Picture2The Indigenous Crop Biodiversity Festival 2016 is a unique and extraordinary event that will bring together participants from around the globe to experience a week of inspiring actions, workshops, site visits, special lectures, films, music, art, food and celebration around some of the most pressing conservation and sustainability issues of our time.

The ICBF will showcase Maui County’s unique role as a center for traditional Hawaiian crop biodiversity conservation in the state, as well as community-based efforts to return this heritage to farm and table.  It will also bring equal attention to Maui Nui’s challenges and successes in conservation, invasive species control, sea level rise mitigation and renewable energy efforts.


Events of Special Interest to GeoTech Community:

  • Indigenous Crop Biodiversity Festival Day: Saturday Aug 27, 9am – 4pm. 

    Maui Tropical Plantation, $5 (Help us reduce waste!  Bring your own reusable utensils (no plastic) and pay only $3!): The Indigenous Crop Biodiversity Festival’s call to action, E Kumupaʻa – restoring a firm foundation, reminds us that we derive our strength from our ancestors, without whom we would not live.  It invites us to explore our relationships with the land and to the traditional foods that gives us life as a foundation for collectively protecting and restoring the planet, our islands, and in turn ourselves. Saturday is a day of celebration and fun focused on exploring how traditional Hawaiian food and use crops were used and grown. The Inner Circle – each tent will feature a different food or use plant and offers a chance for practitioners to connect with each other and for visitors to connect with practitioners. The Outer Circle – partners will showcase their work in cultural restoration and conservation. A story-telling tent will share the legends of these wondrous foods! Activities for children, great food, a farmers market, music and entertainment, awards and prizes. Winners of the “Make It Native!” hotel and business landscaping challenge and the “Make It Ono!” community recipes contest will be announced. For all ages.



  • Biosecurity Learning Session: Thursday Aug 25, 9am – 11am.

    Humpback Whale Sanctuary, North Kihei: Come bring your insight to this free public workshop to prevent invasive species and diseases from getting to Maui. Bring your ideas of how GIS and technology could improve our efforts locally and learn from World Conservation Congress participants about other biosecurity efforts worldwide!

    Free Registration: http://www.icbf-maui.com/#!biosecurity-learning-session/zkmrz

  • Special Lecture Series – Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change and Island Solutions: Friday August 26, 8:30am – 4:00 pm.

UH Maui College – room to be announced. The second day of this special two-day lecture series focuses on experiences and scientific study of climate change, biodiversity conservation recovery, renewable energy and pro-active planning for sea-level rise.  Lectures will be live-streamed by UH Maui College to Hana, Moloka’i and Lana’i via polycom to allow remote viewing and two-way interaction for off-island students. http://www.icbf-maui.com/#!blank-40/fxr89

      • Of special note – speaker Sarah Bryan (GIS Specialist from UHMC) will be talking about GIS in Ecosystem Management on Maui


  • Floating Workshop: Seeking Global Input for Collaborative Solutions to Protect Maui’s Mother Reef: Saturday August 27, 11:30am – 5:30 pm, $158:

    Begin with a behind the scenes tour of the Maui Ocean Center, led by curator, John Gorman. Then board Trilogy Excursion’s biodiesel-powered sailing catamarans and journey to Olowalu, the “mother reef” of Maui County because of its tremendous biological importance, with members ofthe Maui Nui Marine Resource Council.  Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences from their own countries with Maui that can contribute to preservation and protection of one of Hawaii’s most precious and important reefs. Please bring your experiences, perspectives and potential solutions to share with us. Snorkel the reef at Olowalu to experience this beautiful treasure in person, then sail back to Ma’alaea Harbor while enjoying local refreshments and talking story with Uncle Sol about Hawaiian navigation and a history of Olowalu, Kaho’olawe, and other Maui County landmarks and sites.


  • West Maui Ridge 2 Reef Experience: Saturday Aug 27 or Aug 30, 9am – 4pm, $20:

Through stories shared by partners connecting around stewardship, the West Maui Ridge to Reef experience will start by working in the deeply peaceful valley of Honokowai with Maui Cultural Lands on a restoration project below the shadow of Puʻu Kukui, one of the wettest spots on earth, where 600 Hawaiian families once thrived growing kalo.  Knowledgeable guides will explain the uses of native plants now restored to the site and share the purposes of the project.  Participants will learn from West Maui Kumuwai watershed partnership staff about their efforts to protect this area from feral ungulates, the spread of invasive weeds and the introduction of new threats.Then hike out of the valley and take a short drive to the ocean at Kahekili Beach Park to learn about the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative and the breadth of research, planning and actions taking place in this area.  For the adventurous members of the group, join the marine team for a guided tour of the reef.  For those who prefer to stay dry, a virtual reef tour will be set up at the park using digital viewers and computers.  The day will end with an overview of the nearby Polanui Hiu Community Managed Makai Area, which relies on local families using pono practices to ensure sustainability of the ocean resources.



  • Special Tour: Mayor’s Tour of Renewable Energy Projects on Maui: Aug 29, 8am – 4pm, $25:

Maui County is a diverse four-island county that offers incomparable natural beauty.  It’s diversity in landscape and population, and Hawaii’s isolation, creates many challenges to providing clean, consistent energy resources to meet the county’s needs.   In working towards a sustainable and Green Economy, Maui is developing renewable energy projects that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, as well as focusing on energy conservation and efficiency.  Hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, this tour begins with a presentation and visit to the JUMPSmartMaui smart grid demonstration project, followed by the County of Maui solar project at the Kihei Waste Treatment Facility and at the Aquatics Center, a solar Feed-In-Tariff site.  Travel through the beautiful landscape of South Maui along the slopes of Haleakala to Ulupalakua.  Break for lunch at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store where a variety of delicous sandwiches and other treats can be found and then head up the slope of Ulupalakua Ranch to the Sempra wind farm surrounded by ancient lava flows, native habitat and ranching history.  This tour will start and finish at the Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center.



  • Workshop and World Cafe’: Thinking like an Island: Aug 29, 1-3pm, UH Maui College: Hosted by SustyPacific, Roth Ecological Designs, Life Enhancement Institute, and DKK Energy Services:

Islands immediately reflect how human decisions affect the many webs of relationships at multiple levels of scale.  “Thinking Like an Island” means understanding islands from this systems perspective, as well as, the importance of valuing the entire natural system as a whole, rather than as individual, isolated parts. This dynamic workshop focuses on creating a foundation of conserving biodiversity, and a process of ecological regeneration of our lands, waters and oceans, to address our immediate human needs without compromising the planet’s capacity to support life.  Experts from a number of topic areas who reside in the Hawaiian Islands will present on a panel at the beginning of the workshop followed by a World Café. The World Café is an interactive approach for participants to actively engage with each other and learn from one another to share key concerns and identify innovative, nature-based solutions. Key conservation issues in sustainability that affect populations around the world will be addressed, including agriculture, water, energy, waste, and culture. At the end of the interactive session, a “harvest” will be facilitated to share the results of the session.


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