Over 175 landscapers attended this year’s 2018 LICH Green Industry Conference and Tradeshow. The day started with an inspired look to our future as the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Nicholas Comerford, explored the potential collaboration between the College and the landscape industry.
Speakers Frank Sekiya and Dr. Joseph DeFrank broke new ground by providing talks with a strong hands-on component. Video feed (by Chris Dacus) allowed those attending their talks to see up close and personal the grafting techniques being taught in both these classes.
J.B. Friday and Dr. Zhiqiang Cheng brought us up to date in Rapid O’hi’a Death and Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle. We also were able to vertually travel to Wake Atol with Heidi Bornhorst; investigate control of incipient invasive plants on Oahu with Erin Bishop; and ponder the conversion of prolific seed producing ornamental trees to seedless varieties with Ken Leonhardt.
It was a day of fellowship and learning that challenged us to look differently at the work we perform for the greening of our islands.
The day ended with our usual pupus and raffle. The Grand Prize raffle item this year was a free round trip ticket to the Big Island for a tour of the Cloud Forest Sanctuary given by Norman Bezona and awarded to Jerry Ilacas, LICT and family.
We know everyone who attended had a wonderful conference experience and at next year’s conference we look forward to seeing readers of this magazine who could not attend.