Members of the Maui branch of the American Association of University Women would like to thank Scott Fisher, director of conservation for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, for his excellent presentation about HILT's Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge.
Fisher's wide-ranging talk included the archaeological evidence for what Waihee looked like during its 1,000 years of human habitation. His informative talk included descriptions of the site's huge heiau, enormous freshwater irrigation system and the intricate systems of both fresh and saltwater ponds in which fish and taro were grown.
Surprising to many of us was the information that the very large sand dunes backing the Waihee site once extended through Kihei and all the way to Makena. Fisher emphasized that visiting the beautiful Waihee preserve is encouraged by HILT, with overnight camping allowed. Other activities available include fishing, hiking, exploring, volunteering for weekly cleanup days and attending the educational tours Fisher conducts.
Information about other sensitive Maui sites being preserved by HILT, in addition to their work across the Hawaiian Islands, is available on hilt.org.
Since one of the major goals of AAUW is to promote education, we are additionally grateful to Fisher and HILT for the very important work they do teaching the public about restoration and land protection in Hawaii.
AAUW also wishes to extend a big mahalo to Dragon Dragon's Raymond Shek and his staff for the delicious lunch expertly served following the presentation. We will miss you.
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I would like to thank Mayor Alan Arakawa, the Public Works Department, Executive Assistant Mike Molina and Makawao resident Janice Salvador for the installation of flashing lights on Makawao and Baldwin avenues.
The lights have helped drivers become more aware of pedestrians, including children and senior citizens who cross these roads.
Also, I would like to express my appreciation as a Pukalani resident for the flashing lights along Pukalani Road near the shopping center as well.