Hawai'i Forest Industry Association

Hawai`i Forest Industry Association
P.O. Box 5594
Kailua-Kona, HI

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Lloyd Jones

Mats Fogelvik

Peter Simmons

William Cowern
Stephen Smith

Nick Dudley
Lloyd Jones

Kip Dunbar
Mats Fogelvik

Mike Robinson
Peter Simmons

Don Bryan
Tai Lake
Larry Nitz
Bob Osgood
James Quinn
Sally Rice
Jay Warner
Ed Winkler
Aileen Yeh

Executive Director
Heather Gallo

Development Coordinator
Deborah Griffiths

Ka'upulehu Site Manager
Wilds Pihanui Brawner

Ka'upulehu Weed Control
Midge Casuga

Ka'upulehu Biological Services
Jill Wagner

Oahu Representative
Denise Hayashi

Ka'upulehu Education and Outreach Coordinator
Yvonne Yarber-Carter

Hawaii's Woodshow™ Consultant
Marian Yasuda

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Mele Kalikimaka!
From all of us at HFIA

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Hawaii's Woodshow 2008
November Show Brought Out the Best of the Best in Hawaii

The 2008 Hawaii’s Woodshow featured a wide range of dynamic works of art. We will be featuring more about the show in the months to come.

Artist, R. W. Scheurenbrand was awarded Best of Show for his Arch-Top Guitar made of curly Koa and Sitka Spruce.
Photo courtesy Mats Fogelvik

Artist Robert Holden’s rocking horse commissioned by Martin & MacArthur to celebrate Hawaii's Year of the Paniolo.
Photo courtesy Deborah Griffiths

Artist Alan Wilkinson's Dining Table made from Koa, Ebony, and Pheasantwood won the Award of Excellence.
Photo courtesy Heidi Wild

Sculpture by Artist, Frank McClure, entitled "Ehukai", made of Milo.
Photo courtesy Deborah Griffiths

Hawaii's Woodshow, the 16th annual statewide Juried Woodworking Show of the Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA), concluded recently and the results of judging have been announced. Categories included Open, Furniture, Turning, Sculpture, and Novice.

After entries were determined compliant with the technical rules of the show, judges reviewed each entry without knowing the name or trademark of the artist. Among the awards given at the event, "Best of Show" was presented on opening night to R. W. Scheurenbrand for his "Arch-Top Guitar." The magnificent piece was made of curly Koa and Sitka Spruce and was a custom-built left-handed guitar.

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Mark your calendars!

Hawai'i Forest Industry Association's
Annual General Membership Meeting

Hilo Yacht Club
77 Laehala Street Hilo HI 96720

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please join us as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary

Stay tuned for more information!

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Notice to Artists

New HFIA member, Aaron P. Lau, Owner of Simply Wood Studios in Honolulu, is seeking works from wood artists. Please see his website along with YouTube presentations www.simplywoodstudios.com or email Aaron: aaron@simplywoodstudios.com for more information.

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Hawaii's Woodshow 2009
Coming up soon!

HFIA is pleased to announce the Hawaii's Woodshow 2009 will be held at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Opening night
Friday, March 27, 2009
Open to the public
Saturday, March 28 - Sunday, April 5

More information to come in the New Year.

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Articles of Interest
National and international Forestry News

Fire danger minimal The Sept. 12 fire in Hamakua piqued the Hawaii Forest Industry Association's (HFIA) concern for these trees. After some investigation, we came to some interesting conclusions. Read Article

37,000 acres eyed for biodiesel
Waimea company wants to lease state land for fuel production. A Waimea company is seeking approval from the state Board of Land and Natural Resources to lease tens of thousands of acres of Hamakua forest land for biodiesel production. SunFuels Hawaii seeks an approval in principle for the lease of up to 37,263.87 acres of land for 50 years. Read Article

Biofuel race hitting full stride
Hamakua Biomass, Hu Honua vying for power. Two companies are vying for an opportunity to produce electricity from renewable resources found on the coast north of Hilo. There's only room for one. Read Article

Forests as fuel source
Two firms seeking to lease acreage in Hamakua area. The state land board gave conditional approval to two proposals to lease thousands of acres of land in Hamakua and North Hilo. Meeting in Honolulu, the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved in principle leasing up to 10,500 acres of state land for commercial forestry purposes to Hamakua Biomass Holdings, and required the company to hold a public presentation in the Hamakua area. Read Article

State moves forward on biodiesel leases
HILO -- The state Board of Land and Natural Resources approved in principle proposals from two separate firms to lease thousands of acres of state-owned land in Hamakua for biodiesel production. In order for SunFuels Hawaii LLC and Hamakua Biomass Energy LLC to ultimately receive permission to lease the state property for their individual ventures, the two companies first have to meet certain conditions. Read Article

UHH aids bioenergy plant plan
Scientists advise Hu Honua principals on suitable crops. As Hu Honua Bioenergy moves closer to starting up a 24-megawatt bioenergy plant in Pepeekeo, the company is working with the University of Hawaii at Hilo to figure out which fast-growing crops are best suited for burning to make electricity. The bioenergy company is holding a three-day conference with scientists from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources to learn the nuts and bolts of raising biofuel crops. The private conference kicked off Wednesday with about 20 company members and CTAHR researchers. The group was scheduled to discuss business plans and visit biofuel planting sites today and Friday. Read Article

Plans for energy independence set by Marine Corps
Chastened by high fuel prices, the Marine Corps wants its sprawling base at Kaneohe Bay to become energy self-sufficient by 2015. Its plan involves building a sizable solar power array around Kansas Tower Hill, which could be operating by next fall. Read Article

Tai Lake, Woodworker
Woodworker, Tai Lake, seeing the forest for the wood show. Read Article

Out of the Wooodwork
Woodworker Tai Lake sees wood transform from sprout to sculptures. Literally. Lake grows the wood – mostly koa – that he uses for his work on 100 acres in Honokohau on the Big Island. He even plants (and replants) trees to model a natural forest. Lake is no newcomer to sustainable prac-tices though. Read Article

Unwanted: Dead Or Alive: How Invasive Species Could Kill Our Economy
Eric Co emerges from the waters off of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa cradling a large "tumbleweed" of Gracilaria salicornia algae. The seaweed, also known as gorilla ogo, is dark, dense and, from a distance, resembles a large, dirty sponge or a disembodied extraterrestrial brain. Read Article

There's no magic bullet' for invasive species
The so-called last resort is sometimes the only hope. Such is the case with the state Department of Agriculture researchers who have been methodically testing and exploring the possibility of importing natural enemies to fight against two pesky, well-established exotic weeds. Read Article

Biocontrol tested for gall wasp
The state Department of Agriculture released Tuesday the first batch of tiny insects that are natural enemies of the Erythrina gall wasp, an insect that has devastated native wiliwili and coral trees statewide. The Plant Pest Control Branch released about 500 tiny wasps called Eurytoma erythinae, in a stand of native wiliwili trees in Liliuokalani Botanical Gardens in Liliha. About a dozen such releases will take place on each island. Read Article

Environmental committee to consider fight against fire ants
HILO -- Forget about coqui frogs, as there's another invasive species prevalent on the Big Island that is proving to be a far greater threat, some officials believe. The invasive little fire ant found its way onto the island in 1999, but efforts to control the tiny insect have so far proved fruitless. Read Article

Watershed Events
An increasing number of businesses are discovering that saving the rainforest makes good economic sense. It is hard to believe that 100 years ago, Hawaii, with only a fraction of the population it has today, had a fresh water problem. Actually, the Islands had a tree problem, which would have quickly led to water shortages across the state. Read Article

Water Shortages Demand Stewardship
Recent warnings of water shortages are a reminder of our tendency to focus dutifully on the short term while seeming to ignore the long term. If we are short of water now, what will the situation be for our children and grandchildren? Read Article

Now you can learn to deck the halls Hawaiian style
The holiday season is here. In just a few days, we will be gathering with friends and family to stuff a turkey and then ourselves, unless we decide to feast on local fish and poi, or just go to the beach. In any case, many of us will be adding seasonal decorations to our homes. Here in Hawaii, we have an abundance of flowers, tropical fruit and other unusual materials to use for our holiday decor. No one knows better how to decorate for the holidays than Scott Seymour. Read Article

Hawaii pushing value, but not forgetting image
It takes a lot more than sandy beaches and sunshine to sell Hawaii these days. Read Article

Pruning: a beneficial art for your garden
Good pruning can provide an artistic outlet while improving the appearance and health of your garden. Pruning also offers the chance to wield some control in what may seem to be an unmanageable world. Good pruning is good for your garden and good for you. So, grab your shears and let's go. Read Article

Peace can start in Hawaiian gardens and hearts
This is a great time to be alive, even though there are some really tough challenges ahead. During the election, I was attending the American Bamboo Society meeting in the Bay area and was amazed how most folks were celebrating with hope and faith that we are changing the course of history for a better America. As the results of the election came in, I received calls from Ghana, Togo, Haiti and Britain to congratulate us for our selection of a new president. With Thanksgiving behind us, I am reminded to be thankful every day that Hawaii has sent a message of aloha to the mainland in a very big way. Read Article

East meets West in Hawaiian gardens
Are you looking for a garden project now that the cool season is here? In Hawaii, China and Japan, rock and water are used to add interest to the garden. The stone water basins that usually stand outside the teahouses are an example of rock and water used on a small scale. Participants in the tea ceremony first wash their hands and at the same time, symbolically wash away the stain of the noisy and confused outside world. In almost any garden and for whatever reason, the gentle sound and sight of water dripping over cool stones is refreshing. Read Article

Kului is an excellent choice for sunny, dry locations
Planting native Hawaiian plants can be a great help toward gardening success. These plants have been growing here for thousands of years and are well adapted to the climatic conditions of their island home. Read Article

Living plants make great seasonal holiday gifts
It is fall and the holidays are just around the corner. You haven't even thought about what to get for family and friends yet? Don't panic. Relax and be creative at the same time. Read Article

Kealakekua field office installs 219 practices
Jeff Knowles, district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, advised the Kona Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors at its October meeting that for the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the Kealakekua field office had the second highest number of conservation practices installed in the state with 219 applied practices. The Hilo field office came in first with 296. Read Article

Profits to the Planet
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that it is launching a new conservation fund called the Earth Profits Fund. The fund will ask the world’s 500 wealthiest corporations to dedicate one percent of their profits to protect threatened forests, fisheries and other at-risk ecosystems around the world. IUCN, a Swiss-based nonprofit, is an environmental network comprised of more than 1,000 governmental and nonprofit organizations (also known as the World Conservation Union). The group is best known for producing and maintaining a Red List, the most comprehensive tally of the globe’s endangered species. Read Article

Made in Maui
Sampling Farm-Fresh Island DelightsBy Lora Shinn Most travelers to Maui take roads west, away from the airport in Kahului and toward sun, sea and sand, where high-rise hotels meet crowded boardwalks.But bearing east, the 42-mile road to Hana pulls drivers through 600 hairpin turns, down into verdant valleys and up toward vine-embroidered cliffs. Rainstorms pressure-wash the twittering, fruit-scented forest and add to dozens of thundering waterfalls. Lobster-like blooms hang from heliconia next to roadside stands, laden with mangos and macadamia nuts. Read Article

The Woodstove's Big Comeback
Cleaner-Burning, Energy-Saving Woodstoves Are Getting a Second LookBy Joe Provey Between 1973 and 1980, the price of crude oil increased sevenfold. Many homeowners wondered how they would heat their homes if prices continued to climb. Wood heat, long a home-heating fuel in the far north, began to sound like a good idea for the rest of the nation. Read Article

The Greenie Wars
When Green Groups Clash, It Leaves an Environmental ImpactBy Joanne Isaac The word "greenie" is universally recognized. A quick whiz around the web reveals a variety of definitions, my current favorite being "noun slang term for an environmentalist. Often used to deride such people, eg: 'That bloody tree-hugging greenie poofter.' Read Article

Green Plans for President-Elect Obama
Last week representatives from 29 different environmental, science and conservation groups presented their top policy recommendations to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team. The groups collaborated on a document laying out recommendations on key federal agencies and issues including land, air, water, oceans and public health, and calling for increased investment in clean, renewable energy as key helping create jobs and stabilizing the economy over the long-term. Read Article

GREEN LIVING: Money Matters Taking Our Inventory
"The planet cannot sustain capitalism as we know it." That sentence crops up throughout James Gustave ("Gus") Speth's latest book, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (Yale University Press). Speth, dean of Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, was a cofounder of both the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute. He also served as top environmental adviser to President Jimmy Carter and as head of the United Nations Development Programme for much of the 1990s. Read Article

Ko Hema Lamalama
The Fall 2008 issue of Ko Hema Lamalama may be viewed or downloaded from this link Read Article

Ko Hema Lamalama
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OR - Building a new wood products industry, A $2 million grant is breathing life into planning for a new sustainable wood products industry in Baker County capable of providing income for woodland owners and low-cost power, heat, wood pellets and firewood to the community. Read Article

WV - Wood Industry Looks for Niches to Fill Homebuilding Void, Challenging times are requiring more creative marketing for those affiliated with West Virginia's forest-related industries Read Article

Canada - Not Satisfied To Lumber Along, The provincial government is preparing to drop a lifeline to the struggling integrated sawmill industry, but it won't be in the form of handouts that mask the real issues, says Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale Read Article

Canada - Rona To Sell Wood Only From Companies That Protect Forests, By 2012, The largest Canadian home improvement retailer wants 25 percent of its wood sales to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council Read Article

MT - Swan Song: Measuring Pyramid's Political Weight In Seeley Lake, Pyramid Mountain Lumber still holds influence in its hometown of Seeley Lake, even as the regional wood products industry drifts toward political irrelevance. Whatever clout the locally owned mill has left, it would like to use now. Read Article

MT - Considering Co-Gen, Montana's oldest family-owned lumber company is on track to incorporate some of the industry's newest boiler technology at its plant just west of Columbia Falls Read Article

CO - NREL Ignites $3.3 Million Woodchip Boiler, The new system will heat NRELs South Table Mountain Campus laboratory buildings by burning woody biomass, including wood chips from trees lost to the regions mountain pine beetle epidemic Read Article

NS Canada - Its Impossible To Buy Them. People who burn wood pellets in the Halifax area are having trouble keeping the home fires burning. Read Article

NH - Wood-Chips-To-Energy Plant In Newington Appeals To Newly Elected Senator Read Article

NH - No Shortage Here; Pelletsales.com Has Tons of Wood Read Article

US- Notice of Funds Availability, The Biorefinery Assistance Program provides loan guarantees for the development, construction and retrofitting of viable commercial-scale biorefineries producing advanced biofuels. The maximum loan guarantee is $250 million per project Read Article

US- Wood Education and Resource Center Launches New Online Training Information Exchange System, The U.S. Forest Service WERC has created a new training information exchange Web site called HONE Read Article

INT- ImageTree, CATHALAC Collaborate to Build Carbon-credit Ecomarket Infrastructure in Latin America Read Article

OR - Big Future For Little Wood Products The future of that ailing industry, by contrast, might well depend on a lot of little things that loggers used to pile and burn, if they bothered to do anything with the stuff Read Article

Kl - energy dramatically increases yield rate and reduces overall cost of cellulosic, KL has been able to increase its overall glucose recovery rate by 56% per dry ton of wood Read Article

ONT - Can North Americas Largest Coal Plant Convert To Woody Biomass? Read Article

Manitoba - Recycled Wood Log a Green Burn, Put another log on the fire – and not the regular logs you've been using, says Ron Nowakowski Read Article

OR - Klamath Tribes acquire the Crater Lake Mill site, Enterprises being evaluated for the site include a bundled fire wood business, the manufacturing of wood chips, small diameter poles and posts, juniper products and green houses. Read Article

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Mahalo New and Renewing Members

Corporate ($300)
Robert M. Jolley-Chief Executive Officer, American Forest Management, Inc.

Business ($125)
Kelly Dunn, Wood Lathe Artist
Jill Wagner-Owner, Future Forest Nursery, LLC
Sandy Brodie-Owner, Kaua`i Koa Farm
Ron Kent, Artist
Aaron P. Lau-President/CEO, Simply Wood Studios
Martin Mansson- Swedish Woodwork & Design, LLC
Jorma Winkler-President, Winkler Woods, LLC

Individual ($35)
John D. Burke
Kahi Ching
Brian DeYoung
Shawn Fleming
Darrell D. Fox
Phil Green
Aaron Hammer
Stanley I. Hara
Lance "Mahi" La Pierre
Linda Larish
Thomas Pasquale
MCD Philpotts
Milton Rollins
Roger Sanchez
Bill Stormont
Richard B. Sylva
Sydney Vierra
Hank Whittington
Adel Youkhana
Keith Zeilinger

A special welcome to new Individual Members Kahi Ching and Darrell D. Fox; new Business Member Aaron P. Lau-President/CEO, Simply Wood Studios; and new Corporate Member Robert M. (Robin) Jolley-Chief Executive Officer, American Forest Management, Inc.

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HFIA Membership
Your Membership Counts

Membership Benefits:

  • Issues of HFIA's monthly e-newsletter;
  • Monthly Articles of Interest;
  • The quarterly Agriculture Hawai'i magazine;
  • The opportunity to list your business in HFIA's website Resource Guide and Directory;
  • The opportunity to rent a space in HFIA's Honolulu Inter-Island Airport Display;
  • The opportunity to vote in the election for the Board of Directors and an invitation to mingle with fellow members at the Annual General Membership meeting; and
  • A special invitation to the Hawaii's Woodshow™ opening night reception.
Your dues also help support HFIA's many programs and activities:

Advocacy: A voice at the legislature and in public forums promoting policies and actions which will foster healthy and productive forests;

Forest Science: Demonstration of techniques to restore and protect species in dryland native forests;

Information Exchange: In addition to the monthly newsletter and Articles of Interest, public symposia have been sponsored by HFIA as well as participating in exhibitions, conferences, and special events;

Marketing: Research into market strategies for commodity wood products and fine crafted products have resulted in the implementation of the Hawaii's WoodTM brand and the related creation of marketing materials and tools; and

Education and Training: Workshops for woodworkers featuring nationally-known guest woodworkers are held annually; Opportunities for professional improvement for loggers, landowners and managers, and others.

Individual: $35.00
Business $125.00
Corporate $300.00

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About this Newsletter

This is the monthly newsletter for the Hawai'i Forest Industry Association.

If you have suggestions, content or images that you would like to contribute to the HFIA Association E-News please contact Development Coordinator, Deborah Griffiths, deb.hfia@hawaiiantel.net, or Executive Director, Heather Gallo, hawaii.forest@hawaiiantel.net.

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About HFIA
Managing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, productive forests

The Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Hawai'i in 1989. Founded by and for people interested and directly involved in managing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, productive forests, HFIA has a diverse membership of over 200 individuals and businesses including: woodworkers, forestry professionals, sawyers, ecotourism operators, educators, environmentalists, government officials and interested citizens.

HFIA is primarily a volunteer-based organization, with a small staff on Hawai'i Island and independent contractors on O'ahu and Hawai'i Island. The Board of Directors includes eight Island Directors and nine At-Large Directors.

Since its inception, HFIA has promoted active public awareness of Hawaii's unique forest resources. As reflected in its diverse membership, HFIA is extraordinary for its founding premise that sustainability is based on an encompassing acknowledgement of the environmental, aesthetic, cultural/historical and economic aspects of this resource. We welcome you to join us.

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Hawaii Forest Industry Association - December 2008 Online Newsletter