Pollinators in Paradise – MALP Educational Meeting

This Meeting’s Speaker is:
Dr. Jason Graham

In October 2016, seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees became federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. Endemic Hylaeus (yellow-faced bees) are pollinators which have coevolved with native plants and support native Hawaii ecosystems functions since before humans arrived on the islands. Plants which had coevolved with these endemic Hawaiian bees and depend on the bee for pollination are also endangered. During this talk you will learn about these endemic Hawaiian bees and what you can do to support their populations in your landscapes.

Dr. Jason Graham studied endangered Hawaiian yellow-faced bees during his post-doctoral research guiding development of conservation tools and monitoring protocols. He earned his MS and PhD at University of Florida where he studied native bees in the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory. He led field trips for the 2016 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). His research has been featured by National Geographic and presented at the Smithsonian Museum. He and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum were awarded a 2018 Disney Conservation Fund grant to develop the Pollinators in Paradise exhibit, educational program and citizen science project.

The Ahupua’a Land Management System with Bob Hobdy

The term ahupua’a is used to describe a larger hierarchy of land areas ranging from an entire island down to individual kuleanas, with corresponding levels of focus on the resources and the people living on those land units. The Hawaiian culture was deeply embedded in the ‘aina in a very sustainable way. We are excited to have Bob Hobdy speak on this histories of Maui’s ahupua’a, and how this system of natural resource management pertains to Maui’s changing landscapes.

Bob Hobdy is an environmental consultant, who specializes in surveying flora and fauna in Maui. He has a degree in forestry from Oregon State University and his career with the Department of Land & Natural Resources spanned over forty years. Bob is a Hawaiian native plant expert, and is credited with discovering 12 new indigenous species of plants, several of which are named after him. He has served on many committees and boards in Maui, including the Maui County Arborist Advisory Committee and the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Board of Directors.

Certification Credits:
LICT Credits: 1.5 Hours
Certified Arborist: TBD

Voting on revised By-Laws for MALP
We will be voting on the amendments to the by-laws the board has published on the MALP website at www.malp.org. Please CLICK to download and review the proposed by-laws so they can be approved at this meeting. If you want to download and view the original 1994 version of the by-laws please CLICK here.
Thank you!

Little Fire Ants – An update from MISC with Brook Mahnken

JOIN Brooke Mahnken from the Maui Invasive Species Committee for an update on the status of little fire ants on Maui. He will discuss MISC’s efforts to eradicate the tiny pest and what you can do to protect your business from the impacts of little fire ants.

Brooke V. Mahnken received a B.S. in botany and a B.S. in biology from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2003. He has worked with the Maui Invasive Species Committee since 2005 in a variety of different roles. In 2018 he transitioned back into his former and now current position as Operations/GIS Specialist wherein he performs data analysis and management. Precedent to that Brooke worked for 2 years as the Little Fire Ant Coordinator at MISC.

Pests & Diseases in Maui’s Landscapes with Allison Wright

SPRING has arrived, and with the warmer weather, our local plant pests & diseases are going to return with a fury. We will be reminded of the usual suspects such as whiteflies, scales, loopers and fungal infestations, as well as learn about a few new pests & diseases you will most likely encounter in your landscapes. This will include timelines for when to anticipate their activity to increase, the signs & symptoms to look for, and the best times for treatments. For both homeowners & landscape managers, this is your opportunity to learn what to expect to see here on Maui!

Allison Wright has a B.S in plant biology from James Madison University in Virgina. She has worked on Maui since 2003 for Island Plant Company, LLC where she is a Superintendent, managing over 100 acres of manicured landscapes, as well as a plant nursery. She is also a co-owner of Valhalla Flower Farm, shipping cut flowers throughout the Unites States. Allison is the current president of MALP.

Certification Credits:
LICT Credits: 2.0 hours
Certified Arborist: 2.0 hours

Growing Citrus Trees in Maui with Jamie Nahl of Plant It Hawaii

This venue has limited seating. Please RSVP to Allison at 808-268-6927.

This talk has been approved for 1.5 CEU’s for Arborists!

Jamie Nahl, of Plant It Hawaii, will give us tips on growing citrus trees in all climates on Maui. She will also include information on proper pruning techniques, appropriate fertilization and pest & disease management.
Jamie Dahl at the March 26th 2013 MALP Educational Meeting

It seems almost every property on Maui has at least one fruit tree, if not more, and many homeowners have even developed small orchards to bring in more income. Do you have questions about your citrus trees? Does your tangerine tree produce dry fruit or does your tree never seem to have any fruit?

From Oranges to Tangerines and Finger Limes, Jamie can help you select the best variety for your location and elevation on Maui. She will show us how properly pruning trees can help increase yields and create better tasting fruit. She will also be discussing the best fertilizers to use on all varieties of citrus. In addition, attendees will learn the best management practices for pests and diseases as well as the history of citrus around the world.

Jamie is also bringing information on new varieties they are growing at Plant It Hawaii! If you or your clients have fruit trees, you want to plant some or if you have any questions, come and listen!

Jamie K. Nahl, born & raised in Hawaii, has been working in the horticulture and agriculture since graduating from UH Hilo College of Agriculture in 1980. For almost 20 years, Jamie has worked for Plant It Hawaii and Hula Brothers, Inc., an orchard, and she is currently the Office & Sales Manager. Plant It Hawaii is one of the largest growers & distributors of fruit trees in Hawaii. She is currently on the board of the Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association. 

Raffle:   There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting. Each attendee will receive one free ticket.


MALP Board Elections and Educational Meeting: Water Conservation Solutions with Martin Miyashiro

MALP Board of Directors Elections

We will be holding board elections at this time. We are in dire need of help with the board to keep the organization moving forward. There are many great opportunities ahead

We will be voting to fill these Board of directors positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and also Vocal positions.

Please CLICK to download the printable nomination form.

Educational Meeting

Water Conservation Solutions with Martin Miyashiro

Water conservation has been a buzz word or phrase for many years. So what is it and what are the solutions in water conservation? In this presentation you will hear about practical solutions and ideas that are available through multiple distributors on Maui today! These solutions will help homeowners and commercial users equally. Come ready to learn about how to save water at your home or business!

Certification Credits: 1.0 hours LICT Credits

Martin Miyashiro has been active in the landscape industry in Hawaii since 1985. His career has taken him from the field as an Irrigator to a Design Build Landscaper, to a local VP of sales and Marketing and Manufacturer Sales Manager for Hunter Industries. Most recently Martin continues his career in the islands as a Key Accounts Manager for SiteOne Landscape Supply.


There will be a raffle at the end of the evening meeting. Each attendee will receive a free ticket!

Two Free Educational Programs with Steve Nimz

Steve Nimz, an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist®, chief consulting arborist with Steve Nimz & Associates, and president of Instant Shade Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been named a “True Professional of Arboriculture™” by ISA. The True Professional recognition program honors arborists and tree care professionals for their positive impact on the industry in and around their communities.

Nimz, who has more than 40 years of experience as an arborist, advocates volunteering with local organizations and non-profits. When the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii was formed, Nimz was the first president. He founded the Tree People, co-founded Hawaiian Earth Products and was a charter member of the Aloha Arborist Association.

Basic Risk Awareness for Trees

Trees & palms help create the tropical ambiance surrounding our guests, clients and families. Steve will be teaching us to identify the early signs of potential problems with the trees and palms commonly used in our landscapes. We will be working in the classroom then move outside to see how to recognize trouble areas then how to control & mitigate the issues that may arise.

Certification Credits:
Certified Arborist: 3.0 hours (varies based on your certification)
LICT Credits: 3.0 hours

Basic Disease Diagnosis of Trees

Diseases manifest on trees in a variety of ways. Steve will be showing us how to diagnose a variety of diseases common in Hawaii & to understand the effects of these different issues in our landscapes. He will be bringing samples for attendees to attain practical knowledge of these diseases. This program is for novices & professionals alike. Some hand lenses will be provided for class use- Bring a hand lens if you have one available.

Certification Credits:
Certified Arborist: 2.0 hours (varies based on your certification)
LICT Credits: 2.0 hours

MALP Educational Meeting – Topic: Proper Pesticide Use & Safety with Derek Shigematsu

Safe use of pesticides, both organic & inorganic, on your projects is not only a requirement but should be your top priority.

Derek will begin by covering the services the Pesticides Branch provides and provide an overview of the program. He will be discussing safe versus unsafe practices for, poisoning and proper storage and transportation. Additional topics will include understanding types & formulations of pesticides, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and proper storage & handling. To conclude, Derek will discuss existing pesticide laws and regulations.

Derek Shigematsu is a pesticide specialist for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Certification Credits:
Pesticide Credits: 1.5 hours
Certified Arborist: 1.0 hours
LICT Credits: 1.5 hours

Educational Meeting: Invasive Species in the News – How Can You Help to Control the Spread of Invasive Pests on Maui?

Little fire ants

Speaker:   Adam Radford, Manager of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC)

Adam Radford
Adam Radford

Little fire ants and coqui frogs are continuing to make headlines on Maui. The Maui Invasive Species Committee is on the front lines of the battles to prevent and control these and other invasive pests & diseases. Adam will be discussing the current progress of the control of the little fire ants and coqui frogs on our island and how the landscape community plays a key role in the management of these issues. This is not only a landscape industry problem but a potential economic issue for our island. Adam will also answer questions on other potential pests & diseases and how to not only protect our island landscapes but Maui’s ecosystem.

Adam Radford has been manager of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) since July 2016. He directs all field and outreach activities for Maui as well as assists with the Molokai Invasive Species Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from UH Manoa and his Masters degree from California State University.

Certification Credits: 

    • LICT Credits: 1 CEU


Landscaping with Coastal & Low Elevation Native Plants by  Tamara Sherrill

Tamara Sherrill

The use of Hawaiian native plants in landscapes is becoming more commonplace in both private residences and commercial properties. Naupaka, pohinahina and akia are of course staples, but there are so many more options. Tamara will be sharing with us the best native plants for use in landscapes. She will include common varieties but will also introduce us to other less commonly used plants to increase the diversity in our gardens. She will also speak on the best cultural practices for these plants in landscape situations.

Tamara Sherrill holds a degree in Natural Resources and environmental Management from UH-Manoa. She began working at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in 2002 as the Nursery Manager and Curator. Tamara is currently the Executive Director of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.

Management of Turfgrass & Landscape Pests in Hawaii with Zhiquiang Cheng

Speaker:   Zhiqiang Cheng Ph.D. Assistant Extension Specialist with the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Please CLICK HERE to Download a PDF (4.8MB) Copy of
the Slides Dr. Cheng Used for his Presentation.

Zhiqiang Cheng
Zhiqiang Cheng Ph.D.

Hawaii is always under threat of the introduction of new pests and diseases in our landscapes. Zhiquiang Cheng Ph.D. has spent the past few years studying a number of these issues. He will be discussing some of his research regarding some of the most recent pests and diseases to reach our islands. These will include the coconut rhinoceros beetle, ficus gall wasps and scales. Lawns have also had many issues this past year. Cheng will be discussing these fungal issues as well.


Certification Credits:   

    • Pesticide: TBD
    • ISA Certified Arborist: none
    • LICT Credits: 1 CEU