Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Program

Outreach Showcase

The TPSS graduate faculty member have devoted a large part of their time to creating outreach educational events for the community. The outreach programs within the TPSS department strives to provide agricultural education to a diverse group of people within our community.



Outreach Program




The Horticultural Society works in the community, educating and brightening peoples’ lives with plants.


Leonhardt, Kenneth


The Student Organic Farming Training (SOFT) program is a TPSS student-driven and focused organization aiming to grow food sustainably here in Hawaii.


Radovich, Ted


The GENE-ius Day Program was developed to provide science education to Hawai‘i's children by offering school day field trips for elementary students and Saturday science classes for students in grades 1 to 12.


Wieczorek, Ania


The Waimanalo Research Station of UH-Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, known for its community outreach and education, is now a new venue for classes and workshops and shelter for visitors.


Radovich, Ted



TPSS Student Organic Farming Training (SOFT) is a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students who share common interests in growing food sustainably and having fun. SOFT was initiated in 2007 and the SOFT Student Farm began in the spring of 2008 with a handful of students and faculty dedicated to creating a place for student exploration and leadership in agriculture. Since then, the farm has flourished, producing wonderful things to eat and a great community of lively students.



Every year, graduate students are elected for the TPSS Graduate Student Oganization (GSO). For the 2015 - 2016 school year, the TPSS GSO officers are:

  • Kauahi Perez - President
  • Tia Silvasy - Vice President
  • Greg Hoover ​- Secretary​
  • Aimee Uyehara - Treasurer​

The TPSS GSO strives to enrich the graduate student experience in our department by orchestrating social events and activities. The goal of these events is not only to provide camaraderie among students outside of the classroom and laboratory, but also to bring the entire department together, including faculty and staff, for informal events.

Annual Waffle Party

Before the start of the Fall semester, Dr. Ania Wieczorek, the TPSS Graduate Program Chairman, hosts a waffle breakfast for the TPSS graduate department to introduce incoming new graduate students and faculty members. It's a time to sit, eat and get to know new and old faces. And enjoy delicious waffles made by the graduate program chairman!