Maui Makers has secured a lease–more details soon

Check back in 2015 for details.

The lease starts in February.

The featured image is a throwback to the roots of Maui Makers, showing Ryan eating one of the batteries for the lilikoi laser.

What cool things do you want to build in the new space? Post below.

Membership Drive

Aloha Everyone,

Maui Makers needs your help.

After an intensive search, Maui Makers has secured an option to rent a space in Wailuku that will be a great home for us to set up our tools and house tools and equipment. The landlords love the idea of Maui Makers so have given us a great deal on rent. The space gives us rough finished areas suitable for setting up separate classroom, clean work space for electronics and printing, “dirty” work space for painting, dyeing, cutting, etc. and wood/metal working areas.

The space will allow us to have multiple events each week, and broaden our activities. It also allows members to access tools, equipment (3D printers, shapeoko, Arduinos, Dremels, hand tools, soldering stations, power tools), workbenches, build areas and fellow makers.

The space is rough finish, so we can modify it to fit our members needs, and it has adjacent space that allows us to offer members studio and storage space.

How can you help?
1. Help with daily administration of mauimakers: blogging, coordinating volunteers, championing a type of making, website management, bookkeeping, record keeping, board member, etc.

2. Hands-on turning the roughed in space into an awesome makerspace: painting, flooring, building shelves, equipment set up, equipment donation, installing workbenches, cables, etc.

3. Become a member (at, or mail a check to Maui Makers, Inc. 415 Kahului Beach Rd.Suite E-429,, Kahului 96732), or donate using the paypal button. All donations are tax deductible, and all funds will be used to support the physical makerspace. Memberships are discounted until we get set up, so get them now. Discounts also apply for 5-year memberships. A limited number of lifetime memberships are available. Email

4. Volunteer to lead classes or workshops. You don’t have to be an expert, just enthusiastic and willing to learn with others.

5. Spread the word and invite your friends. Spread the Maker bug. Making is a fundamental aspect of being human. Everyone is a maker.

Email if you can help in any capacity.

3D Printing–November 13, 2014

We had a great turnout at the monthly meeting with some exciting show and tell. We also have some fun items on tap for the rest of November. All events are suitable for Family and free to paying members ($10 for nonmembers, make out checks to St Anthony Jr-Sr High School):

November 13, 2014 will be 3D Printing Night.
6 PM–set up the 3D printers
7 PM–Steve Griffin, a mechanical engineer from Boeing will be on hand to discuss how to get the best build quality

November 20, 2014 will be a return to the Art of Tinkering
We’ll build Paper Circuits.
–Coin Cell Batteries CR-1220
–Scissors/exacto knife (age appropriate please)
–Scotch tape

Both meetings are 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School, Maryknoll Building, Rm 21.

What Happened at the November Public Meeting
Membership and a Permanent Home
Maui Makers discussed plans for leasing our own space. We have a strong contender in Wailuku, but are exploring alternatives, in case that falls through. With the space comes extra bills, so we are rolling out a paid membership structure. Once the bank account gets linked to Paypal, you can pay by credit card on the website. You can also pay by check at a meeting, or contact For a limited time, memberships will be discounted. Lorayne Lipps had the honor of being our first paying member. We anticipate being in St Anthony Thursday evenings through December.

Show and Tell
Sevan brought the 3D Printed Air Brush Nozzle he’s been working on:

3D printed airbrush nozzle

Shannon Williams has built a an “oxyhydrogen generator”. It uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. This converts electricity into a clean burning fuel, and unlike gasoline the only emission released is—water!

Oxyhydrogen generator

magnetic paper

Steve Jenness brought his tricked out motorcycle light:
skull headlight

Maui Makers public Meeting Thursday 6 November

Bring your projects. Talk story. Get ideas. Discuss plans for future of Maui Makers.

6 to 9 pm. St Anthony. Maryknoll Bldg. Rm 21.

Still working logistics for November workshops.

Upcoming in November

Coming in November

We had some great classes in October and more to come in November!

Maui Makers is still working out the details of the November schedule, but expect to see Arduino, Wearables, 3D printing and more Tinkering. We will be meeting every Thursday at St Anthony and hope to add more dates shortly.

October highlights

Make Your Own Halloween Costume

Halloween Lorrayne
Halloween costume

Art of Tinkering-Scribble Bots and Marble Mazes

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Business Matters

On the business and organizational side, Maui Makers has incorporated as a 501c3, and elected a Board of Directors and Officers. The Board has completed a Strategic Plan and a Preliminary Budget to take the Makerspace to the next level. In that light, you’ll be seeing a few changes in the near future:

A paying membership structure will be set up to help us pay the bills–electrons to keep you informed cost money. We are committed to keeping costs low, but will need your help in pushing to the next level with more tools, classes and a permanent space.

Members will get free or reduced cost access to classes.

We continue to explore space options. We have yet to secure affordable, unlimited access to a permanent home. If you have any leads in this area, please contact the Board at

Maui Makers has Incorporated as a Non-Profit in the State of Hawaii

Welcome to the new, improved Maui Makers.

We’re still in the process of getting the IRS to approve our 501(c)(3) status, but are in the home stretch. Stay posted here as we revamp the website, establish recurring workshops and hopefully get a permanent space soon.

In the meantime, if you can drop by TEDxMaui on Sunday to help us with the booth, please let us know.

Maui Makers, Inc.

Weekly Meeting Update

This week Thursday, May 30 2013, will be the last open public meeting we will be hosting at the Pu’unene facility. We are pretty much moved out of the main room and kitchen, which the DoEdu will be converting to offices.Come on down to the space this week and help us celebrate what has been a great run.There are no public meetings planned for June or later yet.
We are researching venues, such as community centers, but nothing firm yet.Sincerely,Jerry Isdale, Founder

Makers Moving Out of Pu’unene F2 Building by June 1st

Aloha Makers and Friends,

Maui Makers needs a new space. We have been asked to vacate most of the F2 Cafeteria building in from which we have been operating in Pu’unene by June 1, 2013. The Hawaii Dept of Education, who manages the buildings, requires the space for newly hired Resource Coordinators for the Special Education Group. Mahalo HI Dept of Ed for their graceful support to date.

This is a time to grow. Relocating will give opportunity to regroup, reorganize our equipment and community. Do not fret as the plan is to stay within central Maui.

We have leads and are looking for more. 1500-3000 sq ft is the starting range to properly operate. The space should be zoned for Light Industrial, or better, to allow use of Maui Makers’ heavier workshop tools. A class/meeting room and an area for clean work (electronics, etc.) are also critical within a prospective lead’s square footage. The prospective area should be powered, plumbed, and network ready if possible. Affordability is a key aspect. To date operations have paid $0.00 in rent. This has allowed Maui Makers to offer lower monthly and annual memberships as commonly due at other spaces both small and large.

The first part of business is to clear out the F2 space currently used. Ben Ward and Jerry Isdale will be off island most of this week, but some tasks can begin as we come into the final weeks of May. A full schedule to have us removed by June 1st, 2013 is forthcoming. Below are some preliminaries for this first stage.

Top of the list, we need to build 2-3 portable electronics work stations accompanying kits for other technologies as well. The idea is to use these over the next couple months for PopUp Makerspace at temporary locations TBD (community centers, schools, libraries, etc) while we settled into our new space. These spaces also require additional scouting and leads.

Secondly, all usable equipment needs to be identified and marked as such. Machine parts need to be noted and identified as usable, dismantlement for a Take Apart Party, or recycled/E-Waste. Unusable items and scrap should be deposited at the proper facilities.

Thirdly, equipment that was officially donated to Maui Makers needs to be specifically identified and closely tracked. We are accountable to our fiscal sponsors for their patronage and must maintain proper records for due diligence, taxation and legal accountability. Those tools go into The Container for storage only. Proper rigging for travel, with accessibility in mind, and security must also be detailed.

Also the weekly Thursday Maui Maker Meetings in Pu’unene will be postponed as of May 31st, 2013. Popup locations for weekly meetings will suffice until our permanent home is settled. As usual we will still use our Google Group email/web list (, our Facebook group and our website to keep you informed of when and where these meetings will take place.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Jerry Isdale

Work Meeting May 10th 2012

We had a great meeting on thursday may 10th sprucing up the new space. Brian Thomas came roaring in early ready to paint. We picked up a big bucket of used paint from CWD and got rolling. Over the next couple hours we had a half dozen people or more come thru and lend a hand. The results were pretty terrific.

Remember that ‘closet’ that had paint splattered all over the walls and ceilings? It looked like some ugly accident happened. At the end of the night it was a whole different room.

We only did the main walls, although some trim got painted with the same color too. We should get a gallon of contrasting trim paint and get these done right. Here’s a selection of pictures I took at the meeting. Compare these with the ones in previous blog post. Oh and that foosball table got a real workout too.

Maui Makers has a Real Building!

Maui Makers New Home

Its official, Maui Makers now has use of 1550+sqft of the F-2 Cafeteria building in Pu’unene, courtesy Hawaii Dept of Education. This is the building next to our container, so the basic location has not changed. However, now we have:

  • a large (34′ x 31′) open classroom
  • a kitchen (14 x 22) with two sinks, stove, and washer/dryer
  • a small (7 x 5) room w/built in shelves (and power breakers)
  • a larger (11 x 14) ‘office’ with shelves, 3 windows and working air conditioner
  • two bathrooms!! (outside)
  • AC Power galore.

Floor Plan of Maui Makers F2 Building in Pu'unene HI

We may be able to add use of ‘the pantry’ (size unknown), with its security gate (in kitchen). The DoEd had stored a bunch of exercise equipment in the ‘office’. We moved it to the large room. They also stored a foosball table in there. We set that up in the kitchen. The feet and some of the players are broken but it is still functional.

We need to secure the exterior windows on the front (kitchen) area. Perhaps some bars made from welded rebar? Some of the rooms need painting. Everything needs a deep cleaning. Then we are ready to move in equipment!

The Classroom:

Interior F2 Classroom from rear corner

Panorama of classroom in F2 Cafeteria - kitchen is on left

The large room in the center of the building is an open 34′ x 31′ space. DoEd mayoccasionally want to use if for meetings, etc. We can use it for classes, temporary projects, etc. If we are going to use it for any projects longer than a couple days, we need to inform DoEd. There are two (large but skanky) bathrooms off this big room. They are NOT to be used. If you need one, there are two bathrooms with doors outside on the front of the building (towards our container). The interior bathrooms are much larger – which would mean a LOT more custodial work if they were used. Since Dept of Ed is providing cleaning, they get to say dont use em… besides which, they need a bunch of work.

New Kitchen Doorway

We installed a lockable door between the kitchen and the classroom this past Thursday (3May2012), with the expectation that DoEd was going to retain the classroom. It will still be useful securing our space if/when DoEd wants to use the room. The windows to the left of the door now open/close for pass-through. They can lock but we may want to add some sort of security grate over them.

The Kitchen Area:

The main kitchen area is about 17′ long and 14′ wide. It has a lot of counter space, with cabinets under counter. We need to clean out the cabinets and then they can be secured as project storage for members.
There is 220v power in the opening for the stove. There is a stove+oven but we dont know if it works. I have not even opened it to look inside.
The main sink (under window) has two parts and works pretty well. The other sink (on right) is deep but has very weak water flow. Oh, we do have hot water. There is a non-functional refrigerator which we have arranged for CWD to pickup for disposal when we get it outside.

Closet and Hallway
Off the kitchen is a fair sized (7′ x 5′) closet, which has the power breaker panel inside, and a small cupboard with shelves built into the wall. Someone had fun splattering paint all over this room (and its carpet.) We need to repaint, remove the carpet and clean out the shelves. We also need to get a key to the breaker panel.

Next to the closet is a hallway to the Office. There is a washer and dryer setup on one wall. The washer has (leaky) hot and cold water and working drain. There is no exhaust or 220v power for the dryer. Maybe they swapped the dryer and stove as needed? The security door in the hall opens to ‘The Pantry’. We havent seen it yet but based on wall space, it should be pretty large.

The Office – Shop
The back room was called ‘The Office’ by DoEd. Its a 14′ x 11′ concrete block room with shelves built into one wall. The long outside wall has one window with a working air conditioner (aka dust hole). The short outside wall has two windows. There are two rows of power outlets running around the room, and a set of RJ-45 connectors. Some of the RJ-45 say Data, while others are probably phone. It is not known yet if the Data sockets are live network access. This room will make an excellent workshop!

Shelves in The Office (and Cole)

Here’s the full Flickr set:

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