A potluck picnic lunch in Spreckelsville sure sounds nice, huh? More than the makings for a swell Saturday, it’s the starts of the Sierra Club’s annual meeting. Add to the fellowship a noontime panel discussion themed “Sharing the Water,” and a feel-good awards ceremony for three of Maui’s do-gooders, and you’re afternoon is set. “[T]o express the gratitude of the community for the contributions made by those who work tirelessly to protect the natural and cultural treasures of Maui,” the club’s 2010 ‘Onipa’a Awards (meaning “to remain steadfast,” and as an aside, the personal motto of Queen Liliuokalani) will be presented to both beloved Kula crackerjack, Professor Dick Mayer (whose helpful history is too thick to squeeze into synopsis; and as another aside, was, like, totally my neighbor growing up… big ups, Upcountry!), as well as to Kaupo farmer, noted Wailuku revitalize-r, and Maui Planning Commission chair, Jonathan Starr. Additionally, the Malama ‘Aina award will be presented to Hawaiian cultural educator, Lei’ohu Ryder. [Saturday (January 30), Kaunoa Senior Center, 11am – 3pm, Free]
Though if the panel topic of “sharing water,” makes you think of cooties, don’t think too hard about the Maui Wastewater Community Work Group (CWG) meeting, slated for next week Thursday (February 4). Actually, no—think a lot about it. And say something about it too! Gathering you’re input is their objective, and the 21-member group (convening for the fourth time since their formation in October 2009) invites you to attend from 1:30 – 4:30 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. It’s an expected yearlong process “toward achieving Mayor Tavares’ goal of 100 percent recycling of Maui’s wastewater,” but the time for your voice to be heard is now. Call the Department of Environmental Management at 270-8230, or visit www.mauicounty.gov for more information.
Oh, and the sad (but cute) looking water drops have tons of fo’ realz info from a fo’ realz reporter (also cute), the nasty glass will link you to the not-nasty Department of Water Supply page, and the pic of poo water will Wiki you off to learn that anthropogenic is, like, so the antithesis of anthropologie.