Review Category : Best Practices

UH Hilo Botanical Garden and Don Hemmes

UH Hilo Botanical Gardens: Learning from a world class conservatory in our backyard. By Cindy McCarty and Joanna Bloese Come visit the UH Hilo Botanical Gardens to experience and learn about sustainable landscape design.       The Botanical Gardens at the University of Hawaii Hilo, located on the east side of the campus off Lanikaula Street, has long been an attraction for students and visitors. Upon exploring the gardens, it is easy to see why. The creator of the gardens, Dr. Don Hemmes, has transformed them into not only a beautifully manicured and intentionally landscaped space, but also a site of significant educational and biological importance. While on a guided tour through the university’s gardens, it was easy to catch the contagious enthusiasm of Dr. Hemmes as he humbly reveals his masterpiece. The tour began at the brilliantly colored bromeliads, leading to the monstrous cycads, and finishing as we craned our necks to look at the lush, tall palms. The botanical gardens at UH Hilo are a hidden gem... ...

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James Tavares: The Grassmaster

James Tavares: The Grassmaster Interview by Hannah Lutgen I recently had the pleasure of interviewing James Tavares, owner and expert sod grower in Maui, Hawaii. Without further ado, let’s meet James and learn about turfgrass maintenance: Q. Hello, thanks for meeting with me. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I was born and raised on Maui. I attended St. Anthony School . I received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture in 1979 and a Master of Science degree in Horticulture from University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UH Manoa) in 1983. I am married with 3 children 1 granddaughter. Q. What inspired you to start your own business growing turfgrass? I was the teaching assistant for Dr. Charles Murdoch as an under grad at UH Manoa. He got me interested so I became his research assistant and did my masters degree in Horticulture Science specializing in Turfgrass under him. At the time, I was interested in becoming a gold course superintendent. Q. How long have you been... ...

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Millenial Rising

Millenial Rising is back with an interview by Matt Lyum with Christopher Albores. Chris has recently passed the LICT-Irrigation NALP Exam.     Q: Thank you to Chris for taking the interview and letting us get to know you! Where were you raised and how did that affect your path in life? A: I was raised in Houston, Texas. I believe that being in an environment like Texas gave me a good appreciation for the outdoors which makes working in the green industry that much more fun. Also, Houston is very competitive in high school sports which I think made me competitive by nature and to always strive to be the best in whatever I’m working for or towards. Q: Hawaii high school? College? A: I went to The Woodlands College Park High School Q: When did you graduate and what was your major? A: I graduated from Texas Tech in 2017 with a Major in Economics and a Minor in Construction Engineering. Q: What is your favorite green industry resource website? A: NALP Q: Favorite restaurant? A: I’m a loyal Texan,... ...

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Oahu’s Final Landscape Industry Certified Technicians

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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Pre-Conference Tour to Ho’omaluhia

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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85th WCISA Annual Conference

Our 2019 Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA) Annual Conference is fast approaching. It will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki, April 29 – May 2, 2019. We have an exciting program, with world class speakers, including Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, professor of Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia and an ISA Board member, as our keynote speaker, talking about A Sinking Ship or Cruising Towards Bright Horizons: The Bigger Picture of Pests and Diseases in Urban Forestry. We also have speakers who are pest and disease experts from each of our Chapter States, including John Richardson and Ursula Schuch from Arizona, Igor Lacan and John Kabashima from California, Darcy Oishi and Zhiqiang Cheng from Hawaii, and Molly Sinnott and Dennis Swartzell from Nevada. Our Utility Foresters will have the opportunity to learn about controlling invasive vegetation in utility corridors with Vince Mikulanis, Don Akau and Michael Daleo, Utility TRA Best Management Practices with Kevin Eckert, updated ANSI A300 standards for Integrated Vegetation Management with Geoff... ...

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2018 LICH Conference and Tradeshow Wrap-Up

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... ...

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NALP PUTS AN END TO THE HANDS-ON LICT CERTIFICATION TEST

NALP PUTS AN END TO THE HANDS-ON LICT CERTIFICATION TEST This year the only Field Test will be held in Kona on September 8, 2018 NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) has announced that as of April 30, 2019, no organization may offer its hands-on Landscape Industry Certified Exterior exam. The hands-on LICT test will be ‘absorbed’ into a brand new written-only test that will be taken on a computer. The new test will be developed by Buck Chaffee, a testing expert/psychometrician. Any test candidate that has not completed his or her certification by April 30, 2019, will need to complete the new written-only test to become certified through NALP. As of May, 2018, I have not heard from or about any other State or Canadian Province that is in favor of this new test. The Certification Committee in Hawaii is strongly in favor of maintaining a meaningful landscape certification program and test that includes a hands-on component. NALP has informed us that “The hands -on portion of the exam... ...

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