Growing Hawaii AgriculturePosted on Apr 15, 2019 in Main
May 9, 2019
HDOA Deputy Glenn Muranaka did a “walk-and-talk” this week through some interesting aquatic research facilities.
The first stop was DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources’ Coral Restoration Nursery at the Anuenue Fisheries Research Center near Sand Island. The active coral nursery and archive facility raises rare corals under laboratory conditions to preserve the species in case of catastrophic events that impact Hawaii’s coral reefs. The nursery studies the growth of corals and can raise corals up to 10 times the growth rate of coral in the ocean. Their work may help to rebuild coral reefs faster than nature.
Also at Anuenue, Glenn toured the sea urchin culture facility which is being used to increase natural stocks of sea urchins in Kaneohe Bay. The sea urchins are being used as a natural control for invasive seaweeds which grow rapidly and smother corals in the bay.
In the afternoon, Glenn toured University of Hawaii’s Marine Center at Pier 35 in Honolulu Harbor. UH maintains a fleet of research vessels; however, lack of funding has impacted the program’s ability to maintain a manned submersible.
The tour continued to the Oceanic Institute in Waimanalo, which is now Hawaii Pacific University’s aquatic research facility. In the past, the facility has spawned and raise moi (Pacific threadfin) to be raised in off-shore pens.
April 15, 2019
Agricultural Learning Excursion by New Deputy Glenn K. Muranaka
HDOA Deputy to the Chairperson Glenn Muranaka traveled to Hawaii Island on April 13, 2019 for an agricultural learning excursion led by KTA Executive Vice President Derek Kurisu.
Glenn visited Green Point Nurseries in Hilo and was impressed at what the Tanouye family has accomplished throughout the more than 60 years they have been in the floriculture business. Meeting with Green Point president Eric Tanouye, Glenn learned about the strong collaboration between the nursery and the University of Hawaii – College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in development of new varieties of anthuriums through cloning and tissue culture technology.
Glenn also saw the importance of strengthening support by HDOA by assisting the nursery industry through grants and encouraging legislative support so that Hawaii can remain an industry leader throughout the world.
Also on the Hilo tour, Glenn visited the UH-Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) at UH Hilo which prepares students for a broad and full understanding of basic factors involved in production, management, processing, distribution, marketing, sales, and services in the field of agricultural sciences.
Glenn met with Dr. Adrian Barnes, professor of their Aquaculture and Aquaponics Laboratory and Dean of CAFNRM and Dr. Bruce W. Matthews to discuss their programs and their insights on the future of ag as it relates to motivating our talented students.
The Deputy also visited the Agricultural Farm Laboratory at UH-Hilo and was led on an amazing tour by Dr. Lorna Tsutsumi of the beekeeping facility. UH-Hilo’s Beekeeping Program offers a beekeeping certificate for students and it has a hands-on laboratory at its farm in Pana`ewa.