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Community Discussion to Focus on Development

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Kalama Kai, which is located in the heart of Kihei. Located at 45 Kanani Road, the new residential workforce housing development is just 200 feet from the beach and will feature 39 three-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit.

Marine biologist Mark Deakos will be hosting a free presentation on the future of development on Maui next month.

The talk, “Living Buildings and Living Communities; a philosophy, a framework and a certification program focused on regenerative growth,” will discuss how buildings and communities can be created in a way that restores and supports thriving ecosystems, including Mauiʻs coral reefs.

“Imagine nurturing and generous places that promote healthy lifestyles for everyone and contribute a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them, including our precious coral reefs,” Deakos said in a press release.


“I’ll introduce our audience to Living Communities that generate their own energy and capture and treat all the water they need.”

Deakos will share information about the Living Building Challenge and the Living Community Challenge, performance standards that are net positive for good. Born out of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), they offer global strategies for lasting sustainability by partnering with local communities to inspire and incentivize green building and infrastructure solutions on scales ranging from single room renovations to neighborhoods or whole cities.

The presentation is part of the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series” and will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The Sphere at Maui Ocean Center.


The “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series” is presented by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council to introduce the public to marine research and conservation efforts to protect Maui’s ocean resources. Maui Ocean Center generously donates the use of The Sphere for these presentations. The series is supported by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

The event is free and open to all, but seating is limited.

Advance reservations are recommended. Click here to make a reservation.

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