About Erik Blair
People often say, “Erik you’re Everywhere”. That’s true on many levels, especially on social media and around the planet. A self-proclaimed geek, Erik has been ‘tinkering and traveling with technology’ for many years. As a social media influencer, event promoter and writer, Erik has successfully used his talents in social media to garner support for many projects worldwide.
To find out more just Google “Erik Blair” or browse his social media assets.
Travel to find yourself – I’m a strong supporter of travel for the sake of self-awareness and education. So much in going on in the world that our self-indulgent Americanized society isn’t aware of. In fact, I think travel is a better education than college.
Tiny House aficionado and alternative living advocate – I believe that affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges in today’s society. The obstacles to reducing poverty and ending hunger depend on lowering the cost of housing, increasing the value of the dollar, increasing wages and/or reducing the high cost of living. One solution is to, as a society, allow, encourage and permit small-scale alternative housing. The Tiny House movement is one such solution, van dwelling and dispersed camping is another.
Wealth Inequality – It’s not about stopping people from making profits or substituting capitalism with socialism, it’s about removing greed from the equation. It’s about people, not corporations and how we can choose to raise the bar for prosperity and progress without leaving behind suffering and poverty. A Universal Basic Income is the answer.
Here’s a recent profile by Karise Hallsten for her journalism class:
Erik Blair: Maui’s online giant “My business is to help people that are helping people” said Maui resident, Erik Blair. “When I help them and they’re able to go out and help others, that’s awesome.”
Erik is well known on Maui as a social media guru, event promoter, Tiny House advocate, marketing and sales consultant, and WordPress developer. He works primarily out of his office in Pa‘ia and can usually be found at any important event on the island.
Erik moved to Maui in 2009 after quitting his job as the general manager of a carwash company in California. He, his now ex-wife and daughter made the move with no idea of what was in store for them. “Screw it, let’s move to Hawai‘i and see what happens,” Erik said of their decision to move. “We sold everything and flew over with seven suitcases.”
After five years in paradise, he said the thing he loves most about Maui is, “There’s more diversity in style, it’s laid back, friendly, and filled with Aloha… Plus I don’t have to wear shoes, or a suit and tie!”
Before working in management, Erik spent seven years as a Police Officer in San Francisco Bay Area. This is especially surprising for those who have met Erik in person – his gentle giant persona and kind spirit make it hard to envision him in uniform. Erik left the force, but not before writing a book called “The complete guide to Police Cycling.” He said his reason for leaving was “A philosophical change, I didn’t conform to that job description anymore. I got into it to help people, then it became more about sheer numbers, getting as many arrests as you can, I didn’t agree with that.” He did say that he met Maui’s new Chief of Police, Tivoli Faaumu, “I was really happy he became chief, there’s hope for MPD [Maui Police Department].”
After all the hats Erik has worn throughout his life, his current one says “Dad.” “I am first and foremost a parent,” he said. “What I’m trying to do is make her life better.” Erik’s 14-year-old daughter attends Seabury Hall in Makawao and is on track to attending whatever college she wants, according to her father. Even while being a parent, Erik is in no way outdated when it comes to the Internet. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, About.me, Flickr, Tumblr, You Tube, and that’s not even counting his blogs and professional website.
For someone so involved online, Erik had a lot to say about the negative sides of social media: “Misinformation, manipulation of politics, it reduces the need for people to communicate in person,” he said. “I want to turn it around so social media encourages real life connections. We all want to get together and do something in real life. My thing is, lets use social media to improve our real life experiences.” He’s doing just that by using his online blog (www.erikeverywhere.com) to spread awareness of the Tiny House movement and how it can benefit Maui residents. Erik’s infatuation with the trend (which seems to be sweeping across mainland America) has taken much of his time over the last year. “I’ve always been interested in affordable housing,” said Erik, but what really got his attention was, “Coming here and realizing we don’t have any [affordable housing].” Although he is not being paid for his research, he feels it is something good he can do for the community.
For those unfamiliar with the Tiny House movement, Erik gives this definition on his blog: “Tiny Houses are just what the name implies–they’re smaller than average and have a lot less of everything that a regular sized home has, except more character and less impact on the environment.” His journey began with determining whether Tiny Houses were allowed in Hawai‘i. Erik said his main obstacle has been that they are not defined in the State of Hawai‘i as “Tiny Houses.” Therefore, they are neither allowed, nor not allowed. As he continues to pursue the subject, meeting with government officials, researchers, the Public Works Building Division and the Building Plan Examiner Department, he feels that once the laws are established for Tiny Houses in Hawai‘i people will gather behind the idea.
“Hawai‘i is the perfect place for Tiny Houses”, said Erik, referring mainly to the pristine weather conditions. He said within the next year or so he plans to start a non-profit called “Project Eden” which would include a fully sustainable Tiny House ecovillage that would in turn be a blueprint for other communities to do the same around the world. I’m not perfect, I don’t do enough to claim to be an environmentalist. I am first a humanist, and secondly a believer that we should eliminate as much as we can of the things that destroy the natural cycles of the earth.”