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Horsin’ Around

Horsin’ Around 10 February 2023

Horsin’ Around

Oʻahu County 4-H shines at National Western Stock Show

Every year, nearly 700,000 ranchers, farmers, and rodeo enthusiasts from around the country make the pilgrimage to Denver to watch and participate in the world’s largest stock show and celebration of Old Western culture and heritage. The National Western Stock Show is a 16-day-long fair featuring rodeo shows, hundreds of food and livestock vendors, barbeque competitions, fiddling contests –  and everything in between.

One Health Hawai‘i

One Health Hawai‘i 30 January 2023

One Health Hawai‘i

CTAHR supports Gov. Green’s proclamation

Did you know that 75% of new human pathogens over the past three decades have originated from animals? What’s more, many common causes of human infection, such as E. coli and Salmonella, are shared with animals and readily found within the environment.

Happy Plantsgiving

Happy Plantsgiving 9 December 2022

Happy Plantsgiving

Community garden event pairs FCS with FETCH

Bringing families together is a concept that dates back to the very first Thanksgiving. This past Nov. 23, an inaugural community garden event, “Plantsgiving Thanksgiving,” was co-hosted by the Dept. of Family and Consumer Affairs and CTAHR’s Family Education Centers of Hawaii, Inc.

Global Interest

Global Interest 18 November 2022

Global Interest

HNFAS Extension is recognized by NIFA

Congrats to Mark Thorne on a Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts! His National Connections Teams for Forest & Rangeland Resources team was recognized by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for developing the web-based conference series, “Strengthening RREA programing Through Enhanced Connections.”

Life Skills

Life Skills 18 November 2022

Life Skills

4-H creates a youth entrepreneurship pilot program

Imagine a club where youths meet weekly, participate in hands-on activities that spark creativity and innovation, and learn business components such as customer service and marketing. Throw in a food safety course from the state Dept. of Health and ways to incorporate Hawaiian values, agriculture, and local value-added product innovations into their business strategy. Top it off with a capstone project, a Keiki Open Market, where the youths showcase their vegetables, value-added products, and other inventions.

Zero Dark Twolined

Zero Dark Twolined 3 November 2022

Zero Dark Twolined

Extension develops an app to manage the Twolined Spittlebug

By the time it was discovered in Hawaiʻi in 2016, this invasive pest had already damaged 2,000 acres of rangeland. A scant eight generations later, the Twolined Spittlebug (TLSB) had expanded its range to more than 176,000 acres. In highly infested areas where nymph density exceeded 50/m2, the result was nearly 100% die back of key range forages, including Kikuyu and pangola grasses – and their loss exposed the land to invasive plants like Pamakani, wild blackberry, and fireweed. Livestock producers faced devastating economic losses.

Hands-On Inspiration

Hands-On Inspiration 3 November 2022

Hands-On Inspiration

UGC distributes 100s of seedlings and seeds to the community

In trick-

In trick-

In trick-or-treat like fashion, home gardeners from all corners of the community made their rounds at the Urban Garden Center’s recent “Extension in the Garden Day.” Visiting Extension faculty and Master Gardener educational booths, the excited participants filled their recycled containers with a diversity of locally adapted crops that had been field tested by Extension agents around the state.

Well Deserved, Jari

Well Deserved, Jari 14 October 2022

Well Deserved, Jari

Extension director is honored by Oʻahu RC&D

A very sincere congrats to Jari Sugano, Oʻahu County Administrator for Extension, who was honored by the Oʻahu Resource Conservation and Development Council. Jari was the honored speaker at the event “Celebrating Women Who Help Shape Local Agriculture in Hawaiʻi,” where the statewide membership of Oʻahu RC&D’s Hawaiʻi Women Farmers Network recognized her professional excellence, dedication, and leadership; she serves as an inspiration to many throughout Hawai’i's agricultural sector.

Hawaiʻi Nutrition Center

Hawaiʻi Nutrition Center 5 October 2022

Hawaiʻi Nutrition Center

CTAHR launches a new website

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Hawaiʻi Nutrition Center (HNC) website! HNC is a partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi - College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), Cooperative Extension, Hawaiʻi Foods, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed), and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

Bulletin 84

Bulletin 84 5 October 2022

Bulletin 84

The classic treatise on taro is newly reprinted

Sporting a new cover and artsy photos throughout – but leaving the time-honored text inside completely intact – the classic “Taro Varieties in Hawaiʻi” is reprinted and available for purchase. Originally published in 1939 by L.D. Whitney, F.A.I. Bowers, and M. Takahashi, it is available for $15 from UH Press and CTAHR’s Urban Garden Center.

Locally Adapted Crops

Locally Adapted Crops 5 October 2022

Locally Adapted Crops

UGC’s next ‘Extension in the Garden’ workshop set for Oct. 20

Free events for public benefit aren’t only for the community, you know. CTAHR faculty, staff, alumni, and students are welcome, too! On Thursday, Oct. 20, starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Urban Garden Center, join Extension as they host visitors for an afternoon of sharing and networking as they discuss gardening in the islands.

Static Hydroponics

Static Hydroponics 12 September 2022

Static Hydroponics

Extension holds a popular workshop at UGC

Registration for the latest ʻExtension in the Garden Seriesʻ workshop was so popular that Tina Lau and Jensen Uyeda had to book a second segment to accommodate the eager crowd. Guests joined Extension agents as they discussed static hydroponics container gardening and learned how to start seedlings, select the right variety for their own back yard, and use various tray bases, covers, liners, net pots.

Extension in the Garden

Extension in the Garden 17 August 2022

Extension in the Garden

UGC resumes its monthly on-site tours

With great pride, the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City has re-started its “Extension in the Garden” series. Once a month, we will host a walking tour to showcase the most recent work of CTAHR agricultural scientists, Extension educators, Master Gardeners, and UGC volunteers. Field demonstrations and educational exhibits – on a highlighted theme – will be on display for the community’s benefit. 

Be Water Wise

Be Water Wise 2 August 2022

Be Water Wise

UGC, Master Gardeners to host workshop Aug. 13

Join the Oʻahu Master Gardeners at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City and learn about low-water use gardening with succulents at its Water-Wise Gardening Workshop. The morning event will give participants a glimpse into a low-water use garden, which can lead to bigger projects that enhance home landscapes while conserving water. Participants will also create a starter dish garden of succulents to take home (6 x 4 inch). 

Legislators’ Visit

Legislators’ Visit 18 July 2022

Legislators’ Visit

House Finance and staff tour Magoon

The Hawaiʻi State Legislature’s House Committee on Finance paid a friendly site visit to the Magoon Research and Education Station on July 14. Tessie Amore and Orville Baldos of the Dept. of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences led the tour of the grounds and greenhouses. The group included lawmakers and staff, CTAHR Associate Dean for Research Walter Bowen, UH VP of Government Relations Kalbert Young, and various CTAHR and UH staff.

UGC in Photos

UGC in Photos 13 July 2022

UGC in Photos

Upgrades and new attractions beautify this diamond of the community

Look what you’ve done to the place! Rain or shine, our CTAHR Extension faculty, staff, and tireless volunteers have been digging, planting, pruning, raking, and overall sprucing up the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, Oʻahu.

GoFarm – North Shore

GoFarm – North Shore 13 July 2022

GoFarm – North Shore

Waialua, Oʻahu, cohort starts August 1

The next cohort for the highly successful GoFarm Hawaiʻi program will begin August 1 with its AgCurious online webinar. This virtual meeting is the first step to learn more about CTAHR’s beginning farmer training program and how to apply; attendance is a prerequisite for the next training step, AgXposure.

The next cohort for the highly successful GoFarm Hawaiʻi program will begin August 1 with its AgCurious online webinar. This virtual meeting is the first step to learn more about CTAHR’s beginning farmer training program and how to apply; attendance is a prerequisite for the next training step, AgXposure.

Know anyone who’s looking to improve their farming production and agribusiness skills? Please share the news with your networks and tell them to Register today before the class fills up.

  • AgCurious Online Webinar: August 1 @ 5:30pm: The first step to learn more about the GoFarm beginning farmer training program and how to apply. 
  • AgXposure: August 17 - September 14: Learn from local farms and get exposure to farm work (Wednesday evenings (online) and Saturdays).
  • AgXcel: October 19 - April 29, 2023: Learn farm production and business skills from our coaching team during Wednesday evening (online) and Saturday field classes. Plant, manage, and market your own 7-week Community Supported Agriculture vegetable production at GoFarm’s site in Waialua. 

For more info, visit GoFarm Hawaiʻi or contact Laura Ediger at lediger@hawaii.edu.

Flowers Can Last Forever

Flowers Can Last Forever 22 June 2022

Flowers Can Last Forever

UGC project has multiple beneficiaries

Long after they’ve wilted and returned to the earth, flowers grown by Extension agents at the Urban Garden Center will live on in the memories, education, and overall development of Oʻahu youths. Originally grown to brighten the décor at the CTAHR Ohana Banquet, as well as brighten spirits at the Hawaiʻi Dept. of Health, the harvested flowers also went toward teaching students at Pearl City High School how to make arrangements using locally available flowers. PCHS teachers and students also made floral arrangements to give to school administrators during Admin Professional Week.

Food for Foodbank

Food for Foodbank 22 June 2022

Food for Foodbank

CTAHR donates a UH-leading 2,488 pounds

The recent UH drive to support the Hawaiʻi Foodbank brought in almost $70K, and CTAHR led the way in total pounds of food donated at a whopping 2,488 pounds – by far and away the most from any college or school in the UH system.

Second Saturday

Second Saturday 22 June 2022

Second Saturday

UGC opens up for educational workshops by registration

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9, because the Urban Garden Center is once again holding educational workshops for the public, this time on orchids and composting. Can’t wait? Guests are welcome to arrive early for a guided tour of the Honolulu Rose Society gardens beginning at 9 am, visit the Master Gardeners’ “Got a Plant Question?” booth, and check out the interesting “Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle” display.

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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