Review Category : April/May 2011 Issue

Hawaii DOT is Raising the Bar on Worker Qualifications

Roadside Maintenance Contracts Require CLTs and Arborists CLT Certification is now required for all Hawaii DOT roadside landscape maintenance contracts. All private contractors must show proof of certified employees before signing new roadside mowing & irrigation maintenance contracts. At least one supervisor must be certified in good standing as a CLT/Maintenance and one with the CLT/Irrigation and must be on the work site at all times during operation. Both of these certifications may be held by the same person serving in the respective positions. All tree work above 10 feet also requires certified workers. This requirement calls for an ISA  Certified Arborist with at least six years of experience to supervise and be on site at all times during tree work above 10 feet. All work in the tree must be done by Certified Tree Workers with at least three years experience with local tree species. CLT Training and Certification Starts Soon The 2011 CLT season begins with the Kauai training classes in May and June. All those interested should... ...

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Featured Pest: The Spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus dispersus)

 Hosts: Recorded on 38 genera of plants from 27 plant families and over 100 different species. Common on vegetables, ornamental, fruit and shade tree crops in Hawaii, including avocado, banana, bird-or-paradise, breadfruit, citrus, coconut, eggplant, kamani, Indian banyan, macadamia, mango, palm, paperbark, papaya, pepper, pikake, plumeria, poinsettia, rose, sea grape, ti, and tropical almond. Distribution: Native to Central American and the Caribbean region.  First reported in Hawaii in 1978 and now present on all of the major islands. Damage:  a) Direct – damage caused by piercing and sucking of sap from foliage.  Majority of feeding done during the first three nymphal stages.  Usually insufficient to kill plants. b) Indirect – damage due to accumulated honeydew and white, waxy flocculent material.  The honeydew serves as a substrate for sooty mold, which blackens the leaf and decreases photosynthesis and plant vigor, and can cause disfigurement.  The flocculent material is spread by the wind and can create an unsightly nuisance. c) Virus transmission – damage from virus transmission can be considerable.  These viruses cause over 40... ...

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Tools for Ethical Business Decisions

Most Americans view “business ethics” as an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.  Many people working in the landscape industry may not think about ethics as all, being too busy submitting bids and getting work done.  However, ethics is a vital issue for the reputation of our industry as a whole and for each business owner and worker in the field.  Hawaii is a special place and it deserves our best – including ethical behavior.   The people who run businesses generally don’t sit down and think “I’m going to do something unethical today.”  We’re all too busy trying to meet deadlines to usually even stop and think about ethics.  Instead, companies tend to embark on an unethical slide one decision at a time.  It could be padding the hours on a time-and-materials invoice, saying that company workers are qualified to do work they have no experience in, or failing to mention a prior verbal commitment when a new customer representative takes over a project.  There’s usually some sort of rationalization: ... ...

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Malama ‘Aina Nanakuli Style: The NFL Youth Education Town Hawaii

In the last couple of years a number of interesting articles have been written about the new NFL Youth Education Town Hawaii facility in Nanakuli.  While most articles have focused on the building and its Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii programs none has focused on its landscape and gardens. The National Football League Youth Education Town (NFL YET) Hawaii, built on 1.61 acres of Hawaiian Home Lands located next to Nanaikapono Elementary School in Nanakuli, is a legacy of the NFL Pro Bowl, which has been played in Hawaii since 1980.  It will be the only YET facility built outside a Super Bowl host city. The NFL YET’s are designed to help youngsters succeed by providing educational assistance, job training, technical instruction, life-skills development, and fitness and recreational outlets. The 10,000-square foot facility is managed by the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, which serves more than 14,000 youngsters on Oahu and Kauai, ages 7-17, with programs designed to inspire and enable them to realize their full potential as... ...

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Tool Tips

By Phyllis Jones   Welcome to a new feature in your LICH magazine—the tool section.  In this section we hope to keep you appraised of what is happening in the equipment industry and how it will impact your business.  We will also give you some hints on factors to consider when purchasing new equipment.  We hope that these articles will be helpful to you, and we welcome your questions and feedback. The recent blower ban legislation serves as a reminder of how diverse the landscape industry is—from large and small contractors; to nurseries, golf courses, hotels and resorts, tourist attractions, cemeteries, to equipment vendors.  This blower ban legislation affects us all, and we all could be adversely affected should the ban be passed by the legislature.  This is a great opportunity for us to work together for the common good.  Gas powered tools (2 cycle or 4 cycle) are a necessity for all facets of the landscape industry.  They make good economic sense by reducing labor and time.  In a... ...

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