From all of us to all of you! Mahalo for coming on this journey with us! Hope to see you in the audience next year!!
Malika Dudley & the TEDxMaui crew!
Taimane playing at the after party right now 🙂
Robert Cazimero getting on stage right now!
Maya & Kerrie gave examples of so many great tools to use to build peace.
“Every interaction matters.”
“Peace-building needs to be fundamental and essential.”
“Imagine if we were able to raise all of the 133 million babies raised around the world as peace builders.”
“It is possible to shift social norms and make the world more peaceful.”
Taimane rehearsing on stage for the “after party”…
Maya Soetoro-Ng and Dr. Kerrie Urosevich getting their microphones backstage! They are up next!!
Dave Kalama … “Take it one stroke at a time.” Unreal story of survival! Make sure to check out the archived footage once it’s posted!
Dave Kalama backstage getting his microphone. He’s up next!
“I say it’s time we welcome the gift of kiawe.”
“Most of these plants are edible. We don’t need to keep herbiciding them with Round Up, we can eat them.”
“Wild foods have always been a food of the people, for the people.”
“Each day, try adding one wild food to what you’re already eating. Let us reconnect with our wild relatives.”
Behind the scenes during the break! Kumu Hina and Robert Cazimero in the dressing room.
Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina talking with Dr. Kerrie Urosevich – girl power!
Dr. Kerrie Urosevich and Dr. Edward Readicker-Henderson chatting backstage.
One of our co-hosts, Kainoa Horcajo, chatting with audience members.
Daedelus chatting with audience members in the lobby.
Dr. Kerrie Urosevich, Dr. Edward Readicker-Henderson and Dave Kalama backstage.
Maya chatting with our crew backstage.
Dave Kalama chatting with our crew backstage.
We just went on break and I found a few more photos from lunch! Maya Soetoro-Ng chatting and laughing with students and Kimi Werner talking to a UH West Oahu student (who said Kimi was her favorite speaker).
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (Kumu Hina)…
“When we know where we come from, we shall know where we go.”
“Our ancestry never changes. Go out and find out, search the path from where you come.”
Maya Soetoro-Ng getting her make-up touched up while her fellow presenter Kerrie Urosevich chats with new friends.
Dr. Bradley Wilcox, MD…
“In America, our freedom does not necessarily translate to a free mind.”
18-year-old Rosemary Kulhavy-Sutherland just brought the house down with her eloquent speech about being less than perfect while demonstrating close to perfect speech-giving skills!
2:30pm – What a great turnout!
Taimane is killing it on stage right now! See the live feed HERE!
Students from Maui High, Baldwin, King Kekaulike, Lahainaluna and the university/college were selected to attend the TEDxMaui event. The tickets were donated by Old Lahaina Luau and students were selected by their individual schools. Maui High students had to write an essay to be considered for the tickets. At lunch the students got to eat and chat with the speakers.
Some behind the scenes shots… Jessica Pearl our photographer got a bunch of great shots at lunch.
Two of our speakers, Sam ‘Ohu Gon III and Robert Cazimero at lunch.
Daedelus talking with student Leah from UH West Oahu. His name “Daedelus” comes from Greek mythology. When he was a kid he really wanted to be an inventor and Daedelus in Greek mythology is an inventor. He said the experience on stage was like nothing he’d ever done because he’s used to either speaking to other musicians or playing music for people that are dancing so he wasn’t sure how people would react. PS – He got a standing ovation.
Dr. BJ Fogg speaking with high school students and sharing his mana’o.
Lunch time! Dr. Edward Readlicker-Henderson chatting with another speaker coming up later in the day, Lindsea Wilbur.
Dr. BJ Fogg and Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon III, also speakers from this morning, chatting as they wait in line for lunch.
Edward Readicker-Henderson “Kill Your Bucket List”
“What if instead of thinking I had to do something before I die, what if I just did something because I’m alive.”
“The first time I was told I had only one year left to live – was 15 years ago.”
“As best I can tell, dying sucks. Dying makes you see pain in the faces of the people you love and you can’t save them from the pain. Dying is absolutely nothing to live for.”
“It sounded like the world saying, let’s go out and play.” <in regards to the sounds he heard in the crater at Haleakala>
“If you just live because you’re alive… then you’re in the river of time.”
“When you reach the edge, you don’t care that you ran with the bulls or swam with sharks. You care that you said I love you. You care that you said thank you more than you said please.”
Rick Rutiz is on stage. He’s the founder and director of Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike, “in working one learns.”
“Give kids skills, success and value and we will see change.”
“Their kokua didn’t just change the life of a family, but of a community.”
One of our co-hosts, Lia Krieg, backstage writing her transitions.
Daedelus “Wonderment: Perceptions of Performance” – this Maui audience is LOVING our speakers! Everyone has been getting an amazing welcome plus standing ovations and great big hearty applause at the conclusion of their talks!
“Your senses are half truths and your experience is the whole truth.”
Here’s a gem from earlier this morning in the make-up/hair room. Daniel Anthony and Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon III!
Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina was visibly still pumped with adrenaline backstage after her talk. She’s adorable. She was kicking her legs out and doing breathing exercises to calm herself down (as you see in this photo). She is looking forward to experiencing the rest of the TEDxMaui talks from the audience with her daughter.
Astrophysicist Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina is on stage…
“There is more out there than we can ever imagine.” <In regards to extraterrestrial life>
“If you stumble across something positive and no one cares about it, go for it.”
“Think about finding a diamond in the sand. It’s impossible. Finding life in the universe would be harder.”
“We want to find civilizations but not be detected by them.”
Standing ovation for Daniel Anthony…
At the age of 6 months my daughter looked into my soul and said “I will never do what you say, I will only do what you do.” ~Daniel Anthony
Two of our speakers – Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu & Robert Cazimero – checking out their swag bags in the green room. They quickly rushed out as Lia and Kainoa came back out – Daniel Anthony is taking the stage! It’s awesome to see that all of our speakers are so interested in hearing their counterparts speak as well.
Daniel Anthony getting his microphone and getting ready to take the stage. Daniel looks very handsome in his traditional malo but I’m wondering where they put the microphone?! 😉 As we left the stage area Maya Soetoro-Ng and Kerrie Urosevich were hurrying out to their house seats so that they wouldn’t miss Daniel’s speech.
Maya Soetoro-Ng is walking around backstage and I went over to say hi. She is soooooooooooo nice. Seriously the nicest person ever. She said “Sometimes I don’t know who I know or I don’t know so I just call everyone honey” – and she gives great hugs! ha ha! I think I got three of them! She then literally grabbed me and said let’s get a close up photo and then made sure that we were “cute” in it. Later today she will be speaking along with Dr. Kerrie Urosevich – who is equally charming and sweet. The two of them have a special friendship that’s very apparent when you meet them and see them interact. Can’t wait to see their talk!
Kimi Werner backstage talking to crew about spearfishing. She told me that this TEDxMaui talk is the largest audience she’s ever had and only the second time she’s given a big talk. She said she felt the love as she got out on stage but didn’t notice that she was emotional at all even though everyone has been approaching her saying “You were so emotional!” I guess she was totally immersed in the moment.
Adaptations Dance Theater takes the stage
Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon III just left the stage.
Adaptations Dance Theater practices backstage in the dressing room. Stay tuned for their amazing performance! Several people I spoke to said the rehearsal was amazing yesterday.
Daniel Anthony is in the green room looking over his notes! He did his homework! Daniel’s speech is entitled “What You Put in Your Mouth Can Change the World.”
Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon was recently given the “Living Treasure” award. Here is waiting backstage to go on!
Dr. BJ Fogg is the next speaker. He directs the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. He’s been studying human behavior for 20 years. (Photo: Taimane Gardner watching Dr. Fogg’s speech in the green room)
“When it comes to longterm behavior change, simplicity is the most important factor.”
“It’s gonna be a great day.” BJ says he wakes up in the morning and says it out loud. It’s his favorite “tiny habit.” He calls it the “Maui Habit.”
He says to watch for 3 things as you practice this habit every day when you wake up in the morning:
Watch how quickly this becomes automatic in your life.
Watch for how the “Maui Habit” leads to you doing other good things.
Watch for how your behavior works. How can I apply this in other ways by practicing this habit?
Tips for practicing behavior in the right way.
1. Focus on behaviors you want.
2. If you want a habit to really stick do it in the MORNING – It’s easy to do and it makes you feel good.
3. It’s a design challenge, not a motivation challenge – adapt your habit in order to maintain it.
My favorite quotes from expert free diver, Kimi Werner – our first speaker.
“When you feel the need to speed up, slow down.”
“What started out being one of the scariest moments of my life ended up being the most beautiful.” (When talking about her encounter with a great white shark)
Kimi got a standing ovation for her speech from the audience. Maui is so proud of her!
Kainoa Horcajo and Lia Krieg take the stage to host TEDxMaui.
Taimane Gardner will be performing at TEDxMaui – her set is only 10 minutes long so either get down here or make sure to keep watching the live feed! Here she is checking out the program. She said she’s super excited about Sunny Savage “You Can Eat That: The Gift of Wild Foods” – Dr. Bradley Wilcox “The Quest For Eternal Youth” about who lives the longest and why – Edward Readicker-Henderson “Kill Your Bucket List” and she can’t wait to see the Adaptions Dance Theater take the stage. PS I’ve heard from MANY people that it is a MUST SEE!
Sooo I love Hawaii. Here I am working behind the scenes at TEDxMaui for the first time and I run into my friend Katie McMillan (she used to live with my best friend in Haiku many years ago)… I had NO IDEA she is the founder of TEDxMaui!! Such a small world! First of all, she’s an amazing woman – stunning inside and out. Katie really wanted to go to TED Women in 2010 but she didn’t have the funds to make the trip. Her friends decided to fundraise for her so she could have the opportunity. Katie says she was pretty embarrassed. “There are so many other problems in the world. Me going to TED was so small in comparison,” she said. Her friends threw her a party and through word of mouth enough money was raised for Katie to attend the TED Women event. The entire time she was there she kept thinking “How am I going to give back?” Elizabeth Lindsey – filmmaker, cultural anthropologist, polynesian explorer and former Miss Hawaii – took the stage and that’s when the lightbulb went on for Katie… she said it just clicked “We live in such an amazing place,” she thought. TEDxMaui was conceived but Katie needed help. She had tons of ideas and needed someone with a production background to get the conversation started and help to put the event together. Enter Sara Tekula – producer for TEDxMaui – the two had their first meeting at Baldwin Beach. They decided to go big and do the production in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. TEDxMaui had it’s first event in 2012 and has grown ever since.
Here’s a photo of Katie and Kainoa Horcajo (the emcee) in the green room today.
People are lining up around the corner to get in! Still a half hour before we open our doors! Maui Taiko just performed! Here’s Robert Cazimero – who is performing and speaking today – taking photos of Maui Taiko performing out front. He actually did a little jig too 🙂
The now iconic red TEDx letters grace our stage here at TEDxMaui… but I bet you didn’t know that our letters were cut and carved out of reclaimed wood <Norfolk Pine from Kihei> by our very own schmuck (his words, not mine) Tim Garcia!
All laughter aside, Tim and Kaleo Padilla are the set designers for TEDxMaui and they put a lot of hard work, long hours and love into the set design this year. I won’t give away the surprise but something very special will happen on stage as far as set design goes. Keep your eyes peeled! Another SUPER cool tidbit – every TEDxMaui speaker that has ever graced the stage has signed the back of our letters so the mana of our past speakers is on stage with our current speakers – most of which are first time TEDx speakers this year!
9/28/2014 – 7:45am
Malika Dudley here! I’ll be your live blogger for the day! I’m so excited for my first year as a part of the TEDxMaui team. Can’t wait to be inspired! If you’re thinking about coming but haven’t decided yet… please come down! <The box office is already open out front for last minute ticket sales> Our speakers this year are phenomenal… I haven’t seen any… YET, but they will start to filter in soon and I’ll keep you up to date. For those of you that are planning on being here – Awesome. Front of house will be a great experience and I can supplement that with my backstage observations. 😉 I’m excited to be going on this journey with all of you today! Aloha!