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It’s for real!  Kamehameha Schools, Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation and Ulupono are holding a contest for farmers who first develop good business plans, which will help achieve successful agriculture operations. Five-year leases will be awarded on agricultural lands on Oahu, Molokai and Hawaii Island. There are several rounds of the competition.  The first deadline is ...
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Want to Learn How to Become a Farmer?

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 in Main

As long-time farmer Ed Otsuji says, “Gardening is fun.  Farming is hard work.” The Pacific Gateway Center is offering a free two-month program to teach beginning farmers the skills that will help make them successful.  This next session runs from mid-June to mid-August and the deadline to register is June 13th. Program participants will learn ...
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A very warm Mahalo to the estimated 400 people who participated in the first-ever Made with Aloha to Honor our Veterans event this past Saturday.  It was standing-room only at the Plant Quarantine Branch as individuals, families and community groups spend hours sewing lei for veterans interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at ...
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May 24, 2013NR13-08  HONOLULU –  Military personnel at Hickam Air Force Base captured a small snake yesterday afternoon in a maintenance bay near the airfield.  Inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture were called and took custody of the foot-long snake.   The snake was later identified as a juvenile ornate tree snake (Chrysopelea ornate) ...
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A free workshop will be held for Maui farmers on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 6 p;m; at the Community Service Building at UH Maui College, 310 W Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului. Topics will include: Agricultural Pesticide Use Food Safety Program Spray Calibration and Coverage Spray Calibration Demo Food & Drug Produce Testing ...
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The public is ivited to help sew lei to honor our veterans for the upcoming Memorial Day. HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Branch will open its facility for a huge lei-making event: Saturday, May 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Plant Quarantine Branch, 1849 Auiki Street (Click here for map)Free parking!   HDOA will provide locally ...
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Aquaponics in Hawaii Conference

Posted on May 6, 2013 in Main

If you are interested in aquaponics, don’t miss this Aquaponics in Hawaii Conference on May 25, at Windward Community College.  The conference will feature the most progressive aquaponics entrepreneurs who are finding their niche in the growing sustainable industry.  From backyard to commercial operations, this opportunity to share and exchange information will be valuable to ...
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Hawaii News Now reporter Keoki Kerr asked to see how cargo inspections are conducted with the a crew of HDOA Plant Quarantine inspectors at Honolulu International Airport. Mahalo to inspectors Rex Haraguchi, Carrie Itoman, Nathan Paracuelles and Glenn Sakamoto for helping to inform the public about the important work HDOA does. Here is a link ...
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Mahalo to the compassionate and generous HDOA staff, who made donations to the Hawaii Foodbank.  According to preliminary totals, HDOA raised $2,119.40, well over the Foodbank’s goal of $813! Also donated were 13 boxes of food and five bags of rice! Special shout-out to the Foodbank fundraiser volunteers who planned and executed three fundraising events ...
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The current issue of Hana Hou!, the inflight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines, features an article on HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Branch and the work they do to intercept and capture invasive species. Also in the issue is an article on well-known Big Island beekeeper Garnett Puett, that discloses a little-known talent that keeps him busy.  To ...
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