Maui Sierra Club to present awards

The public is invited to the Maui Group of the Sierra Club’s annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kaunoa Senior Center in Spreckelsville. This free event features a catered lunch buffet from Mana Foods and Paia Flatbread Company.

This year’s theme is “Our Sustainable Future” featuring a talk by Vince Mina on sustainable agriculture followed by Sierra Club of Hawaii’s Clean Energy Campaign Coordinator Caitlin Pomeranz, who will update guests on sustainable energy and the club’s campaign to combat climate change.

Each year the Sierra Club gives awards to community members. The award ceremony begins around 11:30 a.m. The Onipa’a award recognizes those who have made long term contributions to protect Maui’s natural and cultural resources. The Malama i ka ‘Aina award recognizes outstanding work caring for the land and the Malama Kahakai recognizes those who preserve our beaches and nearshore waters.

Vince Mina will receive the Malama i ka ‘Aina award for his years of advocacy for sustainable agriculture and leadership in the Hawai’i Farmers Union United.

Mahina Martin of Wailuku is receiving the Onipa’a award for her effectiveness in organizing the repeal of the Public Lands Development Corporation law. Martin was a founder of the Friends of Moku’ula, which works on restoring the archaeological site in Lahaina.

Mark Deakos is receiving the Malama Kahakai award for his work as a biologist preserving coral reefs and their inhabitants..

Steve and Nan Jackson have been named the Sierra Club Volunteers of the Year for their long service in beach cleanups.

In addition to the awards, Maui legislators will give updates on bills affecting the environment.

The Sierra Club welcomes candidates for public office to attend and they will be introduced with an opportunity to mingle with attendees and the Maui Sierra Club board.

Attendees may bring side dishes. For more information on Sierra Club Maui activities visit