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Farming After GoFarm

Farming After GoFarm 28 February 2018

Farming After GoFarm

The beginning-farmer training program GoFarm Hawai‘i held its first Alumni Conference on February 17, where over 100 participants from O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i Island came together to network and learn.

P-20 GENE-IUSES

P-20 GENE-IUSES 21 February 2018

P-20 GENE-IUSES

Staff from the Gene-ius Day program attended the 2018 Hawaii P-20 Middle School Career Industry Fair held on February 15 at the Hawaii Convention Center, introducing students to exciting career pathways in agriculture.

AG WITH A CAPITOL “A”

AG WITH A CAPITOL “A” 21 February 2018

AG WITH A CAPITOL “A”

CTAHR was out in force at the recent Ag Day at the Capitol, which gave legislators a glimpse of the many important impacts agriculture has in the Islands.

Welcome Nolan Johnson

Welcome Nolan Johnson 21 February 2018

Welcome Nolan Johnson

Nolan Johnson, a new agricultural research technician at Mealani Research Station and master’s candidate in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences with an emphasis on irrigation management, has a background in golf course mangement and civil engineering.

THEY’RE AWARE

THEY’RE AWARE 14 February 2018

THEY’RE AWARE

Over 500 students and teachers attended the Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day event at the Urban Garden Center to learn about the importance of agriculture and the environment in the community and to find out more about career opportunities in agriculture and environmental studies in Hawai‘i.

AGVENTURE HAS BEEN AN ADVENTURE!

AGVENTURE HAS BEEN AN ADVENTURE! 14 February 2018

AGVENTURE HAS BEEN AN ADVENTURE!

The 4-H AGventure program has just concluded its fifth year. Over a thousand 4th-graders had an opportunity to learn about Hawai‘i’s agriculture from the best of the best. 4-H AGventure owes its success to the support, dedication, and time of the many volunteers who work to make it so great!

Bright Roots

Bright Roots 7 February 2018

Bright Roots

There will be an open house showcasing observations of a colorful carrot variety trial conducted at the Poamoho Research Station on Wednesday, February 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Malama ‘Ulu

Malama ‘Ulu 7 February 2018

Malama ‘Ulu

Natural Resources and Environmental Management grad student Blaire Langston is holding a workshop on Saturday, February 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in St. John 106 on how to participate in the ‘Ulu Phenology Project.

A Family (and Community) Man

A Family (and Community) Man 5 February 2018

A Family (and Community) Man

County Administrator Russell Messing was guest speaker at the recent Kaua‘i Association of Family and Community Education Achievement Day luncheon.

Isle Welcomes Isele

Isle Welcomes Isele 5 February 2018

Isle Welcomes Isele

Eli Isele joins CTAHR as the assistant Extension agent in sustainable agriculture in Hilo.

Oh Savannah!

Oh Savannah! 2 February 2018

Oh Savannah!

Recent Kansas State University graduate Savannah Katulski has bid goodbye to her mainland friends and joined CTAHR as livestock and 4-H Extension faculty member for Kaua‘i county.

Hot Topic

Hot Topic 2 February 2018

Hot Topic

CTAHR faculty and partners briefed elected officials and legislative staffers on the issue of wildfires in Hawai‘i on a field trip to the Waianae Mountains. 

Beefing Up 4-H Skills

Beefing Up 4-H Skills 2 February 2018

Beefing Up 4-H Skills

CTAHR livestock expert Kyle Caires is conducting clinics for 4-H youth on Hawai‘i and Maui islands.

No Beating this Bushe

No Beating this Bushe 2 February 2018

No Beating this Bushe

The floriculture and nursery industry honors CTAHR veteran and alumnus Brian Bushe for dedicated service to the college and the agricultural community in Hawai‘i.

Not Root-Knot

Not Root-Knot 2 February 2018

Not Root-Knot

Coffee farmers got the low-down on a root-knot nematode at a Kona research plot that's amassed 11 years of research data on the pest.

Forestry Find

Forestry Find 2 February 2018

Forestry Find

Check out the great new website for Hawai‘i Forestry Extension!

Aquaponics and Health

Aquaponics and Health 21 December 2017

Aquaponics and Health

CTAHR Community Coordinator Ilima Ho-Lastimosa is part of a multidisciplinary effort to address health disparities thorough backyard aquaponics.

Maui County Awardees

Maui County Awardees 21 December 2017

Maui County Awardees

Maui County Extension celebrated its 2017 award winners — Secretary Clarisse Baisa, to left in lei, for service to faculty and staff, and Research Technician Edwin Perez, at right in cap, winner of the Administrator’s Award.

Congratulations Shirley Han!

Congratulations Shirley Han! 21 December 2017

Congratulations Shirley Han!

Office Assistant Shirley Han, left, was recognized for her service to the Molokai Cooperative Extension staff at a December 2017 lunch hosted by Maui County Administrator Cynthia Reeves (in red).

Bee on Screen

Bee on Screen 14 November 2017

Bee on Screen

Videos on the life cycle of bees and apian role in the rise of flowering plants captured national entomology awards for a CTAHR-led team.

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15 April 2020

Modes of Communication

O‘ahu 4-H takes its Communication Fair online

Modes of Communication

The O‘ahu 4-H Communication Fair is an annual tradition that dates back more than a decade.

So when the coronavirus pandemic cancelled many 4-H events, club meetings, and activities, O‘ahu 4-H adapted to the times and brought it online.

The Fair is an opportunity for youth to showcase their communication skills: public speaking, organizing a presentation or demonstration, and using photography and posters to express an idea or concept. The planning committee, composed of 4-H adult leaders and youth from Manawalea 4-H Club and O‘ahu 4-H, decided that a Virtual Communication Fair would be an ideal venue for the kids to learn and experience the importance of adaptability during a crisis.

For the week prior to the event, the student participants practiced on Zoom. They learned about where to place their cameras, how to project their voices—even how to adjust to lighting changes in their homes at different times of the day. 4-H agent Nancy Ooki and I provided feedback amid the challenges of presenting and demonstrating this new medium.

On Sunday, March 29, O‘ahu 4-H held its first Virtual Communication Fair. Participants aged 5–8 years old (Cloverbuds division) and 9–11 years old (Junior division) gave presentations and demonstrations to an audience of students, parents, judges, 4-H alumni, and 4-H agents.

It was a wonderful experience to see and listen to the youth talk with one another. They asked questions and complimented the presenters: ‘You must be good in reading’ or ‘You did an awesome job!’

Ben, a first-time participant, told me, “The virtual Communication Fair was fun because you get to see everyone from different grades. Everyone was so positive. It helped me to do a better presentation and demonstration. I would participate again since everyone is so helpful and nice.”

Thirty-five photographs and posters were also submitted via email to judges, who are presently deliberating. Once scores for all entries are compiled, the organization will host a virtual awards ceremony. Winners will be announced in CTAHR Notes and the O‘ahu 4-H Newsletter and on the Hawai‘i State 4-H website. All photography and poster entries will be posted for everyone to view.

For all its success, the virtual fair couldn’t compare to face-to-face interaction for at least one of the student participants, who said, “I actually prefer to be with people. Why? Because I am just completely the opposite of shy!” She ended up doing great in the fair!

Christine Hanakawa, O‘ahu County 4-H Program, CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service