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Keeper of Memories

2/8/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Barbara KawakamiBarbara Kawakami, a 1979 FDM alumna, was honored by the Hawaii Historical Society at their 125th Anniversary celebration in October 2017. She was given the Kahu ‘Ikena (Caretaker of Knowledge) Award for her dedication to the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian history and her tireless efforts to gather, record, translate, and share precious Issei memories with future generations. Barbara’s interest in immigrant clothing started as a Fashion, Design and Merchandising college term paper by interviewing immigrant Issei women about their clothing and lives. Her research culminated in her first book, entitled Japanese Immigrant Clothing in Hawaii 1885–1941. This book was the winner of the Association for Asian American Studies Outstanding Book Award in 1994 and winner of the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence for Reference Books in 1995. Barbara’s second book, Picture Bride Stories, was based upon interviews with 250 Issei women across Hawai‘i over a 40-year period. Barbara was honored for this book by the American Library Association conference in Adult Non-Fiction. At 96 years of age, Barbara is a role model, and gratitude is due to her for her historical contributions and preserving the stories of Issei immigrant women for future generations around the world. Photo courtesy of Stephen Fong.


Still Helping Students Learn

1/31/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

PingSun LeungIn celebration of PingSun Leung’s retirement from NREM, his family is establishing an endowed scholarship in his honor, the PS Leung and Family Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship will support undergraduate and graduate students in NREM who are focusing on aquaculture, fisheries, or local food, complementing PingSun's own research interests in developing quantitative economics models to assist and inform the management of aquaculture, fisheries, regional economies,and local food development.

Kaua‘i Volunteers Offer Major Contributions

1/31/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Russell MessingCounty Administrator Russell Messing spoke at the Kauai Association of Family and Community Education (KAFCE) Achievement Day luncheon on January 27th at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort. Russell updated the group on some recent and upcoming personnel actions within CTAHR and got to learn about current KAFCE programs, such as the Books for Newborns project, which promotes reading to young children, and a project to make and deliver dresses to underprivileged girls in the Philippines. About 40 members contribute to the Kaua‘i program, among two clubs on the island. Part of the statewide (HAFCE) group, the KAFCE is a nonprofit organization that focuses on family and offers workshops in health, home, community and environment, international, leadership and youth education. HAFCE donated over 50,000 service hours to the community in 2016, a contribution valued at an impressive $1.3 million!

100 Feet and 14 Inches

1/31/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

CentipedeDan Rubinoff (PEPS) was consulted for a recent article in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and a follow-up in BuzzFeed about Clayton Cambra, who discovered a centipede more than 14 inches long outside his Honoka‘a home. Dan says it was probably a Vietnamese centipede, one of three types of centipede in the Islands, a species that is venomous and has been known to kill humans. This centipede is longer by far than the longest known centipede recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, a 10-inch-long Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede. Brrrr—just remember to wear your shoes when walking around outside!

New Faces: Eli Isele

1/31/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Eli IseleEli Isele will start work as the new assistant Extension agent in Sustainable Agriculture in Hilo on Thursday, February 1. Eli earned his BS degree in general agriculture from the University of Missouri and an MS degree in Sustainable Development Practice from the University of Florida. He has extensive, practical working experience with all types of agriculture, from a conventional macadamia nut operation on the Big Island to two organic vegetable farms in Wisconsin. Eli also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi, focusing partly on beekeeper outreach. He will be a welcome and valued member of CTAHR!

Residents From Afar

1/24/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Students with local foodsThe Food Science MS program in HNFAS has been awarded four non-resident tuition exemption (NRTE) awards for the academic year 2018–2019. The NRTE awards, which are allocated in competition with other graduate programs at UH Manoa, allow non-resident students to pay much lower in-state tuition. They are effective for two years, saving each eligible student about $28,000 in tuition. These awards will help the Food Science program recruit high-quality graduate students from the Mainland and from other countries.

A Flowering of Awards

1/24/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Brian Bushe is given certificate of appreciationBrian Bushe was honored on Saturday, January 20, at the 70th Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association (HFNA) and Hawaii Florist and Shippers Association (HFSA) 70th Shinnenkai celebration. In addition to being a Special Honoree of HFNA/HFSA, Brian received a certificate of appreciation from the state Senate, presented by Sen. Lorraine Inouye and Sen. Jill Tokuda. He also received a certificate of appreciation from the State House of Representatives presented by Rep. Sylvia Luke, Rep. Richard Onishi, and Rep. Mark Nakashima (pictured). Last, but not least, Brian was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Dean Nicholas Comerford, Interim Associate Dean of Extension Kelvin Sewake, and Interim CTAHR Hawai‘i County Administrator Susan Miyasaka! This was all well-deserved recognition for his years of dedicated service to CTAHR and the agricultural community in Hawai‘i!

New Faces: Savannah Katulski

1/24/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Savannah KatulskiSavannah Katulski (HNFAS) joined the UH Cooperative Extension team in Kaua‘i County as a jr. Extension agent on January 16. She will provide Extension program leadership focused on livestock and 4-H activities, assisting existing and potential new livestock producers of beef cattle, small ruminants (sheep and goats), and swine and helping ranchers with range and pasture production and management issues. She will also advise and be responsible for 4-H/youth livestock programs, clubs, and projects. Savannah has a BS from Michigan State University, where she studied animal production, gaining experience with dairy and beef cattle, sheep, and swine. At Kansas State University she earned an MS in ruminant nutrition, focusing on minerals in growing cattle nutrition and interactions between minerals and ruminal microorganisms. She is looking forward to serving as a resource for Kaua‘i’s livestock producers, extending her nutritional research, participating in the statewide Livestock Extension Group, and interacting with the Garden Island’s youth and adult volunteers in the 4-H program. Savannah can be contacted in the Lihu‘e Extension Office at 808-274-3472, or at

Getting Them Fired Up

1/24/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Legislators on wildfire educational field tripClay Trauernicht’s (NREM) Wildland Fire Extension Program and the Pacific Fire Exchange recently organized a field trip on “Understanding Wildfire in Hawai‘i” for local legislators. Five state representatives and senators and five staffers came on the trip to Palehua in the Waianae Mountains to enhance their understanding of Hawai‘i’s wildfire issues. They got to hear about the challenges and opportunities of wildfire management from agencies and programs working on wildfire risk reduction on O‘ahu and across the state, including county fire departments; the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife; Malama Learning Center; Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership; and landowners at Palehua, who have weathered multiple large fire incidents on their lands over the past decade. The recent California blazes have brought national attention to wildfires, but what many don’t know is that Hawai‘i is as affected by wildfires as the Western United States, in terms of proportion of land area burned annually. Cost-efficient and effective wildfire management requires much more than putting fires out. Prevention, risk reduction, and post-fire response also form key aspects of reducing the negative impacts of fire on Hawai‘i’s communities and natural resources, and this is the important information that Clay and his partners are sharing.

Webinar for All

1/24/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Academic advisorsThe hardworking academic advisors, Martin Motooka, Maile Sing, and Irene Morrow, offered the first live webinar on CTAHR majors and scholarships for prospective students. It starts out with eight minutes of presentation on all undergraduate majors, followed by 10 minutes of responding to live questions and commonly asked questions. They do a great job of making CTAHR feel like an exciting and welcoming college with something to offer almost everyone! Thanks are due to distance education specialist Kellie Taguchi and academic support specialist Mandy Chen for making it happen! More live webinars will be coming, so stay tuned!

Beefing up Youth Skills on O‘ahu

1/24/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

4-H students do meat-identification exerciseKyle Caires (HNFAS), livestock Extension faculty on Maui, presented a Beef Workshop and Cattle Evaluation Clinic for 4-H youth on Saturday, January 20. The students participated in discussions, hands-on activities with animals, and a retail meats identification session. The program was focused on skill development, with an emphasis on improving critical thinking and communication skills while teaching these 4-H’ers more about the livestock industry. The clinic was hosted by the Clover J’s 4-H Livestock Club and organized by Paul and Verna Eguires and several 4-H alumni; the animals used in the demonstrations were provided by the Department of Human Services – Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) herd, which is managed by Darrell Bueno. In November, Kyles gave similar workshops on the Big Island, partnering with Parker Ranch for cattle and Double D Ranch for swine. Future events are planned for Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lana‘i in the coming months. These workshops are funded by a grant from the Office of Economic Development in Maui County.

To Root-Knot, or Not to Root-Knot

1/17/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Coffee root-knot nematode workshopMarc Meisner, Nick Yamauchi, and past station staff at the Kona Research Station have maintained a Kona coffee root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne konaensis) research plot for 11 years! This pest occurs on approximately 85% of Kona coffee acreage and is also found in Ka‘u. It can cause overall yield losses of about 60% and even tree death. Data is currently being collected and analyzed to determine the long-term effects of the parasitic nematodes on eight different coffee rootstocks, and the information is being disseminated to Hawai‘i’s coffee industry. Last week at the Station, farmers participated in a fun-filled morning, learning about coffee root-knot nematode research conducted there. Roxana Myers of USDA ARS DKI PBARC and Alyssa Cho, Stuart Nakamoto, Andrea Kawabata, and Jen Burt of CTAHR presented on the basics of root-knot and other nematodes, grafting coffee trees, and the costs and benefits of planting grafted coffee trees. Then participants toured the nematode field and learned about the current research. They observed first-hand the effects of root-knot nematode on coffee 11 years after inoculation, the differences in rootstock varieties and grafted trees, and tree vigor and losses. They were also given a hands-on demonstration of proper nematode sampling procedures. Project personnel want to thank their funding agencies, partners, and the 20-plus faculty, staff, researchers, and volunteers who have helped over the years.

3+2 Milestone

1/10/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Zhijun Zhan after defending his thesisZhijun Zhan (HNFAS, 2nd from the right) is the first graduate of CTAHR’s 3+2 master’s program in Food Science, graduating this December after successfully defending his thesis “Optimizing the Production of Bacteriocins by Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Foods Using Improved Deferred Antagonism Assay.” Zhijun earned a bachelor’s degree from Hunan Agricultural University (HAU) in China and a master’s degree from UH Manoa in five years. Many individuals at HAU and in CTAHR were instrumental in this significant milestone, including Yong Li (right), graduate chair of the Food Science MS program; Zhijun’s thesis committee members Soojin Jun (left) and Chin Nyean Lee (2nd from the left); Ching Yuan Hu, Halina Zaleski, and other HNFAS faculty; and the CTAHR Academic and Student Affairs Office, as well as Xiaoxin (Ivy) Mu, UHM Office of Graduate Education 3+2 Program Coordinator. HNFAS expects to graduate three Master’s students in its 3+2 Programs in 2018 and looks forward to growing its graduate programs through collaboration with international partner institutions.

A New Tree in the Forest

1/10/2018  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Screen shot from Forestry Extension SiteCheck out the great new website for Hawai‘i Forestry Extension! It includes information on topics such as upcoming events, agroforestry, pests and diseases, and incentive programs. It also has videos and forestry publications published by UH and by others. Photographs are linked to Flickr galleries, including native Hawaiian plants, koa, and nurseries. Mahalo to CTAHR educational specialist Jody Smith for constructing the site!