In Memoriam: Dave Williams

  • 5 November 2019
  • Author: Frederika Bain
  • Number of views: 598
In Memoriam: Dave Williams

We are saddened to report that Dr. Dave Williams, plant breeder and former superintendent of the Kula Ag Station, died on October 16. 

Dave earned his doctorate in plant breeding in Madison, Wisconsin, where he focused on green beans. After graduation in 1962, he was offered a position as superintendent of a new experiment station on Maui. He spent six years developing the station in Kula; perhaps his most memorable contribution was his introduction of protea to the island, which continues to be a viable crop for the flower industry. 

Afterward, he took a position at the Pineapple Research Institute on O‘ahu and subsequently became director. He is credited with the development of the ‘Gold’ pineapple, through a breeding program that was ultimately completed on Maui at Maui Pineapple Company. Here he is shown holding a medal awarded to him by the American Society for Horticulture Science recognizing the ‘MD-2’ pineapple as the 2010 Outstanding Fruit Cultivar.

Retiring in the mid ’90s, he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to be with family. Dave was a man of action, to whom no project was too daunting. With persistence and hard work, he always saw his jobs to completion. He will be missed.


Stay Home Through June

Employees directed to continue working from home unless otherwise instructed

Helping Hands

4-H sews a thousand-plus masks

Life Hacks for Lockdown

New info and resources on produce delivery, managing food waste, wearing masks, and more

Need a Hand?

Employee assistance and substance abuse services are available

Myrtle Is Ixnayed

Approval will protect ‘ōhi‘a forests and create opportunity for nurseries

Families First

Know your rights and options under the federal coronavirus response act

Mahalo, UHM!

CTAHR brightens the day for Tripler nurses

Flood Prediction

Join this PhD proposal defense on the causes of flooding in Hawaiʻi

Thanks for the Memories

O‘ahu Cooperative Extension says Aloha! to two esteemed colleagues

Circle of Giving

Hand sanitizer donation supports fruit donation

Say It With CTAHR!

Get virtual Zoom backgrounds to brighten up your online meetings

4-H Gives Aloha

Kaua‘i youths create signs of hope

Brewing Up Clean Hands

Fermentation students tap GoFundMe to make more hand sanitizer

Stay-at-Home Extended

UH employees can submit COVID-19 work-from-home requests for May

Feed the Need

Help stock the Food Vault Hawai‘i for hungry students