Workforce Education Series for the Maui Landscape Industry – 3 FREE classes

These programs are FREE Space is Limited - Please Register

There are 2 "math" classes that go hand in hand. These will range from basic understanding of landscape math such as how to determine how much fertilizer you need to more complicated programs to help you learn to create orders and estimates for your existing projects, or for potential bids. This is valuable practical knowledge! We strongly suggest you sign up for both.

Irrigation 101 is the start of a series of upcoming irrigation classes to help you learn everything from basic to advanced irrigation techniques.

If you have any questions or suggestion for future classes pleas let us know!


November 5 - Basic Landscape Math
•   Don’t be afraid of math! It's easy once you know how - and have cheat sheets! Learn to calculate quantities of fertilizer for your property, determine quantities of soils, compost, and more!

    Teacher: Allison Wright, Island Plant Company, LLC

November 12 - Understanding Landscape Plans & Calculations
•   Learn how to read landscape planting plans, determine and plant spacing & quantities using everyday calculations

    Teacher: Bill Mitchell, Hawaii Land Design

November 19 - Irrigation 101 - Understanding Basic Components & Troubleshooting Repairs
•   Learn the different types of materials available, how to choose the right components, & learn the how to do basic repairs of lateral lines & valves

    Teacher: Gary Thompson, Clean & Green Landscape

To Register: Call Allison Wright at 808-268-6927 or Email:

First Aid/Cpr/Aed Training By Chris Gilbert – 2 Year Certification

First-response situations often call for both quick thinking and instantaneous mastery of CPR, First-Aid, *AEDs and the skills associated with them. You never know when an emergency situation may strike, and so the only defense is proper preparation.

This knowledge is vital to members of our industry. It is a program that was requested by several of our members.

5.5 CEU's are available for ISA Certified Arborists.

Registration is limited. Please register early to guarantee a space by CLICKING HERE to download the registration brochure and application and follow payment instructions or, to pay by credit card, please use the appropriate payment buttons.

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To Join MALP or to renew your membership please CLICK HERE to visit the application page for individual membership or CLICK HERE to visit the application page for corporate membership.

Please, always feel free to CONTACT US for answers to your questions.

*An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

MALP Event — Tour of the Bud Wagner Memorial Garden

Led by Anna Palomino

In the south end of Wailea, at Wailea Point, sits a gem of a garden filled with a tapestry of native plants. This is the native plant seawalk at Wailea Point, the Bud Wagner Memorial Garden.

When construction of Wailea Point began in the late 80’s, the decision was made to have the area along the coast of the property to be planted in native Hawaiian plants. At the time of planting, this garden had up to 70 species of native plants along the half-mile walkway, some of which were used for the first time here in a commercial setting. Over time, the range of plants has dropped and Wailea Point has been working to re-establish the diversity of the garden.

Anna Palomino owner of Ho’olawa Farm

Anna Palomino, the owner of Ho’olawa Farms, was contracted by Wailea Point to oversee the renovations of the garden. Ho’olawa Farms was one of the first native plant nurseries developed in Hawaii. She has supplied plants for many restorations including the Dept. of Transportation, Hookipa, and Kahoolawe and Haleakala National Park. Anna can give us insights on growing and establishing common and unusual plants in these sometimes difficult conditions. This includes working around the established colony of ‘ua’u kani, the wedge-tailed shearwater, who happily reside in the garden from April to October.

What to bring: Camera, Hat, Water

Come for a tour of this amazing collection!
This tour is limited to 15 attendees as it is a very tight area.
Please RSVP. Once you have sent an RSVP, directions will be sent to you.

To sign up, contact Allison Wright at 808-268-6927 or Email at
We hope to see you there!

MALP sponsored First Aid/CPR class

On Wednesday, April 25 MALP is hosting a day-long First Aid/CPR/*AED certification class.

Please CLICK HERE to download the registration brochure and application.

First-response situations often call for both quick thinking and instantaneous mastery of CPR, First-Aid, *AEDs and the skills associated with them. You never know when an emergency situation may strike, and so the only defense is proper preparation.

This knowledge is vital to members of our industry. It is a program that was requested by several of our members.

Registration is limited. Please register early to guarantee a space.

Cost: $75 for MALP Members
$90 for Non-members

5 CEU's are available for ISA Certified Arborists.

For complete information, please CLICK HERE. Please, always feel free to contact us for more details.

*An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

Help Wanted: Seeking unqualified individuals

Seeking unqualified individuals to help with the following:

helpEducational Events: You have ideas for speakers and tours. We know you do! Join the team to invite speakers to our events! Someone makes the fliers, sends the mail, sets up & breaks down the room, gathers prizes, coordinates CEU’s with ISA, Pesticide Certification & NALP, buys food and entertains the speakers and hosts!

Events Coordinator: The MALP Lawn & Garden Fair has been around for over 20 years & needs a new coordinator!

Public Relations: Sending press releases is easy! Through websites, you are able to copy & download information on events and hit send! And you could send out emails to all of our members regularly! It’s always fun to get reminders in the inbox!

Social Media Specialist: Can you post to Facebook? Are you able to take pictures of your fellow members and share?

LICT Program Coordinator: Help set the program, teach and/or lead classes, set up speakers and run the test days!

That’s just some of the jobs the board does for you – the members!

The real “jobs” are the board positions listed below & need to be filled:

MALP Treasurer: Coordinates with bookkeeper to keep all financial information up to date. Helps bookkeeper send out membership renewals. Helps gather information for grants from Maui County. Reports to the board the state of the MALP accounts.

MALP Secretary: Helps take notes for all board meetings. Disseminates notes to board as needed and to membership if requested.

MALP Vice-President: Helps run meetings and gather information needed for events.

MALP President: Coordinates & runs board meetings. Helps recruit for events. Designates people to help with all activities. Helps write annual grant request to Maui County Farm Bureau. This is typically a 2 year position.

Vocal Members: Thoughts and ideas to board during meetings. We’re always looking for more people.

Future Expansion: We are always looking to expand! We need help with recruitment ideas, article writing for the website (there’s an online MALP magazine). What about setting up new programs for members?


Seriously, did you know the MALP board does all of this and more?

It is time for new board members to join the team. All positions are open! President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary & Vocal positions! There is also the position of Past-President, waiting to be filled – by me!

We get a lot of suggestions, requests for information! The growth of the landscape industry on Maui has been phenomenal! There is so much room for growth in this organization!

I have been the President of the MALP board for the past 2 years and I can see the potential of this group! It’s time for a new president!

Board elections will be held at our New Year’s Party on Tuesday, January 24th
at 6:30 pm after our January educational meeting!
We hope to see all of you there!

If you are interested, feel free to contact myself or anyone on the board – go to and the board members are listed on the home page!

Allison Wright
MALP President

The 2016 Landscape Maintenance Certified Technician (LICT) in Ornamental Maintenance Training Start Sept 14

Maui LICT Field Testing
The Maui Association of Landscape Professionals presents the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii’s 2016 Landscape Maintenance Training Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) in Ornamental Maintenance. Please visit the Maui LICT website ( for complete information on this valuable training. There is a registration deadline and class size is limited so hurry!
LICT Field Testing
Maui LICT Field Testing

Why should you or your staff get trained & certified?

  • Having trained workers reduces liability to your company.
  • Allows you to keep up to date on industry standards.
  • Teaches you how to do things correctly.
  • Makes your company more attractive to clients.
  • Increases your qualifications to prospective employers.
  • Much like having an arborist certification, use this certification to enhance your other credentials.
  • Hawaii state contracts may require that you have a LICT on staff.

Maui Class of 2015, Landscape Industry Certified Technicians

By Allison Wright

The Instructors and Class of 2015 Maui LICT
The Instructors and Class of 2015 Maui LICT

It’s an exciting time on Maui. For the second time in almost a decade, the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals sponsored certification testing in Ornamental Maintenance. In the short span of the year, this program has proven successful. I continually receive comments on the program and am asked when the next sessions are to start. This program in ornamental maintenance serves a reminder of the basic safety training all employees need in the field. It is also becoming a more common requirement in contract negotiations and job descriptions as Maui employers, community associations and contractors become aware of the existence of Landscape Industry Certified Technicians. I know of at least 2 of last year’s candidates who were employed by local organizations prior to receiving their certifications and are now in positions of authority at local resorts and hotels.

In 2014, we were able to certify 16 candidates. The class of 2015 began with 18 students, all of whom attended our 6-week course, which culminated in the field test on Saturday, September 12. By the end of the day, 8 candidates were certified in Ornamental Maintenance, with several others just a few points away. By the end of our re-testing day, we were able to certify several more.

The new LICTs in Ornamental Maintenance from Maui’s test days are:

  • Brian Anderson, SGS Hawaii Landscape Mangement
  • Alan J. Davidson, Aloha Botanicals Maui
  • Torsten Erikson, MauiScapes, LLC
  • Daniele Luppi, Maui 100% Green, LLC
  • Thomas Nielesky
  • Joshua Spalding, Imua Landscaping Company, Inc
  • Allen Griffin, Mulkern Landscaping and Nursery
  • Sean Strouse

P1150219This program would not be possible without the tireless work of several people. Along with myself, the committee for Maui’s LICT Training program included Kevin Gavagan, Four Seasons Resort, Maui, Elaine Malina, SGS Hawaii Landscape Management and Peter Hehemann, He-Man Services. In addition to the committee, the majority of our field test judges were our 2014 LICT recipients. Our classroom program has provided insights into the core elements of the tests. This year, we would like to thank the following instructors: Bill Mitchell, Hawaii Land Design; Max Bolor, LICT, Four Seasons Maui; Kevin Gavagan, Four Seasons Maui, Elaine Malina, SGS Hawaii Landscape Management; Chris Baker, LICT, Island Plant Company and Terry Nutt, A Nutt Nursery.

P1140922As always, sponsors provide unequaled support for this program. A generous sponsorship from the Maui County Office of Economic Development in 2014 allowed us to purchase the majority of our field test supplies, most of which was used again in this year’s testing, and will be used in the many years to come. He-Man Services supplied new power equipment for all field test stations. Ann Emmsley, Program Coordinator at the University of Hawaii, Maui College, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, provided a fantastic space for our field test. Other generous sponsors included: Four Seasons, Maui, Hawaii Grower Products, HISCO, Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Island Plant Company, LLC, and SGS Hawaii Landscape Management.

In the coming years, we hope to expand our program to include additional certifications. We are also working to expand our relationship with the Office of Economic Development to bring more credentials to Maui’s workforce.

Allison Wright is a Maintenance Superintendent for Island Plant Company, LLC, serves as President for Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, and is a co-owner of Valhalla Flower Farm, LLC.

Gain Control Of The Paperwork

Date Tuesday July 28th, 2009
Place Maui Community Service Bldg
next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
Time Pupus will be served at 6:30 pm and the talk will begin at 7:00.

Pupus and soft drinks served.

In this economic recession none of us can afford to have financial mishaps — forget to invoice something: loose paper work for reimbursement: bid too low and end up working for less than we need: keeping tight control of inventory and all the paperwork necessary to run an efficient and effective business.

It is the necessary evil of any business — so to help our members gain control of the paperwork our speaker is Stuart T. Nakamoto. Stuart is a Professor and Extension Economist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences (HNFAS) in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Stuart has been in his current position with UH-CTAHR since 1986. His training includes a PhD and MBA from UH.

Stuart’s extension/outreach and applied research activities are in the marketing of perishable products especially adding value and niche marketing, and in agricultural economics/agribusiness — as he puts it, “the business side of agriculture.”

It seems we always need records for something; to get a loan, or for taxes, or because the law requires it for spraying chemicals or to be “organic”. Financial records are the foundation for documents such as your balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow.

This presentation may be of interest to you if:

  • you want to get started with recordkeeping, or learn more about financial, farm/production, and regulatory records
  • you want to learn how to organize all those receipts and papers and notes that currently are in your head
  • you already have a system, but maybe can learn something extra to help your operation

Attendees will receive samples of some record keeping forms and learn how those forms might be used in their own record keeping system.

Stuart has put together an interactive presentation that will be informative and fun – Hope to see you there.

Clt Testing Dates Held On The Neighbor Islands

Below is the CLT testing dates held on the neighbor islands. Maui at this stage does not offer the testing on this island. We are in the process of setting up the classes for the written test. If any of our members are interested in taking their CLT certification, MALP can provide a grant for the member to take it on one of the other islands.

  • Kona (Big Island) — Written June 20 — Field June27
  • Oahu — Written August 8 — Field August 15
  • Kauai — Written September 5 — Field September 12