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2008


October


Help for Kilauea's Neighbors — CTAHR feature story, 10/10/2008



September


Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs: BPA, plastic news calls for further study. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 9/20/2008


Whether you prefer rambling vines or compact bushes, specialty tomatoes are a popular backyard crop, reports Jari Sugano. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 9/19/2008


Extension specialist Scot Nelson and extension agent Kelvin Sewake have published Volcanic Emissions Injury to Plant Foliage, a free downloadable publication offering suggestions to minimize vog damage to plants. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 9/8/2008


What’s CTAHR been up to for the past 100 years? Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources: Celebrating the First 100 Years offers a crash course on the college’s past and present. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 9/7/2008


Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs: Varied menu is best path to good health. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 9/6/2008


Extension specialist Scot Nelson and extension agent Kelvin Sewake have published Volcanic Emissions Injury to Plant Foliage, a free downloadable publication offering suggestions to minimize vog damage to plants. — West Hawaii Today, 9/5/2008


Extension specialist Scot Nelson and extension agent Kelvin Sewake have published Volcanic Emissions Injury to Plant Foliage, a free downloadable publication offering suggestions to minimize vog damage to plants. — Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 9/5/2008


Wayne Nishijima, CTAHR’s Associate Dean / Associate Director for Extension, has been nominated as the University of Hawaii’s Manager of the Year. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 9/4/2008



August


Jay Deputy offers care instructions for two popular turfgrasses, El Toro zoysia and seashore paspalum. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 8/29/2008


Increased vog levels from a new vent at Kilauea volcano are destroying crops nearby and downwind, reports county extension agent Kelvin Sewake. — Honolulu Weekly, 8/27/2008


Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs: Nutrition key to body’s long haul. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 8/23/2008


Hawaii Department of Agriculture Chair and CTAHR Board of Advisors member Sandra Kunimoto extols the benefits of buying fresh, locally grown foods. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 8/14/2008


4-H youth savor their hard work as Chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi serve them lamb purchased at the 4-H livestock auction. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 8/13/2008


Each month the Pearl City Urban Garden Center hosts Second Saturday at the Garden. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 8/10/2008


Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs: Researchers fear deficiency of iodine intake. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 8/9/2008



July


Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs: We all need the essential mineral iodine. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7/26/2008


Jari Sugano and Steve Fukuda offer effective management strategies that can help keep your backyard pests from developing resistance to pesticides. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 7/25/2008


Apparel Product Design and Merchandising alumnus Dan Weaver presents his fall collection at The Loft. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7/24/2008


Celebrating CTAHR's First Century — CTAHR feature story, 7/21/2008


Summer was made for lawn care, and Jay Deputy’s tips will help you assess the state of your turf. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 7/11/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Creatine has wide range of benefits. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7/11/2008


With your lawn growing vigorously under the summer sun, education specialist Jay Deputy advises that now might be the time for vertical mowing to remove thatch. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 7/11/2008


A provision of SB 2646 that would allow redesignation of some agricultural lands worries extension agent Glenn Teves. — The Molokai Times, 7/2/2008


Hawaii-grown blueberries are ripe at times when mainland imports aren’t available, reports extension specialist Stuart Nakamoto, who’s growing various blueberry cultivars to find which perform best under wet or dry conditions. — Honolulu Magazine, 7/1/2008


With the help of red worms, blue worms, and student volunteers, CTAHR’s Ted Radovich is turning vegetable waste from UH Manoa’s Paradise Palms café into rich potting soil for organically grown seedlings. — KITV Channel 4, 7/1/2008


Buy Fresh, Buy Local: The North Shore Cattle Company’s ranch in Haleiwa produces grass-fed Angus beef free of antibiotics and hormones. — KITV Channel 4 Morning Show, 7/1/2008



June


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Consumers should support local farmers. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 6/28/2008


Project manager Jim Hollyer talks food safety at a business-to-business agriculture fair sponsored by the Maui County Farm Bureau. — Maui Time Weekly, 6/26/2008


Assistant professor Samir Khanal is investigating whether waste from the manufacture of sugarcane-derived ethanol can be converted into fish food using a fungal fermentation process. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 6/22/2008


Extension agent Jayme Grzebik notes that watering your outdoor plants during morning hours and improving the efficiency of your irrigation system can help conserve water, an essential and surprisingly limited resource. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 6/20/2008


Professor Ken Grace and undergraduate honors student Jenifer Nix demonstrate some of CTAHR’s termite research to KHON2’s Manolo Morales. — KHON2, 6/16/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Useful bacteria build intestine’s fortitude. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 6/14/2008


County extension agent Glenn Teves discusses the effect of residential development on agricultural lands. — Honolulu Weekly, 6/11/2008


Oahu Fifth Graders Dive into Awareness Day — CTAHR feature story, 6/9/2008


CTAHR’s Termite Project offers three summer seminars for homeowners on Oahu. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 6/5/2008


Buy Fresh, Buy Local: Residents and visitors on Hawaii Island can enjoy Island Fresh milk courtesy of Clover Leaf Dairy and KTA Superstores. — KITV Channel 4 Morning Show, 6/1/2008


Horticulturalist Richard Criley describes the growing popularity of plumaria and tours the Waimanalo Research Station’s 2.5-acre plot of 200 plumaria trees, a collection that comprises 120 different species and cultivars. — Hana Hou, 6/1/2008


An article on eco-conscious fashion design in Hawaii spotlights Apparel Product Design and Merchandising alumnae Lan Chung and Katrina Bodnyk and mentions CTAHR’s Historic Costume Collection and its curator, Carol D’Angelo. — Hana Hou, 6/1/2008



May


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Bad-day box will aid family during disaster. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 5/31/2008


At the Mealani Research Station on Hawaii Island, CTAHR faculty are investigating tea as a possible high-value niche crop. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 5/28/2008


Assistant professor Samir Khanal, who formerly conducted research at Iowa State University, is honored along with three Iowa State colleagues by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers with the 2008 Grand Prize for University Research. Their winning project employed a fungus to generate ethanol more efficiently from corn, with a potentially valuable animal feed generated as a byproduct. — Iowa State University News Service, 5/27/2008


At a workshop for middle- and high-school teachers sponsored by the Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology Project, CTAHR biotechnologist Ania Wieczorek presents the latest advances in agriculture, 21st century agricultural careers in Hawaii, and agriculture curriculum for students. — Maui News, 5/26/2008


Education specialist Jay Deputy urges readers to attend the 2008 Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii Conference and Trade Show: "Growing Together for a Greener Hawaii." — The Honolulu Advertiser, 5/23/2008


Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation president and CTAHR Board of Advisors member Dean Okimoto supports Senate Bill 2646, Relating to Important Agricultural Lands, which has been passed by Hawaii State Legislature and awaits action by Governor Linda Lingle. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 5/19/2008


Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation president and CTAHR Board of Advisors member Dean Okimoto urges enactment of SB 2646, the Important Agricultural Lands bill. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 5/18/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Chewing gum could offer health benefits. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 5/17/2008


Researcher Ted Radovich is studying the use of perennial peanut cultivars as cover crops that add nitrogen to the soil and suppress the growth of weeds, reports extension agent Jari Sugano. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 5/16/2008


The recent vog has damaged flower and vegetable crops, report extension agent Kelvin Sewake and farmer Dean Okimoto, president of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation and a CTAHR Board of Advisors member. — KGMB9, 5/16/2008


Increased sulfur dioxide emissions from a recently formed new vent at Kilauea volcano are badly damaging protea crops on Hawaii Island, reports extension agent Kelvin Sewake. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 5/11/2008


Professor Richard Manshardt, one of the developer of the genetically engineered papaya cultivars ‘UH SunUp’ and ‘UH Rainbow’, was in attendance at a panel discussion on the genetic engineering of taro, entitled “Food Forethought.” — Ka Leo O Hawaii, 5/5/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Iron deficiency sometimes goes unseen. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin,, 5/3/2008


Wenhou Sun, a former CTAHR researcher, is growing sea asparagus on floating platforms at a Kahuku shrimp farm. This nutritious salt-water crop, related to spinach and beets, is now available at some of Oahu’s finest restaurants. — Hana Hou, 5/1/2008


Buy Fresh, Buy Local: Produce from Ho Farms in Kahuku, including delicious Japanese cucumbers and vine-ripened tomatoes, bears the Hawaii Seal of Quality. — KITV Channel 4 Morning Show, 5/1/2008



April


Extension agent Kelvin Sewake, located on Hawaii Island, describes how the closure of Aloha Airlines affects his clients in the state’s cut-flower industry. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 4/30/2008


Should publication of the genome of the transgenic ‘UH SunUp’ papaya clear the way for its deregulation in Japan? CTAHR alumnus Dennis Gonsalves, now with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, and extension specialist Hector Valenzuela offer differing opinions. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 4/30/2008


At CTAHR’s 2008 spring fashion show, a picture’s worth a thousand words, as this photo-rich Ka Leo feature on the college’s spring fashion demonstrates. — Ka Leo O Hawaii, 4/30/2008


4-H: Serving Those Who Serve — CTAHR feature story, 4/28/2008


Fifth graders from the Lunalilo, Maemae, and Palolo Elementary Schools participate in Oahu’s second annual Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day, held at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/25/2008


As part of a service-learning project, Honolulu Community College students build a gazebo at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/25/2008


Ray Ming, a University of Illinois professor of plant biology, CTAHR alumnus, and former researcher with the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, is co-lead author of a paper in the science journal Nature detailing the genome of the transgenic ‘UH SunUp’ papaya. The team that developed ‘UH SunUp’, which is genetically engineered to resist papaya ringspot virus, was lead by CTAHR alumnus Dennis Gonsalves (now with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center) and included CTAHR’s Richard Manshardt and CTAHR alumna Maureen Fitch (now with HARC). — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/24/2008


Over 500 Oahu students celebrate the island’s second annual Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center. The event, which introduces fifth graders to farming and natural resources management as possible career paths, is designed to engage kid’s interest, says Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Charly Kinoshita. — KHNL 8 (Honolulu’s NBC affiliate) , 4/24/2008


At the 2007 UH Business Plan competition, the second and third place teams had connections to CTAHR. Alumnus Chad Walton, now a researcher with the John A. Burns School of Medicine, was a runner-up; his team’s product is a biosensor that detects heart attacks and strokes. Assistant professor Patrick Fu’s ethanol production method based on genetically engineered algae took third prize. — Pacific Business Journal, 4/23/2008


At the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, extension agent Jayme Grzebik and the interim president of the Oahu Master Gardeners, Roy Yamashiroya, show home gardeners how to grow “the right plant in the right place.” — The Honolulu Advertiser, 4/23/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Iron deficiency in U.S. worries health experts. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/19/2008


In advance of the April 27 “Absolute Fashion: All Bottled Up” fashion show, Apparel Product Design and Merchandising students offer a preview of their designs at Kahala Mall on April 19. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 4/18/2008


Meet the eleven design seniors whose fashions will headline the Apparel Product Design and Merchandising program’s annual fashion show, "Absolute Fashion: All Bottled Up," April 27 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/17/2008


The Apparel Product Design and Merchandising program’s April 27, 2008 fashion show, gives design seniors the opportunity to present their own lines plus designs based on three different themes: Barbie, recycled materials, and global fashion. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/17/2008


Hawaii County’s Cooperative Extension Service celebrates CTAHR’s centennial with an open house at the Mealani Research Station. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/13/2008


Jay Deputy praises your lawn for its environmental benefits. Lawns prevent runoff by absorbing rain, suck up carbon dioxide, build soil by adding organic matter, and cool the environment. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 4/11/2008


CTAHR alumnus Ray Ming is one of the lead authors of a paper in the prestigious science journal Nature describing the genome of the transgenic ‘UH SunUp’ papaya. — Science Daily, 4/8/2008


The Apparel Product Design and Merchandising program holds the Style and Sin fundraiser on April 4 at the O Lounge to support “Absolute Fashion: All Bottled Up,” APDM’s Spring 2008 fashion show. — Ka Leo, 4/7/2008


CTAHR horticulturalist Bernard Kratky is honored with the Best Paper Award at the 34th National Agricultural Plastics Congress in Tampa, Florida. The American Society for Plasticulture recognizes Kratky and his co-authors---CTAHR’s Gaillane Maehira and Eric Magno and Pennsylvania State University’s M.D. Orzolek and W.J. Lamont---for their research on how to grow lettuce hydroponically. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 4/5/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Lean red meat best source of iron in food. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/5/2008


Few treats can equal a pineapple grown in your backyard. Jari Sugano and Steve Fukuda offer helpful tips. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 4/4/2008


Buy Fresh, Buy Local: Oahu shoppers can enjoy Kamiya Gold papaya grown by Laie farmer Ken Kamiya. — KITV Channel 4 Morning Show, 4/1/2008



March


New Tools for Disease Detection — CTAHR feature story, 3/31/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Iron level is important to good health. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 3/22/2008


Dean Andy Hashimoto states that CTAHR has agreed not to genetically engineer Hawaiian taro and will not field test genetically engineered non-Hawaiian taro cultivars in Hawaii. — KITV News, 3/19/2008


Dean Andy Hashimoto explains his opposition to a bill before the Hawaii State Legislature mandating a ten-year moratorium on genetic engineering research on taro. Extension agent Glenn Teves advocates improved management practices and invasive species prevention as alternative approaches to protect taro. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 3/19/2008


Researcher and interim Hawaii County administrator Susan Miyasaka offers testimony in opposition to a bill before the Hawaii State Legislature mandating a ten-year moratorium on genetic engineering research on taro. — KHNL News, 3/19/2008


Dean Andy Hashimoto explains his opposition to a proposed 10-year ban on research involving the genetic engineering of taro. — KHNL News, 3/18/2008


CTAHR’s Kauai County administrator Roy Yamakawa recommends that the Kauai County Council not pass a resolution in support of SB 958, a bill before the Hawaii State Legislature that would establish a 10-year moratorium on the genetic engineering of taro. — The Garden Island, 3/12/2008


A statewide nursery products group will help Hawaii’s $100-million industry compete in the global market, notes extension agent Kelvin Sewake. — Forbes, 3/10/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Bone mass at risk during weight loss. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 3/8/2008


Jay Deputy offers step-by-step instructions on how to replace a patch of dead grass on your lawn. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 3/7/2008


Among the growers embracing agricultural tourism are CTAHR Board of Advisors members Susan Matsushima and Ernest Tottori. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 3/2/2008


Buy Fresh, Buy Local: If you’re shopping for Island Fresh eggs on Oahu, head to the Ka Lei Marketplace in Kaimuki. — KITV Channel 4 Morning Show, 3/1/2008



February


Soil: The Groundwork for Ag Success — CTAHR feature story, 2/27/2008


An article on information sources for gardeners includes several CTAHR resources, including on-line extension publications, the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, the Master Gardeners program, and the book "Growing Plants for Hawaiian Lei." — The Honolulu Advertiser, 2/27/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Think zinc if 20-year-old looks like 10 — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2/23/2008


With Hawaiian lobster a rare catch these days, aquaculture researcher Spencer Malecha seeks to add the lobster and other crustaceans to giant offshore cages in which ocean fish are being raised. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 2/17/2008


Susan Au Doyle, president of Aloha United Way and a CTAHR Board of Advisors member, and Sylvia Yuen, director of CTAHR’s Center on the Family, recommend state investment in high-quality preschool programs to improve school readiness, especially for economically disadvantage children. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2/11/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Brown rice can provide vital magnesium — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2/9/2008


Jari Sugano and Steve Fukuda describe how to use air layering to propagate your favorite fruit tree. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 2/2/2008


Dead patches on your lawn? Jay Deputy has tips on how to cure your grass’s winter woes. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 2/1/2008


Buy Fresh, Buy Local: Hawaii-born and -raised, North Shore Cattle Company beef is grass-fed and free of hormones and antibiotics. — KITV Channel 4 Morning Show, 2/1/2008


The Hawaii Area-wide Fruit Fly Pest Management Program (HAW-FLYPM), a joint effort involving CTAHR, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, has yielded remarkable, cost-effective results. — Agricultural Research Magazine, 2/1/2008



January


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Nutritious diet helps keep bones strong — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1/26/2008


The Buy Fresh, Buy Local program, a collaboration between CTAHR, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and private ventures, is among Gov. Linda Lingle’s priorities cited in her 2008 State-of-the-State address. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 1/23/2008


HAW-FLYPM: "Government at Its Best" — CTAHR feature story, 1/17/2008


CTAHR Board of Advisors member and Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation president Dean Okimoto cites too little rain for most of the year and far too much at year’s end among the challenges that farmers faced in 2007. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 1/13/2008


Alan Titchenal & Joannie Dobbs: Calcium plays important role in bone health. — Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1/12/2008


Luau (taro leaf) is a nutritious green vegetable grown locally, but the leaves contain irritating calcium oxalate crystals and must be well cooked before eating, caution Jari Sugano and Steve Fukuda. — The Honolulu Advertiser, 1/11/2008


Buy Fresh, Buy Local: One of Hawaii's new developing diversified crops is tea. Research into tea production began on the Big Island several years ago and interest in tea growing is blooming. — KITV Channel 4 Morning Show, 1/1/2008


Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Charly Kinoshita is reappointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s and U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. — Biomass Magazine, 1/1/2008