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Holoholo at Home: Mari’s Gardens


Zoom: Online


Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5:00pm - 6:00pm


We invite you to join us for a virtual "talk and teach" event featuring University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa alumnus Brendon Lau, manager of Mari's Gardens.

Mari’s Gardens is an 18-acre aquaponics and hydroponics farm located in Mililani, O‘ahu. Their mission is to promote sustainable living, organic urban farming, and buying local.

Hear the story of how Mari's Gardens came to be, how this family-owned business has grown and evolved over the years and how UH's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources helped prepare Brendon for what he's doing today. Plus, don't miss a Home Gardening 101 segment featuring helpful home gardening tips and tricks for various climates. Brendon will be joined by Ted Radovich, UH extension specialist, researcher and professor.

In addition, hear updates from Michelle Au, president of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Alumni Association (CTAHRAA), and learn about CTAHRAA's programs and initiatives.

For a limited time you can purchase a Mari's Gardens + UH Alumni gift set that includes curated items from Mari's Gardens and UH Alumni swag. Gift sets will be shipped out one week prior to the event. No international shipping at this time.

Event registration + Gift set

  • $30 Early Bird Ticket (from 4/27 to 5/10)
  • $35 Regular Ticket (from 5/11 to 5/18)

Event registration only (no gift set)

  • Free

Space and supplies are limited. Meeting ID and password will be emailed upon registration. If you have any questions, please email contact@uhalumni.org.

About the speakers

Brendon Lau
Manager, Mari's Gardens

Brendon Lau attended the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Engineering from 2005-2008. After discovering his passion for agriculture, he transferred to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources where he majored in Tropical Plants and Soil Science with an emphasis in nursery management. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2011.

While in college he helped his father Fred Lau to develop Mari's Gardens into a nursery and produce operation. Since then he also specializes in landscape contracting and maintenance.

Ted Radovich
Extension Specialist, Researcher and Professor, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Born and raised on O‘ahu, Dr. Ted Radovich is an alum of Future Farmers of America and the Peace Corps where he served as an agroforestry volunteer in West Africa. An extension specialist in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources with research and teaching appointments, he leads the sustainable and organic farming systems laboratory, teaches several courses and oversees 4 acres of certified organic land. His current state-wide program is focused on understanding how crop yield and quality can be optimized in agricultural systems that reduce reliance on conventional chemical inputs and increase use of ecological farming practices.

Michelle Au
President, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Alumni Association (CTAHRAA)

Michelle Au is a graduate of the CTAHR's Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS) Program. She is actively pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Entomology under the guidance of Dr. Mark Wright. For her graduate studies, she is working on a variety of projects. One of those studies analyzes the establishment and distribution of a new invasive caterpillar called the Arce Coerula. Simultaneously, Michelle is accessing the establishment rate of purposefully introduced predators and parasitoids in Hawai‘i to determine key factors that contribute to the naturalization of biological control agents.

In addition to her duties as president of CTAHRAA, Michelle is also serves as a CTAHR student ambassador.

About the Holoholo Event Series

Holoholo at Home is a virtual version of the Holoholo event series. Holoholo at Home aims to take alumni guests behind the scenes with local academic, business, and University of Hawai‘i leaders for an immersive virtual experience showcasing the wide-ranging knowledge and success of fellow UH alumni.

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