A Call to Arms / LFA Hui on Big Island

Hawai’i already suffers from more invasive species than any other state in the nation and remains constantly vulnerable to them due to its heavy reliance on imports.  Almost 90% of our food and a large number of plants come from the outside and provide avenues for their entry.  Once invasive species reach the Islands their impacts are often swift and severe due to our unique, fragile ecosystem.   Governor Ige recently summed up our vulnerability and the importance of immediate action in a single sentence: “Invasive species pose the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s economy and natural environment, and the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people.”   Despite these imminent dangers only 4% of the state budget is dedicated to addressing this paramount threat. Similarly, only a very small portion of the public is currently aware of these imminent dangers.   If the introduction of invasive species is left unchecked the consequences will be devastating, particularly in the case of the little fire ant (LFA).  Entomologists who have studied this... ...

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2017 Hawaii MIDPAC Conference

The Past, Present, & Future of the Horticulture Industry   Discover the latest industry trends at the 2017 Hawaii MIDPAC Horticultural Conference & Expo, August 3-5, 2017, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii! MIDPAC will include a brilliant assortment of professionally designed plant installations representing Hawaii’s wide array of premium foliage and flowers. Also learn from industry leading speakers through their engaging conference sessions focused on The Past, Present, & Future of the Horticultural Industry.   Brian Parker, Senior Live Goods Merchant with The Home Depot, will discuss today’s customers versus yesterday’s suppliers, with an in-depth conversation on customers’ needs and expectations versus growers’ and suppliers’ responsiveness in his conference session, The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same.   Gerry Leider, Vice Chairman of Ambius, will present The Past, Present, & Future of the Horticulture Industry, discussing the drastic changes that have occurred within the horticultural industry, from the burgeoning business of the 1960’s and 70’s to the conglomerates of today,... ...

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Eight New Landscape Industry Certified Technicians on Kauai

LICH applauds the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of the eight new LICTs on Kauai. As you may know if you have ever taken “the test”—getting certified as a landscape technician is not simply attending classes and getting a certificate; it requires a landscaper to complete with a passing grade a combination of difficult written tests and hands-on field problems. Congratulations to: Clifton Cardenas, Kauai Nursery & Landscape, Inc. Dawson Okinaka, Kauai Nursery & Landscape, Inc. Devin McConnell, Kauai Nursery & Landscape, Inc. Nathan Keanini, Ka’aina Landscaping & Home Improvement Roscoe Fennell, Kauai Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. Ryan Sanchez, Kauai Nursery & Landscape Inc. Saundri Harris, Kauai Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. Theresa Hassinger, National Tropical Botanical Gardens LICH and the Kauai Landscape Industry Council (KLIC) want to thank these Sponsors for the LICT test on Kauai: ...

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2017 Certification off to a Great Start

LICT tests got under way with the Ornamental Maintenance Test on Kauai, April 27th and 29th. Kona is up next, testing in Ornamental Maintenance, Irrigation and Softscape Installation on June 15th and 17th. Registration is closed for the Kona test. Classes on Oahu start this Thursday, June 7th and the Oahu test will be held on August 10th and 12th. Information about classes and tests for the 2017 season can be found on the Certifications/Training Page, and test information Registration Forms can be found by clicking here! ...

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Certification 2017 Season Off To A Great Start

https://www.hawaiiscape.co The Landscape Industry Certified Technician Program got off to a great start; first test of the year was held April 27th and 29th on Kauai. 15 candidates tested for Ornamental Maintenence Certification. Next up will be the LICT Test in Kona; 16 Ornamental Maintenance, 6 Irrigation, and 2 Softscape Intallation Candidates will test on June 15 and 17th. Classes start on Oahu June 7th will the test scheduled for August 10th and 12th. ...

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