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Theme: The Courage to Dream

This event occurred on
January 22, 2012
9:00am - 10:00pm HST
(UTC -10hrs)
Kahului, HI
United States

TEDxMaui takes place on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. This all-day event will present innovative and inspiring speakers and performers⎯who have the courage to dream and change the world with revolutionary ideas.

Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
One Cameron Way
Kahului, HI, 96732
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Susan Casey

Editor-In-Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine and New York Times bestselling author of The Wave, Susan Casey is a fearless journalist and ocean lover who has tackled issues as far-ranging as oil spills and spiritual healing.

Amy Cortese

Amy Cortese is an award-winning journalist covering topics spanning business, finance, food and environmental issues in publications such as the New York Times, Business Week, the Daily News, Portfolio, Mother Jones, the Daily Beast, Business 2.0 and Wired, among others. Her new book, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it, draws upon her experience covering these diverse realms.

Dr. Gary Greenberg

Scientist, artist and inventor, Dr. Gary Greenberg uses his special 3D microscopes to create spectacular landscapes of worlds beyond our everyday perception. Dr. Greenberg is currently a faculty member at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in Maui, where he studies moon sand collected during NASA’s Apollo missions. He has authored a number of books including: A Grain of Sand: Nature’s Secret Wonder, (2008); A Bug’s Eye View of Flowers, (2010); Florotica: Revealing the Sensuality of the Micro World, (2010); and, a children’s book, Mary’s Magic Microscope, (2011).

Charles Hambleton

Associate Producer of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove”, about the mass killing of dolphins, Hambleton fearlessly chronicles environmental crimes, using high-tech cameras, and offers solutions that benefit communities and companies.

Dr. Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele

One of the most revered, beloved and awarded Kumus in Hawaii, Dr. Kanahele is a professor of Hawaiian Studies at UH, writer, educator and producer of film, dance and hula. Considered a national living treasure, she has spoken around the world about issues related to indigenous peoples.

Lisa Kristine

Humanitarian photographer specializing in indigenous humanities, she has travelled to over 60 different countries. She has worked with the UN, who uses her photos to inspire discussions of human rights, social change and global security.

Jeff Kuhn

Award-winning astronomer and solar physicist at Maui’s Institute for Astronomy, Kuhn studies the sun and its affect on our daily lives and future.

Dr. Jacob Liberman

Dr. Jacob Liberman is an internationally recognized pioneer in the fields of light, vision, and consciousness, and author of Light: Medicine of the Future, Take Off Your Glasses and See, and Wisdom From an Empty Mind. Gary Zukav described Jacob’s work as, “deeply transformational”, Jean Houston said it was, “… a manual for a whole new order of being”, and Louise Hay said, “Jacob Liberman is one of my favorite teachers.”

Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey

The first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society, Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is an internationally recognized expert in the emergent field of cultural intelligence – a dynamic, holistic system of knowledge and wisdom based on indigenous science.

Dr. Art Medeiros

Biologist and passionate champion of native habitats, he is the visionary behind the native habitat restoration project, Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Project. Fourth generation inhabitant of Hawaii, he works with the USGS.

W.S. Merwin

Appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2010, W.S. Merwin has a career that has spanned six decades. A poet, translator, gardener and environmental activist, Merwin has become one of the most widely read and honored poets of our time.

Vincent Mina

Vincent Mina is a Maui farmer and Founder of Maui Aloha Aina Association, a collective of farmers promoting sustainable and local farming on Maui, and the organizer for the Body & Soil conference

Carolyn Raffensperger

An environmental lawyer and archeologist who specializes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration of public health and the environment, Raffensperger is also one of the founders of “The Precautionary Principle.”

Byron Washom

Alternatve energy pioneer and named one of Fast Company Magazine’s “100 Most Creative Persons in Business”, Byron Washom is partering with UH Maui College to bring electric vehicles to Hawaii. He was raised on Midway Atoll and Oahu and is a Punahou graduate.

Lani & Pomai Weigert

Visionary business (mother/daughter) owners of Ali’iKula Lavender, a multi-generational, family-owned native Hawaiian agri-tourism business in Hawaii, practicing “sustainable aloha."

Organizing team


Paia, HI, United States
  • Sara Tekula
  • Karen Bouris
    Program Development Team Leader