Commuting from Kihei to my job at Maui Academy of Performing Arts in Wailuku.
I had an amazing day with the folks at the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) yesterday during the 12th Annual Buy Back The Beach event. It began with a trip to the airport to meet my social media colleagues Jon Letman from Kauai, Laura Kinoshita from Kona on the big island of Hawaii and Melissa Chang from Oahu.
We went on a tour of the Waihee Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge led by HILT’s Director of Conservation, Scott Fisher. I’d never been there before, and was in awe of the beauty of that open space. I’ll definitely be going back with some proper gear to do a serious photo walk.
This was followed by a quick lunch at Aloha Mixed Plate and a brief walkthrough of the Old Lahaina Luau grounds where the actual Buy Back The Beach event would take place.
As the evening began, we dined to the sweet sounds of Ahumanu during sunset, then were treated to a great show by The Old Lahaina Luau performers featuring authentic music, hula, and stories about Hawaiian culture and history. I was impressed by the generosity shown during the “Adventures for the Aina” Live Auction, and by Hawaiian Airlines offering to match donations up to $10,000.
The highlight of the evening was Makana, who I had the pleasure of meeting at last year’s Ka‘anapali Fresh event and again during TEDxMaui 2013. His performance made the night magical. I don’t think I’ve met another artist so authentic, insightful and talented. He’s the real thing.
Jill Mayo and I just had a great discussion about disaster management and social media with Suzanne Frew of The Frew Group on Living Maui Social. Enjoy the video. There are some handy resources on disaster management and social media at the bottom for your reference.
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Social Media 4 Emergency Management
#smchat (Friday morning chats)
I was just on a great Google+ Hangout On Air with Tara Coomans of Akamai Marketing and Social Media Club Hawaii, Jill Mayo of Living Maui Social and Erik Blair of Geek In A Box. We covered a lot of ground and talked about a lot of hot topics in social media. It’s a little long, but well worth watching if you want the insider’s take on social media from the professional’s point of view.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jill Mayo and I did some experimenting with the On Air feature of Google+ Hangouts.
Jill has a podcast called Living Maui Social, where she has people on Maui talk about how the social web has transformed their businesses, on which I appear once in a while. Until now, the show has been an audio podcast exlusively, but Jill wanted to see what it would be like to broadcast it live on video using the Google technology.
Our guest for this show is Roxanne Tiffin, founder of Kula Fields, a service that delivers local produce to homes, schools and businesses in Hawai‘i.
Enjoy the first video podcast, live-streamed by Living Maui Social.