Maui SustʻĀINAbility Symposium & Fair:

Going Zero Waste



May 2nd, 2020, Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus

A sustainability education event featuring an expert panel, workshops, and afternoon fair with zero waste food, activities and vendors.

EVENT Schedule

9am Wehena: Opening protocol


9:15am Expert Panel

The Future of Waste Reduction in Maui County

10am – 12pm Sustainability Workshops

(Pre-register below on this page)
Focus groups: Hotel Industry, Food Service, Schools, Agriculture

11am – 3pm Sustʻāinability Fair

Food trucks, zero waste lifestyle mini-workshops, composting demos, activity booths, youth mini-workshops and art installation,, campus sustʻāinability tours, and zero waste product vendors


9:15am Expert Panel

The Future of Waste Reduction in Maui County

A panel of local experts discusses the many challenges and opportunities surrounding waste reduction and disposal in Maui County including recycling, commercial composting, waste to energy, plastic pollution and more. The panel will also answer questions from the audience, time permitting.

10am-12pm Sustainability Workshops

The morning workshops are focused on sharing local sustainabilty advice in four main sectors: Education, Agriculture, Hotels and Food Service. Workshops are free, however, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Each workshop is divided in two parts and you can sign up for either or both parts.

The afternoon Sustʻāinability Fair will also include shorter public workshops which do not require pre-registration including zero waste lifestyle workshops, composting demonstrations and youth workshops.

See below for mroning workshop registration and more information on the afternoon Sustʻāinability Fair.

Workshop Topics &  Registration

Use the slider below to read more about the four industry-focused morning workshops. Workshops are located in the Kamalālāwalu Building classrooms or Dining Hall and advance registration is required.

Education Workshop

Target Audience: School administrators, teachers, informal educators, students and parents

Part 1: Zero Waste Schools 10-10:45am

Presented by: Hōkūao Pellegrino, Kamehameha Schools

Gretchen Losano of Grow Some Good

From reducing single-use plastic use in the school cafeteria to campus energy audits, more Maui schools are looking to become more sustainable. Learn more about the sustainability plan for Kamehameha campus, an on-campus composting pilot at Lahaina Intermediate, and advice for other schools looking to implement sustainability measures.

Part 2: Teaching Sustainability 11-11:45am

Presented by: Malia Cahill, Maui Huliau Foundation & Alexis Kageyama, Kamehameha Schools

This workshop will focus on in-class curriculum and community resources available to assist teachers with sustainability and ʻāina based education. The workshop will end with an informal curriculum browsing and educator networking session.

Food Service Workshop

Target Audience: Restaurants, grocery stores, food trucks and food service product providers

Part 1: Eco-Friendly Food Service Products 10-10:45am

Presented by: Kiera Ryon, Huliau Green Events

This workshop will help you identify and source affordable and truly eco-friendly disposable products for take-out food. Learn how to avoid “greenwashing”, where to buy products, and how to comply with current and pending restrictions on single use plastics. Food service product reps will be displaying their compostable product options for you to see.

Part 2: Greening Your Restaurant 11-11:45am

Presented by: Alexa Caskey, Moku Roots 

Learn tips for reducing waste at your restaurant, working with the health department, going 100% reusable and making environmentally sustainable decisions as a restaurant owner or manager.

Agriculture Workshop

Target Audience: Farmers, chefs, grocery stores, backyard gardeners

Part 1: Traditional Sustʻāinable Agricultural 10-10:45am

Presented by: TBA

How to apply traditional knowledge and agricultural pratices to modern day sustainable farming.

Part 2: Zero Waste Farming 11-11:45am

Presented by: Evan Ryan, Pono Grown Farms & Gerry Ross Kupaʻa Farms

How to locally source and grow your own farm and garden inputs.

Hospitality Industry Workshop

Target Audience: Hotel Management & Staff

Part 1: Greening your hotel 10-10:45am

Presented by: Gary Bulson & Dane Sadang, Hyatt Regency Maui

Learn about waste and energy reduction on the hotel scale and how to make educated sustainable decisions for your establishment.

Part 2: Waste Audits and Certification Programs 11-11:45am

Presented by: Jennifer Chirico, Sustainable Pacific Consulting

Learn how to achieve a zero waste certification and conduct waste audits.

11am-3pm Sustʻāinability Fair

The fair is open to the public and will take place outdoors on the central lawn of the high school campus after the workshops. There will be food, mini-workshops, zero waste vendors, art installations and other activities.

No registration is required for this portion of the event. Please read more details below.

Zero Waste Foodtrucks

Enjoy some ʻono food in true zero waste fashion with Moku Roots, Sea Salt Maui and Gypsy Food Truck using all reusable plates, cups and utensils! Huliau Green Events will provide zero waste stations.

Zero Waste Product Vendors

Did the morning workshops inspire you to be more sustainable in your day to day life? You can purchase resuable sporks, straws, eco-wraps and other eco-friendly products from our zero waste vendors.

Zero Waste Information Booths

Various non-profit organizations and the Maui County Department of Environmental Management will host information tables on local waste disposal and sustainability resources. Some of the morning workshop hosts will also have tables to answer questions for specific industries.

Zero Waste Lifestyle Workshops

A series of “zero waste lifestyle” mini-workshops will run throughout the afternoon focusing on reducing waste at home. There will also be an interactive “idea board” to share your own zero waste tips.

Youth Workshops & Activities

Kamehameha Sustainability Club and the Huliau Leadership Council will be planning a series of fun activities for youth ages 12-18. This includes a youth art installation, an environmental memes contest, ways to get involved in youth-led sustainability projects and more!

Clothing Swap

Avoiding buying new clothes is one important way we can reduce waste in our lives. Swap your used clothes with other event attendees in our free clothing swap.

Composting Demonstrations

Join local farmers for hands-on composting demonstrations. Workshops will cover backyard composting methods including vermi-composting, as well as farm-scale soil building techniques.

Campus Sustainability Tours

Kamehameha students and staff will lead tours highlighting sustainability efforts on campus from school garden programs to water conservation efforts.

Arts and Crafts

Keiki and adults can learn to turn an old T-shirt in to a resuable bag or make their own plastic-free toiletries at the zero waste crafts tent. The fair will also feature a student art installation inspired by cafeteria waste.

How to get here

All event activities will take place on the Kamehameha Schools Maui high school campus. Click below for a directions in Google Maps.

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