TEDx Maui 2013…The Dream Is Real

by Tania Ginoza on January 13, 2013 · 9 comments

My cup runneth over, with ideas, knowledge and inspiration. I’ve returned home from a full day of TEDx Maui talks by those who have made a difference  in art, music, physics, social design and renewable energy. A deep-sea navigator, filmmaker, treehugger, educator, waterman and poet were just a few of the speakers who presented their stories and inspired action on a beautiful Sunday to a full house at the MACC.

TEDx Maui 2013 Kalepa

Archie Kalepa, big wave surfer

Here’s a quick rundown of a few of my favorite moments and quotes from the day:

Lessons from the Water

“My blood is filled with salt water.” ~Archie Kalepa, Maui County Ocean Safety Operations Supervisor, member of the Hawai’i Waterman’s Hall of Fame, big wave surfer and SUP world record holder

With his words, photos and videos, Archie reminded us of literally the biggest reason we are lucky to live Hawaii, the body of water that surrounds us. Archie is a waterman that demonstrates a love and understanding of the ocean that brings about a respect for its power but also a trust in nature and following one’s instincts. He has tandem surfed, dropped in on a wave in a canoe, rode the waves at Jaws, swam with tiger sharks and stand up paddled from Molokai to Oahu and in the Grand Canyon.

Tuning In

“I started to look at each string as an instrument.” ~ Makana, Hawaiian slack-key guitar master, singer, composer and cultural ambassador

Makana had the audience in the palm of his talented hands with his sense of humor, eloquent way with words, magnetic slack-key melodies and powerful voice. You can listen to Makana’s music here or read his poetic musings on his blog, MindMints.

Cinematic Storytelling: The Heart vs. The Head

“If I can get you to empathize with the scariest fish in the sea, then maybe anything is possible.” ~Paul Atkins, Emmy-winning filmmaker

Paul spoke about the importance of documentary film makers to remember to speak to the heart while presenting facts and information.  We, as a species, are storytellers and engaging our emotions is often necessary to bring us to a rational conclusion. Paul has worked on films for National Geographic, PBS and BBC covering marine life, endangered species and preservation.

The Small Island: Edited on Maui and the Mainland

“Less, done right, can truly be more”. ~Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger.com and LifeEdited.

Graham shared his thoughts on how we’ve become land of the big in the last five decades, super sizing our cars, homes, debt, storage space, meals and stuff. He shared with us four basic components of small space living (digitize, edit our belongings, choose products that are space efficient and consider our spaces as multi-functional).  Graham also shared a video of a <500 sq foot condo space where one could host overnight guests, a dinner party of twelve and also live/work comfortably.

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Kamea Hadar, Lead Director of Pow Wow Hawaii

The Catalytic Nature of Art

“Something of cultural significance doesn’t have to be a thousand years old, it can be something that is created today in your backyard.” ~ Kamea Harda, Artist and Lead Director of Pow Wow Hawai’i.

Pow Wow Hawaii is an annual gathering of artists from around the world that has also played a role in the revitalization of Kaka’ako.  Kaka’ako is a former industrial area located outside of downtown Honolulu that has been undergoing change to a mixed urban use in recent years with retail, art, culinary and residential development.  Pow Wow Hawaii gathers contemporary artists for one week in February to create and engage the community in their process. The third Pow Wow will be held February 9th through 16th, 2013.  Kamea spoke of the origin, mission and impact of Pow Wow.

All of the speakers were thought provoking, a few also moved me to tears. I’ve shared just a few moments here. I encourage everyone to watch the talks from today online if you were not able to make it to the live event. A few of the talks I didn’t elaborate on here included educator’s insights into children’s confidence development (Sherry Lynn), engaging children in questions on social issues and observations (Jenelle Peterson), bringing the power of solar to those in need (Quayle Hodek), the ambitious 2013 world wide voyage of the Hōkūleʻa (Kālepa Baybayan), sustainable urban design (Sean Connelly) and ecological development (Lauren Roth Venu).  I’ll provide a link when the videos are up or you can like TEDx Maui’s Facebook page for updates.

All images by Peter Liu Photography via TEDx Maui’s Flickr.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen January 13, 2013

I’m so jelly! It must’ve been life-changing, uh? I’m not shocked that you shed a tear or two. I would need a box of tissues! LOL

I’ve never been to a TEDTalks before. Do you have an tips on getting a good seat or how to get into the session you want…you know those kinds of tips.

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Tania Ginoza January 14, 2013

The seating for the Maui event was general and the event organizers encouraged people to move around after each break so that you could mingle and meet someone new. I was getting over a cold however so dad and I always sat at the very top away from everyone else. Maui is very different from Oahu so I’d say those in early could get good seats as Mauians tend to arrive for and enter events at the last moment (there is less stress here about not getting a parking space or an event shutting the doors until intermission as is the case in Honolulu, when I first moved here I kept arriving to everything way early – 1st one in the parking lot!).

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another jennifer January 14, 2013

Sounds like a great event! I would like to attend a TED talk at some point.

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Tania Ginoza January 14, 2013

It was fantastic! Thankfully they post the videos online too but yes attending in person is a great experience.

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Elinor Gawel (Eli) January 14, 2013

Those were some of my favorites too. It was great fun. Missed you thoough.

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Tania Ginoza January 14, 2013

I saw you on the balcony next to Mr. Blair at one point. Dad and I hung out at the very top so if I had to do some just got over a cold coughing I could make a quick exit. We also hid away from the crowd during the breaks as we’re basically shy types and it was packed.

I’m so glad you could go and that you enjoyed it.

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Laurie January 18, 2013

Sounds like a great day with your dad! Love that kind of stuff!

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Tiffanie January 29, 2013

I would love to attend something like this. I don’t recognize any of the speakers you mention here, but I guess I don’t know much about what’s going on over there in your neck of the ocean. What a wealth of information and inspiration!

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Tania Ginoza January 29, 2013

I’m thinking you must have a TED or TEDx near you. I’m pretty sure there is a TED LA. The only speaker I recognized before I went was the lifeguard and the founder of treehugger (he also has a small space living site called LifeEdited).

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