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Archie Kalepa, Maui Prep teacher among speakers for TEDxMaui 2013

By Staff | Jan 3, 2013


KAHULUI – Archie Kalepa, Alex Grey, Quayle Hodek, Jenelle Peterson and Kim Rosen will be among the presenters at TEDxMaui 2013.

The second annual event will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

This independently organized event licensed by TED will feature a variety of speakers and entertainers from Hawaii and beyond drawing inspiration from this year’s theme, “The Dream is Real.”

TEDxMaui will feature engaging presentations on diverse topics such as renewable energy, science, education and the arts. There will also be a variety of musical and artistic performances.

This year’s hosts are Kainoa Horcajo, who is returning from the inaugural 2012 event, and Lia Krieg, who brings her talents as a performer and teacher to the TEDxMaui stage.


Recently inducted into the Hawaii Watermen’s Hall of Fame, fifth-generation Lahaina resident and Lahainaluna High School graduate Kalepa is one of Hawaii’s greatest ocean sports pioneers.

In addition to his achievements riding massive waves, Kalepa is also a leader in the development of innovative safety equipment and rescue techniques using jet skis and water sleds.

Kalepa is a key player in the push to modernize and innovate stand up paddling, and he is dedicated to resurrecting interest in the traditional Hawaiian sport of canoe surfing.

Beginning his career as a medical illustrator at Harvard Medical School, visionary artist Grey is best known for his paintings that present the physical and subtle anatomy of an individual in the context of cosmic, biological and technological evolution. His art has been featured in Time, Newsweek, the Discovery Channel and the album art of TOOL, the Beastie Boys and Nirvana.

Called one of the “7 Hottest CEOs” by Treehugger.com and one of Red Herring’s “Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 35,” Hodek is a pioneer in the field of renewable energy.


As the CEO of Renewable Choice Energy, Hodek has been on a mission to convince companies that switching to renewable energy is the right thing to do – for the planet and the bottom line.

Believing that “being an inspiration to children is the most progressive political act of all,” Peterson has taught in classrooms as diverse as Compton and Maui.

She attended the New School for Social Research in New York City, receiving both a Masters of Science in Teaching and a Certification in Secondary Social Studies Education.

Peterson is currently a fourth grade teacher at Maui Preparatory Academy.

Rosen is the author of “Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words.” Combining her devotion to poetry with her background as a teacher and therapist, she has touched listeners around the world with the power of spoken poems to heal and inspire individuals and communities.


She is the co-creator of four CDs of spoken poems and music, and her work has been featured in O Magazine, The Sun, The New Yorker and Spirituality & Health Magazine.

TEDxMaui organizers encourage students, local business owners, entrepreneurs and any and all open-minded individuals seeking education and inspiration to attend.

Tickets are available for purchase through the MACC’s Box Office at 242-SHOW or online at www.mauiarts.org.

Tuition for the day-long event is $100. Student and elder (over 65) tickets are $75. TEDxMaui will be limited to 1,200 participants, with 100 spaces being reserved for students and elders.

TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a national nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

TED holds an annual conference in Long Beach, California that has featured speakers such as Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Philippe Starck, Hillary Clinton, Eve Ensler and former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Presentations from the TED conference are made available for free at TED.com. TED talks have been viewed by millions of people worldwide.

Presentations from TEDxMaui will be uploaded onto the TEDxMaui website and on the TEDx YouTube channel.

For information, visit www.tedxmaui.com.