Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers


  2018 conference

The 28th annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference was held at the Leeward Community College, Pearl City, Oahu, September 20-23, 2018 (agenda).


  • "Air Layering: An Old Practice with a New System for Tropical Fruits and Native Plant Preservation" by Dr. Joe DeFrank Link PDF
  • "Coffee and Macadamia Nut Pest Management, and the Statewide IPM program" by Mark Wright PDF
  • "Growing, packaging and marketing fruit in Australia – how we can up our quality in Hawaii" by Peter Salleras PDF
  • "Hawai'i Agricultueral Mediation Program" by Steve Bess and Teya Penniman PDF
  • "Malaysia or Holland Papaya" by Manshard PDF
  • "Murray Family Farms" by Steven Murray PDF
  • "Plant Bioloty and Tropical Agriculture Program at UH Leeward Community College" by Kabi Neupane and Heather McCafferty PDF
  • "Postharvest Handling of Minor Tropical Fruit" by Robert Paull PDF
  • "Research Supporting Tropical Fruit Growers in the U.S. Pacific Basin" by Marisa Wall PDF
  • "Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program Update" by J. Sugano, T. Radovich S. Motomura and J. Uyeda PDF
  • "Sustainable tropical fruit and nut research" by Alyssa Cho PDF
  • "The Clean Plant Network in Hawaii" by Michael Melzer PDF
  • "USDA HDOA Updates" by Sharon Hurd PDF
  • "USDA, NASS - Hawaii Field Office" by Kathy King PDF
  2017 conference

The 27th annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference was held at the Kaikodo Building in Hilo, Hawaii, September 22 - 29, 2017 (agenda).


  • "Facing Challenges": Old, New & Emerging Diseases Hawaii Island by Lisa Keith PDF
  • Postharvest Safety Tropical Fruits by Robert E. Paull PDF
  • Avocado Laurel Wilt by Tracie Matsumoto PDF
  • Fruit Forest Farm: Overview by Peter Salleras PDF
  • Fruit Forest Farm: Nuts & Bolts by Peter Salleras PDF
  • USDA/NASS Statistics Update by Kathy King PDF
  • USDA Postentry Quarantine by Heather Curlett PDF
  2016 conference

The 26th annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference was held at the Kauai Beach Resort, Lihui, Hawaii, September 30 - October 7, 2016 (agenda).


  • Growing and Harvesting the Best Avocados by John Yoshimi Yonemoto PDF
  • HDOA Market Development Branch Opportunities for the HTFG by Sharon Hurd PDF
  • Pruning for Avocado & Mango Production by John Yoshimi Yonemoto PDF
  • Sharwil Systems Approach for Movement to Northern States by Dorothy Alontaga PDF
  • UH-CTAHR Update by Robert Paull PDF
  • USDA Export Certification by Michael Muraoka PDF
  • USDA Postentry Quarantine by Heather Curlett PDF
  • USDA/NASS Statistics Update by Kathy King PDF
  • Value Added Products: A Brief Introduction to a World of Possibilities by Ernest Miller PDF
  2015 conference

The 25th annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference was held at the Kona Beach Hotel, Kailua Kona, Hawaii, September 24 - October 1, 2015 (agenda).


  • Distributor Experience with Food Irradiation on Produce by Bob Gerlach PDF
  • Soil Culture and Soil Health in Hawaii by Bob Shaffer PDF
  • Soil Culture, Soil Health and Food Quality in Hawaii by Bob Shaffer PDF
  • Australian Tropical Fruit R&D Update by Yan Diczbalis PDF
  • Exotic Tropical Fruit Travels by Yan Diczbalis PDF
  2014 conference

The 24th annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference was held at the Kahili Golf Course, Wailuku, HI, September 12-14, 2014 (agenda).


  • A Century of Progress with Vegetative Plant Propagation, J.E. Preece, HortScience, August 2014 PDF
  • Agroforestry: Participatory Domestication of Trees by Roger Leakey PDF
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service by Dorothy Alontaga PDF
  • Avocado in greenhouse by John Yonemoto PDF
  • Book Review: Living with the Trees of Life - Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture by Roger Leakey PDF
  • Hawaii Annual Statistical Bulletin (since 1945), USDA, link
  • Market Access Updates, USDA-ARS, Issue 16, Sept 2014 PDF
  • Multiple loss-of-function 5-O-glucosyltransferase alleles revealed in Vitis vinifera, but not in other Vitis species, Yang et. al., Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Sept. 2014 PDF
  • Phenology, Productivity and Profit by Robert Paull PDF
  • Plant Cloning: Macropropagation by Roger Leakey PDF
  • Pruning for Production by John Yonemoto PDF
  • The Potential of New Fruit and Nut Tree Crops by Roger Leakey PDF
  • Vegetative Propagation of Difficult Woody Plants by John Preece PDF
  • What Readers Say PDF
  2012 conference

The 22nd annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference was held at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Oahu Island, September 13-16, 2012 (agenda).


  • Agritourism, Agri-tainment, Multifunctional Farms, and Implications on Rural Development by Dr. Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang PDF
  • Cacao for Chocolate Update by HC 'Skip' Bittenbender PDF
  • Census of Agriculture PDF
  • Citrus Clean Plant Network in Hawaii Huanglongbing Diagnostic Laboratory by Michael Melzer PDF
  • Economic analysis – papaya pest management using standard treatments, kaolin barrier and horticultural oil PDF
  • Evaluation of Banana Clones for Commercial Potential In Hawaii by Scot Nelson & Gabriel Sachter-Smith PDF
  • Fruit Diseases Caused by Phytophthora by Janice Y. Uchida PDF
  • Hawaii Apiary Program by Danielle Downey PDF
  • DDOA Panel: Hawai'i Papayas: Utilized Production, Various Years PDF
  • The Pa'ina Hawaii Gray*Star Genesis Underwater Irradiator by Lyle Wong PDF
  • Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences (HNFAS) Panel by Stuart Nakamoto PDF
  • NRCS: Helping People, Help the Land PDF
  • A Comparison of Agricultural Input Prices: Hawai'i vs. Its Major Export Competitors PDF
  • Nutrition Research Update by Dr. Maria Stewart PDF
  • Olive Production and Processing as a Niche Market Industry in Hawaii by Wayne Iwaoka PDF
  • On-farm Biodiversity Conservation: The RC Fruit Conservation Farm by Dr. Roberto E. Coronel PDF
  • Papaya Pest Management by Leyla V Kaufman & Mark G Wright PDF
  • Producing Consistent High Quality Fruit in Japan by John Y. Yonemoto PDF
  • UHMC Food Innovation Center: Overview PDF
  • USDA Farm Service Agency Hawaii & Pacific Basin by Diane L. Ley PDF
  • USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine PDF
  • USDA: Quality of Irradiated Tropical Fruit by Marisa Wall PDF
  • USDA Rural Development by Chris J. Kanazawa PDF
  • Vision for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources by Dr. Maria Gallo PDF
  2011 conference

The 21st annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference was held at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort Keauhou-Kona, Hawaii Island, September 9-11, 2011.

The featured speakers were: Shree Padre, Dr. Kent Fleming, Howard Garrison, and Jeff Morsfelder.


  2010 conference

The 20th annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference was held at the Aston Aloha Beach Resort in Wailua on the Island of Kauai, September 24-26, 2010.

The featured speaker was Dr. Norris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Florida.

  • Grafting the Mango by Dr. Mike Nagao PDF
  • Mango Festival by Dr. Mike Nagao PowerPoint or PDF
  • Quality of Hawaii Avocados, moving towards import replacement
    by Dr. Marisa Wall, USDA ARS PBARC PowerPoint
  • Notice Based Process for developing export protocols by Dr. David Lamb, USDA APHIS PPQ PowerPoint
  2008 conference

The three power point talks by Dr. Ed Stover, Research Leader for the Horticulture and Plant Breeding Unit of the US Horticultural Research Laboratory, Ft Pierce, FL.:

  • Figs and Citrus in Hawaii, 2008, by Dr. Ed Stover PowerPoint
  • Fruit Diversity Treasure Trove for Chefs, 2008, by Dr. Ed Stover PowerPoint









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