2021 University of Hawaii Turfgrass and Landscape Pest Management Webinar Series


Webinar series is free of charge, brought to you by UH Manoa Turfgrass and Landscape Pest Management Program, and CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service with the support of the HGCSA. –

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4:00 – 5:00 pm on Tuesdays in April 2021 –

Live on Zoom: Webinar Zoom link will be provided to registered participants.

Certified Educational Units

  •  1.0 HDOA Pesticide CEU for categories: Private 1 and Commercial 1a, 2, 3, 6, 9 &10.
  • 1.0 LICT CEU.
  • 0.10 GCSAA points (0.10 each for April 06 and April 13 webinars).
  • 1.0 ISA CEU (1.0 each for April 20 and April 27 webinars).
    * CEUs pending confirmation from HDOA, LICH, GCSAA, and ISA.
April 06, 2021Management of several important turfgrass and golf course pests in Hawaii: take-all patch, mini ring, frit fly, and rover ant. Dr. Zhiqiang Cheng, UH Manoa.
Registration link (by April 02, 2021):
https://forms.gle/S3Q1wVTFxk6LTtbMAA
April 13, 2021Grassy weed control at West Loch golf course, case history with 200 gallon sprayer with 20ft. boom. Dr. Joseph DeFrank, UH Manoa (retired).
Registration link (by April 07, 2021):
https://forms.gle/CdHEnDEbbDgYXtHn9
April 20, 2021Management of several important landscape pests in Hawaii: lobate lac scale, Ficus stem and leaf gall wasps, and hala scale.
Dr. Zhiqiang Cheng, UH Manoa.
Registration link (by April 14, 2021):
https://forms.gle/2AYnJeVjv9QHTtSV6
April 27, 2021Research update on chemical and biological control of coconut rhinoceros beetle in Hawaii.
Dr. Zhiqiang Cheng, UH Manoa.
Registration link (by April 21, 2021):
https://forms.gle/VdWA3WRnchr1Ya6L6

Organized and hosted by:
Zhiqiang Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Dept. of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, CTAHR, UH Manoa

Questions or for additional info, please contact: Dr. Zhiqiang Cheng (cheng241@hawaii.edu)

 

Hawaii Water Service Enters Into Agreement With KCSI to Acquire Keauhou Wastewater System on Big Island

MarketScreener
by Yvonne Kingman –

Hawaii Water Service (Hawaii Water), a subsidiary of California Water Service Group (Group) (NYSE: CWT), has entered into an agreement with Keauhou Community Services, Inc. (KCSI) to acquire its wastewater system assets and provide wastewater utility service to its customers in Keauhou on the island of Hawaii. The purchase is subject to due diligence and approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

KCSI serves more than 1,500 residential, hotel, and commercial customers, along with the Keauhou Bay Facility and Kahaluu Beach Park, and provides effluent to Kona Country Club, Inc. for golf course irrigation. Hawaii Water has already been operating the Keauhou system since 2018 through an operation and maintenance contract. The utility will continue to invest in local wastewater system infrastructure to keep service reliable for customers and protect the environment.

“We appreciate KCSI’s confidence and trust in us to continue providing reliable, high-quality service to its Keauhou customers,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, Group President and CEO. “We look forward to providing Keauhou residents, businesses, and visitors the same quality, service, and value all of our customers on the islands have come to expect and deserve, both now and for generations to come.”

Hawaii Water provides water and wastewater service to many communities located on Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii Water is a wholly owned subsidiary of California Water Service Group, which also includes California Water Service, Washington Water Service, New Mexico Water Service, CWS Utility Services, and HWS Utility Services. Together, these companies provide regulated and non-regulated utility service to more than 2 million people in over 100 California, Washington, New Mexico, and Hawaii communities. Group’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CWT.” Additional information is available online at www.calwatergroup.com.

Wailea Blue Course, closed since July, to reopen Dec. 20

The Maui News
by Robert Collias –

Barry Helle has worked in a quiet office since July 6, but he will welcome the return to louder, more normal times in a few weeks.

The Wailea Golf Club announced Wednesday that the Wailea Blue Course will reopen on Dec. 20. Helle, the general manager of the Blue Course, could not be happier.

“It’s been quite a bit different, I’ve been coming to work every day,” Helle said. “It’s a lot quieter environment than I’m used to or what I like, but there has been some projects that I have been doing. The biggest one is we’re in the midst of changing our reservations and point-of-sale software to a whole new system.

“It will be up and running by the time we open the doors on the 20th.”

After emergency public health orders temporarily shuttered golf courses in the spring, the 18-hole course initially reopened in early May, but closed again on July 6 due to extremely difficult economic conditions brought about by the pandemic.

Helle has not stopped working as the protocols change often to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Golfers are now allowed to ride two per cart, but must wear a face mask until they reach the first tee.

“A lot of it has just been planning and gearing up to what it’s going to be like to run the golf course in this COVID era,” Helle said. “A lot of it has to do with extra cleaning of the golf cart and just addressing the overall sanitation issues.”

Flagsticks are left in the hole and players may choose to play out of a bunker or lift and place their ball out of the bunker because there are no rakes to reshape the bunkers after previous play.

“These are all protocols that have come down from the United States Golf Association and been adopted by pretty much all of the golf courses here in Hawaii,” Helle said.

The Blue maintenance staff has taken advantage of the break.

“I think the fairways and the greens are going to be pretty much the way we left it, which were in really good shape,” Helle said. “One thing that we’ve done, we’ve done some heavy maintenance on the fairways and greens, but they’ve pretty much recovered.

“We did it earlier to give it time to recover … really taking it down and letting it grow back nice and lush.”

It is not an opportunity the course was looking for, but nonetheless it was an opportunity.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities you normally wouldn’t get,” Helle said. “But our maintenance crew and our supervisor did a great job of coming up with the plan to take advantage and do things that you normally couldn’t do if you were operating.”

Now, with Maui tourism beginning to revive, the golf club determined it was time to reopen the Blue.

“We are very excited — and deeply grateful — to be at this point,” Helle said in a news release. “We always said we were going to reopen when the economy got a little better, we just didn’t know exactly when that would be. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming back staff members and loyal customers.”

For more information about green fees, COVID-19 policies and online reservations, visit waileagolf.com or call the Blue Course pro shop at 879-2530.

Hilo Muni Improvements Topic of Meeting

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Renovations to the Hilo Municipal Golf Course will be the subject of a public meeting later this month.

The county Department of Parks and Recreation said the meeting is being held to explain the project’s scope and gather public input.

It is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Hawaii County Council chambers on Aupuni Street.

Aging buildings at the Hilo Muni suffer from termite damage and other problems. The back side of the restaurant is shown.

The proposed project includes replacement of the pro shop, restaurant and two on-course bathrooms, and reconstruction of four greens. It will also involve various maintenance and repair work, including replacement of water lines.

Jason Armstrong, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation, said the work will also bring the golf course and adjacent driving range into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He said work on the design phase, which is expected to cost $1.5 million, has already begun.

Hilo Muni Improvements Topic of Meeting on July 22

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Renovations to the Hilo Municipal Golf Course will be the subject of a public meeting later this month.

The county Department of Parks and Recreation said the meeting is being held to explain the project’s scope and gather public input.

It is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Hawaii County Council chambers on Aupuni Street.

Aging buildings at the Hilo Muni suffer from termite damage and other problems. The back side of the restaurant is shown.

The proposed project includes replacement of the pro shop, restaurant and two on-course bathrooms, and reconstruction of four greens. It will also involve various maintenance and repair work, including replacement of water lines.

Jason Armstrong, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation, said the work will also bring the golf course and adjacent driving range into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He said work on the design phase, which is expected to cost $1.5 million, has already begun.

Armstrong said the department hopes to put the project out to bid early next year.

The renovations include replacement of two on-course restrooms. The one shown is located near Kawailani Street, near the tee area of the fourth hole.

He said the course, restaurant and pro shop will remain open during construction, which is expected to take 12 to 16 months to complete.

Pedestrian, vehicle and golf-cart traffic will likely be re-routed intermittently during construction, which will also require temporary modifications to play on the course.

At 165 acres, the Hilo Muni is the county’s largest developed recreational site. The course typically hosts about 80,000 rounds a year.

The county’s only golf course averages more than 200 rounds a day.

Hilo Muni Improvements Topic of Meeting on July 22 | Big Island Now

Golfer injured in bird attack sues the county

WAILUKU – A golfer who says he was attacked by a large bird at the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course is suing Maui County, alleging the county was negligent in failing to remove the animal from the course.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Wailuku resident Ray Sakamura was attacked after teeing off on the second hole Jan. 26. He suffered substantial bodily injury, including a compression fracture of his L-4 vertebrae, the lawsuit says.

The animal that attacked him is described in the suit as a “large bird that had taken up residence” at the course pond.

In a claim Sakamura filed against the county in March, he said he was golfing with five other men when a duck or goose “charged me and bit my pant leg.” He said he tried to back away and fell onto his back and side as the animal continued to attack, biting his hand hard enough to cause bleeding. He said he pulled the bird off and went to his cart to get a Band-Aid. Sakamura’s claim also says he suffered an L-4 compression fracture in his back from the attack.

Instead of removing the bird, the lawsuit alleges that the county “allowed the bird to reside on the property after it had attacked other golfers.”

The county also didn’t warn people using the golf course that there were animals on the course, the lawsuit said.

“Specifically, they failed to warn the general public of the presence of birds residing on the course,

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Lawsuit claims bird attack on Maui golf course

WAILUKU >> A golfer is suing Maui County for a bird attack.

Ray Sakamura claims in his lawsuit that he was attacked by a large bird at the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course. He claims he was golfing when a duck or goose charged him and bit his pant leg. He says he fell as the bird continued to attack and bit his hand. He says he suffered a back fracture.

The Maui News reported today that the lawsuit alleges the county allowed the bird to live on the property after it attacked other golfers and didn’t provide any warnings to the public.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Moana Lutey says the claim is meritless and there have no reports of anyone else injured by a bird on the golf course

Lawsuit claims bird attack on Maui golf course – Hawaii News – Honolulu Star-Advertiser