Paia is a magnet for yoga, health food, bare-feet, acoustic guitars, and brazilian bikinis. Since there are so many environmentally-conscious people hanging around Paia town and its beaches all day anyway, this is a great chance for them to come together and wield their collective activist might to the tune of The Eazy, who will play during the afternoon. Anthony Simmons describes his goal for the fair, which is “to make environmental sustainability a part of everyone’s dialouge,” and “to make sure we respect the ‘Aina, the culture and the many ways the Hawaiians lived sustainably.” He will talk about the Ahupua’a and how the Hawaiian people lived in sustainable communities for hundreds of years; Micheal Howden will discuss permaculture. A giant solar dehydrator and electric motorcycle with a solar charger will be on display. You can also learn about red worm composting (if that’s your kind of thing.) Upcountry Sustainability, Onipa’a Sustainability and Compassion Center, Pacific Power Sails, Ko’ie Fishpond, SLIM, and other organizations will give presentations and host informational and interactive booths to spread the word about their sustainable goals and projects. The Hawaiian Heritage and Environmental Sustainability Fair will be hosted at Paia Gardes, which is near Paia Bay, behind Thai Island Cusine. The fair will be April 17th, from noon to sunset. This fair is to be held about every three months, so even if you can’t make it, keep your eyes open for the next announcement.
If you’d like to hear more about the organizations that will be featured at the fair, check out this MAUIGANIC BLOG, where you can find plenty of info on these local do-gooders.
By: Sierra Brown