NREM Student quoted in Washington Post article 14 June 2021

NREM Student quoted in Washington Post article

Our NREM graduate student Olivia Wang is quoted in this article! Olivia is working on Pueo in Dr. Melissa Price's lab


Welcome! And Welcome Back! 7 June 2021

Welcome! And Welcome Back!

Volunteers attend orientation at Urban Garden Center

Last month, approximately 60 volunteers entered the gates of the Oʻahu Urban Garden Center, via staggered entry times. The occasion was UGC Volunteer Orientation Day! Given a stressful year of COVID-19 precautions, our CTAHR Extension agents, faculty, and staff had many activities ready and waiting to welcome back the returning – and new – UGC volunteers. Maps and instructions were provided to orient the volunteers to sign-in areas and new locations for first-aid kits, hand sanitizer, tool sheds, gardens, and more. We hope you enjoy this short VIDEO of the revitalized grounds, which is looking better and better each day, thanks to the many, many hands making light work. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone who contributed and participated in the revitalization of this important community resource and its alignment with CTAHR’s mission. A special aloha to:

  • UGC faculty, staff, students and volunteers who have beautified UGC in support of CTAHR’s educational mission
  • Oahu County ag technicians, Steve and Lianne Nagano, Shirley Garcia, Keiki Garden volunteers, Fruit hui members, Peace Garden volunteers, Rose Garden volunteers, Christine Hanakawa of 4-H,
  • Waterwise Garden volunteers, AAS garden volunteers, and more for preparing the grounds for this event
  • Bea Aragon-Balgas and Heidy Uno for UGC volunteer registration and confirmation
  • Jensen Uyeda and Lauren Baligad for the cover crop display and Brussel sprouts donation
  • Kalani Matsumura for pollinator seed and sprout giveaway
  • Destin and Jill Shigano for providing the refreshing shave ice
  • Laura Mizumoto and Susie Ota for the ono spumoni ice cream donation
  • Dale Sato, Tod Hale, and Austen Kaneshiro for raking the facility before the event and sign placement
  • Honolulu Rose Society members for hosting the Rose Garden Tour
  • Sensei Les for leading Tai Chi in the Peace Garden
  • Loke Kouhou and ‘ohana for helping with parking lot security
  • Amjad Ahmad for the mamaki tea demonstration and Shaka Tea giveaways
  • Audrey Hirayama of UH Foundation for the hand sanitizer donations
  • Bea Sailer for sharing plants cultivated by the Sprouts in the Upper Nursery
  • Susie Ota for the succulent donations
  • Fruit Hui members for hedge clearing, harvesting, and sharing UGC grown fruit
  • Josh Silva for the wonderful live music! and event set-up (tents, chairs, tables, sign mounting, etc.).
  • Private donors who provided funds to beautify the facility
  • UGC volunteers who continue to support UGC educational gardens with upkeep, beautification and so much more
The Commencement Video 7 June 2021

The Commencement Video

CTAHR students are well represented at Spring 2021 convocation

More than 1,250 students across the UHM system graduated May 13-16, including CTAHR students at the undergraduate, graduate, and PhD levels. The UH ITS team captured the whole weekend on video, adding the students' names to the lower third, along with the dissertation titles and sponsor names of the PhD students.

Watch the full CTAHR Commencement video, with an introduction by Dean Comerford. Also visit the UHM commencement site, which will be populated with videos and still shots in the coming week. Mahalo to the Mānoa Commencement Team for making Spring 2021 a successful and well-recorded event.

Slavers and Grave Robbers 7 June 2021

Slavers and Grave Robbers

Do bird societies cling to a racist past?

If you think woke is a joke, try this on for size: the pretty red bird known as Jameson’s Firefinch is named for John Sligo Jameson, who once purchased a young girl as “a joke” and drew sketches of the child being stabbed and dismembered. So begins the article, “The racist legacy many birds carry,” in a recent The Washington Post. Included in the story is commentary by Olivia Wang, a grad student in the Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. “They are a reminder that this field I work in was primarily developed and shaped by people not like me, who probably would have viewed me as lesser,” Olivia is quoted. “They are also a reminder of how Western ornithology, and natural exploration in general, was often tied to a colonialist mind-set of conquering and exploiting and claiming ownership of things, rather than learning from the humans who were already part of the ecosystem and had been living alongside these birds for lifetimes.”

Olivia goes on to discuss the proposed renaming of the Maui parrotbill to kiwikiu, which was initially refused and ridiculed by the American Ornithological Society.

 “I called out the AOS and [its North American Classification Committee] for censoring some racist and offensive comments the [committee] made when discussing the … proposal,” she is quoted.

Read the Full Article.

What’s the Weather? 7 June 2021

What’s the Weather?

Mealani and Kona gain weather stations – and with them, a trove of data

In Hawaiʻi, when you check the weather forecast, you often get a prediction of partly sunny, partly cloudy, and partly rainy – talk about covering all possibilities!

But if you’d like to know exactly what the weather is at Mealani Research Station in Kamuela, Hawaiʻi Island, or Kona Research Station in Kealakekua, Hawaiʻi Island, you can simply click HERE, because on May 20, two new weather stations were installed. Now, when you visit the Mealani and Kona stations, you can find out the current weather conditions, which are updated every 15 minutes. You can learn about the temperatures during the past 24 hours (including daily maximum and daily minimum temps), daily accumulated rainfall, and total solar radiation. The Kona weather station also gives the relative humidity and dew point (the temperature at which dew can form).

The Mealani weather station will be useful in predicting the growth of pasture grasses for cattle grazing in the Kamuela area. The Kona weather station will help us predict coffee growth in the Kealakekua area, as well as monitor the development of pests and diseases, such as the coffee berry borer and coffee leaf rust.

The Kona weather station was funded by a USDA-ARS CBB AW project and the Mealani weather station was funded by CTAHR internal funds for improving research capacity.


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