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4-H for Hawai‘i

4-H for Hawai‘i 8 June 2017

4-H for Hawai‘i

It's not just livestock

Beyond livestock, 4-H promotes youth well-being, leadership skills, community engagement, and STEM activities, says state coordinator Jeff Goodwin.

The Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees 7 June 2017

The Bee’s Knees

Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences’s Scott Nikaido explains the importance of pollinators to Hawai‘i crops and how people can support pollinator health by using fewer insecticides and more pollinator-friendly plants.

Prepared Youth

Prepared Youth 17 May 2017

Prepared Youth

Hawai‘i is the second state that trained adults to instruct kids in a youth preparedness national pilot project. 3 4-H agents were certified through the Hawai‘i Youth Preparedness Initiative.

A Web Winner

A Web Winner 11 May 2017

A Web Winner

Hawai‘i Association of County Agricultural Agents nominated Andrea Kawabata for their national organization’s Communications Award for her coffee berry borer beetle website.

GoFarm Grows

4 May 2017

GoFarm Grows

The GoFarm Hawai‘i beginning farmer training program received new grants from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Kamehameha Schools.

Prevent the Parasite

4 May 2017

Prevent the Parasite

With new cases of rat lungworm reported in the Islands, Extension Agent Jari Sugano was featured on Hawaii News Now offering some tips on reducing the risk of the disease.

Gut Feeling

Gut Feeling 4 May 2017

Gut Feeling

GoFarm and Ag Incubator alumnus and entrepreneur Rob Barreca and graduate student Surely Wallace promoted fermented foods in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article.

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7 May 2020

Thanks for the Memories

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

Thanks for the Memories

Two longtime members of the CTAHR ‘ohana are leaving for fresh adventures. Naomi Kanehiro, an Extension agent in Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences; and Nestor Dela Cruz, an agricultural technician at the Urban Garden Center, have dedicated their careers to CTAHR and will be missed.

Naomi headed the local Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP), a highly successful program that helps limited-resource families gain knowledge and skills, and change attitudes and behavior to improve the nutritional well-being of the whole family. EFNEP has been going strong in Hawai‘i for more than 50 years, and Naomi is a big part of its success.

Naomi was honored with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Extension at CTAHR’s 2015 Annual Banquet for her exceptional program management and skill at community outreach. Also lauded were her in-depth understanding of community dynamics and the cultural nuances of diverse ethnic groups, and her sincere desire to help families in Hawai‘i.

Nestor, who officially retired on April 30 after 34 years of service, was an equipment operator at the UGC and a graduate of the US Army Administrative School. With all the orchards, earthworks, and structures that must be maintained at the Urban Garden Center, heavy equipment is crucial, as is someone with the know-how to fix it when something goes wrong!

An informal get-together—in accordance with CDC recommendations, of course!—was organized for Nestor by 20 UGC volunteers who worked with him every week. Instead of hugging him, they placed a lei in a heart shape on a table, and the volunteers made heart shapes with their fingers to show their appreciation for his unfailing service.