Maui Association of Landscape Professionals Educational Meetings

These programs are held the 4th Tuesday Every Other Month at the Maui Community Service Bldg. next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.

The speakers include the foremost authorities on topics spanning environmental issues to the uses of Native Hawaiian plants in the landscape.

In many cases these meetings are the only source of Certified Educational Units (CEUs) available to people who need to keep their professional credentials current such as arborists, LICT, and agricultural chemical applicators.

Below are excerpts from past MALP Educational Meetings.

  • Developing New Varieties of Plants for Hawaii Landscapes with Dr. Ken Leonhardt

     

    MALP Educational Meeting – Free to the public

     

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    Don’t you wish all of the monkeypod trees on your property had no seeds? Would you like to have new varieties of gingers for your gardens? Dr. Ken Leonhardt had been working for over 30 years creating new varieties of plants for use in tropical landscapes. His emphasis has been on producing seedless varieties of our most common landscape trees. He has also developed new varieties of gingers and stephanotis, and even protea that can be grown at sea level. If you want to meet someone passionate about plants in Hawaii, this is talk to see! Ken will be bringing some cuttings of these plants to give away in our raffle!

    Dr. Ken Leonhardt received his Ph.D from UH-Manoa in 1977 in horticulture. He currently works as a Specialist with the Department of Tropical Plants & Soil Sciences. His research emphasis revolves around protea and landscape trees.

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  • Bees & Other Pollinators with Steve Russo

     

    MALP Educational Meeting – Free to the public

    Speaker:   Steve Russo from the Department of Agriculture

    russoCome and learn how to safely work around the pollinators that surround our gardens. This program will cover the basics of integrated pest management (IPM) and what a pollinator is including bees, butterflies and even some flies. Steve will discuss how to minimize the impacts of pesticides on pollinators. This includes knowing how to pull relevant information from labels as well as drift management. Steve will also include real life examples of issues that have happened in this field

    Steve Russo is and Environmental Health Specialist with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture in the Pesticides Program.

     

    Certification Credits:

     

      • Pesticide: 1 CEU for Private 1, Commercial 1a, 2, 3, 4, 6 7c, 7d, 8, 9, & 10
      • ISA Certified Arborist: TBD
      • LICT Credits: 1 CEU

     

     

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  • Water Management in Maui Landscapes with Martin Miyashiro

    MALP Educational Meeting

    Tuesday May 26, 2015
    Community Services Building University of Hawaii, Maui College
    (Next to the Cooperative Extension Service Building on the UH Maui campus – Map)
    This event is free and open to the public. Pupus will be served.
    There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting. Each attendee will receive one free ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

    6:00 PM. – A variety of landscape books will be available for sale

    P1110497-1846:30 PM – MISC Update with Abe Vandenberg

    The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) is always busy working throughout Maui County to help control and eradicate invasive plant and animal populations. Come with any questions about any invasive species on Maui. Abe will also be giving a quick update on little fire ants and coqui frogs.

    P1110587-184Featured Speaker at 7:00 pm Water Management in Maui Landscapes with Martin Miyashiro

    Ever wonder what Smart Controllers are and what ET is? Ever wonder how they work and how you can use these tools to conserve water? Ever wonder, how and what to choose? This talk is designed to equip the listener with the knowledge to make educated decisions and implement effective water conserving practices. Martin Miyashiro is currently the sales representative for Hunter Industries for Hawaii. He has worked in the Hawaii landscape industry for many years, teaching many classes including irrigation troubleshooting and installation.

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  • Bromeliads for the Garden & Landscape with David Fell

    MALP Educational Meeting

    Tuesday March 24, 2015 – 6:30 P.M.
    Community Services Building University of Hawaii, Maui College
    (Next to the Cooperative Extension Service Building on the UH Maui campus – Map)
    This event is free and open to the public. Pupus will be served.
    Featured Speaker @ 7:00 PM

    aechmea-1BROMELIADS. They are beautiful yet sometimes peculiar looking plants that come in many shapes and sizes with foliage that can be smooth, rough, thin or broad. The flowers can be hidden within the rosette of foliage or burst above the plant in an explosion of color. Some species are epiphytic while others are terrestrial with the most famous bromeliad being the pineapple. David has been growing and hybridizing bromeliads for many years and selling them throughout the world. He will be sharing his knowledge on how to best select and grow bromeliads in our own gardens and climates. He will be show us how to distinguish between the varieties of plants by their foliage and show us his favorite Vriesea hybrids.

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    fellDavid Fell, born & raised in Pennsylvania, came to the University of Hawaii in 1967. After joining the Army and returning to Pennsylvania, he finally returned to Hawaii in 1977. He and his wife Sandy opened a nursery and have been in business ever since. Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery is the largest bromeliad & potted anthurium nursery in the state today. David currently holds 5 plant patents and is working on many more. His plants have won many awards at trade shows including Best In Show at the 2012 International Bromeliad Society. His plants are grown and sold on 4 continents. Check out the plant selection at Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery, go to www.hawaiiansunshinenursery.com.

    Raffle: There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting. Each attendee will receive one free ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

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  • Maintaining Healthy Landscapes

    MALP Educational Meeting—Free to the public

    Date January 27, 2015
    Place Maui Community Service Bldg
    next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
    Time 6:00 PM — Book Sales! We will have a selection of landscape books for sale.
    6:30 PM — Board of Directors Election and speakers will begin presentations.
    Pupus will be served

    Featured Speakers

    Snails & Slugs with Rennie Kubik
    Everyone on Maui deals with these pesky critters. Rennie will discuss the different types of snails and slugs and how the 2 differ in biology and how to use this knowledge to control them in our landscapes. He will also bring information on new chemical methods. Rennie Kubik has a degree in Agronomy and Soils from Washington State University. He is currently employed with Amvac Environment Products.
     
    An IPM Approach to Weed Control in Turf & Landscapes with Fred Eckert
    Fred will talk about the use of cultural controls for our landscape and turf weed issues. These controls include water management, fertility considerations, plant selections and use of mulch for weed management. He will also talk about the proper and timely use of post and pre-emergent herbicides and the importance of weed identification. Fred Eckert is the Senior Sales Specialist for BASF Turf & Ornamental Group. He holds a degree in Soil Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
     
    There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting. Each attendee will receive one free ticket.
    Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

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  • Introduction to Organic Agriculture Practices & How to Apply them to Home Coffee Production with with Gerry Ross

    Date Tuesday September 23, 2014
    Place Maui Community Service Bldg
    next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
    Time 6:30 PM
    Featured presentation will begin at 7:00 PM

    Pupus will be served

    Speaker Addition:

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    MALP is trying to add more benefits for members. At 6:30 we will have representatives from ADP, who may offer MALP members a 30% discount on their services. These services include payroll services, medical packages, and other business services for all of our members. Come and see if this is something that may help you and your small business. Many local small businesses already use ADP’s services. If you have any questions, we may be able to put you in touch with other clients of theirs for recommendations.

    7:00 PM Featured presentation will begin.

    Dr. Gerry Ross

    Organic gardening and farming is becoming increasingly popular as years pass. Gerry Ross, of Kupa’a Farms, has been perfecting organic agriculture practices at his farm since 2003 and cultivates award winning organic coffee. Gerry will be passing on his advice and knowledge for you to be able to produce your own home-grown coffee. These practices can also be transferred to any area of gardening -not just edible landscapes. Gerry’s advice along with years of trial and error in this field can most certainly be transferred for use in our ornamental landscapes as well.

    Gerry Ross has a PhD in Earth Science. Prior to moving to Maui, he worked as a geologist in Canada. He currently owns Kupa’a Farms, where he grows a wide variety of vegetables, fruits & coffee. Gerry also works as a consultant for farmers on a range of topics including crop planning, cultivation, crop rotation and greenhouse management. You can find Kupa’a Farms on Saturdays at the Upcountry Farmers Market.

    There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting. Each attendee will receive one free ticket.
    Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.
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  • Invasive Plants: Hawaii’s Growing Problem & What We Can Do About It

    Date Tuesday July 22, 2014
    Place Maui Community Service Bldg
    next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
    Time 6:30 PM
    7:00 PM Featured presentation will begin.

    The Weed risk assessment (WRA) helps professionals and residents make informed decisions that will reduce the economic and ecological harm caused by invasive plants in Hawai`i and on other Pacific Islands. WRA is a proactive tool to identify plants that pose the highest risk of causing ecological or economic harm. It is based on the species’ biology, geographic origin, and pest status elsewhere as well as published information on the species’ behavior in the Islands.

    Chuck Chimera, Weed Risk Assessment Specialist with the University of Hawaii-Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. Chuck Chimera has worked in conservation in Hawai`i for 20 years, mostly with U.S. Geological Survey’s Biological Resources Division and the National Park Service at Haleakala. He received his Masters in Botany from the University of Hawai`i.

    There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting. Each attendee will receive one free ticket.
    Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.
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  • Vegetable Gardening in Maui

    MALP Educational Meeting—Free to the public


    Vegetable Gardening in Maui with Robin Shimabuku

    Come early and bring a sample of your vegetable problems!
    Date Tuesday May 27, 2014
    Place Maui Community Service Bldg
    next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
    Time 6:30 PM — Plant Talk — Plants That Make Scents — Come and hear Terry Nutt talk about one of his favorite topics – scented plants! He’ll show us both common and unusual plants to add an olfactory dimension to our gardens. CLICK HERE to view the Terry Nutt Gallery Page
    7:00 PM Featured presentation will begin.

    Pupus will be served

    Have you ever tried to successfully grow tomatoes on Maui? What about basil or cabbage? We all love to eat these vegetables and herbs (and many more!) but growing our own vegetable gardens invites over a plethora of pests and diseases. It is also a growing trend to incorporate vegetable and herb gardens into condominium and resort landscapes. Robin will break down information on these plants into family groups so gardeners can better understand the best cultural practices for successful crops. He will also discuss pest and disease controls, incorporating his experiences from his work in Maui and in other countries.

    Robin S. Shimabuku is the interim County Administrator and county extension agent in the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is responsible for the Edible Crops Program on Maui which includes vegetables, taro and herbs. His programs / projects include: the integrated pesticide resistance management (IRM) program for diamondback moth/onion thrips; Area wide Fruit Fly Suppression program, farm management; market development; evaluation of disease management strategies for the Iris Yellow Spot Virus on bulb onions; nutrient management of vegetable crops; building soil health and reducing dependence on imported fertilizer through the use of recycled local soil amendments and other crop improvement projects [evaluation of new and improved vegetable varieties (taro, sweet onions, tomato, bell peppers, etc)].

    There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting. Each attendee will receive one free ticket.
    Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

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  • Old, New and Expected Landscape Pests in Hawaii with Arnold Hara

    Date Tuesday March 25, 2014
    Place Maui Community Service Bldg
    next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
    Time 6:30 PM: The importance of Plant Quarantine Officers in Hawaii and the featured presentation will begin at 7:00

    Pupus will be served

    UPDATE:
    THE MALP Educational Meeting Tuesday, March 25, 2014 has has been approved for the following CEU’s:

    • Pesticide Applicators: 1.0 CEU in Commercial Categories 3 and 10 (Class ID Number 1198)
    • Arborists: 1.00 CEU
    • LICT: 1.00 Educ1 CEU
    • Sign Up Forms for all CEU’s will be available at the meeting. LICT CEU information needs to be submitted by the attendee.

    Also, Teya Penniman, MISC manager will be giving us an update on the Little Fire Ant on Maui.
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    Plant pests don’t just come and visit Maui, they come to stay. This session will bring us up to date information on chronic landscape pests such as whiteflies, lacebugs and scale. We will also be learning about the newest arrivals to, such as the little fire ant, phantasma scale and the yellow butterfly. We’ll finish the evening discussing the possible arrivals such as the Coconut rhinoceros beetle, ice plant scale, and other small critters just waiting to jump onto a plant shipment to Maui.

    Come and learn about these plant pests so we can treat them or keep them off our island.

    Arnold Hara is an entomologist and extension specialist in the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences stationed at UH-CTAHR, Komohana Research and Extension Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Born and raised in Hilo, Arnold received his B.S. and M.S. in Entomology from the UH-Manoa, and completed his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California-Davis in 1982. Arnold minored in plant nematology. Hara has been stationed in Hilo, Hawaii since 1982 with research and extension duties in pest management of floricultural crops. Hara focuses on preharvest and postharvest control treatments in a systems approach to quarantine security. Some of his research accomplishments include the development of heat treatments to control quarantine pests, including the invasive coqui frog and plant-parasitic nematodes.

    There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting.
    Each attendee will receive one free ticket.
    Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

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  • Landscape Industry Certified Technician Information Session

    Date Tuesday January 28, 2014
    Place Maui Community Service Bldg
    next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
    Time 6:30 PM
    Time Featured Speaker — 7:00 PM

    Pupus will be served

    MALP is bringing landscape certification and training classes to Maui. This program will provide class participants with a national certification in ornamental maintenance. The LICT program (formally CLT – Certified Landscape Technician), is run through the Professional Land Care Network (PLANET). You can find out more information at www.landcarenetwork.org/certification/index.cfm.
    Why should you get certified?

    • Hawaii state contracts now require you to have an employee with LICT on staff.
    • Certifications make your company more attractive to clients.
    • Continuing education is necessary to keep up to date in our industry.
    • Much like having an arborist certification, use this certification to enhance your other credentials.

    Garrett Webb is the state administrator for Hawaii. He will be available to answer all of your questions.
    The classes are scheduled to begin in April. So come on Tuesday night and have all of your questions answered! Help MALP make this program successful so we will be able to bring more programs like this to Maui in the future.

    Raffle:

    There will be a raffle at the end of the meeting.
    Each attendee will receive one free ticket.
    Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.
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