HCA presents Kanuha with the legislative award
The Hawaii Coffee Association presented Senator Dru Kanuha (D-Kona, Ka’u) with its first Legislator of the Year award. The Senate Majority Leader received an appreciation plaque made from a centuries-old fallen koa tree that once bloomed at Greenwell Farms in Kona.
Kanuha instituted legislation to expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coffee Berry Borer Pesticide Subsidy Program to address the industry’s newest disease challenge: Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR). The legislation extends the expiry date of the program to June 2023 and provides for annual subsidy caps per hectare of coffee treated.
“While our coffee industry has been challenged by CBB, CLR, and the implications of COVID, state lawmakers have faced unprecedented COVID-induced budget constraints,” said HCA President Chris Manfredi. “Nevertheless, Senator Kanuha listened to and understood our challenges and advocated this extension and expansion of funding to CLR management. This will make life a lot easier for coffee farmers in Hawaii and ensure their viability. We thank him for his guidance. “
Endemic to Central Africa, CBB was first discovered in Kona, Hawaii in 2010 and can be difficult to control. Female beetles lay eggs in the coveted coffee bean to feed their brood. Farmers combat CBB with an integrated pest control program (IPM) that includes agricultural sanitation measures and a commercially obtained biological control material.
First discovered in Sri Lanka in 1869, CLR can cause plant defoliation, resulting in decreased photosynthetic capacity and tree death. First discovered last October on Maui and the Island of Hawaii, the devastating pathogen can be controlled with an EPA-approved fungicide as part of an IPM plan.
To learn more about the association, visit www.hawaiicoffeeassoc.org.
Festival launches online marketplace
The Made in Hawaii Festival, the state’s most popular and longest-running show for Made-in-Hawaii products, launched its online marketplace on Friday. The online marketplace at www.madeinhawaiifestival.com features a curated selection of hundreds of local products from some of the festival’s most popular exhibitors.
“The online marketplace offers a one-stop-shop for curated, high-quality local products,” said Lauren Zirbel, executive director of the Hawaii Food Industry Association, the organization that organizes the festival. “It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy the convenience of online shopping while supporting the local community.”
The online marketplace has everything from clothing and household items to local food and snacks, jewelry, and more.
Tickets to the Made in Hawaii Festival, presented by the Central Pacific Bank Foundation and Mahi Pono, will also be available for pre-sale online starting September 20 at $ 13. The festival takes place on the holiday weekend of Veterans Day, November 11-14 at Ala Moana Center on Oahu.
Program aims to strengthen asthma trainers in Hawaii
The American Lung Association in Hawaii created a Virtual Asthma Educator Institute to increase the number of certified asthma educators in the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 106,000 Hawaiian residents live with asthma, and about a third of them are children. Every year in Hawaii, about 5,000 people visit the emergency room for asthma and another 1,500 are hospitalized.
The Virtual Asthma Educator Institute (AEI) is a three half-day preparatory course for those who wish to implement guideline-based treatment for asthma and for those who are qualified for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board exam. The institute will take place on August 31, September 1 and September 3 at 8 a.m.
The AEI is a professional training course aimed at frontline medical professionals such as nurses, nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians, medical assistants, pharmacists, other licensed or recognized medical professionals and educators with more than 1000 direct hours of asthma education who are eligible sit for the national asthma certification exam. The upcoming AEI will be held virtually in live stream format.
The trainers for this course are from the Pacific West, including several Hawaiian respiratory experts, including Dr. Edward Fong, MD, of Kapiolani Hospital; Kaberi Mozumder, MSN, APRN-Rx, PPCNP-BC, Hawaii Keiki Nurse, Pediatric Nurse, University of Hawaii at Manoa – School of Nursing; Dr. Chunrong Lin, MD with The Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu, Sullivan Care Center; Ron Sanderson DrPH, MEd, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, Owner of the Respiratory Center of Hawaii and Adventist Health Castle, Director of the Retired Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Function Laboratory; and Dr. Brian Wu, MD, of Kapiolani Hospital.
For more information or to register for the event, the public should contact the American Lung Association at [email protected] or call 808-537-5966.