College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawaii

Educational / Training Initiatives

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University of Hawaii – Manoa CTAHR
Over the past year, CTAHR has provided overall support for the consortium initiative including hiring specialized personnel to develop the agribusiness incubator. CTAHR has supported development of key consortium objectives (including target student recruitment and retention, Internet e-commerce capabilities, second year project design and proposal). Our Agribusiness Resource Specialist has worked with several consortium partners to leverage additional grant resources to advance components of the overall project.
ctahr Contact Information
Charles Kinoshita

Interim Assoc. Dean – Academic and Student Affairs UH Manoa
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
3050 Maile Way Gilmore Hall 211
Honolulu, HI 96822

Leeward Community College (LCC)
LCC has focused on enhancing and customizing for-credit agriculture training programs to help students and residents access high quality programs that prepare them for work or advanced study in the agriculture areas. The college has developed new plant horticulture and native plant propagation curricula and supported community kitchen and value-added product development initiatives with resources required to help target clients with business startup. The college has strengthened their biotechnology workforce development programs at LCC and in the local high schools.
lcc Contact Information
Randall Francisco

Dir. Continuing Education and Training

Pricilla Millen

Assoc Prof Botany/Hort, Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Leeward Community College
96-045 Ala Ike
Pearl City, HI 96782-3393

University of Hawaii – Hilo (UHH)
UHH has worked to develop and integrate post-secondary agribusiness curriculum utilizing e-commerce as an important training and business development tool. UHH has upgraded training in Tropical Ornamentals and Landscape Management Services by integrating appropriate enhancements into the curriculum and by providing outreach services to the agriculture community They have researched and started to develop an e- commerce cooperative model for the agricultural sector on the island of Hawai‘i.
uhh Contact Information
William Sakai

Prof. Horticulture
College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Hawaii – Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Hawaii Community College (HCC)
HCC has strengthened its capacity to offer students applied, job-oriented skills and access to internship opportunities. Project faculty are working with community entrepreneurs and businesses to develop programs to address community and entrepreneurial development needs. The college has hired a new agribusiness faculty member with significant experience in private enterprise to develop a new Agribusiness Entrepreneurship course to train students in the fundamentals of for-profit agribusiness operations.
hcc Contact Information
Ken Boche

Tropical Forest Ecosystem and Agroforestry Mgt Program
Hawaii Community College
200 W. Kawili Street  
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC)
KCC has upgraded and enhanced the ability of its culinary training programs to prepare students to identify and tap into local culinary arts and agriculture tourism opportunities. The college has developed programs within the culinary arts academy that prepare students to develop for-profit agriculture and culinary programs catering to visitors (including offering integrated food shopping, farm tours and culinary training and value-added food pairing activities). They have infused local agriculture product marketing and direct sales lessons into the curriculum and increased the capacity of the college to participate directly in agribusiness development and incubation in Hawai‘i through its successful farmer's market and continued partnership with niche product farmers within the farm-to-table programs at the college .
kcc Contact Information
Ronald Takahashi

Culinary Arts Department
Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816

Maui Community College (MCC)
MCC has upgraded its culinary programs to involve students in a work-based learning environment focused on food production, culinary arts and value-added food product research and development. The college has updated and offered courses within the continuing Natural Resources Pathway curriculum that prepares students for continued study in the biosciences (including developing a tissue culture lab). They support local farmers and value-added food product entrepreneurs through the Maui Culinary Academy and have developed three new original products.
maui culinary academy
Contact Information
Chris Speere

Assoc. Prof.
Maui Culinary Academy
Maui Community College
310 W. Ka'ahumanu Avenue
Kahului, HI 96732-1617

Kaua‘i Community College (KCC)
KCC has upgraded and provided entrepreneurship training programs to prepare students for meaningful agriculture-related careers in Kaua‘i's world-class food and visitor industries. The college has prepared students for advanced education and training in agriculture and business programs with guest lecturers and site visits and have guided students through the business development process to give them a better understanding of the essential components of successful agribusinesses. They have developed advanced county initiatives aimed at developing Kaua‘i's food industry and have continued to develop relationships with community organizations and businesses actively involved in Kaua‘i's culinary and agriculture industries.
kcc Contact Information
Glenn Hontz

USDA Program Administrator
Kauai Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, Hi 96766

Windward Community College (WCC)
WCC has upgraded its curriculum and hands-on laboratory training programs leading to academic certification in the biosciences. The college has created programs for students and entrepreneurs to develop and nurture relationships between the university and industry and are initiating Agriculture Technology Program workshops to assist students and community residents to succeed in various agribusiness enterprises. They have networked with graduates with significant industry experience to pursue opportunities for plant-derived products research and development related to natural and homeopathic cosmetics production.
wcc Contact Information
Inge White

Asst Prof. of Botany/Microbiology
Windward Community College
45-720 Keaahala Rd.
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

Honolulu Community College (Honolulu CC)
Honolulu CC has completed the upgrade of its Ocean Science classroom to include computer workstations and microscopy at each desk and multi-media capabilities to facilitate integrated learning from a number of sources (video, Internet, microscopes, lecture, etc.). The college has enhanced the installation of a complete aquaculture tank system to enable students to engage live subjects and have facilitated advanced training of oceanography students in the aquaculture and scientific processes. Two students have been placed at leading oceanographic-related businesses in Hawai‘i.
hcc Contact Information
Kakkala Gopalakrishnan

Prof. Oceanography
Honolulu Community College
874 Dillingham Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817

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