Maui Film Festival June 2010!

Aloha from Maui!

What do Cannes, Sundance and Maui have in common?
The celebrity of world-class film festivals!!!!!

It is that time again where Wailea is in the spotlight as host to the 11th Annual Maui Film Festival. In the wake of excitement as Wailea served as the backdrop for filming over the past six weeks for the latest Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston comedy, “Just Go With It,” the stars come out again, both terrestrial and celestial as films are premiered at venues in Wailea!

Culinary events featured from the opening nights Twilight Reception at Capische! The Starry Night MoonDance themed night at Tommy Bahamas! The Four Seasons hosts its now traditional Taste of Chocolate evening in the midst of the Culinary Arts Celebration which culminates in the Taste of Wailea on the slopes of the golf course pre the celestial theatre program.




Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
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Wailea, Maui voted #1 location to buy a 2nd Home in the US!

The Wall Street Journal and Barrons Luxury Magazine voted Wailea, Maui the #1 place in the US to buy a second home!!!

Do you ever wonder what your missing???

Contact Maui’s EcoBroker Meghan Clair to find your Dream Home…and your Dream Lifestyle here on Maui.

Meghan Clair
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
Shops at Wailea
(808) 874-8668

Maui County Energy Expo 2009

    Maui County Energy Expo 2009
    Maui’s Energy Future-Concept to Reality

    September 10-11th, 2009
    Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

*Article Below Featured in Real Estate Maui Style Magazine

This educational forum will bring together business, government, and community members to showcase current and emerging technologies in renewable energy. It will feature presenters and panels from a variety of disciplines and the lastest products and innovations in an exhibit area.

One of the primary goals of the 2009 Energy Expo is outreach to the community. The purose of the conference is to open iup a diald with the public about renewable enerfy an dobtain their feedback.

How can we best proceed in shaping a more secure and sustainable energy future for Maui County?

Protect Maui’s Future

Maui County Energy Expo Weblink

Link to PDF version of Expo Adgenda
Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Makena Resort Sustainable Community Details Revealed!

Here is the general area of the 1,800 acre Makena Resort.

Nearly eight months after the Maui County Council approved the construction of the hotly contested Mākena Resort, residents gathered to hear an update of the project from developer Everett Dowling on Thursday, June 18, at the Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) in Mā‘alaea.

As this month’s featured speaker for the PWF Making Waves Lecture Series, Dowling took the stage to give a presentation entitled “Sustainable Development in Mākena.” Offering an overview of his company’s plans for the 1,800-acre master-planned Mākena Resort, Dowling shared his short- and long-term initiatives for the oceanfront property.

In order to make the most efficient use of the surrounding natural resources, Dowling Company has utilized sustainable methods to ensure the property remains “clean and green,” such as a stormwater filtration system, solar-powered wastewater treatment plant and the use of drought-tolerant, sustainable turf on the resort’s golf courses.

“The goal is for Mākena Resort to be a net-zero energy community,” he said. “We have ambitious goals.” In order to accomplish this, he said, all residential units will include photovoltaic (PV) panels to offset approximately 30 percent of expected annual energy consumption. Similarly, the resort’s commercial buildings will achieve net-zero status through the installation of rooftop, net-metered PV systems. In addition, Dowling teamed up with green energy pioneer Solar City to create the Mākena Solar Farm, a 30-acre, 3 megawatt (MW) facility that will incorporate fixed and dual-axis tracking to offset energy not generated by the rooftop systems.

Read full Article from June 25th Maui Weekly

Developer Everett Dowling presenting the sustainable development initiatives for Makena

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Election 2008 – How Green is Your Presidential Candidate?


EcoBroker International Article
By Ryan Moehring

With just about a month to go before one of the most anticipated presidential elections in U.S. history, we thought that you might appreciate a non-partisan snapshot on where the candidates stand on climate and energy issues.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Both candidates support a cap-and-trade system. For the uninitiated, this type of system is designed to cut overall emissions by a predetermined, legally enforced percentage. Every large-scale carbon emitter has to obtain a permit for every ton of carbon dioxide it emits into the atmosphere. Over time, the limits become stricter until the ultimate reduction goal is met. This is the cap. The trade results when companies who do not use all of their permits sell them to companies who cannot make their reductions. In this way, overall reductions are assured and more efficient companies are rewarded. Under Barack Obama’s plan, U.S. emissions would be cut by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. John McCain proposes reducing emissions by 60 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. While Obama would auction off 100 percent of emission credits, McCain would initially give away credits then eventually phase in a similar auction structure. McCain would also allow companies to buy carbon offsets instead of reducing their emissions, a policy Obama opposes.

Renewable Energy
John McCain recently unveiled his Lexicon Project, which is described on his web site as an “all of the above energy solution.” McCain supports renewable energy and concedes that “green jobs and green technology will be vital to our economic future,” but he has not offered a specific plan to date. He has said that he will “encourage the market for alternative, low carbon fuels such as wind, hydro, and solar power.” Obama supports a renewable portfolio standard. Under his plan, the U.S. would get 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2012. That number would increase to 25 percent by 2025. Over the next 10 years, Obama would invest $150 billion in renewables, biofuels, and efficiency, an endeavor he claims will create 5 million green jobs.

Nuclear Energy
John McCain is an ardent supporter of nuclear power and has pledged to build 45 new nuclear plants in the U.S. by 2030, eventually increasing that number to 100 new plants. Barack Obama has stated that nuclear power should “continue to be part of the energy mix,” but has also stated that it is “not a great option,” citing concerns with safety and storage of spent nuclear reactive fuel rods. Obama has opposed storage of such nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain storage facility.

Offshore Drilling
Both candidates have been accused of “flip-flopping” on the issue of offshore drilling. Historically, Barack Obama has opposed opening up our coastal waters to drilling. In August 2008, he conceded that he would consider “some” offshore drilling if doing so would ensure the passage of a comprehensive energy plan. John McCain also has strongly opposed domestic offshore drilling in the past. However, his stance has recently changed and he now supports drilling. According to his web site, “the current federal moratorium on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf stands in the way of energy exploration and production.”

Fuel Economy Standards

Both candidates have said that fuel economy standards for automobiles should be raised. While John McCain has not offered specific targets, he has said that he would more strictly enforce existing standards, as many auto manufacturers routinely ignore them and opt to pay a small fine for their noncompliance. Barack Obama has suggested spending $4 billion to help auto manufacturers update their plants to produce more efficient vehicles. He would also increase fuel efficiency standards by 4 percent, which equals roughly one mile per gallon, per year. Obama also supports putting one million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2012. McCain has pledged to give away a $300 million prize to the developer of a battery that significantly bolsters the storage capacity of plug-in and hybrid vehicles.

To learn more about the candidates’ positions on other critical energy and environmental issues, please visit the following websites:

Descriptions of the candidates and their policies are not and should not be perceived as endorsements. EcoBroker does not endorse political candidates. However, we do hope that the preceding paragraphs provide you with enough information to spark your interest and encourage you to learn more about the issues. Voting is an important right you hold as an American and we sincerely hope that you will exercise that right this November