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Ag Awareness on Kaua‘i

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Ag Awareness Day on KauaiOn Thursday, May 7, the Kaua‘i Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day will be held at the Kaua‘i Extension and Agricultural Research Center in the Wailua Homesteads. Now in its 18th year, this annual field day program for Kaua‘i 5th-graders is offered in partnership with the Kaua‘i Country Farm Bureau. Kaua‘i’s original Ag Awareness Day originated with retired county administrator Terry Sekioka and former research associate Susan Keller, who recognized that with fewer families working in agriculture, more children would think that food comes from the supermarket rather than the farm. An event was developed to plant seeds of curiosity that might motivate a new generation of agriculturists. The event motivated more than that—it also sparked similar Ag and Environmental Awareness Days on the Big Island and then O‘ahu!

CTAHR at the Capitol

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Master Gardeners at Ag Day at the CapitolCTAHR was out in full force at the recent Ag Day at the Capitol. The Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP), Master Gardener Program (pictured), Food and Farm Safety Program, Center for Rural Agricultural Training and Entrepreneurship (CRATE), GoFarm Hawai‘i, and Ag Incubator were available to talk story with legislators and their staff. The event was organized by the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation. Check out these pictures of CTAHR’s participation in the event and the Senate Majority Leader’s view of the whole celebration.

From Poster to Pest Management

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

FETCH teens creating pest trapsThe FCS family training program FETCH also prepares teens in the community for STEM majors in the agricultural sciences. They design, build, manage, and market a small CSA farm while learning foundational science at the molecular level that explains recommended best practices. They conduct research in soil-based and hydroponic farming and prepare science fair projects. On April 15, ten teens visited the CTAHR/COE Student Research Symposium to study eight posters that were related to Integrated Pest Management. They worked in small groups to describe the problem being addressed, hypothesis, experimental variables, findings, conclusions and implications, and then proceeded to the Energy House to use the knowledge they’d gained by identifying and mapping out pest damage in the gardens. Then they designed, fabricated, and placed pest traps and also used other organic means to control slugs, rose beetles, aphids, and mites. That’s applied learning!

Recruitment and Representation

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

TPSS students at UHM Grad FairCTAHR was well represented at the 2015 Manoa Experience, which annually brings thousands of prospective students and their families to the UH Manoa to meet with faculty and staff from over 180 programs at informational booths, visit with student services, take tours, and watch performances by student groups. Not only were all six departments and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs represented with booths, interactive activities, and helpful student volunteers; CTAHR also added popcorn, beagles, lizards, and future careers in ag and environmental protection into the mix! TPSS was also well represented at the recent UH Grad-Ed fair (pictured)!

GoFarm, GoFeed the Community

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Harvesting kale from Kaua‘i GoFarm plotEric Hansen, the coordinator for Kaua‘i’s GoFarm program, recently donated 29 pounds of produce grown by the program participants to the Malama Kaua‘i Village Harvest program by way of the Hawai‘i FoodBank – Kaua‘i Branch. The chancellor of Kaua‘i Community College, where GoFarm Kaua‘i is located, is quoted as saying, “We are thrilled to have GoFarm Hawai‘i at Kaua‘i CC as it fulfills our goal of promoting farming and farmers who are working to build the Garden Island as a sustainable living community.” And probably those who got to eat the fresh, nutritious kale were also pleased that GoFarm is in Kaua‘i!

Second in Command

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Roxie-Anne KamoshidaPEPS sophomore Roxie-Anne Kamoshida has just been elected the vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i (ASUH). The student organization represents the undergraduate student population of UH Manoa to the administration, faculty, and staff of the university and to the Legislature and community. Roxie-Anne, who was class president and student body president in high school, had a great promise on behalf of herself and president Kelly Zakimi to their constituents: “We are ready to be your voice. We are ready to advocate. We are ready to serve.” A recent article in Ka Leo tells all about it.

Her Elevator’s on Its Way Up!

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Jordie OcenarAt the 2015 Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Annual Meeting this week in Idaho, PEPS student Jordie Ocenar came in third in a student/early professionals competition called Elevator Opportunity. In this competition, participants were given three minutes—about the length of a (long) elevator ride—to describe their project/research to a prominent person, without the use of slides, though “cocktail napkin”-type drawing and notes were permitted. Jordie also came in second in the Texting competition, being able to text correct answers to EntoTrivia faster than almost everyone. In addition, Jordie gave a great presentation on the best methods for outreach teaching of preschool children about insects, based on her experience in the student entomology group Ka Mea Kolo, and she assisted at the career event, telling potential students about UH, CTAHR, and PEPS. She also volunteered at the registration table and in several sessions. Overall, Jordie was a great representative for the college, university, and state!

Building a Following

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Roberto Rodriguez with HBT gunMS student Roberto Rodriguez (MBBE) was awarded the Pied Piper Award for his presentation at the 40th Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium on the use of Herbicide Ballistic Technology to reach remote locations. The Symposium, named in honor of a beloved UH professor, solicits papers reporting on original scientific research from UH students. As the judges enthused, “Your talk was so well put together, highly entertaining, and your presentation was positively mesmerizing.... You were awarded the Pied Piper award for your expert presentation of your profession, the unique method you use to deliver herbicide, and your charismatic delivery. After watching your talk, we all wanted to follow in your footsteps and change our professions to become part of the aerial herbicide task force!” Roberto also won an award at last year’s Student Research Symposium for his “GPS for Herbicide Ballistic Technology”!

Milk Money Matters

4/21/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Milk at supermarketPingSun Leung (NREM), Xun Xu (NREM/Econ), and Matthew Loke (NREM/HDOA) have published a paper entitled “Estimating organic, local, and other price premiums in the Hawai‘i fluid milk market” in the April 2015 issue of the prestigious Journal of Dairy Science. They applied hedonic price modeling with retail scanner data to explore price premiums for select product attributes of fluid milk within the context of revealed preference. They found organic and local attributes delivered price premiums over imported, conventional, whole fluid milk. Unfortunately, the price premiums established in Hawai‘i were significantly lower than findings in the existing literature. Equally important, their findings suggested a relatively high degree of substitution between local and imported fluid milk when their relative prices change.

For the Animals

4/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Jeanne and Jim CarpenterCTAHR alumnus and retired professor Dr. Jim Carpenter and his wife Jeanne, retired from the Hawai‘i Department of Education, have given a $75,000 gift to create endowed scholarships in CTAHR and at UH Hilo to help prepare future veterinarians and others who work with animals. The James and Jeanne Carpenter Endowed Scholarship will assist full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree at the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management with a Pre-Veterinary Medicine or Livestock Production specialty in Animal Science, or Aquaculture at UH Hilo, and it will assist full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Animal Sciences and/or studies in the Pre-Veterinary Program in the Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences department at UH Manoa. Dean Gallo said, “CTAHR is honored to receive this endowed scholarship, generously provided by one of our outstanding retired faculty. Students in Animal Sciences and the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program will greatly benefit from it. The generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Carpenter demonstrates their commitment to helping others and giving back to the community.” Dr. Carpenter earned his M.S. in Animal Science at UH Manoa and in 1979 joined the faculty in HNFAS in CTAHR, where he worked for the remainder of his career. Twice during his tenure, he was appointed chair of the department, and he also earned several awards for excellence in teaching. He retired in December 2009.

GoFarm, Senator Hirono

4/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Mazie Hirono and GoFarm Hawaii classAfter visiting the Waimanalo site for GoFarm Hawai‘i, Senator Mazie Hirono was so impressed that she brought USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden to check out the Leeward site and speak to program graduates. From left are LCC Farm Coach Alina Harris, graduate Rob Barecca, Sen. Hirono, and graduates Ikaika Rogerson, Leonard Hall, Ed Russell, Krysta Harden, and Justine Espiritu. Many thanks go to the Senator and Deputy Secretary for their interest and to all the students who showed up to share their experiences!

Track, Field, and Animal Science

4/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Alex Porlier LangloisHNFAS attracts—or fosters!—strong athletes. Alex Porlier Langlois (ANSC senior) is a shot-putter and discus thrower on the UH Women’s track team who’s currently ranked 9th in the country. Check out a couple of recent videos about her here and here. Alex, originally from St.-Cesaire, Quebec, is also a recipient of the Big West Scholar Athlete Award. Alex follows ANSC alumna Kaleigh Morrison, who was a heptathlete and pole vaulter on the Women’s track team. Kaleigh graduated last year and is now a veterinary student at the University of Illinois.

The MAGIC of Fashion

4/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

FDM students at MAGIC fashion tradeshowSeven FDM students, led by instructor Abby Cristi, had a wonderful opportunity to learn about the fashion industry in Las Vegas when they attended the MAGIC and Project tradeshows that were held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay. These fashion tradeshows included both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, though this year featured mainly menswear brands from the different markets. The group attended project tradeshows including the AGENDA, Capsule, and Assembly shows at the Venetian. The students saw for themselves how the fashion companies and industry work, including how fierce the competition is in the fashion industry. Students met some designers from the U.S., but saw an increasing number of international brands as well. It was an amazing experience for the FDM students. Many thanks are due to CTAHR and FCS for their travel support to expand students’ out-of-the-classroom fashion merchandising education.

Student Research Spectacular

4/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Student holding Black Soldier Fly larva oilContinuing a five-year tradition, CTAHR teamed with the College of Engineering (COE) to host the 27th annual Student Research Symposium. Over 300 students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered for a lively scholarly exchange. The Symposium gives students the chance to present their work in a friendly yet academic setting, while its travel grant awards enable them to share their research at national and international conferences. A record number of poster and oral presentations—more than 150—were given by undergrad and grad students in all six departments in CTAHR and three in COE. The topics spanned all stages of the process of research and development, and all forms of student learning: discovery; advanced diagnostics and lab testing; design, validation and field testing; adoption of new methods and technologies. The caliber of the students’ work was impressive! Here are CTAHR's illustrious winners. Thanks go to those whose hard work made this event successful: the student participants and faculty advisor/mentors, the judges and moderators, staff and student volunteers, and members of the Symposium Coordinating Committee. Thanks also go to USDA-NIFA for helping to fund student travel awards, and to ASUH and SPFB for partially funding the event.

(Blood) Banking on CTAHR

4/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Kellie Taguchi at CTAHR blood driveTo continue its support for the Blood Bank’s important cause of saving lives, CTAHR recently hosted its eleventh blood drive. Every day, 200 blood donors are needed to meet the needs of Hawai‘i’s patients, and statistics show that 60% of us will need blood sometime in our lives. However, only 2% of the state’s population donates. This year, CTAHR collected 54 pints of blood; since each pint of blood can be separated into three components, as many as 162 lives can be saved from donations collected at this drive. The precious gift of life not only helps those who need the blood; it also touches the lives of the families of the recipients. The Blood Bank and CTAHR truly appreciate the time and generosity of everyone who contributed to this successful event by giving the precious gift of life. Much mahalo is offered to those who came out to donate blood, including Kellie Taguchi (Academic and Student Affairs, pictured), and to Steve and Karen Sato for their support and their generous donation of malasadas for the event. Thanks are also due to the scholarship recipients who helped throughout the day and provided a positive and comfortable environment for those who came to donate.

Meeting the Potentials

4/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Grad-Ed Fair graphicTPSS will be participating in the Grad-Ed Fair that ASUH is hosting on Wednesday, April 15, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Campus Center Courtyard. The Grad Fair will give students who are interested in graduate school a chance to speak with representatives of graduate programs offered by the university. Current graduate students or faculty members from different programs will be able to share their experiences or answer any questions about their program.

Young Professional on the Move

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Andrea KawabataExtension agent Andrea Kawabata (TPSS) was the recipient of a 2015 Western Extension Committee Young Professional Award, which recognizes and encourages innovative approaches that help targeted extension audiences to solve practical problems. These approaches should include the use of technology and active teaching tools to enhance some aspect of the Extension program, either through engaging the audience more fully, providing real-time evaluation of comprehension, or offering other unique aspects of new delivery methods. The award included a $250 honorarium and full travel expenses for Andrea to attend and present her work at the 2015 joint meetings of the Western Extension Farm Management Committee and Western Extension Marketing Committee, held January 5–7 in Phoenix, Arizona. The WEC joint meetings offer a rich professional growth opportunity to teach, learn from, and develop productive relationships with Extension colleagues from throughout the western states. At the meeting, Andrea explained the “PechaKucha” method for giving quick presentations and demonstrated its use to talk about her work with the Coffee Berry Borer.

Innovate and XLR8

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Soojin Jun and studentsJun Innovations, a team comprised of assistant professor Soojin Jun (HNFAS) and students and collaborators, has been chosen as a finalist in the second cohort of XLR8UH, UH’s proof of concept center to help students and faculty commercialize their research. Their project proposes to preserve the original freshness of produce, meat, and other food products by controlling supercooling and ice crystallization of water molecules at subzero temperatures using combined pulsed electric and magnetic fields. The proposed technology will not require sequential freezing-thawing processes for long-term food storage, so food quality can be maintained as fresh without structural damage, such as drip loss, softening, and loss of valuable nutrients.

Fish Sickness

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Cover shot of Journal of Aquatic Animal HealthAn article co-written by Clyde Tamaru and Ruth Klinger-Bowen (MBBE), former MBBE faculty Bradley “Kai” Fox, and collaborators, “Prevalence of Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis in Cultured Tilapia on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii,” is amongst the ten most cited articles in the highly rated Journal of Aquatic Animal Health during 2013–2014. The publication is a superb example of CTAHR/international collaboration, with authors from St. Kitts and Great Britain as well as Hawai‘i.

Capitalizing on Social Capital

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Image from Social Capital publicationThe Center on the Family has released a new publication, “Successful Transitions From Foster Care to Adulthood: The Role of Social Capital.” Social capital, the data sheet explains, “consists of the network of relationships we have with key people in our lives (family, friends, classmates, neighbors, co-workers, etc.) and the exchange of emotional, social, and material support that these relationships provide.” The publication shows that those who have greater amounts of social capital are more likely to have safe and stable housing, needed medical care, and sufficient money for their expenses. It suggests ways to ensure that youth in foster care have healthy and supportive relationships, including keeping siblings together if possible and connecting young people with mentors.

The Students Have Spoken

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Halina Zaleski and Miho FujiiCongratulations to Halina Zaleski (HNFAS) and Miho Fujii (HNFAS senior), who have been selected by CTAHR students for recognition at CTAHR’s 27th Annual Awards Banquet May 8. Halina will receive the Ka Pouhana Award for being, in the words of one nominator, an “icon of guidance and leadership, the embodiment of a mentor” who always finds time to support students despite the demands of being department chair. Miho will receive the Ka Hana Po‘okela Award for extensive and effective service to CTAHR student organizations, fellow students and the community. The dietetics major will be working on awards night…as co-emcee for the banquet. Cheer her on and applaud Halina at the banquet! Registration is open—the information is available at the banquet website.

Ears to the Future

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Josiah MarquezTPSS alumnus Josiah Marquez recently checked in while working at the seed corn company Syngenta. He explains that he turns his hand to “any kind of work needed at the Kunia station,” which is “a parent seed station that multiples corn inbreds developed by Syngenta corn breeders.” He has worked with the rogueing team, which cuts down any "rogue" or off-type plants from the fields. He scouts for corn earworms and fixes any leaks of the drip tape irrigation. He’s also worked in the harvest operations, including husking, drying, and shelling the cobs, packaging the seeds, and shipping them to Mainland stations to produce hybrids or increase their seed diversity. His original internship with Syngenta was 3 months, but he has remained employed by them through a temporary employment agency. He’s hoping to get a fulltime position in the field of agriculture so that he can save up for graduate school and/or land for a farm of his own. He cites as his greatest inspirations Dr. B, corn breeder extraordinare, “who gave me experience and an interest with corn,” and Koon-Hui Wang, who provided him with the contact information for setting up his internship.

Butterfly Trekking

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

PulelehuaA recent Lei Chic blog article for Honolulu Magazine cites Will Haines (PEPS) as an authority on the best hikes to take to see butterflies, particularly the Kamehameha butterfly, or pulelehua. Top picks include Maunawili, Kaunala, Kulana‘ahane, Mokule‘ia, and Koko Crater trails. Will is also one of the experts consulted on the Butterflies exhibit at Pearlridge Center, which is on through Saturday, April 11. So get to the mall or out on a hike, and say hi to some butterflies!

Probiotics Pro

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Maria StewartMaria Stewart (HNFAS) is quoted describing the current state of the art of gut bacteria research in a recent article in Island Scene, explaining that the research and knowledge are advancing so rapidly that the information available may change just as quickly. The article discusses when and how to use probiotics and whether kimchi is as helpful as yogurt in that regard. (Answer: It may be, but more research is needed to determine this, and it doesn’t tend to be manufactured as uniformly as yogurt, so probiotic content may vary). Regardless, it’s clear that it pays to pay attention to what’s in your gut!

Center on the Family Matters

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Hua Zan and Jenjira ZahirunTwo new faculty joined COF last summer. Hua Zan is an assistant researcher in Family Economics. She received her PhD in Family Resource Management at the Ohio State University. Her research interests include economics of health behaviors such as food consumption, alcohol use, and physical activity; health care use and expenditure; and health-related family decision-making including caregiving, employment, and retirement of the aging population. She is also interested in the economic well-being of immigrants, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups. Jenjira Yahirun is an assistant researcher in Family Demography. She received her PhD in Sociology from UCLA and then became an NICDH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Yahirun is a family sociologist and social demographer whose research focuses on the intersection of intergenerational relationships, aging, health and migration. She is interested in how social contexts and social norms influence parent-child relationships, how family relationships shape individual life course trajectories, and finally, how family members influence each others’ health outcomes in later life.

Organic by Nature

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

HOFA conferenceTPSS graduate student Tia Silvasy was a member of a panel discussion held at the annual Hawaii Organic Farmers Association (HOFA) conference on March 28, at the KEY Project in Kane‘ohe. Other panel participants were Senator Gil Riviere, Jon Biloon, Una Greenaway, and Nick Reppun. Topics discussed included the future or organics and farming, what to do about exotic invasive pest plants, and how to better connect farming communities and interest groups on the Hawaiian Islands. CTAHR’s Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program had a booth at the conference, along with many other local organizations. The conference theme was Healthy Soils, Healthy Community, Healthy Ahupua‘a, and about 50 farmers and enthusiastic home gardeners attended the event. In keeping with the theme, NRCS, HARC, and Ko‘olau Seed & Supply passed out cover crop seeds and information using the cover crop calculator refined by Koon-Hui Wang (TPSS). HOFA vice president John Biloon also led a hands-on Soil Building workshop in which participants planted taro, sweet potato, onions, peppers, and cauliflower, and a good and organic time was had by all.

A Peach of a Celebration

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Governor Ige and Alton ArakakiMaui’s recent Ag Fest was a great success this year—largely due, says Maui County administrator Cindy Reeves, to the substantial part CTAHR played in the event. Dean Gallo and Associate Dean Charly Kinoshita were there, as well as CTAHR colleagues from O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i, UHMC partners, 4-H representatives, Master Gardeners, and other volunteers. Governor Ige visited CTAHR’s displays, as did Representative Ken Yamashita and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. Here Alton Arakaki shows the low-chill peaches that CTAHR is experimenting with growing to Governor Ige. Check out more pictures here!

Big Controversy on the Big Island

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

papaya with ringspotThe latest issue of Biotech in Focus, “GMOs on Hawaii Island, Part 1: Neighbors square off over papaya, taro, and coffee,” discusses several controversies over genetically modified foods on the Big Island. It explains that many growers credit GM papaya with saving the papaya industry, while others feel that GM papayas, which may be contaminating non-GM varieties, are a greater threat than the ringspot virus. It also discusses a ban against genetically engineered taro and coffee that was enacted in the county. The current issue, and past issues are available on the Biotech in Focus website.

Start Planning a Xeriscape

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

What’s life without succulents? This Earth Day, April 22, the Horticultural Society will be selling these plump and pointy little plants at the Earth Day Festival on Legacy Pathway, just mauka of the Dole Street parking structure, from 10 a.m. until there aren’t any succulents left. All plants under $5! Be there or be un-succulent.

Alumna Book Signing

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Janet MockAPDM (now FDM) alumna and award-winning author Janet Mock will present a free public lecture at the UH Manoa campus on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The moderated talk will be followed by a book signing. Janet Mock is a writer, cultural commentator, and advocate for transgender women’s rights. Her coming-of-age memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, debuted at No. 19 on the New York Times Best Sellers list last year.

On the Wing

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Pulelehua butterflyThe Pulelehua Project, which asks the community to help entomologists to determine the range of the mysteriously disappearing Kamehameha butterfly, is still going strong. Two recent articles are keeping the project, and the beautiful pulelehua, the state insect, in the consciousness of the public. One describes how to create a butterfly-friendly garden, including planting mamaki, the caterpillar’s favored food, while the other looks at an algorithm that attempts to explain what common factors unite the places the butterfly has been found in thus far in order to predict where else it might still be living.

A Wealth of Weed Wisdom

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

tropical cropping systemDid you miss Joe DeFrank’s TPSS Departmental Seminar on Weed Control for Tropical Cropping Systems and are now wishing you hadn’t as the weeds get the best of you? Never fear—the video and slides of have now been posted. Joe also presented a long-format presentation (2 hours and 49 minutes) on a wide range of weed-control concepts and techniques to the O‘ahu Master Gardener class on March 27, and that is posted as well, so go on—check them out and let your knowledge grow like a…weed!

Feeding the Hungry (Cows)

4/9/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Students at Naked Cow DairyStudents from Animal Sciences 201 and 433, along with volunteers from the US Air Force, helped plant forages at Naked Cow Dairy in Waianae on Sunday, March 15th. Feed remains a major challenge for the small dairy, which specializes in butter and locally made cheeses. The seed stock was bannagrass, which was provided by CTAHR’s Pearl City Urban Garden and the Waimanalo Research Station.

WSARE or W-Sorry

4/1/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

teryl roper, koon hui wang, and shelby chingGraduate students—want some money? The WSARE Graduate Student Grant Program has released its 2016 Call for Proposals, and proposals will be accepted until 1 pm MDT on May 13. The full CFP can be downloaded here. The Graduate Student Grants provide a maximum of $25,000 and may last for up to two years. Those eligible to apply are Masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time at accredited colleges or universities in the western region. The Western SARE Administrative Council selects proposals for funding in July, and award notifications are made in August. The Western SARE Administrative Council will select reviewed proposals that are innovative, diverse in content, subject matter, and geography; demonstrate tangible outcomes; and provide readily adaptable technologies and information suitable to the adoption of sustainable farming and ranching systems by producers in the western region. Proposals must address issues in sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the western region. Need inspiration? Shelby Ching (PEPS, pictured right) received a grant last year. Profiles of other successfully completed Graduate Student Grant projects may be found here.


Big Island Additions

3/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Stuart NakamotoAdded to the grant-writing workshop for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) that will be presented by Extension economist Stuart Nakamoto (pictured) on Tuesday, April 7, in Ag Sci 219, there will be two additional workshops on the subject given in Kona and Hilo. In Kona, the workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 15, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Kona Cooperative Extension Service Conference Room at 79-7381 Mamalahoa Highway in Kealakekua. In Hilo, it will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Komohana Research and Extension Center at 875 Komohana St. There is no charge for the workshop, but attendees are advised to reserve their seats by sending their name and contact information to or calling 808-956-8125. The FMPP supports farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer activities, while the LFPP supports enterprises that aggregate, store, distribute, and process local and regional food. Both programs are an important opportunity for potentially strengthening local food systems in Hawai‘i through projects that recruit and train farmers, expand economic opportunities, and increase access to healthy foods. Thank-yous go to Beth Dykstra and the County of Hawaii for sponsoring the additional events, to Sharon Hurd (HDOA) and Diane Ley (USDA-FSA) for their efforts, and of course to Stuart for leading the workshops.

Organic From the Ground Up

3/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

HOFA logoThe Hawaii Organic Farmers Association (HOFA) will be holding its annual Organic Farming Conference, “Healthy Soil, Healthy Communities, Healthy Ahupua‘a,” on Saturday, March 28. The conference will consist of hands-on activities in the morning, then a talk about soil quality and helping to start a garden at the KEY Project, followed by a discussion panel and presentations in the afternoon. The conference will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the KEY Project, 47-200 Waihe‘e Road, Kane‘ohe. Registration is $25 for non-members and $12 for members, and scholarships are available for students. Please contact Hector Valenzuela (PEPS) at if your lab, group, or organization would like to have an informational booth at this event. See the agenda and purchase tickets here.

Promote Local, It Matters

3/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Stuart NakamotoA grant-writing workshop for FMPP & LFPP will be presented by Extension economist Stuart Nakamoto (pictured) on Tuesday, April 7, from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Ag Sci 219. The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) supports farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer activities, while the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) supports enterprises that aggregate, store, distribute, and process local and regional food. Both programs are an important opportunity for potentially strengthening local food systems in Hawai‘i through projects that recruit and train farmers, expand economic opportunities, and increase access to healthy foods. The USDA views the programs as keys to revitalizing rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems. It’s hoped that these workshops will allow communities and businesses across the US to develop and submit competitive grant proposals that stimulate economic activity while also meeting the increasing demand for food that is grown locally or regionally. There’s no charge for the workshop, and a light dinner will be provided. Space is limited, so reserve your seat by emailing your name and contact information to or calling 956-8125.

The Plants May Be Stressed, But the Students Are Just Fine

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

NREM 475 class in fieldStudents in the online course TPSS/NREM 475 Plant Nutrient Diagnosis in the Tropics visited Waimanalo Research Station and Poamoho Research Station on their optional field trip, looking to locate possible nutrient-stressed plants for a laboratory assignment. Junior Extension agent Jensen Uyeda helped to organize this field trip. Pictured from left to right are Nate Nicholson, Mahrukh Khawaja, Peter Toves, Jensen Uyeda, Emily Teng, GoFarm Hawai‘i’s Jay Bost, Kaipo Dye, professor of the class Susan Miyasaka (TPSS), and Steven Yee.

On the Road for Nutrition Success

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Mei Ying with Jinan BannaJinan Banna (HNFAS) (right) and FSHN undergraduate student Mei Ying Zhang (left) have received a travel grant from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology/Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program. This grant will provide funding for Mei’s attendance at the annual Experimental Biology meeting, a multidisciplinary scientific meeting open to those interested in research in the life sciences. Among the participating societies is the American Society for Nutrition, which will offer sessions hosted by various research interest sections. At the meeting, Mei will have ample opportunity to network and identify career opportunities. Mei plans to pursue a career in public health, into which she is interested in incorporating research. Attending Experimental Biology will assist her in further clarifying her research interests as she takes the next steps along her career path.

Agricultural Honors

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Richard Ha and Diane RagoneDr. Diane Ragone, director of the Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua‘i, has been chosen as CTAHR’s 2015 Outstanding Alumna and will be honored at this year’s Awards Banquet on May 8. She and her work researching and promoting breadfruit are lauded in an article in Kaua‘i’s Garden Island newspaper, which quotes her description of CTAHR as “an incredible institution and one of the greatest things going for UH.” Also mentioned in the article and to be honored at the Banquet is this year’s winner of the Ka Lei Hano award, Big Island grower Richard Ha, an amazing success as a farmer who has generously shared his success with the community.

GM Trials

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Corn and corn sproutIssue 26 of Biotech in Focus, “Seed Production and Developing GM Crops in Hawaii, Part 2,” is available now. This issue introduces the Information Systems for Biotechnology database, which allows users to search past, present, and future field trials of regulated GM crops—more than 19,000 completed, active, or pending permits and notifications! Not all are currently being used, however. This issue, and past issues, are available at the Biotech in Focus website.

Success, Mindfully

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Thao Le and students doing mindfulness trainingThao Le (FCS) has received a contract from the Office of Youth Services to provide mindfulness training to nonprofit and state agencies serving at-risk youth and families in Hawai‘i. She is also providing a Professional Development Course (PDE3) on mindfulness to Hawai‘i counselors and teachers, and was recently invited to present at the 2015 School Counselor Conference, Hawaii School Counselor Association, and the 28th Peer Mediation Conference this month. She is pictured here doing mindfulness training with nonprofit and state agency staff.

Taking a Walk in the Country

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Sen. Maizie Hirono and GoFarm participantsSenator Mazie Hirono and her staff visited Waimanalo Station to meet students in the GoFarm Hawai‘i program and take a look at their plantings: pictured here are student Paulo Peterson on the left, next to Jay Bost, the GoFarm farm coach, and on the right students Ikaika Rogerson, Leonard Hall, Rob Barreca, and La‘amea Lunn. Also pictured in the middle with Senator Hirono are Ag Incubator director Steven Chiang, Associate Dean Charles Kinoshita, and Ted Radovich (TPSS). The impetus for the visit was the recent federal grant awarded to help support the program, and Senator Hirono’s reaction was positive and impressed: “Mahalo for a great experience today! Senator Hirono thoroughly enjoyed her time talking with the GoFarm Hawaii students and continues to be impressed with the good work of CTAHR.” While she was in Waimanalo, the senator also stopped for fresh produce at the Waimanalo Market Co-Op, a new farmer development program started by the Ag Incubator Program.

Green Day

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

SOFT members and CTAHR scholarship recipientsAbout 50 CTAHR scholarship recipients had a great opportunity to come together and give back to a worthy cause within the college. They partnered with SOFT for a community workday at the farm at Magoon: composting; tidying up the banana patch; weeding; planting sunn hemp, carrots, lettuce, and potatoes; cleaning up around the bases of the trees in the orchard; and clearing out an overgrown area of the farm to be converted into another organic plant bed. Much mahalo is due to the scholarship recipients for volunteering their Saturday morning at the farm, as well as to Nate Nicholson, Kathryn Metzker, and other members of SOFT for welcoming the volunteers and sharing their farm!

Avo Advocates

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

John Yonemoto and avocado farmersThe ninth annual Avocado Festival was expanded to a two-day event this year, thanks to involvement from several CTAHR faculty. On Friday, February 20, Andrea Kawabata (CTAHR Extension) facilitated a guest pruning demonstration by Dr. Yoshimi “John” Yonemoto of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences at the Kona Cooperative Extension Service office in Kainaliu. Seventy-nine fruit farmers from Hawai‘i and Japan attended the demonstration. Dr. Yonemoto is well known for his pruning techniques that allow fruit trees to remain small in stature while producing high fruit yields. The Avocado Festival continued on Saturday, February 21, at the Sheraton Kona Resort, where its seminar series featured several CTAHR speakers: Ty McDonald (CTAHR Extension) discussed “Clonal Root Stocks,” while Maria Stewart (HNFAS) expounded on the “Nutritional Value of Hawaii-Grown Avocados.” The seminars also included an extensive avocado display and tasting assembled by Ken Love of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association, which allowed participants to partake of some of that high nutritional value (and great taste).

Science Fair Fanfare

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Roshani Jha in labAmjad Ahmad (TPSS), a junior researcher in the Sustainable and Organic Farming Program, has been mentoring a Roosevelt High School student on a science fair project with Ted Radovich (TPSS). Roshani Jha (pictured), the daughter of Rajesh Jha (HNFAS), competed at the Honolulu district science fair, placing second overall (her brother won the first place!) and winning a free trip to participate at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). She will participate in the state competition on March 23. Bebi Davis, a teacher from the DOE who had been helping the students to find mentors from UH, posted her thanks on her Facebook page to “the wonderful University of Hawaii at Manoa mentors [including] Dr. Amjad Ahmad!! Your hard work with the students and dedication to science research are much appreciated!!!”

Beetle Power

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Flat bark beetleWest Hawaii Today recently reported on a new biocontrol for CBB that CTAHR researchers and Extension agents are encouraging coffee farmers to try out. Flat bark beetles, including square-necked grain beetles (Cathartus quadricollis) prey on other beetles’ larvae, pupae, and even adults—and now that they’ve been discovered to eat CBB as well, CTAHR is giving out kits containing the predators to farmers with instructions on how to raise and deploy them. Since flat bark beetles are already found in the Islands, they don’t have to go through the extensive testing necessary for imported biocontrol agents. Extension agent Andrea Kawabata explains that the beetles alone won’t stop the problem, and growers shouldn’t stop following other IPM recommendations, including spraying with Beauveria bassiana, but that one more weapon in the fight is always helpful. Mark Wright (PEPS) was recently quoted in a KHON segment expressing guarded optimism about the future of coffee growing in Hawai‘i but warning that continued intensive management is necessary.

‘Ohia Death

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Dying Extension forester J.B. Friday (NREM) and Brian Bushe (PEPS), along with Lisa Keith of PBARC, were instrumental in discovering what has been killing native ‘ohia trees since 2010. Dying trees show brown crowns and black discolorations of trunk cross-sections. Rapid ‘Ohia Death is caused by a fungal pathogen called Ceratocystis, which also infects Okinawan sweet potato and taro, but it had not been seen in ‘ohia until recently. An article in West Hawaii Today quotes J.B.: “The effects of the fungus are nothing short of devastating.” J.B. brought an ‘ohia trunk sample to Brian, who analyzed the fungi found in it, and Lisa Keith identified the Ceratocystis in it as worthy of further study. Even with the disease identified, many other questions remain, such as where the fungus came from and what spreads it, and why some trees seem to be more susceptible than others. J.B. is quoted as saying, “I think we’re going to be working on this project for the next 20 years.” He can’t say yet what kind of an impact Rapid ‘Ohia Death could eventually have on the forests, but it’s a worrisome concern. The public is asked to help by keeping scientists informed as to where the disease is being found and how quickly it&

California Dream Jobs

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Emily AdamsSince graduating from CTAHR in 2013, NREM alumna Emily Adams has been working diligently at two exciting jobs. The first stems from her required NREM internship, which she did with the Pacific Southwest Research Station, the research branch of the U.S. Forest Service, in Shaver Lake, California. Upon graduation, she took a full-time position as a biological technician gathering data on the Kings River Experimental Watershed. She was also offered a job as the Southern Sierra Nevada Region Assistant Facilitator for the Center for Collaborative Policy at the California State University of Sacramento. There she supports the Center’s professional mediators and facilitators with their collaborative public policy work in the Southern Sierra Nevada Region, including project planning, dispute resolution, strategic planning, joint fact-finding, public dialogues, and outreach. Her two biggest projects are the Dinkey Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project and the Southern Sierra Integrated Regional Water Management. Emily writes, “When I was in school, I was inspired by the CTAHR family that brought me in and showed me my true potential. I didn’t know anyone going in, but I quickly found that the small town I had grown up in wasn’t as far away as I had thought…. Being an Ambassador provided me with a sense of direction and gave me the self-confidence I needed to strive in the workforce.

CTAHR Helps Feed the Islands

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

GoFarm class at the farmThe GoFarm Hawai‘i program was the Star-Advertiser’s front-page story on Monday, and an enthusiastically laudatory story it was. It points out that 70 percent of AgPro graduates are farming commercially, a huge improvement over the 10 percent that comparable Mainland programs show. The article also profiles several of the program’s successful alumni, including Leonard Hall, La‘amea Lunn, Ikaika Rogerson, and Rob Barreca. Rob and GoFarm’s coach Jay Bost, and their fledgling company Counter Culture, have been chosen as finalists in Kame­ha­meha Schools’ “Mahi‘ai MatchUp,” for which they will receive 5 acres on the North Shore for 5 years, rent free. There’s another CTAHR connection—not only Counter Culture but also last year’s Mahi‘ai MatchUp winner, Holoholo Farm, were both clients of the Ag Incubator!

Mindfulness in Hawai‘i and Vietnam

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Thao LeThao Le (FCS) and her co-authors have recently published two articles on mindfulness-related service and research. One is on incarcerated youth in Hawai‘i, “Feasibility of Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Mixed-Ethnic Asian/Pacific Islander Incarcerated Youth,” in the Asian American Journal of Psychology. The other focuses on youth in Vietnam: “Translating and Implementing a Mindfulness-Based Positive Youth Development Program in Vietnam,” published in Health Promotion International. Thao was also recently invited to join the editorial board of the Asian American Journal of Psychology and the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Go(a)t Ag Awareness?

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Goat at Ag Awareness dayThe recent Ag and Environmental Awareness Day—the tenth annual event, and the largest yet—was a huge success, as these happy pictures demonstrate. Goats, coqui frogs, CTAHR staff and faculty, and almost 700 students and teachers gathered to enjoy themselves, learn, and teach at the Urban Garden Center. Hawaii News Now’s article about the event quotes one excited student who has been inspired to become a scientist after taking part in the hands-on activities and demonstrations, and we’re betting he’s not the only one.

Go On, GoFarm!

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

GoFarm Hawaii logoCTAHR alumna and former head of landscaping at UH Manoa Heidi Bornhorst has an extensive article in the Star-Advertiser promoting the popular and successful GoFarm Hawai‘i program, which inaugurates its next cohort with the AgCurious meeting at Windward Community College on March 19 and Leeward Community College on March 26. Check out the article—and then check out the introductory meeting, and find out whether you have what it takes to be a farmer!

Cat v. Bird

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Image from feral cat PSAHave you ever thought of feral cats as an invasive species? They are, says the Hawai‘i Feral Cat PSA, which was shown during the Grammy’s and will continue to play on TV throughout the state. The announcement, which cites a study done by doctoral student Cheryl Lohr (NREM) and her advisor Chris Lepczyk, says that cats eat native birds and may also pollute the beaches and water supply. The sponsoring agency of the PSA, the American Bird Conservancy, also has posted a new webpage discussing feral cats in Hawai‘i.

Bridal Dreams

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Daisy MertoA former APDM student, Daisy Merto, is featured in a laudatory article in MidWeek magazine. Daisy recently opened a new store, WhiteHot, in Kaimuki. She focuses on bridal, prom, and pageant dresses, but with a fun, local, sexy edge, she explains. Her philosophy is captured by her tagline, “Bridal Doesn’t Have to Be Boring!” Daisy’s collection of shimmering, glittering beaded gowns is certainly anything but!

Green Connections

3/15/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

David LingenfelserPosters by master’s student Bishnu Bandhari (PEPS) and alumnus David Lingenfelser (TPSS, pictured) are featured in Hawaii Landscape, the industry magazine of the Landscape Industry Council of Hawai‘i. Bishnu’s poster describes his project under advisor Zhiqiang Cheng of injecting insecticides in trunks of infested trees to control stem and leaf gall wasps, a technique that has led to a significant reduction in galls. David, an undergraduate and Master’s alumnus, presented his work with advisor Ken Leonhardt on breeding improved varieties of ornamental plants. As a student, David had a 3-month internship at Monsanto and was also the recipient of the Hawaii Florist and Shippers Association Scholarship and the Monsanto Scholarship. He’s now employed at HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Branch, where part of his job involved presenting at the Urban Garden Center’s recent Ag and Environmental Awareness Day. In yet another CTAHR-associated twist, the article is co-authored by one more CTAHR alumnus, Orville Baldos. It’s a small, green world!

Garden in the City

3/4/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Jayme GrzebikThe latest installment in TPSS’s Seminar Series will be offered on Friday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. in St. John 106. Assistant Extension agent Jayme Grzebik will discuss “Urban Horticulture,” focusing on the demand for gardening information and the college’s responsibility to the local public, the UH Master Gardener program and its activities on O‘ahu and the neighbor islands, and the Urban Garden Center’s plans for increasing its outreach.



2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Red choli materialThe UH Manoa Historic Costume Collection is presenting a special group exhibition called “It’s Traditional,” curated by students in the FDM 460 Costume Museum Management class and Shu-Hwa Lin (FCS). The exhibition will be on display Monday through Sunday, March 2–8, in Miller Hall, Room 112—on Sunday the 8th, it’s in Room 101. The theme, as one might expect, is Tradition. In a continuous effort to research and understand various textiles used by diverse cultures, the students collectively voted on the theme, and then each student was allowed to select a garment or outfit in the museum that reflected the theme of tradition to them. Such a process grants the students an opportunity to make personal connections with the items, to learn more about the culture behind the garments, and to correctly display the items that they have chosen. The photograph, by Jennifer Bright, shows the detail of a woman’s upper-body choli, donated by Patricia Leong.

State of the Live Stream

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

State of the College graphicRemember that CTAHR’s first State of the College address will be held on Wednesday, February 18, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the C-MORE Gordon and Betty Moore Conference Center! And if you can’t get there in person but want to view the address via live stream, click here on the day of the event and enjoy getting your update on the college from the comfort of your office!

Flipping the Tassel

2/12/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Corn tasselsFifty years of studying corn tassels? There’s a lot to study. The most recent issue of Crop Science, a journal founded by Jim Brewbaker (TPSS) in 1955 that now publishes over 3,000 pages of science and research a year, features a study of corn tassel diversity and genetics by Dr. B himself. He reports that he and his students have grown essentially all major types of corn—about 220 races—at the Waimanalo Research Station since the early 1960’s, and that “all seemed at home.” This was a major reason for the explosive growth of what has become Hawai‘i’s biggest agricultural industry: corn seeds. These male flowers of corn are immensely diverse—Dr. B suggests thinking of them like orchids or roses. The varying examples in the photo differ from each other by only one single gene, and over 30 genes that solely affect numbers of tassel branches have been isolated! Dr. B and his team have also answered such questions as “Does a big tassel burn too many calories and therefore reduce corn yield?” Answer: “In Iowa, yes, but in Hawai‘i, no.” One more reason corn is king in Hawai‘i!

Weed and Seed

2/12/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

james leary, linda cox, and john yanagidaJames Leary, Linda Cox, and John Yanagida (all NREM), and co-authors from the Maui Invasive Species Council and the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit were honored by the Weed Science Society of America with an Outstanding Paper award. The paper, published in Invasive Plant Science and Management, is titled “Reducing Nascent Miconia (Miconia calvescens DC) Patches with an Accelerated Intervention Strategy Utilizing Herbicide Ballistic Technology” and describes how 48 patches of the invasive weed tree were identified, targeted, and eliminated in remote areas of Maui watershed in just over a year using the revolutionary HBT. The authors donated their $1000 award to the KUPU Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, which, as its website explains, empowers youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage pono with ke Akua, self and others. Congratulations to the authors for their great research, writing skills, environmental stewardship, and generosity!

A Fruitful Harvest

2/12/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Village Harvest volunteers with fruitKaua‘i’s Garden Island newspaper has a glowing article about Village Harvest, a program created by CTAHR’s Kaua‘i Master Gardeners in partnership with the sustainability-focused nonprofit organization Malama Kaua‘i to provide fresh produce for schools, after-school programs, and the Food Bank. Volunteers began by harvesting the fruit grown at CTAHR’s Kaua‘i Agricultural Research Center, but now other growers are donating their extra crops, and the program is searching for more. Amazingly, almost 3,000 pounds of food have been donated through the program in the two and a half months it has been in existence! Interim Kaua‘i County Administrator Russell Messing is quoted in the article as saying that contributing to the community is part of the college’s mission, and he is proud that this program is helping to fulfill that mission.

Sundaes With Mc Millan

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Mc Millan ChingMBBE sophomore Mc Millan Ching will be one of the students offering new and continuing students helpful tips and insights at the upcoming Sundaes with Students event. On Wednesday, February 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Campus Center 308 and 309, students of all majors and class standings are invited to make a customized sundae at a sundae bar while they listen to a panel of undergraduate and graduate students talk about their experiences as first- and second-year students at UHM. Originally from Manila, Mc Millan plans to become a medical doctor and improve the health care system of the Philippines. But that’s not all—he also wants to earn a PhD and start his own biotech company, which will generate income to support his philanthropic causes. His summers are spent participating in scientific research in agricultural biotechnology, cardiovascular diseases, and stem cell and regenerative medicine, while his school terms are filled with rigorous classes and volunteer work to ready him for his chosen careers. What an inspiration!

The Chemistry of Sustainability

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Steven MontgomeryEntomologist and CTAHR alumnus Steven Lee Montgomery will present “Using Science for Healthy Choices: Getting the Chemistry Right” on Thursday, February 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Windward Community College’s Hale ‘Imiloa 111, as part of the Community Forum in Chemistry series. As he explains, all natural resources exist in a delicate balance, and everyone can play a part in conserving the native ecosystem. His talk explains how to foster a healthy local environment by keeping pesticides out of the food chain, promoting bio-controls of weeds and insect pests, and saving farmland and the bees. Montgomery completed both his MS and his PhD in entomology at CTAHR; since then, he has done work on Hawai‘i’s environmental biology, natural history, bio-politics, and honeybee services. He’s also volunteered with the Hawai‘i Natural Area and Land Use Commissions, Sierra Club, and ‘Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi/Hawaiians for the Conservation of Native Ecosystems, and has served as a biological consultant on Hawai‘i and the Pacific to landowners and government agencies. He has numerous publications and has received several awards in environmental community service. For more information on his talk, call Letty Colmenares at 236-9120.

Flit on Over to the Museum

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Student at Insect Museum open houseHeard the buzz? The Insect Museum is holding an open house in celebration of Darwin’s 206th birthday on Thursday, February 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. Gilmore Hall Room 607. There will be a series of exciting activities including specimen preparation of tiny moths, the size of a grain of rice; the chance to see live Kamehameha butterflies and learn about the Insect Museum’s research to protect their future; the Insect Sort-a-thon, in which you take raw field specimens and identify them for placement in the collection; and picture-taking with Buzz the museum mascot, the biggest fruit fly you’ve ever seen! You’ll also get to check out a hallway full of insect displays, including the museum’s living menagerie, and find out about the Great Digitization of 2014, an NSF-funded project to digitize every one of nearly 250,000 specimens in the Museum and put their pictures and data online. See the digitizers in action and learn about why this project is important and represents the future of collections! All interested parties are welcome—heavy pupus and insect-based snacks will be available.

Bee Sweet

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Honey bear jarKa Mea Kolo Entomology Club will be holding a Valentine’s Day Honey Bear sale on Wednesday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Gilmore. Six-ounce iconic bear jars filled with sweet, golden goodness from the UH Honeybee Project that say “Bee Mine” are the perfect gift for that special someone…but quantities are limited, so come early to get your share!

Protection for the Protectors

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

coral reefReefs provide protection for coastal areas, food and shelter for sea creatures, and beauty and diversity for recreational users. Find out more about them as NREM’s ‘Imi ‘Ike Series continues with a presentation by Dr. Joshua Cinner on Wednesday, February 11, in Sherman 103. The presentation will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m., so please be early. Dr. Cinner will speak on “People and Reefs: A Social Scientist’s Escapades Confronting the Coral Reef Crisis.” As he explains, millions of people depend on reefs for their livelihood, including many who are so affected by poverty issues that sustainable protection of the reefs isn’t their first priority. For that reason, many conservation measures to protect the reefs haven’t succeeded; future efforts, Dr. Cinner argues, need to take the socio-economic context into account to a far greater extent. He discusses measures that have worked and explains how these successes may be duplicated and expanded in other areas.

Love in Bloom

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Flowering potted plantsIf you’re the type to wait till the last minute when getting a gift for that special someone, you’re in luck! You’ll be able to pick up some lovely Valentine’s Day flowers at the Horticulture Society’s annual Valentine’s Day Flower and Plant Sale on Friday, February 13. It will be held at St. John Room 10-B, from 10:30 a.m. for as long as supplies last. Select from a wide assortment of flowering potted plants, beautiful cut-flower arrangements, and more. And all plants were purchased from local nurseries in Hawai‘i, so you’ll be showing your love for the ‘aina as well!

The Cap on the Event

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Mayor Arakawa and Cindy Reeves
In her recent visit with Maui County Council members and Mayor Arakawa, Maui County Administrator Cindy Reeves took a moment to pose with the mayor, who donned a CTAHR cap to show his support of the college’s mission. After all, CTAHR looks good on everyone!


Take a Bite of Wellness

1/27/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Alan Titchenal and Joannie DobsThe health-tips column “Got Nutrients?” by Joannie Dobbs and Alan Titchenal (both HNFAS), which provides science-based health and diet information in an easily digestible form, is featured in the latest Well & Wise newsletter from the UH Foundation. The newsletter offers health-related items from the various colleges of the UH System, and Joannie and Alan’s daily dose of wellness is just what the doctor ordered—today’s tip explains how mercury toxicity from eating fish may be prevented.

Healthy Soil, Happy Garden

1/27/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Koon-Hui Wang demonstrates how to know soil healthThis year has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Soils. CTAHR is doing its part to raise awareness and offer information with two soil workshops, as well as Koon-Hui Wang’s (PEPS) recent appearance on Hawaii News Now to show ways to assess and boost soil health, particularly with the use of cover crops. Check out her eye-opening and convincing demonstrations!

Hearts of Gold and Chocolate

1/20/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Skip Bittenbender with cacao treeH.C. “Skip” Bittenbender (TPSS), an Extension specialist for coffee, kava, and cacao, will be the featured speaker for the Heart of Gold lunch sponsored by the ARCS Foundation’s Honolulu Chapter on February 9. He will provide an update on chocolate in Hawai‘i, a subject sure to whet the appetites of the attendees. The proceeds of the luncheon benefit 2015 ARCS awards to UH Manoa doctoral students in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, and health disciplines. It’s always nice to be able to combine community service, academic support, and chocolate!

The Good Earth

1/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Hands holding soilIn collaboration with their program partners, CTAHR’s Center of Rural Agricultural Training and Entrepreneurship (CRATE) and Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP) will host two educational field days focusing on the soil. The first will take place at Waimanalo Research Station on Wednesday, January 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Topics include an introduction to soil health and its indicators, benefits of no-till farming systems and cover-cropping, and development of a cover crop calculator for Hawai‘i. Hands-on demonstrations include a soil-slaking test and assays for water runoff and water percolation properties with simulated rainfall. Participants can bring their own soil for assessment; find out about compost tea-brewing systems; and check out the compost quality booth, the display of different types of cover crops, and tea-fertigation injection systems. The Poamoho Research Station workshop, which takes place on Saturday, February 7, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, includes many of the same presentations and also shows participants potential cost savings with cover crop use; a comparison of single vs. mixed cover crops in long-term no-till farming plots; soil health indicators using nematodes; leguminous cover crops in till vs. no-till farming systems, and screenings of the videos Symphony of the Soil and The Benefits of Vermicomposting. For fun, there will be a Jeopardy!-style game on soil knowledge!

Standing Up to Wilt

1/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Banana affected by Fusarium wiltDr. Chunyu Li, a researcher at the Institute of Pomology at the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, will be offering the seminar “Integrative Approaches for Managing Fusarium Wilt of Banana in Guangdong, China” on Wednesday, January 28, at 11:00 a.m. in Gilmore 306. Since Fusarium wilt is also a big problem for banana in Hawai‘i as well, you may want to talk more about the subject. If so, you’ll also have the opportunity of meeting with Dr. Li individually—please call John Hu at 956-7281 if you want to set up a meeting.