Review Category : Business Tips

2018 Oahu LICT Exam

     Congratulations to all of the candidates that attended the training classes, studied hard, and waited out the storm to finally get tested! Much Mahalos to all our sponsors, judges and volunteers, who make this program very successful. This year was special….and we haven;t seen this in a very long time – kokua, aloha and all around being thankful. Thank you everyone who has/had contributed to this program as we are in our 18th year. Please don’t forget about this program next year as we will be having another exam to get more people certified! Good luck to the candidates and if you didn’t pass this year,please continue to become certified and know that you did your best.   ...

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The LICT Field Test is On For Oahu 2018!

The 2018 Field Test for Oahu is On! The Hands-On Test is scheduled for AUGUST 25, 2018. The LICT Training Classes start date has been changed to June 26th! Written tests: Thursday, August 23rd Go to the Training Page, click here, to register for the classes or to check out the new schedule. Thanks to the Certification Committee and HLICA for finding a way to get the test reinstated for this year. If you are certified and not adding a module this year, be sure to get in touch with Brandon Au at bau@honolulu.gov to help in any way you can from set up to Judging for this year’s test. Volunteers are needed! For Test Registration Forms for the Oahu 2018 LICT test, go to the LICT Test Registration Page: click here ...

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Night Sky, LEDs and Landscape Lighting

THE NIGHT SKY, LEDS, AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING Richard Wainscoat, University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy If you live on Oahu, you may have looked up at the night sky recently, and wondered where all the stars have gone. But if you live on the neighbor islands, you’ve probably seen the night sky in all its magnificence, and on a moonless night, gazed at the Milky Way — the galaxy in which we live. At the University of Hawaii, we are now finding that more than half of our undergraduate students have never seen the Milky Way. The number of young people who have never seen the Milky Way is growing rapidly, and an entire generation of children is now growing up without seeing a dark night sky. Artificial light is making the night sky bright. Much of this problem is avoidable. Excessive, misdirected or obtrusive light is often referred to as light pollution. There are two processes that make the night sky bright. Air molecules in Earth’s atmosphere scatter urban... ...

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LICT Test Report / Oahu

Oahu LICT Test by Brandon Au First, congratulations to all of the participants that challenged themselves to strive for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) certification. To those that became an LICT, make every effort to become certified in the other designations to increase your knowledge to be a well-rounded landscape professional. And for those who did not pass, don’t be discouraged and don’t give up! You’ve started and dedicated yourself to becoming an LICT, so push to the finish! On Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the University of Hawai`i’s Waimanalo Research Station, 16 candidates successfully completed all of the requirements needed to achieve an LICT certification. Newly-certified LICTs are listed below with some acquiring their 2nd and 3rd certification: Irrigation Allen Griffin, Mulkern Landscaping and Nursery (2nd certification) Anthony Ortiz, Greenspace Hawaii (1st certification) Damien Jamila, Landscape Hawaii (2nd certification) David Marks, Marks Lawn Service (2nd certification) Erwin Cadiz, HI Quality Landscapes & Maintenance   Turf Maintenance Damien Jamila, Landscape Hawaii (3rd certification) Rey Brian Domingcil, JR Yard Service... ...

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Floriculture Industry Import Replacement Research Seminars

The Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association (HFNA) will hold an educational research update seminar at the USDA Daniel K. Inouye Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (DKI PBARC) facility in Hilo on Thursday, October 5th, for growers of all Hawaii floriculture commodities (cut flowers, potted plants and flowers, and landscape). Attendees will be introduced to new cultivars, such as those being propagated at Kula Experimental Station and UH-Manoa, and learn how to propagate and grow out the new varieties to marketable size and quality. The audience will also receive research updates from USDA DKI PBARC, UH-Manoa CTAHR, and UH-Hilo researchers. This event is a collaboration of all research facilities in the state as well as all floriculture commodities.   It is HFNA’s intention that this collaborative seminar become an annual event to provide continuity of research information to the growers as well as to become an avenue to new cultivars ready for propagation and production. The import replacement seminar will be professionally videotaped and edited by Out of the Sea Media... ...

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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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Mother Nature’s Recipe

The Forest Floor.  Decomposition.  Green, lush trees and plants.  The fallen leaves make the ground layer of the rainforest.  Although it is often a dark and humid place with almost constant shade, the forest floor is an important and vital part of the forest ecosystem. How does the concept of the forest floor relate to our landscaping and nursery practices, you ask?  Implementing the use of compost is much like that of the forest floor.  Compost supplies beneficial microorganisms to the soil, it supplies a variety of macro and micro nutrients, and it also supplies significant quantities of organic matter. In Hawaii, we are challenged with very over-farmed soils that are usually very low in organic matter, making them hard packed, low in nutrients, and hard to use.  Plants need food; and most chemical fertilizers are not able to supply complete plant nutrition…that is why the use of compost is much like the theory of the forest floor. Composting is derived through a natural biological process that accelerates the breakdown... ...

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Tool Tips

  This is the first in a series of articles starting with troubleshooting and ending with how to replace the broken tool:  1. It’s broken, 2. Now what—repair or replace; 3. so what should I buy?  We hope that you  will be able to relate to these situations,  and that the suggestions will be helpful to you. WHAT?  IT’S BROKEN! You’re sitting in your office or driving to your next job, when you get the dreaded call—your employee says the piece of equipment he was using stopped working—“it just died”.   Your first question—what happened?  The invariable response, “I don’t know; it just stopped”. THE NEXT FEW QUESTIONS ARE THE KEYS TO UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY 1.    What stopped?  Did the engine stop?  If it’s a mower, did the mower blades stop?  Was it under load when it stopped?   It is essential to narrow down the problem.   the more specific you can be, the closer you can get to the source of the trouble—ask the right questions. What were you doing... ...

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