About Town 1-18-14


School for adults offering classes

Waipahu Community School for Adults-Kona Campus is registering for beginning line dancing and Hawaiian olelo classes. Registration runs through Jan. 24. Office hours for registration are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, except holidays.

For more information, call 327-4692.

Fruit growers group meeting Monday

The West Hawaii chapter of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the University of Hawaii Experiment Station in Kainaliu across from Aloha Theatre. The meeting will feature Executive Director Ken Love discussing his recent fruit hunting trip from the tip of the southern Philippines up to Hokkaido, Japan. Nonmembers are welcome. All attending are encouraged to bring fruit for sampling and talk story.

For more information, contact Brian Lievens at 895-8753 or Love at 323-2417.

Day of service slated at Waimea Middle School

An “I KAIR” Campus Cleanup Day, as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which is celebrated as a day of service, is planned from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Waimea Middle School. Volunteers should come dressed to possibly get wet and dirty, wear covered shoes and bring weather protection and gloves.

Planned projects include: power washing building exteriors; painting yellow safety striping on walkways, stairs and hand rails; trimming overgrown shrubbery; cleaning office exterior mural and windows; and painting outdoor picnic tables. Eye and ear protection will be available for those running the power washer.

For more information, call Patti Cook at 937-2833 or the school office at 887-6090, ext. 222.

Workshop to explain record keeping requirements for pesticide use

The University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ Risk Management Hawaii is conducting a workshop on record keeping requirements for the Worker Protection Standard and the Restricted Use Pesticides Regulation.

The workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Waimea Civic Center conference room, 67-5189 Kamamalu Road in Waimea.

Derek Shigematsu, an environmental health specialist for the state Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Branch, is the guest speaker. He will explain how proper record keeping of pesticide use helps agricultural owners, employers and managers better manage their production, labor, marketing and legal and financial risk. Good record keeping is also a prerequisite for crop insurance and disaster assistance.

Workers and applicators are at risk when handling and spraying pesticides. Further, neighbors, property owners and managers, children, pets, consumers and the environment can also be put at risk if there is improper use, handling, storage and disposal of pesticides. Workers, pesticide applicators, agricultural growers, owners, employers and managers will learn how to be compliant and how to implement the requirements thereby minimizing their risk of noncompliance and citations.

This class may be worth one credit toward pesticide recertification, with approval from the Department of Agriculture. Those interested should bring their pesticide card.

To reserve a spot, call 887-6183 or email mddiaz@hawaii.edu by Wednesday.