About the author  ⁄ Garrett Webb

The world has become a scary and challenging place lately. Deemed “Essential” by the Dept. of Homeland Security, as well as most City and State governments, landscape and tree services are still running full-speed in most communities. With that, the support services for us also have to keep our supply chains stocked and readily available. But how are Hawaii businesses adjusting to keep their employees and clients as safe as possible? Here are some examples to look at. PERFORMANCE LANDSCAPES Landscape Maintenance Service   During the course of normal maintenance work, the staff is usually far from public. When loading, unloading, or traveling to jobsites, the crews do have to come in closer contact. Daily morning huddle requires face masks and no contact with each other Washable fabric masks are mandatory at those times.  New disinfecting procedures for vehicles, tools, fuel lockers and any high-touch surface are done daily or more. Simplot Hawaii Landscape and Agricultural Supplies  Demand is as busy as ever. Stay-at Home orders have encouraged homeowners to... ...

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NALP Landscape Industry Guidance for Business Operations During COVID-19 The landscape industry, including lawn care, landscape maintenance, design/build, tree care, and irrigation and water management, takes employee and client safety and health very seriously, employing regular safety training and enforcing strong safety standards on the job, following Federal guidelines. Landscape Industry firms use regularly scheduled employee training and adherence to Federal, state, and local safety and health standards to mitigate hazardous exposures at landscape work sites. Landscape professionals maintain and protect the living environments around hospitals, government facilities, housing areas, parks, schools, and more, protecting public safety by: performing regular maintenance to mow, prune, control weeds, and inspect for safety and security issues; performing essential treatments to reduce the spread of dangerous and deadly diseases transmitted by pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas; removing fallen trees and mitigating overhead hazards from wind effects; providing maintenance and plant removal to assist in fire abatement; managing invasive species; and keeping public and private pathways free from obstruction and potential The nature of... ...

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Gary Eoff had a dream of creating an Hawaiian cultural center that included an educational garden of native Hawaiian plants as well as information about Polynesian navigational tools and a gathering place for the community. Along with Angel Pilago, the Kohanaiki ‘Ohana, and the Kohanaiki community, he started working on manifesting this vision in the late 1980s. It wasn’t until 2003 that collaborative efforts by numerous players produced a formal agreement. Many community members were part of the original Kohanaiki ‘Ohana that formed in 1990 to protect the shoreline for the public and create an area for community use and cultural education at Kohanaiki.  Though a Good Faith Agreement the County, the Community and Kohanaiki Shores forged a three-way partnership. The developer provided 100 acres of their beach front property for a County public shoreline beach park and included space for a cultural education center. Though the collaboration took several years and many volunteer hours to develop, the result is a wonderful community resource. Reggie Lee, who is descended from... ...

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LICT Test 2020               As you might know by now, the LICT Test this year will be a Computer only test that will continue to include the Written Tests as they have been given. Also included will be elements of the Field / Hands-on Test as previously been given but in a new form involving videos, photos, and multiple-choice questions. The PLANET Training Manuals that have been used as study material in our classes state wide will be the study guide for the 2020 LICT Test. Ornamental Maintenance, Turf Maintenance, Irrigation, and Softscape Installation will be the modules offered as in the past. The LICT test is available right now at the NALP web site; https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org/LP/LP/Certification/Enrollment/Certification_Enrollment.aspx BUT you may want to study and take classes before registering for the Test! Also, LICH will be adding the computer only test to our Employment Training Fund Matrix. That means the Workforce Development Division will be able to pay half of the $545.00 Test Fee and half the $140.00 Retake Fee. This process... ...

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By Brandon Au The digital age has finally caught up to the Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) program. December 31, 2019 was the last day to become certified using hand written Scantron forms and be tested during an all-day practical exam. After two written retakes and a practical exam, we have our final class of LICTs for Oahu. Although others may not have achieved their certification, they should continue to reach their goals of becoming certified online. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the practical retake exam was spearheaded by Russell Galanti, Cooperative Extension Service Agent of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, at the Waimanalo Research Station. We again thank the volunteers for their support as without them, the practical exam would have been very difficult to accomplish. We would like to recognize everyone who volunteered for the exam and the business they represent: Carlton Luka, LICT Darryl Dudoit, LICT, Lanakila Workforce Resources Kevin Mulkern, Mulkern Landscaping and Nursery Madeleine Shaw, Hawaii Landscape and Irrigation Contractors Association Michael Hao, Lanakila... ...

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Christian Renz was elected as President of the Hawaii Island Landscape Association on August 2019, assuming the position formerly held by Ken Sugai from 2017 to 2019. Christian is the founding member of Pacific ‘Aina Management, LLC, a licensed landscape contracting firm and Pacific ‘Aina Design, a landscape design and project management firm. He obtained his horticulture degree in 2010 and started both companies in 2011, serving the clientele along the gold coast of Hawaii Island. In October 2017, he obtained his NALP Certification in Exterior Maintenance. Christian is only one of a handful of NALP Certified Managers in the State of Hawaii. One of his past community projects was the Kamakoa Nui Skate Park on which he was the lead designer and project manager. Christian is an avid supporter of progressive and sustainable green industry practices and innovation; he looks forward to keeping HILA at the forefront of this vision for the green industry of Hawaii Island. Furthermore, he wants to focus his energy on supporting and expanding the... ...

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2019 LICH Green Industry Pre-Conference Tour 9 AM Sunday, October 13, 2019 Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden 45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744      Van Pick Up at 8:15 AM at the Honolulu Airport and the Ala Moana Hotel if needed. Registration is $40 and lunch is included. Have baggage? A secure lock up will be available at the Visitor Center on arrival at the gardens. Tour Guide: Joshlyn Sand, Director Honolulu Botanical Gardens We will stroll and drive through the lush 400 acres of Ho’omaluhia and enjoy plantings from major tropical regions around the world grouped by geographic origin. Bring sun screen, good walking shoes, mosquito repellant and rain gear. The tree collection is awesome filled with trees many species of which might be considered for the 100,000 trees proposed by the Mayor Caldwell for planting on Oahu by 2025. A list of palms in the garden that would be viable for commercial use will be available. Come and explore Ho’omaluhia, “the place of refuge.”       ...

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  The Kona Landscape Industry Certification Technician Test was held on June 13th (written) and June 15th (hands-on). This year marks the very last hands-on test to be given on the Big Island.  Seven landscapers achieved their certification in Kona. Michael J. DiMarco, LICT         Hawaii Lawn & Landscape                  Ornamental Maintenance Cary Freeman, LICT                    Hi Landscaping                                          Ornamental Maintenance Tamara Hynd, LICT                    Tamara’s Fine Gardening                      Ornamental Maintenance Josiah Olival, LICT                      Hawaii Lawn & Landscape                     Softscape Installation David Stubbs, LICT                     Stevenson and Associates                       Softscape Installation Dustin Taka, LICT                        Lono’s Landscaping LLC                         Ornamental Maintenance Joel Woodcock, LICT                 Aikane Nursery                                           Softscape Installation   The Landscape Certification Committee of LICH (Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii), who administered the certification test for NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), understands how hard all candidates of the... ...

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