some freshly picked Strawberries at the newly started Ulupalakua grown Strawberry farm, being raised on Maui it was my first time to taste what an actual plant ripened Strawberry, as opposed to the green ones picked on the mainland and forced ripened for sale in our stores. I never imagined a Strawberry being eaten without sugar sprinkled on them. The experience and the views from the top of the ranch where their water tank and radio repeater were breath taking. I just wish they had digitable cameras back then.

I hope to see more of this take place, especially after having just been working above the pineapple fields located on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains above the resorts and development.

With the new of Maui Land and Pine apple closing all it's Pineapple operation this is a huge area that could quite easily be either developed or mismanaged and through erosion devastate the slopes and further add to the loss of our ocean's reefs.

Through proper cover cropping and similiar trusts or leases, these lands could also be held for the future.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Self Sustainability through Education.

The last thing I would want my blogs and websites to be viewed as is just another web marketing site, but part of being self sufficient and sustainable is knowing how to not only make money, but to reduce your debts.
One program that is useful in educating and helping you to get your website noticed by search engines like google is it is useful in understanding more about how the "spiders" or "internet robots" go out and find your site.
Basically, these spiders and robots read the content or wording on your site and the links that are included in your posts and keep a record of it all.
Then when someone searches for something related, they know which sites to take the searcher to.
The ability to second guess how search engines rate the importance or relevance of your site to what is being searched for is sort of like playing the stock market, although getting your website or blog as close to the top of the list, especially when the search engines may return literally tens of thousands of websites, can really make a difference in whether your wasting your time online or not.

So once again a program called Spider Seo can really help you to understand how to get as near to the top of the search list as possible.

I may have to start a blog related to just the internet side of business. No matter what type of business your in these days, the internet is bound to play a part of it. That is if you want it to be seen and read.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Continues

Judging from the full mall with people from 4am walking away with small packages, I'm guessing the deals weren't so great or very limited.

Why would anyone want to put themselves through all that when for today only, you could order the instructions on how to make Solar or Wind Turbines not only for a fraction of the cost and for today Black Friday get it for about the price you would pay for a few Starbucks coffees.

Not only would you be moving towards a Sustainable future, but it would save you money to spend in the future on what you really want and help eliminate debt.

So don't let today go by without getting your copy on order. It's a small amount but will save your money for years to come.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Black Friday


Unless you are the type that enjoys those 4am mornings at the Mall to scrimp and save over a few dollars what ever might be left in the stores by the time you actually get in there, here is a way to save some money until Friday Night only and then keep saving money throughout the entire year.

These savings are only happening until the end of Friday, and you won't see it again until next year. So if you want to learn how to build solar panels and wind generators get your guides at a very reduced cost.

Hale Mahaolu Ekolu Seniors Christmas Bazaar

The Non Profit Hale Mahaolu Ekolu Seniors Club will be having a Christmas Bazaar in December.
The will feature Ono Home-Made Foods, Crafts, as well as, New and Used Rummage for sale.

The proceeds help to benefit the Hale Mahaolu Ekolu Seniors Club. Please plan to attend and be sure to try Marion's Portuguese Soup!

It will be held at the Hale Mahaolu Ekolu Seniors Hall at 717 Makaala Drive in Waiehu, Wailuku on Saturday December 12th, 2009 from 8am to 1pm.

Please come out and help support our Seniors!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Video on the new Maui Electric Mariah WindSpire 1.2G wind turbine

Over the weekend Maui Electric Company,  the local electric provider for Maui Hawaii installed a Mariah Vertical Wind Turbine. actual a local company installed it and will turn it over to Maui Electric. There are two charging stations located in front that can be accessed for Electric Cars to use. Whether it will be just for the Maui Electric Vehicles for now or not, I am not sure.

The video was captured early in the morning before starting work and so most of the noise is due to traffic. the Wind Turbine is very quiet.

Maui Electric puts up a Vertical Wind Turbine

Monday morning upon arriving early to work, I found that all the equipment I thought was being unloaded to put up a gate on Friday, turned out to be for something else entirely.

As it turns out Maui Electric had a Vertical Wind Turbine with two vehicle chargers installed rigt in the front of their Main Office Building in Kahului on Maui.

It was still early and the sun was just rising. so the pictures are a bit light, but the wind was blowing and I heard it ran pretty fast over the weekend. I will still need to get more info on it, but it looks to be a Mariah WindSpire 1.2 Vertical Wind Turbine.

It ran quietly in the early morning breeze. I hope to have more video up on it later. For now, her is a picture or two.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

In Case you want to know more about Google's Spiders

Google uses what are called "Spiders" to crawl around the internet and look at every page. That's how come they can find so many things people are interested in, but unless you understand more about how they work (Google's pretty good at keeping their ways a secret), you may want to understand  more about how their "Spiders" work. This program will help you to do that.

Out of work?

These days with so many people out of work, now is a good time time to put some of your computer skills to work or start learning how to.

How To Make Sure Your Marketing Stands Out And Gets Results!

There are many ways to put some of you computer and internet skills to work to create additional income and even re-occuring income. I have some of the ads posted on this page for a few programs that would allow you to do just that.

Even if you are still employed, you can put some time in during the week instead of watching TV or surfing around the internet. Using some of these programs could be the answer to helping make ends meet.

Why sit around wondering how to get the extra money to pay the bills or mortgage, when educating yourself and joining a few different programs can help solve that problem.

One of my main goals with is Sustainability. Having enough money is a crucial aspect to being self sufficient and part of living a Sustainable life.

The website is being structured around a Sustainable Life for people. So beyond helping to reduce, conserve and produce Energy, as well as, learning more about how to Farm and produce Food. Increasing your income is a large part of the Sustainable aspect of life.

How To Make Sure Your Marketing Stands Out And Gets Results!

So signing up for the EmpowerMaui newsletter using the Big Blue Button located at the top right of this blog and the top left of my website at can help you to achieve a truly Sustainable Lifestyle and help take the pressure off. Go and sign up right now for the newsletter today and look at the various programs and choose ones that can help you achieve that extra income.

I will be adding more under the topic of Education to point you in the direction of how to make the Internet work for you. Most of the programs are very thorough and give you access to a wealth of information and help on how to market their products. Many, if not most of the Affiliate Programs actually do the majority of the work and you just collect your commissions.

Wouldn't you rather be checking your bank account deposits grow, rather than blowing the time on another reality TV show?

P.S. Here is another site for helping to build your email list.

Build your email list by clicking here! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Homelessness Rally on Maui in Hawaii

This Wednesday afternoon I heard on the radio that there would be a Rally for Homelessness on Maui.
So when I got off of work I went by to see what it was all about. I managed to get some pictures but the crowd was gone by the time I got to the other side of the street.

I had hoped to talk to someone about the Rally and get a video interview, but with it getting dark and the fact that Maui is showing it's winter weather with the wind and rain coming and going, I guess everyone had to go find their place for the night.

With the economy so bad and house prices still out of the reach of many, people are in the "working poor" class. Many have jobs and some have relatives, but within a few mile radius of where this Rally was held were probably dozens of people just seeking some dry shelter for the night.

Life is hard for people in a Paradise State such as Hawaii.
We may be going into winter, but it isn't as harsh as so many people on  the Mainland have to put up with.
There are many agencies and people trying to do their best to help with the situation, but for know people are still going Hungry and having to seek a safe place to sleep at night.
Families are being split up and having to live with other families, who themselves could be one pay check away from being Homeless themselves!
What are the answers? Know one seems to have any real answers for people. If you get the chance to help some of the organizations around Maui and your area, do what you can. Do what you may be good at. Pick up an extra can of food for those frequent food drives and just lend a hand where ever you can.

The AFL-CIO Labor Community Services Committee made up of various local union members, many out of work at this point have chosen to help Imua Family Services in putting on a Christmas Party December 16th and are looking for Volunteers to help out any way they can. If you can't physically help, maybe just a few dollars towards helping these children and their families have a little joy in their Christmas.
Please read over the poster and contact Lena Statton at the Maui United Way Office at (808) 244-8787.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Aloha! Yipee!!


After emailing Teresa Martin-Pike of Pike Family Farm and letting her know she was the one to get the copy of the "Great Energy Book Give Away" her response started off with "Aloha! Yipee, And yes, we do use a lot of energy on the farm, I'm very excited to learn more!!"  She no doubt was happy to learn she had been selected to get the copy.

Living on a farm, she has quite a need for Energy in many ways. I hope this will help her to produce some extra Energy and help her to also lower her cost she already paying. Take a look at her website at and see how beautiful it looks and the amazing things she and her family have done with it.

For the rest of you that were not able to get a copy. the name of the site is Earth4Energy and can be accessed by clicking on the name or here!

Earth4Energy will teach even the most people with no clue how to build Solar and Wind Energy at a fraction of what it costs to buy it outright. They also includes plans, step by step instructions and even video of every step of the way.

If places like Germany can lead the way in Solar use, I don't see why America can't have solar somewhere on every piece of property. With prices so low and where to buy the products to assemble units in your garage or yard. there no reason not to get a copy and try a project.

Hey!, maybe it could become a nice little business producing panels for all your neighbors. You won't know until you give it a try.

Get your Copy Today and start lighting those Christmas trees and house with solar, led lights and batteries.
It's all possible!

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Winner is?

As some of you may already know, and especially those that follow EmpowerMaui on Twitter do know, I have been itching to give away a copy of a great DVD for building your own Solar and Wind energy.

It's been called the "Great Energy Book Give Away" and even though it's not actually a book, it's jam packed with useful information and plans. There are video tutorials and even where to get the parts to build the equipment.

As it turns out, one of my Twitter followers that signed up has been selected and I will be arranging to ship her a copy at no cost to her. What a deal! Most give-aways make you pay the shipping.

The winner is Teresa Martin-Pike of Pike Valley Farms in Kentucky. Their farm can be found on Facebook and here is a direct quote from their bio section "Pike Valley Farm is a Certified Organic, pastured and sustainable farm in the north end of Garrard County. You can call ahead and buy directly from the farm if you'd like! Think of us as your local farmer!"

So Congratulations Teresa and I'm so happy for you that you will be able to attend the Weston Price Foundation Conference this year. I attended the AcresUSA Conference last year and it was definitely worth the time and expense to get there from Hawaii.

Well I'm sure you use quite a bit of Energy on the Farm and I hope this helps. Now I wish you were one of the people I hope to give away to that is that is more directly related to Farming, but that's another give away.

Teresa is one of my followers on Twitter and goes under the Twitter name of pikevalleyfarm. Be sure to visit her and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and their website

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pirate Radio

While this post might fit loosely under, Energy, Education, and Community, it mostly fits Sustainability.

I just watched the movie called Pirate Radio about a radio station and a quite unusual mix of characters that managed to bring Rock & Roll to Great Britain during a time when it was outlawed.

To me this represents the Sustainability of Music and the effect it has on people and Community.

The fact that it can create such a diversity of opinions and yet bring even the most unexpected people together really shows how Sustainable some things are.

Overtime they may change to suite the times, but often the message is carried on.

While not a real movie critic, it sure beat all the violent type movies that there were to choose from and I would recommend it, if for no other reason than just to be entertained and realize a true sense of what can happen when a common goal is the purpose of many.

Weather agrees with Orchids

As I spoke of the hot humid conditions on Maui today, I also found out my neighbors Son had built them a website.

Tom & Marion have been working with their Orchids for the past 9 years I've known them and much longer.

Day in and day out this retired couple cease to amaze me when it comes to their relentless energy.

Their Son started a website for them called and while only a few pages long, it gives a lot of information about them and their operation.

If your a Maui resident, it may be worth a see and of course you can't beat the pricing. They really put their hearts and souls into these plants and they reflect it.

They have built quite a nice side business for their retirement years.

Hot & Humid on Maui

With most of my chores done and some running of errands out of the way, I can't help but wish it would rain.
The weather guessers keep calling for like 80% rain and except for some mercy of high clouds, it's still awfully muggy and hot downtown in central Maui.
Should be on top of more work but find it hard to get motivated in this heat.
It's a shame to live on an island surrounded by beaches when you would rather live in the mountains.
Being raised here and seeing, as well as doing most things doesn't help.
Don't for get that my great Energy Book (CD) Give Away ends tomorrow and then someone will get a brand new unwrapped copy of it at no charge. I'll even send it out at my cost!
Not many offers like that. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen one where they didn't make you at least pay the postage. This is the link sign in now!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sustainable energy, Marketing and the internet

While I do use my Website to try and categorize the use of Sustainable Technology in the aeas of Energy, Food, Farming, Water, Education and Community Events, I am finding that the blog works about the best in getting the word out. My websites and my site try to bring a little of Maui to those that care to see it. Often I have received notes from family members of people that now live on Maui and are appreciative to see what is going on here. While I am obviously not to only source for this, it is from my point of view. I just wish I had more time and skills to bring it out better and quicker. what for more articles relating to Crowdsourcing. this may be the answer for many to help together in this sort of area.

I am constantly searching and researching Technologies. Being in the Energy Sector, I tend to find it the most relevant, since I know the most about it. Probably the second most relevant area is my interest in Growing and Educating around good Farming practices. That is why I am also sitting as the VP on Maui Aloha Aina Association, a 501c3 Non Profit Organization, and can be found at which has a conferences coming up On January 16th & 17, 2010 in Olinda, Maui on a Farm. This is around the 10th year since this Conference has started and brings in world class speakers from the likes of and

Probably one area I am most passionate, but have the least time to devote to is Education. Within the next few years many people, myself included that have been working in the field of Energy will be hitting retirement age. This is a scary thought from having seen the changes over the last 16 years and the changes that are coming with the Smart Grid.

My concern is, where will the people come from that will do this work. Many of the Colleges are turning out people that are more interested in the glamorous work and not really geared towards Utility work. Granted the Utility as we know it today, may not be the same one as we see in even the next few years.

The Technology of the Smart Grid, Automated Buildings and Meters, Alternate Sources of Energy such as Solar, Wind, Bio-Fuels, Algae, Bio-Mass, Fuel Cells, Concentrating Solar (CSP) which National Geographic did a great article on recently, and even the release this past Sunday in the Maui News for a contractors to lay down Electric Lines that will be used to interconnect the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Oahu. Changes in the way we Store and Reuse Electricity through times when it cannot be generated and of course the existing technologies of Natural Gas, Coal, Oil and Nuclear. Europe just announced, I believe it was France, that they will move towards more Nuclear Technology. There are so many ways in which Energy will be provided and how it is used and distributed is probably the bigger question.

Transportation has gone towards Electric Automobiles, surely not an old Technology, but there are firms that can right now build Semi-Tractor Trucks with at least, if not more pulling power than the conventional diesel trucks. Their range is getting better all the time.

Personally, I have been experimenting with products for Battery Technology. This is in regard to the re-use of what was considered to be dead and useless Lead Acid and Gel Cell Batteries that would ultimately be disposed of, if they are indeed disposed of right and end up as hazardous materials and sent to be recycled properly. More often than not, at least on Maui, I find them laying on the side of the road since know one wants to pay the cost to get rid of them.

One particular product that doesn't require opening the battery, has even in it's simplest version, been allowing me to rejuvenate to date about 10 Yuasa Gel Cell Batteries. Five of them are probably 15 years old, wouldn't accept  a charge anymore and sat around with only a 5-6 Volt DC charge when they should have been at least at 12 Volts DC. I've also been successful at bringing back some smaller units from some small UPS (Uninterruptable Power supples).

While I'm wandering a bit in this post, the point is that Sustainable Technology is something that is needed, Education is very much needed and programs to place the workers into the right fields so we can produce much needed products and employ the citizens of our Country the United States. Much of what we should have shifted towards has moved off shore and left towns and workforces idled. It's effected our economy and created a record unemployment of over 10% and growing in many areas. This does not need to be the case.

They are a number of Organizations that can be re-tooled and put these people to work, the resourses are still there to help train and re-train people to produce these goods. The ability to turn our lands back into Nutrient Dense and Useful Lands that can become our Farmacys and help move us away from depending on what has come to become the Medical System and the dependency on new and expensive drugs to try and "band aid" the symptoms of just not eating right. It's never too late and the both the Human Body and the Earth are pretty amazing at responding to the right inputs in healing themselves.

That brings me to the internet. while I would love to fill all my blogs and websites with advertisements for Local Companies, it's a quite a task to approach and help create ads and spaces for them all. I hope to do that with my website. In the meantime I will try to include ads to Companies that not only have something valuable to bring to the Sustainable Table, but can also help provide some revenue for me to keep spreading the information.

We haven't had much rain lately, especially in Central Maui, but I better end now because the lightning and rain are getting pretty intense. Time to disconnect from the grid in the event of a surge.

Take care and if you wish to follow me in short burst and are into Twitter, I can be found under the name of EmpowerMaui on Twitter and my site page is

Have a wonderful day or night, where ever you happen to be and I am going to go enjoy the sound of the rain and have some late dinner.