Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What In The World Are They Spraying - The Maui Premier

A view to the East as the Sun rises on Maui.
I have lately tuned in more and more on the whole chem trail issue and that Maui is a big hotspot, with much focus on it. Yesterday, December 20th 2010, at the Temple of Peace in Haiku, Maui was the Maui Premier of Michael Murphy's new film called "What in the World are they Spraying?"

So I just thought I would point it out and provide a link to a related article I did at my Concerned Voices site.

Take a look and leave comments on your experiences with these issues, I would love to get some feedback. Many people never heard of chem trails.
This is altered on the blue side, but pretty much as seen from Kahului.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Health Creates Wealth For The Last 200 Years.

Despite the industrialization of our food supplies, people of the world seem to have been able to obtain a longer life expectancy and greater wealth. The movement towards a more responsible and conscious food system could be the key to maintaining the progress. It would seem to me that in the last decade, our society has adopted too much of the earlier advancements, to the point of no longer eating real food. This is becoming more apparent in our rising medical costs and just looking around at the physical changes that everyone from children to seniors are going through.

My guess is that if we don't get on track and stay on track in producing healthy, vitality filled foods, we are likely to see a big decline in both life expectancy and wealth. This quick view of the last 200 years is pretty interesting though.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Maui Body and Soil Health Conference 2011

It's all about "Getting to Heart and Body of Soil Vitality." The theme of this years 10th annual Maui Body & Soil Health Conference, sponsored by the Maui Aloha Aina Association.

Held again on the beautiful Kumalani Organic Farm in Olinda Maui, the Maui Body and Soil Health Conference will be take place on Friday January 14, Saturday, January 15th and capping off with a bash to celebrate the 10th year on Sunday January 16th.

With a host of world class speakers having grown in number, this years event will be exceptional for sure.

The presenters include:

Jerry BrunettiBack by popular demand for his sixth year!
Eva Lee – Volcano Hi. Green Tea Propagator/Farmer
Dr. Tom Cowan - Westin A. Price board member and heart specialist
Dr. Patrick MacManaway Subtle Energies & the Spirit of Land & Farms
Peter HirstNew England Bio-Char- Adam Retort Bio-Char Workshop/ Demonstration
Dr. Hoon Park & Michael Duponte- CTAHR Manoa- IMO Fermentations
A special panel discussion is planned for Sunday afternoon speaking to the three legs of a healthy soil structure working in synergy with:
Peter Hirst- on the structure with activated Bio Char,
Jerry Brunetti- on the chemistry through Micron-ized minerals,
Dr. Hoon Park and Michael Duponte-
on the biology with Indigenous- Micro Organisms (IMO- fermentations)

In addition to the many fine speakers, the not to be missed Organic meals with locally grown and produced products donated by the wonderful people at:
  • Mana Foods 
  • Down To Earth
  • Whole Food
There will be a host of vendors displaying their Health and Agricultural related products in the vendors tent.

This year the Alaka'ina Foundation will be sending their Maui Digital Bus. this self powered bus is fully equipped with microscopes tied to computers to be able to get up close and personal with your soil. Check this list of equipment they have.
Below is a brief list of the science equipment provided:
    Digital Microsope
    Handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) Devices
    Electronic Water Testing Equipment
    Digital Cameras ~ Digital Video Cameras
    Apple iBooks
    Vernier Software & Technology
    Physiology Probes
    Dell Laptop

Bring some to check out.

The Digital Bus is a classroom on wheels that is used to provide education to students K-12th grades.

The Digital Bus provides customized projects for youth groups and special after school and Saturday programs. These projects are designed to fit the specific needs of the youth group. They include such things as watershed studies, mapping activities, Vernier Lab Pro experiments and beach studies, and a special program for the Conference.

Children are encouraged to attend. Teaching the Keiki about their aina and the food that comes from it is very important to Maui Aloha Aina and crucial to all of us. Please feel free to contact Maui Aloha Aina about helping to sponsor out youth in attending this very important conference.

For registration, more information, sponsorships or even donations to the effort, please go to www.MauiGrown.com to register. You can also call (808) 242-7870 and/or email them at maaevents@hawaii.rr.com.  

Empower yourself and our youth in 2011, by starting the year with an fun and enlightening education that could very well change your life and the lives of those you love. Give yourselves the gift of health and vitality this Christmas and sign up friends and family. The gift is priceless!

Here with a short PSA recording thanks to Akaku Public TV, is the President and Founder of Maui Aloha aina Association, Vincent Mina.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wheat Grass growing at Kahanu Aina Farms.
Jerry Brunetti - 2008 ACRES USA lifetime achievement award winner
Dr. Tom Cowan - Author of Four Fold Healing & Heart SpecialistEva Lee - Hawaii Green Tea Propagator/ Farmer
Dr. Patrick McManaway - Subtle Energies and the Spirit of Land & Farms
Peter Hirst - New England Bio-Char-"Adam Retort" Bio-Char Demonstration

  • Bio-Char Demonstration
  • Micron-ized mineral trials and Workshop.
  • Eco-logical & Holistic Trade Show Vendor Booths.
  • 10th year after party celebration Sunday Evening.
  • Ireneo's Local Grown Food Extravaganza, included with registration.
  • Plus local guest farmer and health professional demonstrations ongreen tea, compost, vermi-compost, aquaponics, massage, chiropractic,acupuncture.
  • Panel Discussion on Soil Building using a system approach
  • Kids under 12 free with accompanying
  • Just added for Friday and Saturday, the amazing "Digital Bus" fully self powered, science lab, equipped with computers, microscopes viewable on the computers and a whole science program.
  • Get up close and intimate with the soil, Register today!

Vendors, please get signed up right away so we can get your info out on our ads, websites and either get a video or make one. 
Times running short and space is at a premium now.
Give to yourself the ultimate gift this holiday season
A systems approach in having a healthy Body through a enlivened Soil!
Register Now!  Be the change you want for yourself
www.MauiGrown.com to secure your place and learn about how to empower your well being!
Learn about the heart not being a pump
Learn how nutrition pumps our blood
Learn about secondary plant metabolites that are responsible for our well being
Learn about how healthy plants produce their own pesticides
Learn about how high nitrogen fertilizers shut that production system down
Learn about our three legged protocol to healthy soil system
Bio Char-Structure (See the article below on Peter Hirst and the Adam Retort)
IMO Fermentations-Biology
Micron-ized Minerals-Chemistry
Twenty folks have taken advantage of the early registration opportunity offered in getting soil analysis with us sending in 44 samples! 
"Its all about our food", come envision, co-create and celebrate Maui growing its own food supply!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Maui's Most Talented Sons, Willie K and Eric Gilliom have what is sure to be a Historic Hit Movie Get A Job!

Oh My Gosh!

This Movie "Get A Job! with Maui's most talented Son's is way over the top! Willie K Kahaialii and Eric Gilliom, along with so many familiar and famous Hawaii people, just show's once again the extreme and often over-looked, talent that is part of Hawaii.

I can't imagine that this wouldn't go National and win some awards.

Here just one clip. This is previewing Today, November 28, 2010 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Expect to see a whole lot more on this.

I had wondered about this since first driving past and noticing Willy dressed as a Pineapple, I figured it had to be Eric, but Hey all Bananas look alike right! I thought it was a commercial. 

What a great show. Pass it around. Leave me comments.

Just a little brightness to fill some space.

The view of Pauwela Bay looking towards Shark Hole and the Lighthouse with Farmer extraordinaire, Mr. Alex Bode.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Maui Body & Soil Health Conference Sponsored By The Maui Aloha Aina Association Is Just Around The Corner

With the Maui Aloha Aina's annual Maui Body & Soil Health Conference coming up on January 14,15,and 16, there is not much time left to sign up and purchase your registration for this highly popular event. Sign up here!

Being the 10th annual conference Maui Aloha Aina Association has decided to add a third day and even more valuable information and expert speakers. All of the speakers could easily take up a few pages to just highlight their expertise ands accomplishments alone.

JUST ADDED to the Maui Body and Soil Health Conference as a PRE-CONFERENCE BONUS!!!

Peter HirstNew England Bio-Char- Adam Retort Bio-Char Workshop/ Demonstration

Peter Hirst will be brought in to train Mauians on building & operating an “Adam Retort” Bio Char facility during a pre-conference workshop, while also presenting during the three days at Body & Soil on the Pyrolysis process.

This will be the FIRST Adam Retort Facility in the state, with the intention of having them built in every agricultural district on Maui and throughout the State of Hawaii.

This being said, I am hoping to highlight each person in separate blog posts. In no particular order, but because my research into producing energy from various technologies has led me back to the Adam Retort and the foremost authority on this technology, I will start with Peter Hirst of New England BioChar.

Peter Hirst's company has purchased the American rights to build the Adam Retort, a design that Chris Adam put in to use in places like Niger, India, Burundi and Peru.

Chris Adam of Adam and Associates won a Silver Award in the Focus Energy 2006.
Here is an excerpt written by Chris Adam and can be found here.

"Last October I installed for the first time in Europe a unit of the "adam-retort" a more environmentally friendly low-cost charcoal production system for bio mass.
The "adam-retort" was developed in East Africa and India and normally this adapted technology is not dropping "North".

See: http://stoves.bioenergylists.org/en/adamretort

A German farmer who is doing casually traditional charcoal production is fond of the low-cost retort system.

His main argument is that he can now handle the unit alone, without the help of other colleagues.
Before when occasionally traditional charcoal burning was done, a team of 4 workers had to be organized to load and unload the earth mount kiln and to organize a 24 hour surveillance shift over 5 days!
Stress and personal resentments developed within the group.

Now, whenever the farmer has some time left, he can start carbonization alone, whenever he needs to make a break, he can safely stall the process and take it up the next day.

He gets about 220kg of good charcoal from beech wood, plus some additional charcoal fines per batch.
the wood chamber volume takes about 3m³ of wood or biomass.
He can make 3 batches per week.

Apart from this, another unit was build by a farmer in Turkey. The farmer was already doing traditional charcoal making.
He build the retort unit accordingly to a manual with photos, text and construction drawings and most important with technical backstopping done by myself per sms from Kenya.
Its delicate to introduce by distance such relatively complex unit.
The main problem is that as long, as i did not see what he was building, his construction might differ from the one which should be supposed to be and we might not speak about the same technical arrangements.

But anyhow its a step further to produce charcoal from wood or other biomass with half of the wood needed and up 75% less harmful emissions- compared with traditional carbonization.
Other retort units are planed to be build for Zambia, Kenya, Lebanon and Mexico.
Chris Adam"

More on Chris Adam's Retort can be found at http://www.biocoal.org/3.html.

Courtesy of http://www.biocoal.org/3.html.

"Did You know:
CHARCOAL from RETORT SYSTEMS can often serve as a replacement for fossil fuels,
thereby having a neutral effect on CO² exchanges.
This makes a significant positive contribution to the preservation of our environment!
Also using charcoal to improve soils for agriculture (bio char) becomes more and more important

Advantages of the "adam-retort":

1) High economy and better efficiency of approx. 35% to 45% (Instead of about 18% efficiency compared to the traditional systems; calculated from dry weight).

2) Recycling and clean combustion of the pyrolysis gas during the 2nd phase of operation (retort-system) results in a low-emission of carbon monoxides during the charcoal production! The effective carbonization of the biomass takes only 10 hours.
A retort system reduces the emission of harmful volatiles into the atmosphere to about up to 75%! (Compared to a traditional earth-mount kiln).

3) Low investment costs of about ~500Euroand a simple construction with locally available materials. (Costs were about 300 Euro in Kenya in 2004, but now with raising steel prices costs increased...) .

4) About 3m3 of biomass (corresponding to approx. 600kg to 900kg wood, coconut shells, compacted saw-dust briquettes, etc., dry weight, water not counted, or ~1-1,5 tons of wet wood) can be converted to up to 350kg of charcoal per batch. Per week about 3 batches of biomass can be carbonized which is corresponding to about ~1 ton of charcoal per week and unit.

5) An effective 30 hour total production cycle (known as batch) and a simple operation of the plant result in an increased income for its operators. The right system to be used at forest projects, sustainable energy-wood plantations and charcoal makers in rural areas or for semi-industrial production.

6) Only waste wood or residual biomass needs to be burnt (~50kg) in a separate fire box to dry and heat the wood and initiate the carbonization process during the 1st phase.

7) With an extended version the famous "white charcoal" should be possible to be produced? This is an adapted Japanese technology to produce high quality and strong charcoal.
Also the production of "wood vinegar" is possible during the 1st phase of operation."

perspective drawing of the "adam-retort"


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Your Leadership is Inspiring

Those that lead through fear, never really have someone on their side, at least not willingly. When one leads using fear as a motivational tool, it is because they are fearful themselves and believe they need to make other fear them. The then live with the fear that the very ones that follow through fear, may one day rise up and rebel against the source of their fear. A leader that rules by fear, must have a hard time sleeping with one eye open at all times.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Maui, Home of the Last Place on Earth to see "Hawaiian Snow."

For many decades Hawaii was home to what was referred to as "Hawaiian Snow." 

The many sugar operations throughout the state of Hawaii were home to a host of companies that raised and produced sugar. Now in the year 2010, there remains only one operation in Hawaii. The plantation owned by HC&S, Hawaiian Commercial  & Sugar, is the last remaining company to grow and produce sugar in Hawaii.

Hawaii was once the home to dozens of different sugar plantations. Maui's sugar history  began back  when Claus Spreckles saw an opportunity to create a sugar plantation. The plantation quickly became quite profitable. Claus Spreckles, who had already become quite successful in the San Francisco area for his developments, see the story at Ancestory.com   for more. 

Manteca, California, was the home for many years to Claus Sprekeles beet sugar refinery, and served for decades as a ripe-smelling way point on the road to Yosemite, at the crossroads of state Highways 99 and 120. See the article at sfgate.com.

Today the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar (HC&S) plantation is the last remnant of the Claus Spreckles plantations, the other plantations such as Wailuku Sugar and Pioneer Mill, have closed down their operations  years ago.

So the phenomenon known locally as "Hawaiian Snow" is when the  sugar ashes from the burning cane fields rise up in a cloud of smoke resembling a nuclear explosion, and slowly drift down wind and as it cools, the ashes descend on the various down wind communities and blanket the cars, sidewalks and houses with the remnants of the sugar field. While many object to the burning of the cane fields, it has been part of Maui's history and an important part of keeping the last sugar plantation solvent.

While the cane ash raining down on Maui in the crisp cool air of a clear November morning is not unusual for the residents of Maui, it's a novelty for the visitors, as is the 3am cane fields burning. It's actually quite spectacular to watch.

Maybe the "Hawaiian Snow" should be renamed to "Maui Snow" to be more accurate.

Please feel free to add comments on your experiences with "Hawaiian Snow" or sugar plantations in general. I'm sure there are many stories just waiting for an audience.



Thursday, November 11, 2010

On this Veteran's Day I am reminded of some Maui history that is equally important as fighting a war and should not be forgotten.

The people of Maui that remained at home during WWII were fighting their own battles. With so many military men living on Maui and so many of Maui's people of Japanese descent taken from their homes and shipped of to internment camps, it fell to the rest of the people of Maui that remained to carry the load.

One such load was the feeding of Maui's people and the then thousands of servicemen stationed on Maui, within the State and traveling through Hawaii to other locations around the pacific.

The Aloha and determination of Maui's people reflected what made Maui No Ka Oi.

With so many mouths to feed, the people of Maui became farmers. They learned from each other, were taught by people the Military brought in and before long every yard and spare plot of land was planted and soon began yielding  more than Maui needed. They produced enough food through farming, ranching and dairy farms that they supplied Maui and most of Oahu's need for fresh, locally grown food.

This was done at a time when resources and infrastructure were at a minimum. The work was done mostly through the efforts of hand laboring in the soil, hand watering, and hand harvesting.

Food was prepared in community soup kitchens as neighbors endeavored to feed and support each other. The communities were brought together and developed a one people attitude despite the variety of races and cultural backgrounds. Racism, especially towards people of Asian descent was still present, but somehow mostly over looked as people leaned on, and supported each other.

There may have been many communities that were similar to Maui, but Maui was truly No Ka Oi and still is.

On this day of remembrance for those that fought so hard to give us what we had, it was not just given to them, we owe it to them, ourselves and our future generations, to not let the sense of community, and the lessons of the past go to waste. The ability to remain united in a common goal is our heritage and will be the heritage of those that follow. It's all in our hands.

I hope all are enjoying and giving thanks for what we have on this Veteran's Day of 2011.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Maui Body and Soil Health Conference on Maui in January 2011 Early Registration.

Aloha World,

I am making a quick posting in the time I have, but I wanted to share with everyone that all the details for the up coming Maui Body and Soil Health Conference in it's 10th year, is adding a third day to the program with a blow-out celebration at the end.

This Non-Profit Event has become a staple on Maui and is supported by so many local small farmers and the County of Maui that it keeps out growing it's previous size. We are definitely indebted to our host that allows us to create such a wonderful outdoor event among an actively growing Organic Farm under the Bright Hawaiian Sun and the cool breeze of up-country Maui that has made this become such a must attend conference.

The food is incredible, the hospitality is overwhelming and the speakers are top notch speakers that are paid thousands of dollars to speak at other conferences and give their time to us to help benefit those on Maui,

So not only is this conference a fraction of what it would cost for attendance and travel if you live on Maui, but it;s a GREAT value if you are heading or even think about coming to Maui in January, and we know most people would love to come to Maui in January of 2011.

Combined with the already incredible pricing for this conference, the travel industry has so many super low priced deals for people to come to Maui, it would be crazy not to take advantage of the early bird registration and the early bird travel discounts. It sound like more than a win-win deal to me, in fact those that do attend will go away with more than they even envisioned.

Well, may alarm is reminding me it's time to to go and that you should get over to www.MauiGrown.com and get that early registration in now. If you are on Maui, or not, there is a soil analysis available for a short time at a discounted price with the ability to talk to the experts about it in an intimate one on one basis while relaxing on Maui.

Mahalo and enjoy the trip in January,


P.S. I just added the Flight Network to the right side of this blog. Check their pricing on travel, it seems pretty competitve with PriceLine and Orbitz or direct booking.
I would be very interested in your comparisons with Flight Network. Just leave a comment below.

Again it's www.MauiGrown.com


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Beginning of the Century the Corporations and Drug Companies used Data to Steer us Where we are.

There are a number of articles and various types of interviews and information about the Drug Companies creating a disease to sell drugs. Most drugs have the side effect listing the very thing you are taking it to prevent or cure.

I have witnessed first had a gathering of hundreds of people at a dinner celebration with high tech entertainment and an amazing amount of money spent by the drug companies to court there following of pharmacies, doctors and who know who else.

Here is some info on this sort of thing. A Canadian Podcast about the effect 911 and the corporations are having on Canada. The show segment is

Unbought and Unbossed #187 Sept 1, 2010

More on this at http://www.archive.org/details/UnboughtAndUnbossed187Sept12010.

A Video from Media Monarchy #179. www.facebook.com/mediamonarchy

Leave me a comment and let me know if this is useful info for you. Thanks!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

3am, Cane Smoke, Sulfur and Coffee

Tis the season for windless days and Cane Sugar burning on Maui. I grew up with Cane Burning and never minded it and actually enjoyed watching it. These days with all the controversy over the toxicity of the smoke and all the "extra" stuff in the fields, it's not an easy subject. It's part of a past culture and something that many owe a living to and yet Maui is moving to a different future and trying to retain it's past ands still increase it's population.

I am a fan of Maui's History and love to read about the last 100 years and even my Family had a hand in shaping it to some degree as owners of an old country store that we bought when I was a kid, it's no longer there and later building the first "modern" theater on Maui in many years. I ran the projectors and helped manage it with my late Mother and Father and many friends that had invested in the venture my Father started. So the history and culture of Maui is something I love to study, but as part of an industry that is moving towards a highly sophisticated and technologically advanced future for not only Maui, but the world, I have to realize that holding on to the past is fruitless, while learning from it as you move forward is priceless.

Back to the Sugar Cane Burning, I always lived up-country in Haiku until the last 10 years when I moved to Kahului amid and downwind of the Sugar Cane Burning. I never realized at first why my house smelled of sulfur about 3am during windless mornings. Between Maui Land and Pines power plant a block away, Maui Electrics Steam Powerplant and Cane Burning, on windless mornings as the temperature cooled and the temperature inversion of the cold air trapping the warm air close to the ground, was introduced to the smell of all that filling my house and being strong enough to wake me, as it did this morning.

Maui Pine is gone, Maui Electric has installed many features to clean it's emissions, which leaves the Sugar Burning. So I would have to say much of it comes from the Cane Burning. With the price of housing having dropped radically, a move to another location is out of the question, so what do I do? Hey, just grin and bear it, look for the bright side and get up in the dark and be the first customers in Starbuck's Air-Conditioned store, have my coffee, read the Maui News, Honolulu Star Advertisor, Wall Street Journal and blog about it.
That works for me at the moment.

Now as the sun rises I have to pick up my 7 year old rambunctious grandson and head for the Maui Community Workday sponsor installation of a garden at Haiku School. Having attended Haiku School in 7th and 8th grade, I was one of the last classes to really experience the old farming and gardening practices at schools and enjoy the fruits of our labor in the cafeteria and learn to love Watercress grown below the school closs to the ocean in a hidden stream by a long time Watercress farming family.

So taking my grandson so many years ago to restart a garden at Haiku School is a pleasure. He goes to school in Kahului and has a lot of homework to do, so after lunch when we are done working on the garden we will take a trip maybe to the Pauwela Lighthouse, another of my old stomping grounds and enjoy the view while doing some of his homework.

Incorporating what is, respecting what was and having faith in what will be is about the only way to get by and for now I will enjoy the moment and day with my grandson.

Here are some pictures of my view this morning.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Why Can't the Electric Grid on Maui Take all the Alternative Power Available?

I'm often asked why Maui Electric has a limit on adding alternative energy such as Wind or Solar. Actually Maui has quite a bit of alternative power with Kaheawa, now called First Wind operating 20 Windmills that are running down the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. The equipment has been sitting on Maui waiting for the approvals.

On the southern slopes of Haleakala is another set of big Windmills called Auahi that will be built soon. This project was first started by Shell Oil Co. and was preferred over a second set of Windmills at the First Wind site because of the possibility that if the wind stops at one wind farm, it might still be blowing at another.

Sixteen years ago I helped to maintain a joint venture solar electric system located back up in the keawe trees above what is now the Maui High Tech Park. It was a very large installation, at least at that time, with 3 inverters feeding up to 15 kw into each of the 3 phases of the grid.

We spent many hours tracking down burnt connections under the solar panels because of the high DC voltages and current. A loose or bad connection becomes a resistor and generated heat or wattage that would literally melt the box covers. In fact, that was part of how we found the problems, by visually inspecting the covers, but as time went on the parts became scarce and reuse of old covers were the practice. After that it required a bit more logical trouble shooting of the panels to find the fault.

Another draw back was the dusty conditions would drop the output significantly and require us to take a big tank of water mounted on a trailer with a power washer, normally used to wash lines, insulators and substation equipment, to wash down the panels.

Eventually the installation was decommissioned after at least one rebuild and rewiring.

There are plans in the works for third party Algae production to be used in the fuel supply. Some Hydro, but as early as the 1920's, Maui was run mostly by Hydro Electric Plants built by the Sugar companies. In fact, Maui Electric was only a distribution company. They ran the lines and sold the power and the latest lines of Kelvinator and other Electric Appliances, as they were produced and people had lines run to them and the money to buy and use them.

In the 1930's, Maui experienced several years of drought conditions and the Sugar Companies had a tough time supplying their needs, let alone the needs of a now growing consumer base of electricity.

Eventually Maui Electric built it's first steam generation plant that is still in operation by the Kahului harbor. The next plant built was in the undeveloped Maalaea mud flats. It began as a couple of small diesel powered generators. Today it operates a number of different generators, driven from tractor style Diesel engines, a couple of locomotive engines that actually look like two train cars without the rails, about 5 more diesel run engines that look like they are from small cruise ships, and some that look like they came off a huge cruise ship and then the back bone jet engine type generators that use the waste heat to run another generator.

Because of the time to start and stop all these engines, it's very hard to just come on line or drop off line easily. They all don't like being jerked around. Based on load and now some automation, the plants generally run the more efficient ones all the time and bring on the less efficient engines as the load is required or predicted.

In addition, HC&S (Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar), supplies an agreed upon amount to the grid. So this is an expected source. There used to be other sources like the Lahaina Sugar Mill and the Paia Sugar Mill, but those shut down and the difference had to be made up by adding more generation to Maalaea.

Even without intermittent energy feeds like wind and solar, Maui Electric was required by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to meet the needs of Maui's Consumers. This means that then and even now, engines have to be running as reserve power. This adds to the expense, but is the only way Maui Electric can insure enough power for the consumers.

On any given day a tree, car accident, birds and even geckos in equipment can cause a fault that can take a big generator off line and the sudden loss has operators scrambling to try and maintain the grid, but many times it can result in a cascading loss of power as relays automatically turn off power to various section of Maui and try to protect the equipment and keep power flowing to most of the people.

A few years, ago prior to the approval of adding new generation, during peak loading times like when everyone is working or just getting home and turning on their whole house on a hot day, generation was pushed to the Max. It was a familiar and tense time to see the main dispatchers watching closely, as demand increased and voltage was on the verge of dropping, while they were online with the power plants and their hand on the switch ready to drop entire neighborhoods in the event the maximum output was pushed beyond it's limits. Better to lose one area than the whole island.

The problem with losing power in most cases is that it's not a matter of just switching the power back on. It has to be increased slowly and brought back a section at a time. If the reason for the fault was unknown, it required a complete inspection of miles of line before the power could be restored. So as not to restore power back into a fault that could be caused by a tree branch, fallen line or a car accident, restoring power in these situations could result in a deadly result if a line is in close proximity of people or draped across a car.

So now as alternative energy providers come on the grid with intermittent power, such as windmills that can stop turning in less than a half hour or only see wind at a limited number of places. With solar, a cloud rolls over and there goes that power.

So what is the answer?

Well storage of energy is a way to bridge those gaps and help maintain a reliable grid. The problem is in waiting for the technology and costs to make it affordable. It one thing to require a multi-million dollar operation to provide the storage, but it's pretty much cost prohibitive for the average consumer to invest in the solar or wind and provide the storage. People off the grid can attest to the cost and maintenance involved.

While technology catches up and costs go down, it's not too likely that every house and business will be able to afford and install systems without some sort of incentives or subsidies.

That's my non engineer explaination of the situation, but for more on the situation as it relates to the mainland North America, check out this National Geographic article by Joel Achenbach called "The 21st Century Grid--Can we fix the infrastructure that powers our lives?" published in the July 2010 edition, and get an even better explanation by Joel.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Maui County Parade begins to Open the 88th Maui County Fair

Practically on the heals of taking my Grandson to last weekend's Maui Electric/Maui United Way/Kaanapali Resorts 2nd Annual Tilapia Fishing Contest and the Sunday Performance on Oahu of the Kaneohe Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter, Paragliders and Stunt Plane, among many other exciting planes, including a Rapture Jet from Langley Virginia, I am know listening to the sounds of the Maui County's 88th Fair opening. The sound of Generators on floats, Marching Bands Warming up, Sirens as the road is cleared on Kaahumanu Avenue and the voice of Uncle Sol Hoopii's Falsetto singing in the background.

Living right above the Fair and Parade route, I not only can hear everything, but tonight and the next three nights I will hear and see the lights of the Fair going on well into the night.

My Daughter and Grandkids are already positioned at the parade's ending spot, where after watching the parade they will be able to go straight in to all the rides, people, entertainment, people, food booths and did I mention people?

I can smell the Teriyaki cooking from my backyard as I write this. Despite the Hazy Cloudy Day with intermittent Rain, it's as if Akua has lifted the rains and held back the clouds so that the Parade and Fair will be a big success.

Kaahumanu Avenue is lined with spectators with their tents, coolers, umbrellas, as the Keikis run wild in anticipation. Thoughts of the Parade and then the Fair after have them worked up into a frenzy.

88 years ago, 1922 the Maui County Fair started. Back then Maui just barely had become a Territory of the United States when the Congress amended the Organic Act and allowed Hawaii in.

As a Territory of the United States life changed. Now the law allowed for Hawaii Corporations to own up to a 1000 acres. The Prince, Jonah Kuhio Kalania'ole of Hawaii died. Harry Baldwin completed his term as a Delegate to Congress. By July of 1922 Congress enacted the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the late Queen Lili'uokalani's former home called Washinton Place, was opened as an Executive Mansion for the Territorial Governors.

The First County Library was Established and the Maui Electric Company bought out the second Wailuku and Makawao Gas and Electricity Franchise from D.C Lindsay. Also in 1922, the survey was completed and the Board was to allow an extension of the Lower Pa'ia Transmission Line.

With the Consumer's Electric Voltages running around 90 to 100 volts, and the Electric System now considered behind the times by about four years, it was decided to raise the Transmission Line Voltage from it's 2300 volts it had been running at, to 6600 volts.

Also completed in 1922 was the Armory, the Maui County Hospital, and the Wailuku Show House. Closing out 1922, Maui saw several new residential homes built, Maui Electric added 180 new customers and even with a drop in the Electric Rates, Maui Electric saw a rise in revenue. Lighting accounted for 16 percent, power usage by 69 percent and Electric Appliances and Merchandise revenues rose by 450 percent. Maui was starting to grow and Electricity was a very big part of the growth.

The Sugar Plantations of Maui Agricultural Company and HC&S grew and added Generation capability, while installing new pipes to eventually bring online a 3600 Kilowatt Hydro-Electric Plant. With the growth HC&S decided to sell it's 500 shares of Maui Electric Stock and purchased $10,000 worth of Maui County Fair and Racing Associations bonds at six percent, helping to kick start the new Fair Grounds.

And now 88 years later I sit with my laptop in my backyard as evening comes, typing this blog across the internet through a multitude of unknown Communications lines, Computers to some central Server owned by Google. My BlackBerry Cellular Telephone sits beside me beckoning me to pay attention to the many, many emails and reminders it has collected throughout the day. The sound of people and children scream in the distance as their electric powered rides in the Fairs Amusement Park do their best to scare them silly.

Soon the descending darkness will fall and with the sounds of music and people on loud speakers the Fair Grounds will be visible for miles from all the lights used both for seeing and lighting all the rides.

I wonder how much power the Fair consumes in these four days? Probably more than most of Maui in 1922.

If I were to go to the front of my house and look real good, I might even see, running from halfway down the slopes of Haleakala in Kula to the Kihei-Wailea area, Oprah Winfrey's new driveway that runs literally from almost the ocean to her home in Keokea, formerly the Silver Sword Ranch owned by the Thompson Family. She pulled off a road in a short period and it seems nobody even noticed it until about the last few days. I haven't seen it in any of the News Media at all. A major property purchase and contractor job and yet it was done so fast that it hardly became known, but it is visible to those that look up from Kihei.

It's amazing mostly because when Ulupalakua Ranch shut down their road from their ranch down to Wailea for public use due to liability concerns, nearly 30 years ago, the State of Hawaii and Maui County have tossed the responsibility of a new road back and forth. Neither wanted the liability or expenses, although countless thousands of dollars have been spent on engineering and many hours of hearings have taken place to try and decide how and where a new road could be built. So Oprah did in a fraction of the time what the Government couldn't and still hasn't done for the past 30 years.

Well enough of that, the night is falling and the Fair is a buzz, the Parade is still going with horns honking and people talking loudly from the floats and I will move on to other work I need to do before bed and another day of work.

Aloha Ahiahi and A Hui Hou Kakou

Jimmy Nicks

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tilapia Fishing in Kaanapali to Blue Angels Air Show on Oahu in Kaneohe

Early this morning, my grandson woke to me prodding him in order to get him up, dressed, teeth brushed and ready to go to the Second Annual Maui Electric Co. and Kaanapali Resort, among other sponsors, as a fund raiser for the Maui United Way.

It turns out there was double the attendance at about 600+ people attending. Where we only lined up on one side of the long pond last year, this both sides were filled as far as the eye could see. They had a mess of prizes given away by drawings, tagged fish for really good prizes and then, of course the prize for smallest and largest Tilapia.

Since my Grandson wasn't catching anything, he decided he had enough. So we went around and did some video of the event, toured the Fire Engine named Keka'a and met a nice fireman.

My grandson did some of the filming, he's 7 yrs old. We helped rescue Time Warner's brand new tent that the wind pretty much trashed and headed out.

With nearly 6 hours to kill before going to the airport to fly to Oahu in the afternoon and see the Blue Angels Navy air show at Kaneohe airbase, we stopped at the Lahaina Hongwanji temple and watched a 6 foot Manta Ray swim around by Mala boat ramp.

In spite of all the time I tried to kill, my Grandson had us sitting in the airport terminal 2 hours early.
The plane is finally here and he's ready to board before the people off. Well more on this later.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Foreclosure Rates Climb on Maui. Good for Some Bad for Most.

Aloha Everyone,

Maui has always been a place where the cost of living was high and the pay for labor was relatively low. The speculation over the years made homes un-affordable for many local people and the Real Estate boom a few years ago seemed insane, but people jumped on the bandwagon local and otherwise and bought houses that seemed like they were at least double the normal price.

The lenders seemed ready to bend over backwards to allow people with barely any income and low or no down payments to purchase these highly over-priced homes and many did.

Well the Chicken has come home to roost and many, in fact a sizable chunk of people are now faced with foreclosure and properties that are worth far less than the loans they took out.

I was one of those people that due to circumstances bought my house after a divorce and paid way to much out of fear that my ex-spouse would drag things out so long that all that we had invested in our home would be lost as it was sold off and we would receive nothing for it in the end.

The lead story in this Sunday morning's Maui News has a picture of people standing around at the Maui County's Courthouse, all ready to see what kind of a deal they can get on a Foreclosed Home. The Banks are finding themselves sitting on abandoned properties as people can't afford to make the payments and so Bank owned Sales and Short Sales are up too.

The number of Foreclosures for just Maui County alone has nearly doubled since last year's. Currently there are 946 pending foreclosures as opposed to 482 last August. This figure really doesn't count all of the homes that are close to Foreclosure or still sitting on the Banks books.

Unfortunately the people that know how to navigate the system are making some money and many people that just don't know enough about their rights or the ways to prevent being Foreclosed on are trying to figure out where they can take their families as they move out of their homes.

Many families find themselves living on the beach or some other out of the way place and being forced to separate their families by putting their children with family members to live. The lack of jobs and increase in people running out of public assistance money isn't helping

There are ways to prevent losing your home, but it takes education on the part of the home owner. One such program is offered to stop Foreclosures and even in some cases clearing your Mortgage completely. These programs and this one below, in particular is something that the Home Owner has to invest the time and money into learning the process, but it involves laws and procedures that have been around along time, but navigating all the information to understand the forms and the procedures that are required has been nearly impossible for the average person. This company has done a lot to bring all the information together and with their assistance and legal advisors, they can often help the "Home Owner" through giving them the ability to file a few forms that will buy them some time and allow them to proceed to stay in their homes and possibly clear their Mortgage all together. the program, as most will require the person to invest some money, but will give them full access to the companies information and advisors. If you are facing this situation or would like to learn more and help spread the information to others, you could join the course and even become an affiliate and make some money for passing on the information.

I have shortened the link to this site so that you can read more about it. That link is http://bit.ly/Stayhome.

On the other hand, if you find yourself in a position that you are able to invest into the Real Estate market at a time when prices are so low, then you will want to know as much as possible about the ins and outs of doing just that and making a profit at it.

If nothing else, just learning how that system works could also help you in the future, should you have to give up your existing house and be in a position to possibly purchase another or possibly get into the business of turning over homes.

While I am no expert in the Real Estate field, I have had to put a fair amount of my time into becoming educated about finances and how the Real Estate market works just to stay in my home. Especially as the prices drop far below the loan I needed to take at the time I purchased it.

My hope is that any of this information I have provided might possibly help at least one family remain in their home and maybe even one day be living without the debt of a mortgage hanging over their head.

Mahalo and have a great Sunday,


Monday, August 9, 2010

No Money Can Lead to Prison Time. Be Self Sufficient.

When jobs are scarce and people need money for the basics, sometimes changing careers is needed. A lot of time learning a new skill while unemployed is very possible and funding can be found.

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Mobile Monopoly (see side ad) has a very detailed method to bring in money from mobile phone advertisings in many ways. It's not free, but it's a low start up if you have some computer background or are willing to take some classes.

Vitec at Maui Community College offers night classes in various areas and MEO Maui Economic Opportunity could be a good source of obtaining a loan if you are willing to work on a plan.

Part of being self sufficient is to have more than one skill to fall back on or a steady stream of income to help support you and your family. Nothing comes easy, but with some work, anyone can learn the skills needed, especially with the proper help.

Cellphone advertising may just be one way to help bring in that extra money needed. Click Here for Mobile Monopoly!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Build Prisons< Would the Money be better spent on people and families?

I'm a little late in posting this article, but having grown up on Maui and seen people that I grew up around getting out of prison at 50+ years of age, I have to wonder what kind of life they can expect.

Maui is considering building as new and bigger prison system on Maui. The cost is high and at a time when people and the government have very little money. I wish I could say there was a way to fix it all to prevent people from going to prison in the first place, but no matter what, some will for good reasons go to prison and some will go for very Manini (little) reasons.

Recently I heard about a youth going to the Maui prison and his response was that he was taken care of pretty good because most of the people imprisoned were his family in one way or another.

Growing up, and I am 53, it was normal for backyard parties to go late into the night and vast quantities of alcohol were consumed. The beginning started out good as people would visit and the food and alcohol were in good quantities. As the evening progressed, people would slowly leave, primarily the ones with children. The ones left were still drinking and eating, but more drinking. The music would start and it would be rather fun as everyone either played an instrument, mostly Ukuleles and sang along.

Unfortunately,  the hard core group would hang out until the last of the alcohol was consumed. During this time the arguments, heated discussions and outright fights would begin. Very often the police would show up and send everyone home, but there was always one or two that would challenge the police. That eventually led to a prison term.

As time went on the children grew up and drugs were added to the mix, so the alcohol and some drugs would start the evening, but often the night went on late as people continued with drugs. Early on, drugs like marijuana would generally put people done and mellow them down if the alcohol didn't keep working on them.

As time went on the kids seemed to stay up later and were exposed to this as if they didn't know what was going on. Then the next generation included not only alcohol, but a variety of drugs and in my opinion the worst being Crystal Meth or Ice as it was called. The Ice Heads would seem to not feel all the other drugs and alcohol and on top of that they would be up all night and even looking for more in the wee hours of the morning.

This could go on for days at a time for many "Ice Heads" until they finally had to crash and sleep it off. Unfortunately the first thing they did was go looking for  more Ice to keep themselves going. While in the mean time the money disappeared, the jobs got shaky or they lost them and the violence picked up because of the stress of it all.

Being such an addictive drug, the people felt that they could carry on life normally, but it was noticed as the family units broke down. Now years later there are generations of kids that have grown up around it or without parents because they were sitting in prison.

Just sending people off island to Oahu or Privately run Prisons in Texas may have lessened the burden on the physical system itself, but it has increased everyones financial responsibilities through our taxes and has done little to help families become one again.

We may be at a point that building a bigger prison is about the only thing to do at this point and may help to reunite families at least to some degree. The bigger question is how are we going to support the family systems to keep them from dealing with the stresses and resorting to drugs and alcohol in the first place?

I'm sure that even helping lesson the financial burden through some program that will only help people with Food, Shelter and Clothing, as well as creating job opportunities may be a better way to spend the money in the first place. Creating a sense of value and respect for others from when children are young and keeping that  attitude and continue to help them to reach adulthood would be a good investment for the future.  Teaching these kids what raising a family really takes and how to handle their finances in school would be a big plus. This also includes looking at the whole picture and not just while they are in school. Sure we need to keep a sense of privacy for these families, but enlisting the parents in helping the children is very much a part of it all.

Again, we have program after program that touch on these things, but it seems we are short on complete and comprehensive programs. Since I am no expert in this field, I'm afraid I don't have a good solution for it all, but the projections for the numbers that these prisons that we will need to hold all the future prisoners is staggering and everyone of those people have a good or useful side of them that just needs to be found and encouraged. We'll never win the war, but planning for success seems better than planning for defeat.

Friday, July 23, 2010

More Great Things on Maui

Not to overshadow my post on Kupa'a Farms, but due to Vince Mina's determination and diligence, we are only a few weeks, days really from a very important conference that will capture some of the greatest representatives for all aspects of creating a sustainable farm and "lock" them down in a beautiful setting for a week to discuss and come up with answers on how Maui can be made more sustainable.
The County of Maui has backed this event with a grant and as many know the grants are never really enough, so if any angels or just people concerned with seeing a better Maui would like to help by donating money, it sure would put the pressure of of asking local suppliers for help in feeding people. They always come to the rescues, but it would be nice to compensate them occasionally. For more on this visit www.MauiGrown.com to get the overall store and how you might be able to fit into it.
Also we are hoping to have much of it virtually available on the web live. This way the select group can have input from Maui and the world.

Kupa'a Coffee Farms Takes "BEST COFFEE OF THE YEAR" Award!

It's been awhile since I have posted on this blog, in fact with just barely a sip or two of coffee after Maui Economic Opportunities 2 times a week for 2 months Business classes last night and work at 6am, I just hope I can finish this one.

I just read in the Maui Scene wear a friend and one of the last remaining "small farmers" left on the Maui County Farm Bureau has won for the second year the prestigious award of "THE BEST COFFEE OF THE YEAR" Awards held on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Second Annual Coffee Association's Statewide Cupping Competition held at the Sheraton Keahou Beach Resort, now there's someplace I haven't been to for quite awhile.

Gerry Ross and his partner Sydney Smith were ranked second ahead of all Kona Coffees in the State! Not bad since we are talking about one of the most prized coffees in the world and taking that honor for a second year.

Gerry is very active in teaching and out-reaching to the State and elsewhere on the possibilities behind growing Organic foods. especially Coffee in his case. He has attended many events and most of the Maui Aloha Aina Association Events, as well as taught classes at the college on Maui. Not bad for someone living on another island with few flight times available and the expenses behind traveling.

Gerry and Sydney's Farm "Kupa'a" come from the Hawaiian terms "firm" or "solid." So they have taken a rocky barren piece of land and not only turned it into a thriving Organic Farm, but done it with a dry, rocky soil.

Congradulations Kupa'a Farms and Especially Jerry and Sydney on your Award!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Prison Going Ahead on Maui

There is no doubt that the prison system is old and in need of repairs and I am sure would help property values in Wailuku if it was relocated, but it sure is a lot of money considering the amount of money being taken from programs that keep people from becoming prisoners in the first place.

My grand children are exposed to as many as four or five generations, they multiply early and fast, of other children that were raised in the atmosphere of drugs and alcohol. Add that to either the jobless rate, low economy or many children that don't even see their parents because of the parents having to work so many jobs just to make ends meet. Grand Parents that either end up trying to raise the children or end up working well into their 70's to support their unemployed, drug addicted children and their children and it's no wonder we have a growing population of prisoners.

So once again we attack the symptoms instead of the problems. I grew up in the 70's and half the people I grew up with are either dead or locked up from drugs, alcohol or the stupid choices they made while under the influence.

Let's see how much money we can put towards the children, education and keeping them educated enough to make healthy choices. Unfortunately, they come from over worked teachers in crowded classes and home to over work and often single parent families, where they are expected to do home work, bath, eat and go to bed all within a couple hours time. Most parents cannot pick up children until after work and barely before the after school program ends.

The time that there are no programs available create financial and emotional hardships on both parents and kids. But as long as we continue to ignore the root of the problem, then we will need to continue to put money into new jails and the justice system itself.

Maui needs to be more of a community and stop turning a blind eye to people and relative that are using meth and other hard drugs and alcohol. Get involved and pay attention to the home down the street that has visitor day and night that arrive for a few minutes while someone is waiting in the car and then leave again. If there was a sign of drug activity going on that surely is one.

It might pay the bills or allow for fancy cars and big houses, but in the end society will pay the price when entire generations don't know what is a normal life.

Just as we are putting energy into sustainable food, water and energy. How about some money dedicated to sustainable families and children?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Is Maui or Hawaii Immune to Oil Spills like BP or Chevron?

This is a topic I hate to even get into, especially with my two grand Children in the post below innocently eating their Mango and enjoying life. We in Hawaii are not immune to all these disasters and maybe even more prone if a Hurricane comes to town or a Tsunami hits.

I was talking one day with some contractors that were digging close to K-Mart by the Dairy Road intersection and they told me that they hit the brackish water table after only a few feet and then had to pump water to do their work. The thing that was most disturbing is that they say it had a strong odor of petroleum products such as gas and oil.

With our tanks located next to Kahului Harbor and pipes run underground to fill the tanks from the ships, how likely is it that either there are leaky tanks or leaky pipes already discharging there stores into our brackish water system.

In todays Sunday Maui News there was a story after over a month of dealing with the BP oil spill, about a leak in a pipe owned by Chevron. This pipe located in Utah, near Salt Lake City spilled 50 gallons per minute of crude oil into a Red Butte creek. It had flowed as far as Jordan River and into the City's Liberty Park Pond. They claim it was only 400 to 500 barrels total, but we all know how up front BP was about their oil spill.

Apparently "only" 150 duck and geese were affected. Around 75% were Canadian Geese. They plan to clean them all up, so there's not much to worry about.

It seems to me that if a ship, pipe or tank of any oil or gas were to leak into the ocean off Kanaha, Kanaha Wildlife Refuge or the Harbor, we would have a pretty big clean up and even further losses to our already dwindling supply of marine life in these areas. Don't worry a good shower should clean up the wind and kite surfers. They may need new rigs and all the action could help "stimulate" the economy, if the State and County were able to get reimbursed for their efforts.

I wonder how much the latest Pali fire cost in total for our already hard hit State and County financial system.
Probably just have to tax the remaining workers to make up for it.

Like I said, I hate to delve into these things and apparently no one does until it's too late. I want my Grand Children to have a chance to see Maui as it is. They will never see it as I did, but what's left needs to be protected.