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.

  • All about Palms with William Merwin and Leland Miyano

    Date Tuesday January 24, 2012
    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 will be served



    On January 24th we are proud to host guest speakers: William Merwin and Leland Miyano as they share with us their vast combined knowledge about palms. Their talk will include information on Hawaii’s palms, palm growth habits and conservation efforts.

    William Merwin, who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and is the recent US Poet Laureate, has lived and gardened on Maui for over 30 years. Most of his focus has been on cultivating palms from around the world. He has gathered approximately 800 different species of palms, creating a truly unique palm jungle within the rainforest of Maui’s north shore. His enduring gardening passion along with his legacy of being a successful poet will be preserved with the recently created “The Merwin Conservancy“.

    Leland Miyano, a good friend of Merwin, is an artist, landscape designer and author from Oahu. Leland has years of experience working with native palms throughout Hawaii and has worked extensively with many highly respected people in the field of horticulture and design. Leland’s numerous books include: Hawaii’s Beautiful Tree’s and Hawaii, A Floral Paradise. Leland’s own 1-acre garden in Kahalu’u is renown for its design and features numerous palms.

    Please join us for a very informative and special evening.

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  • Control Of Insect Pests In Hawaii Landscapes

    Date September 20, 2011
    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 will be served

    1 Credit hour for RUP Commercial Applicators Pending
    Certified Arborist’s will receive 2 ISA CEU’s

    Our presentation for the evening is the control of insect pests in Hawaii landscapes. Dr. Hara will discuss the various options of insect control such as, biological control, systemic insecticides, and insect growth regulators. Decision making on how best to treat insect infestations will be discussed. Examples of recent problem insects and their best control will be shown. After the presentation you should have a better understanding of how to effectively control pest problems in your landscape. Dr. Hara is the Ornamental Entomologist at the Komohana Research and Extension Center UH Campus in Hilo. His focus is on the development of pest management programs for tropical plants and landscapes. Meeting is open to all landscape and turf professionals and to the public. Pupu’s and refreshments are served.

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  • Ian Cole, Collection Manager and Curator for the Breadfruit Institute

    Date Tuesday July 26, 2011
    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 will be served

    Our speaker for the evening is Ian Cole, Collection Manager and Curator for the Breadfruit Institute. Ian manages the breadfruit collections for National Botanical Gardens at Kahanu Gardens in Hana and McBryde Garden in Lawai, Kauai. This extensive collection is the largest in the world and comes from countries all over the Pacific. The breadfruit, called Ulu in Hawaiian, is a very nutritious starchy food and is a staple of many Pacific Islanders diet. One of the Breadfruit Institutes goals is the propagation of breadfruit trees for agrofarming in tropical climates. To this end several varieties of breadfruit have been made available through tissue culture and a few of these varieties are perfect for planting in home lawns or in other landscapes.

    Ian will discuss the gardens breadfruit collection; projects of the Breadfruit Institute; and introduce us to breadfruit varieties that can be used as a landscape tree and food source.

    At the end of the talk we will have a raffle for a few specimen breadfruit trees grown from tissue culture.

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  • Submitting a Successful Farm Plan for County of Maui Ag Zoning Requirements

    Date Tuesday, May 24, 2011
    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 will be served

    Presentation by Tracy Stice, Broker in Charge, Hawaii Life Real Estate Services.

    Many have found the requirements by the County of Maui for a Farm Plan intimidating and confusing. Our speaker, Tracy Stice will introduce the Farm Plan and share his experience of successfully completing four plans himself.

    Tracy has been actively involved in the real estate business as a Real Estate Broker on Maui for over 30 years. One of his specialties is in the buying and selling of agriculturally zoned properties in the Upcountry and Haiku area. He is passionate about farming and sustainability.

    As part of his talk, he will use his Maliko Farm as an example of successfully implementing a farm plan.

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  • PLANT PONO with Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst

    Date Tuesday, March 22, 2011
    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 will be served


    Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst is a garden columnist for the Honolulu Star Advertiser and author of the book: Growing Native Hawaiian Plants.

    Heidi’s presentation is entitled PLANT PONO, in which she will speak and show a PowerPoint about the new and upcoming Plant Pono website, a tool to help grow and nurture our green industry of Hawaii and our forests and natural areas as well, by growing, designing, planting and maintaining high value plants that are not invasive weeds.

    Heidi’s credentials also include serving as Landscape Director at the Hale Koa Hotel; Director/Supervisor/Plant Propagator at the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Nature Conservancy Hawaii Oahu/ Lanai Preserves Manager; Education Coordinator HPCC/National Tropical Botanical garden; Horticulturalist, Sustainable Landscape Designer & Consultant, Arborist, and VIP Tour Guide.

    She specializes in native Hawaiian and drought tolerant plants, and sustainable and edible landscapes. Heidi is also a Founding and Board member of the Halawa Xeriscape Garden.

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  • Status of Fireweed Control on Maui

    Date Tuesday, March 22, 2011
    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 will be served


    Dr. James Kalani Leary from the University of Hawaii will bring us up to date on the progress made in controlling the noxious fireweed. As many of you know, fireweed has quickly become established in upcountry pastures after first being observed along roadsides in 2000. Now it is well established in Makawao, Kula, and Ulupalakua pastures. Fireweed produces a toxin that can cause illness, liver malfunctions and death to cattle and horses. Fireweeds success in spreading itself is due to the fact that one plant can produce up to 30,000 seeds that spread in the wind or on vehicle tires. It is now starting to be seen in West Maui and in home lawns down country and in Kihei. As Dr. Leary says, “Fireweed is not just a ranchers problem anymore- it’s everyone’s problem.

    MALP ELECTIONS
    As this is the first meeting of the year we need to have elections to the MALP board. After 5 years on the board I will be stepping down. I thank all of you for the great experience I have shared while serving MALP members and the green industry of Maui. Please come and share you vote. There is positions on the board available as vocals.
    Hope to see you there- Susi Mastroianni

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  • Right Tree Right Place – The Benefits of Trees

    Date Tuesday November 16th 2010
    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.

    Our presenter this month is Terry Nutt. Terry is a certified Arborist and extremely passionate about trees. Terry serves on the Maui County Arborist Committee and has been a long standing Board member for MALP. He has his own Landscape and Nursery company, A Nutt Nursery, on the west side. His talk will be fun and very informative. Terry will be covering Tree botany, tree placement, planting and the value of trees. Problems and solutions will also be discussed to encourage the community to incorporate trees into our Urban Forest.

    If urban trees could talk they would tell us tales about misuse, misplacement and their struggle to survive despite all the odds. Join us to learn ways to best serve our tree friends, because without them we are in serious trouble.

    There will be tree giveaways at the meeting.

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  • Native Hawaiian Plants: Species, Use and Common Problems in Landscapes

    Date Tuesday 28th September 2010
    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.

    Our speaker this month is Ann Emmsley from the University of Hawaii, Maui Campus. She an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Agriculture & Natural Resources Program.

    Selecting and incorporating native plants into the landscape is increasingly requested from clients. The added cultural links they provide helps create a garden that has roots to the islands that transcend our occupation of them. Ann will review a variety of native plants and examine their uses in landscapes as groundcovers, shrubs, trees or specimen plants. She will highlight other landscape aspects such as flowers, leaf color, texture and growth habits. Requirements of climate, fertility and soil type will also be covered. Problem pests and possible controls will be examined.

    Many of you may have taken a class or two from Ann in the past, so join us as she shares her knowledge of our indigenous plants.

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  • Smart Watering

    Date Tuesday May 25th 2010
    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.

    Our own Jim Kinney of HISCO will be informing us on Water Efficient Landscapes. More on this later.

    Hisco is located at 200 A Waiehu Beach Rd. in Wailuku. They specialize in everything in irrigation and distribute for Hunter Irrigation too.

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  • Common Plant Health Problems in Hawaii Landscapes

    Date Tuesday March 23rd 2010
    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.

    Our speaker for March is Dr Scot C. Nelson, he will be discussing Common Plant Health Problems in Hawaii Landscapes.

    Dr. Nelson has been employed as a plant pathologist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1992, having been stationed at Manoa, Hilo (his current location) and in Kona. He has experience with plant pests and diseases in landscape settings, at homes, businesses, tourist destinations and resorts throughout the state.

    An unhealthy plant can be suffering from many things including pests, cultural practices, environmental problems as well as disease issues. Plant pathology is a tough subject and it is one that is presented to the landscaper each day. Learn to identify some of the more common plant health problems in our landscapes. Dr Nelson is “The Plant Doctor” Visit his informative web site at http://www.plant-doctor.net. This educational meeting is presented by Maui Association of Landscape Professionals (MALP) Info call 268 9825.

    Blossom end rot is the softening, discoloration, and often disintegration of plant tissue at the blossom end of a fruit, caused by a calcium deficiency.

    Bacterial leaf blight is sudden, severe, and extensive spotting, discoloration, wilting, or destruction of leaves caused by plant-pathogenic bacteria.

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