Annual CTAHR banquet

Sylvia Yuen, MRC Greenwood, Robert Paull

It is always a pleasure to attend an event hosted by the college that works with Hawaiʻi growers to bring us tasty and beautiful plants to enjoy at home and export abroad.

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ annual banquet honored one of those community partners. Harold Tanouye, president and owner of Green Point Nurseries on Oʻahu, received the 2011 Ka Lei Hano Heritage Award for his leadership in strengthening Hawaiʻi’s tropical flower industry.

The college’s floral handiwork was evident in the centerpieces like that held by Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science Chair Robert Paull, pictured chatting with me and CTAHR Dean Sylvia Yuen.

The college is involved in so much more, of course, as evidenced by the work of 2011 Outstanding Alumnus PingSun Leung (MS and PhD ’77). An international expert on aquaculture and fishery economics and regional economics, PingSun remains with the college as professor and chair in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

The May 6 banquet at the Ala Moana Hotel honored exceptional students, faculty, staff and alumni and community partners in other fields as well, from my own discipline of human nutrition to product design and merchandising and from natural resource management to bioengineering.