Mark Sheehan is a guiding force in the SHAKA movement. Their goal is to educate the public on the dangers of GMOs and to curb the abuses of industrial/chemical agriculture. Their focus is on Maui, but their message is relevant to environmentally aware citizens everywhere. Mark works for the Shaka Foundation and Maui Tomorrow, two non-profits that are fighting for the future of the island of Maui, Hawaii.
Everybody loves the island of Maui. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and the sheer fanaticism about the island is well documented. Daniel Sullivan is a photographer and author of the new book, The Maui Coast – Legacy of the Kings Highway. Daniel has spent the last twenty years photographing vanishing cultures around the planet. From the eagle hunters of Mongolia to the Tribes of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley he has traveled to the farthest corners of the planet searching for the last of our disappearing ancient cultures. His book Tribes of the Omo Valley documented five tribes on Ethiopia’s Omo River whose lives are being affected by the building of one of the world’s largest dams.
Richard Koob, founder of Kalani (a non-profit retreat center in Hawaii’s tropical rainforest), has made a remarkable contribution to self-development and education. He toured the world as a professional dancer before building the community with his partner in the 1970’s. Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center opened in 1982. Kalani sponsors an extensive Community Arts Program with more than 50 offerings per week — typically free to the public or by donation including offerings of yoga, Hawaiian culture, dance and performing arts, wellness, and personal growth.