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.

  • Growing Bedding, Shrubs, Landscape Trees, and Palms

    Date Tuesday January 26th, 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 the first meeting of 2010 will be Jimmy Jones of Pukalani Plant Company.

    Jimmy will share with us his many years of experience in growing the bedding, shrub and landscape trees and palms that he supplies the industry. He will be bringing a selection of plant material for a hands on demonstration of the different varieties available through his nursery.

    Jimmy is one of the founding members of MALP and is a key supplier of pants to the industry. He is the leading provider of vegetable starts to the island and is a supplier to Home Despot, Lowes and Kula Hardware among others.

    We will also hold MALP general election at this meeting. The positions of President, and two vocals are available. Susi Mastroianni , after three years as President will be stepping down into the past president slot. Donna Mann after faithfully serving MALP as a board member for over nine years is retiring from the board. Pam Gould also a founding member of MALP and who served for 2009 is also leaving. Gary Mohrlang has accepted to run as President. Any other interested parties to attend the January meeting. Please join us in voting for your board of 2010.

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  • Maintaining, Servicing And Troubleshooting Small Equipment

    Date Tuesday September 29th, 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.

    Our speaker for the evening is Wayne Nishida, Service Manager for Service Rentals & Supplies, Inc.

    Wayne will give a class on maintaining, servicing and troubleshooting small equipment. From his years of repairing and maintaining small equipment, Wayne is perfect for offering practical tips to get years of life out of your equipment.

    Wayne will be joined by Dan Honma, Golf and Landscape Sales Representative for Service Rentals & Supplies.

    There is nothing worse than downed equipment when there are jobs to be done. Everyone wants to ensure a smooth running work week. So bring your questions or even your troubled machine to tuesday’s MALP meeting!!

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  • 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.

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  • Healthy, Productive Soils are the Foundation of a Secure Food System as well as Creating Healthy and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens

    Date Tuesday May 27th, 2008
    Place J Walter Cameron Center Meeting Rooms

    95 Mahalani Street, Wailuku
    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 this evening is Dr Jonathan Deenik Soil Fertility and Soil Quality Specialist at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently he is the Assistant Specialist, Soil Fertility, at the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences. Dr Deenik holds a PhD in Soil Science from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

    Healthy, Productive Soils are the Foundation of a Secure Food System as well as Creating Healthy and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens. In Hawaii, where soil properties vary dramatically across the landscape, developing soil management strategies to maintain healthy and productive soils is challenging. Jonathan’s presentation this evening will include basics in soil science, soil formation and classification, soil fertility, soil quality, nutrient management, sustainable agriculture, and organic agriculture.

    Dr Deenik is developing a statewide soil nutrient management program related to tillage practices, integrated crop management, land use, and soil productivity, as well as develop applied research and extension programs related to soil nutrient management and teach Introductory soils classes.

    His extension program includes an education and training program in soil nutrient management for a wide variety of audiences and an active applied research program involving Hawaii farmers and ranchers.

    Dr Deenik is also a member and co-founder of Mohala i ka Wai, a grassroots community group on the Waianae Coast dedicated to preservation and restoration of fresh water resources and the promotion of natural resource conservation based upon the traditional ahupua`a model.

    It is easy to forget the importance of a healthy soil and its connection to what we see above the ground, join us for this informative evening on soils.

    (Our local CTAHR office at the MCC campus performs inexpensive soil tests. Contact them at 808 244 3242.)

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  • A Discussion on the Ti Plant with Artist Philip Sabado

    Date Tuesday May 26th, 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.

    This meeting we will be discussing Ti Plants (Cordyline terminalis) with Hawaiian artist Philip Sabado. Philip has painted and grows many of the different varieties of Ti plant.

    We will be looking at the value of the Ti plant within Hawaiian culture as well as sharing photos and art work on the many varieties of Ti. Philip will touch on propagation techniques and cultural diversity.Ti cuttings available as door prizes. For you Ti lovers out there – if you have an interesting variety you would like to swop for one you don’t have – bring a cutting or plant to swop!

    Philip Sabado’s art education began where he was raised on the island of Molokai. As the youngest of nine children, his mother always put aside enough money for colors and paper for the young artist.

    After serving in the army he returned to Honolulu to attend The Honolulu Academy of Art. In 1976 he chose to study art comprehensively in California and attended the prestigious Art Center College of Design as well as the Otis Parsons Institute of Design, both in Los Angeles.

    In 1980 he was selected as a member of the prestigious Los Angeles Society of Illustrators. He was also selected as well as one of the top fifty illustrators in the United States and was chosen to study at Columbia University in Paris.

    Philip now has his studio and art school on Maui. He has been commissioned for many art works and murals. For more information and to see Philips art work please visit his web site www.sabadostudios.com

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  • Conserving Water in Landscapes with New Advancements in Irrigation Technology

    Date September 23rd, 2008
    Place J Walter Cameron Center Meeting Rooms

    95 Mahalani Street, Wailuku
    Time Pupus will be served at 6:30 pm and the talk will begin at 7:00.

    Pupus and soft drinks served.

    As everyone knows, Maui is faced with water restrictions year after year. This has lead to a bill in committee at the Maui County Council designed to make mandatory water restrictions for all Maui residents. As landscape professionals there is an opportunity to become proactive towards conserving water. One way is to take a look at the irrigation systems we install or maintain and make changes to limit the amount of water we use while still having a healthy landscape.

    Troy Leezy from Hunter Irrigation will introduce and demonstrate new advancements in irrigation products designed to conserve water and increase water use efficiency.

    Bring your questions, this could be a very lively meeting.

    Our sponsor for the meeting is Hisco Irrigation. Hisco is located at 200 A Waiehu Beach Rd. in Wailuku. They specialize in everything in irrigation and distribute for Hunter Irrigation too. Visit their store or call Andre Adoloffo at 856-7676

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  • Different Types of Waterlilies, their Potting Methods, Planting Media, Pruning and Fertilizing

    Date Tuesday July 22nd, 2008
    Place J Walter Cameron Center Meeting Rooms

    95 Mahalani Street, Wailuku
    Time Pupus will be served at 6:30 pm and the talk will begin at 7:00.

    Pupus and soft drinks served.

    his evenings’ featured speakers are Dennis & Luana Mitchell of The Fish Shack. Their presentation will focus on the Different Types of Waterlilies, their

    Potting Methods, Planting Media, Pruning and Fertilizing. They will be able to also answer other pond related questions time permitting. We will have a few of their lilies as door prizes for the meeting.

    Dennis & Luana started out in 1993 with Waiehu Fish Farm which became Hawaii’s largest indoor tropical fish hatchery specializing in ornamental fish for the aquarium trade. In 1996, they opened the original “Fish Shack” on Lower Main in Wailuku. In 2002, they moved into a 5000 sq ft building next door.

    >Having made the decision to move entirely into the pond market, they located and moved into their new outdoor location at 70B Lono Ave. in Kahului in March of 2008.

    This newest venture is primarily focused on servicing commercial accounts which include hotels, landscape businesses, pool builders, etc.

    Waiehu Fish Farm/The Fish Shack celebrates it’s 15th year in business on Maui.

    New Outdoor Location on Vevau St. in Kahului TEL 873-9999

    A brief presentation of services offered by the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will also be presented by Ranae F. Ganske-Cerizo. The 2008 Farm Bill Programs are available to assist farmers, ranchers and nursery producers to improve the resources; soil, water, air, plants and animals on privately owned or leased land. In this time of drought and high production costs these program may be of help to you.

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