by Tania Ginoza on December 31, 2012 · 13 comments

On January 13th, 2013, speakers and performers will take the stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center to inspire their audience to innovate, dream and change the world. The 2nd TEDxMaui is upon us and I’ve got my ticket, how about you?

TedX 1Amy Cortese, an award winning journalist and the author of Locavesting, speaks about the history, importance and impact of local investing at TEDxMaui 2012.

What is TED and TEDxMaui?

TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading that started in 1984 as a conference, bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment and design.  Since then, TED has expanded its scope and makes the best talks and performances available, for free.  TED has also created a program called TEDx, which is a program of local, self-organized and independent events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

TEDxMaui is an all day independent TEDx event held on the Valley Isle.  The goal of TEDxMaui is to have each person walk away feeling enlightened, motivated and dedicated to making a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others.  This year’s presenters include sixteen year old WenLu Duffy (violinst/composer), Kamea Hadar (Lead Director of Pow Wow Hawaii, an annual gathering that brings together artists from around the world) and Graham Hill (the founder of TreeHugger.com).  You can read more about TEDxMaui, view the full presenter line-up and buy tickets to this year’s event here.

One of the wonderful things about TED and TEDx is the talks are shared online.  I watch TED and TEDx talks frequently and the speakers never fail to inspire me, broaden my perspective and expand my knowledge.  The talks often result in my researching and learning more about the topics they covered, further enhancing the experience.  TED and TEDx talks are available online at Youtube, via TED’s site and also on iTunes.

Tedx 2

Mother and daughter team, Lani Medina Weigart and Pomai Weigart, of Maui’s Ali’i Kula Lavender, share their thoughts on sustainable Aloha at TEDxMaui 2012.

You can like TEDxMaui on Facebook for updates and shares by the TEDxMaui team of behind the scene planning.

All images via TEDxMaui by photographer Peter Liu.

Inspiration and mindful thinking can have a domino effect.  Hearing one’s story or observations can incite others to act. Read two other Maui Bloggers’ posts below on how TEDx Maui touched them and incited action on their part.

  • Marilyn Jansen Lopes of Maui Country Farm Tours shares how TEDx prompted her to bring attention to local Maui farmers.

Also check out Maui Goodness post on their experience last year including feeling the energy from the audience.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Shalagh Hogan December 31, 2012

Thanks Tania for reminding me about the Ted thing. I keep hearing about it and know I would enjoy and be inspired. I’ll put it on my, while I’m breastfeeding to do list come March.


Tania Ginoza December 31, 2012

There is one that I listened to by a girl who was maybe about 13 that was fantastic (talk about 13 going on 30). You can her greatness even at such a young age. I’ll try to find that one for you.

I’ll also be posting a few more podcast recommendations in the upcoming months so you’ll be all set before baby time :-)


Jen December 31, 2012

Are you planning on going? I’ve always wanted to go, but I figured the videos are the best seats in the house. It must be electrifying to be there in person tho. Plus, it would be a great place to network and meet other like minded people.

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we’ve known each other for a year. I remember telling you my resolution last year. That I wanted to save like $7,000 for my travels. LOL Do you remember? Anyways, I didn’t save that much. I think I ended up with $4,000 or was it $5,000. I was close. Thanks for the support! I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for us!


Tania Ginoza December 31, 2012

I’m going this year (cross my fingers, I got really really sick last year and couldn’t go). There will be many other Maui blogger friends there as well and I’m taking my dad for his birthday.

I remember meeting you first on twitter and you wrote to me about saving for your trip and I was thinking “that is so awesome”. One year flew by!

Btw, I’m probably going to head to Oahu in maybe mid Feb. Maybe we can meet for a meal or coffee if you have time?


jen January 1, 2013

Yes! Let’s grab some lunch. Let me know, because my birthday is around that time. I don’t want to be out of town or anything like that.


Tania Ginoza January 3, 2013

Will do!


Dania January 1, 2013

Mahalo Tania. I hope to see you at TEDxMaui 2013.


Marilyn January 1, 2013

Tania, TedxMaui was absolutely amazing. It’s great to watch the video or live streams but to be there and feel the energy and emotion is life changing. Entrepreneurs, dreamers, students of life, lovers of Hawaii and anyone who wants to make a change in their life will be changed.


Toby Neal January 1, 2013

Great post. I have to figure out how to go… sounds so amazing.
Toby Neal


Tania Ginoza January 3, 2013

I hope you can make it Toby :-)


Elinor Gawel (Eli) January 2, 2013

I’m really looking forward to it. We’re going to have a great time.


Tania Ginoza January 3, 2013

Me too and you can meet my pops. He’s the open minded type too (that’s who I got it from).


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