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Doing Our Part To Plant Pono

It used to be that the Hawaiian ecosystems with the highest diversity of plant species were moist and wet forests.  Today, the highest plant diversity can be found in our yards and botanical gardens, and the number of plant species introduced to Hawaii grows each year.  Although the vast majority of Earth’s 250,000+ plant species would not be invasive if imported and grown in our islands, a small percentage would be superweeds that alter the ecosystem or natural resources.  Plants are not checked for their potential to become invasive when they are imported, and our noxious seed and weed rules regulate less than 100 species of plants, most of which are already present in Hawai‘i. Now, there is a new website that can help everyone make informed plant choices.  Plant Pono (www.plantpono.org) provides planting information on non-invasive ornamental plants (pono plants), to help you select the right plant for your yard.  These pono plants were selected by noted horticulturist Heidi Bornhorst, and were screened by the Hawaii-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment... ...

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Exceptional Trees

Recently, 22 stately trees at Waimea Valley were approved by the Arborist Advisory Committee to be listed as Exceptional Trees. This program was founded by the State of Hawaii in 1975 to mandate each county to establish a County Arborist Advisory Committee which enacts regulations to protect trees of exceptional stature. Exceptional trees must meet one or more of the following criteria: historic or cultural value, age, rarity, location, size, esthetic quality and endemic status. At Waimea Valley, the new Exceptional Trees include two Monkey Pod (Albizia saman); two Ohe-makai (Reynoldsia sandwicensis); and 18 Wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis) trees.  These century-old monkey pod trees with 9 feet diameter trunks awe our guests at the visitor center. These endemic ohe-makai and wiliwili trees were used culturally by the Hawaiians.  Ohe-makai was used to play a game called kukulu`ae`o (stilts).  The soft light wood of the wiliwili is still used for outriggers and occasionally surfboards and was used as fishnet floats.  These exceptional trees existed in the Valley before the Waimea Arboretum and... ...

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Study materials donated to libraries

Thanks to a Kaulunani grant, Aloha Arborist Association (AAA), Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA), and Carol Kwan Consulting, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) now has the latest Certified Arborist and Certified Tree Worker study materials statewide. Over $1,800 worth of materials, including study guides, ANSI standards, Best Management Practices, and DVDs, were donated. See sidebar for a complete list of materials. The materials were distributed to Hawaii State Library, Kapolei Public Library, Lihue Public Library, Kahului Public Library, Hilo Public Library, and Kailua-Kona Public Library, but they can be requested and picked up from any of the 50 HSPLS libraries statewide. Visit librarieshawaii.org and search on keyword “arboriculture” for a complete listing of available materials. This publications donation was funded in part by Kaulunani, an Urban & Community Forestry Program of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the USDA Forest Service. Carol Kwan is the President of Carol Kwan Consulting, a Certified Arborist, and the Secretary of Aloha Arborist Association The following publications are... ...

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AAA presents Pruning Young Trees and Shrubs workshop

Aloha Arborist Association (AAA) presented a Pruning Young Trees and Shrubs workshop for the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden.  Certified Arborists Dudley Hulbert and Carol Kwan spoke on behalf of AAA and did demonstrations of proper pruning techniques. Carol Kwan is the President of Carol Kwan Consulting, a Certified Arborist, and the Secretary of Aloha Arborist Association. [You can leave the bio off for this article if you need space]     ...

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Lobate Lac Scale

Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has requested that the green waste generated from pruning or removing a Lobate Lac Scale (LLS) infested plant be left at the site where it originated to reduce the risk of spreading this pest around Oahu. For example, chipped green waste from a tree can be left as mulch under the tree that was pruned. Smaller green waste, like hibiscus branches, can be bagged in dark plastic and left in the sun in an out-of-the-way corner of the property for a few days. The heat generated in the bag will hopefully be sufficient to “cook” the LLS. Leaving any of the green waste out in the sun for a month or so would probably work as well. Unfortunately, research on the life cycle of LLS and how long the different stages last doesn’t exist, so this is just a best guess. It is certainly better than doing nothing. LLS is sufficiently established on Oahu to be impossible to eradicate, but landscape professionals are the first... ...

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2013 LICH Board of Directors

2013 LICH Board of Directors ‎We have a really exciting new board of directors energized and ready to build a better landscape industry. It’s a Who’s Who of todays Hawaii Landscape Industry with many young up and coming professionals. It’s going to be a great year. First Row (L to R): 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. ...

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LICH Director Emeritus

LICH Director Emeritus Recognized at Annual Board Meeting. The members unanimously approved of the selection of Boyd Ready, Steve Nimz, Garrett Webb, Lelan Nishek and Jay Deputy as Director Emeritus. The new Director Emeritus recognizes board members who have served a minimum of 5 years on the LICH board in exemplary fashion. Congratulation to these industry titans for their years of incredible service! A formal ceremony will be held at the LICH Conference on October 10th. ...

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LICH Announces Runway Plant Show

Experience 50 new non-invasive plants like never before at the LICH Runway Plant Show with the creations of IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre on June 14th at the Kapiolani Community College Culinary School sponsored by Alii Turf Company. An evening not to be missed featuring models walking the runway with promising non-invasive plants, a rare plant silent auction, cocktails and pupus made from locally grown produce. Nurseries should submit plants for consideration by April 19th by email Chris.Dacus@gmail.com for more information. Check the website and the next issue for more details on ticket information. ...

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