Some of you weren’t raised right and honestly it shows. I went to one of the most beautiful and special places in the world last weekend, Iao Valley, and what I saw I can’t get out of my head. First of course were the tourists, messing up traffic... but guess what? They weren’t the worst thing. I finally got past the tourist crowd and made it to a local pond only to find TRASH … [Read more...] about Eh Brah! Making families clean up after you is not OK
Last week, I found myself sitting on the floor in Down to Earth in Kahului, which was a new experience for me. I was pumping liquid peppermint soap into a previously-used Dr. Bronner’s bottle. It’s with some shame that I’ll admit that this was my first time refilling a bottle from the bulk products. I’ve always recycled–I learned from my mom, who recycles everything from tea … [Read more...] about Green Eating: The Theory and Practice of Reducing our Trash
A drum kit made out of a tire and decorated with beer bottle caps. A camel with golf club feet. A miniature parasol made from Salem cigarette packets. Strings of bottle caps formed to look like lei hulu, the feather lei. The artwork is diverse at the new Art of Trash exhibit in Wailuku. It’s alternately serious and playful, sculptural or painting-like, functional or abstract, … [Read more...] about How the Art of Trash is reinventing rubbish in the heart of Wailuku
Kihei Salvation Army's donation system is taking a toll on South Maui's La`ie Wetlands. The wetlands are located behind Kihei Salvation Army's Halekuai Street location. According to Salvation Army management and neighbors, the trashing of the wetlands has be going on for years (see video at the top of this post showing the extent of the trash littering the wetlands). "I’ve … [Read more...] about Salvation Army donation center fuels environmental mess in South Maui’s La’ie Wetlands
To the campers at Ukumehame Beach Park over Columbus Day weekend: I’m so sorry that you didn’t get the memo, but unfortunately there is no maid that shows up at the beach to pick up after you. No worries, we picked up your dozens of cigarette butts, beer cans, plastic shot glasses, food scraps and broken glass bottles under the picnic table. I guess your complete lack of … [Read more...] about Eh Brah: Pick up your trash at Ukumehame Beach Park!