The public is invited to take an up-close look at some exciting research and outreach activities in Hawai‘i agriculture.
Who: UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)
What: Will host its 20th Waimanalo Research Station Field Day
When: Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Waimānalo Research Station, 41-698 Ahiki Street
Visitors will have the opportunity to see:
* corn field trials.
* Kapi‘olani Community College’s Culinary Program.
* organic pepper and eggplant field trials.
* biotechnology outreach program.
* taro varieties collection (over 90 varieties).
* plumeria tree collection.
* cacao project.
* biofuel project.
* USDA erosion control project.
The public is encouraged to bring water and wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen, comfortable loose fitting clothing and hats for sun protection.
The Waimanalo Research Station Field Day has grown from the popular Waimanalo Corn Field Day, which was founded by Dr. James Brewbaker. He originally created the event to showcase new corn hybrids that were bred to combat maize mosaic virus. Brewbaker also co-founded Hawai‘i’s seed corn industry in 1966.
The 128-acre Waimanalo Research Station is one of 22 active research field facilities statewide managed by CTAHR. In addition to corn, many other vegetables such as tomato and eggplant varieties have been bred at the station. Seeds from CTAHR’s vegetable breeding research are available through the college’s Seed Lab.
The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), established in 1907 as the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, is the founding college of the University of Hawai‘i. The college is an integral part of UH Mānoa’s Carnegie I Research Institution designation and is the Land Grant college of the University of Hawai‘i system. CTAHR is federally mandated to fulfill the University’s threefold Land Grant mission of instruction, scientific research, and outreach to address State needs. No other college in the University of Hawai‘i has such an extensive mandate or interacts so closely with the citizens of the State. For more information, visit www.ctahr.hawaii.edu.