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CTAHR Meets Hollywood
There’s more than one way to get to Hollywood, as CTAHR alumni and supporters show—including veterinary skills and fashion design. While many aspiring fashionistas see New York as the place to make their mark, there’s nothing to compare with seeing one’s designs gracing a Hollywood star.
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Far-East Farming and Floriculture
Agriculture is an ancient global practice, and international exposure can provide a broader perspective as students enter this venerable profession.
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He Speaks for the Trees
Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences BS alumnus Matthew Alan Sylva is descended from farmers and plant lovers on both sides of his family. He has been interested in plants “since before I could talk,” which led eventually to one of his concurrent bachelor’s degrees.
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The Road to Med School
Which came first, the egg-fortifying project or the clinical rotation? For Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Science (HNFAS) alumnus Nobuhisa Morimoto, there’s no question.
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The Drink of Peace
If a tempest can be found in a teacup, then H.C. “Skip” Bittenbender is looking for the opposite in an ‘apu, or ‘awa cup. ‘Awa, or kava, is a medicinal plant that has been used for hundreds of years throughout the Pacific to create a drink that can soothe nerves, combat anxiety, and relieve pain, all while keeping the mind clear. ‘Awa’s unique
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The New Natural
Everyone’s heard of organic, but what about Natural? Natural Farming is a constellation of simple, sustainable techniques that’s sweeping the Islands, thanks in large part to Mike DuPonte, an Extension agent based at the Big Island’s Komohana Station.
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The Roots of Healing
Leina‘ala Bright has spent much of her life cultivating her ability to communicate with her ancestors through prayer, dreams, meditation, and connecting to her na‘au (instinctual learning).
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A Living and Learning Tool for Teens
Teenagers today face a multitude of challenges in an increasingly complex world, but Thao Le has a powerful tool for them: awareness and insight into their own minds.
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Fired Up About Data Mapping
Listen to Clay Trauernicht discuss his passion, and you’ll realize you haven’t been paying enough attention to wildfires in Hawai‘i.
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Social (Media) Butterflies
Forget putting up paper flyers for lost valuables—entomologists William Haines and Daniel Rubinoff are using Facebook and smartphone apps to search for and recover an even more prized quarry.
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What’s great about Extension work is it extends both ways. One recent example of this synergy was the discovery and mapping of a new coffee pest, an emaravirus that potentially makes coffee cherries unmarketable.
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Urban Re-Leaf
Sometimes it’s the next generation of thinkers and learners that is best equipped to deploy the next generation of technology.
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