About Us

The Landscape Industry Council of Hawai’i (LICH) logo features an ‘Ohi’a flower which is endemic, found only in Hawai’i. Just as the ‘Ohi’a is first to establish itself on new lava flows, LICH is the first to establish new sustainable landscape initiatives including native plants, invasive plants, irrigation water conservation and edible landscaping.

LICH is dedicated to building green industry unity and promoting professionalism and industry standards through education, research, certification, and networking. LICH is the ‘Voice of the Green Industry.”

We encourage you to support your industry and your islands – volunteer, get involved, join LICH and stay connected.

2013 LICH Board of Directors

2013 LICH Board of Directors: First Row (left to right): Boyd Ready, Steve Nimz, Jay Deputy, Lelan Nishek and Garrett Webb. Middle Row: Christy Martin, Rick Quinn, Orville Baldos, Edmundo Reyes, Clifford Migita, and Matt Lyum. Back row: Mark Suiso, Chris Dacus, Karen Ostborg, Carl Evensen, Chris McCullough, Aaron Agsalda, Brandon Au and Randy Liu. Photo by Michael O’Hara.

Since 1986, LICH has been a statewide alliance representing Hawaii’s landscape trade associations:

  • Aloha Arborist Association,
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Hawaii Chapter
  • Hawaii Association of Nurserymen
  • Hawaii Island Landscape Association
  • Hawaii Landscape and Irrigation Contractors
  • Hawaii Society of Urban Forestry Professionals
  • Kauai Landscape Industry Council
  • Maui Association of Landscape Professionals
  • Professional Grounds Management Society
  • Big Island Association of Nurserymen
  • Hawaii Professional Gardeners Association.

Hawaii’s landscape industry is one of the fastest growing and largest segments of the green industry with an economic impact of over $520 million annually and full time employment of over 11,000 landscape professionals. For more, see LICH history & formation

Director Emeritus Members

LICH Director Emeritus recognizes and rewards the service those members of the Board of Directors who have served for at least five years in exemplary service to the organization. Director Emeritus serves a lifetime term and has all the privileges of a director. In 2013, five industry icons were unanimously installed as the first Director Emeritus class of LICH.


2013 Board Members Emeritus (left to right): Boyd Ready, Steve Nimz, Garrett Webb, Lelan Nishek and Jay Deputy. Photo by Michael O’Hara.


Steve Nimz, Director Emeritus 2013
Jay Deputy, Director Emeritus 2013
Garrett Webb, Director Emeritus 2013
Lelan Nishek, Director Emeritus 2013
Boyd Ready, Director Emeritus 2014

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