Road to Runway 4 May 2021

Road to Runway

FDM's 55th annual fashion show will premiere May 10 on KFVE and ‘Ōlelo

If you missed having an annual UHM Fashion Show, the good news is, it’s back! For CTAHR’s student designers and fashion promotion students, this year’s Road To Runway: The Fashion Show means the show really does go on. In fact, this year it’s on TV. The Road To Runway telecast premieres May 10 on KFVE 6 and ‘Ōlelo 53, with a livestream on hawaiinewsnow.com. The 55th annual show will highlight three seniors:

  • Helen Park, who was motivated by a desire for the outdoors during the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders for her collection, “Under the Sun”
  • Aaron Jay Guillermo, who is inspired by the women in his life for his collection, “After School Special”
  • Jade Young, whose favorite color, pink, inspired her collection, “Dazzling A˝

Read the UH News article.

Mari's Gardens 4 May 2021

Mari's Gardens

Please join CTAHR alum Brendon Lau for this fascinating "talk and teach"

From a young man with a college degree to a now-thriving aquaponics and hydroponics farm – and a shining example of commercial Ag in Hawaiʻi – it’s the inspiring story of how Mari’s Gardens came to be. Presenting a virtual “talk and teach” event with Brendon Lau, CTAHR alum and manager of this 18-acre farm in Mililani, O‘ahu, whose mission is to promote sustainable living, organic urban farming, and buying local.

  • Thursday, May 27
  • 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Free (you may also purchase a “Mari's Gardens + UH Alumni” gift set that includes curated items from Mari's Gardens and UH Alumni swag. $30 until 5/10, then $35)
  • Please register in advance. For questions, email contact@uhalumni.org

Brendon will share how this family-owned business has grown and evolved over the years and how CTAHR helped prepare him for what he's doing today. Brendon will also be joined by Ted Radovich of the Dept. of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, as they present a special Home Gardening 101 segment featuring helpful home gardening tips and tricks for various climates.

“Mari’s Gardens is one of Hawaiʻi’s leading innovators in aquaponics, direct marketing and agri-tourism,” says Ted. “As one of his former professors, I’m really excited to chat with Brendon about how his family’s business has grown and adapted with the times.” 

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“Mari’s Gardens” is part of Holoholo at Home, a virtual version of the Holoholo event series by the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation. Holoholo at Home aims to take alumni guests behind the scenes with local academic, business, and University of Hawai‘i leaders for an immersive virtual experience showcasing the wide-ranging knowledge and success of fellow UH alumni.

Students on the Range 4 May 2021

Students on the Range

The Hawaiʻi Rangeland Stewardship Foundation creates a new scholarship

Good management of open-space rangeland is the raison d'être of the Hawaiʻi Rangeland Stewardship Foundation. And true to its goal of funding a “broad variety of educational, research, and outreach programs targeted at bringing together the best of resource and industry management expertise, science, and those who are the boots on the ground,” the foundation has created a brand-new scholarship – and one of the first recipients is CTAHR Student Ambassador Cody Ching! "Being born and raised in Hawaiʻi, spreading awareness about local food production is very important to me,” says Cody. “I feel we must acknowledge the growing importance of sustainable agriculture in Hawaiʻi and how traditional practices and research are the stepping stones to that goal. My initial interests have developed into a passion for this topic, where not only do I understand the significance, but also feel a responsibility to share my knowledge with future generations."

Cody might be the first, but certainly won’t be the last CTAHR student to benefit from this scholarship. Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Rangeland Stewardship Foundation, for supporting our young conservationists!

Earth Day, Every Day 4 May 2021

Earth Day, Every Day

CTSA discusses Ag’s role in reducing our carbon footprint

From simple aquaponics to integrated multi-trophic systems, the burgeoning field of aquaculture presents many opportunities to sustainably produce food on small and large scales. That said, we cannot overlook the potential burden on the environment from aquaculture operations. Cheng-Sheng Lee, Executive Director of the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, goes on to discuss CTSA’s 2021 request for proposals, Hawaiian fishponds, Aquaclips, and more in the latest Regional e-Notes newsletter. “The increased amount of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere is a large contributing factor to the exacerbation of climate change,” Cheng concludes. “Therefore, areas like forests that can sequester, or contain, carbon are increasingly valuable. Some bodies of water can sequester up to five times the amount of carbon that tropical forests do. Supporting these ecosystems and the industries within them, such as fisheries and aquaculture, is incredibly important to realizing this potential in the fight against climate change.”

Read more at CTSA.


CTSA is one of five regional aquaculture centers in the U.S. established and funded by the DOA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. These centers integrate individual and institutional expertise and resources in support of commercial aquaculture development. CTSA is jointly administered by CTAHR and the Oceanic Institute of Hawaiʻi Pacific University.

NREM Alumna featured in Native Action Network's Legacy of Leadership Cohort 3 May 2021

NREM Alumna featured in Native Action Network's Legacy of Leadership Cohort

Native Action Network's Legacy of Leadership Cohort nuturs the next generation of community leaders. Meet current cohort member Aissa Yazzie (Navajo).

Aissa Yazzie is a Diné (Navajo) tribal member and currently resides in Bellingham, Washington. She is of the Oto tribe, born for the Betterwater clan (Diné). Her Maternal clan is of Scottish descent, and paternal clan is of the Black Streak people (Diné)Diné. Aissa, a graduate of Northwest Indian College, grew up on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. Aissa obtained ther M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Managment (2018) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As a current faculty member at Northwest Indian College, Aissa is dedicated to Indigenizing and decolonizing academic spaces. She understands the necessity and urgency of providing quality education that sustains tribal cultures, traditions, and languages for our people.


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