The University of Hawaii was one of 20 land-grant universities invited to participate in this year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. CTAHR's participation in this event helped celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the Morrill Act that promoted the development of agriculture instruction at higher level academic institutions across the US.

From June 27 to July 8 members of the college joined a large group from the Hawaiinuiakea School for Hawaiian Knowledge in the DC mall where they shared information about local projects and the culture of Hawaii. Dr. Ethel Villalobos and Mr. Scott Nikaido from The UH Honeybee Project "talked story" to the public, sharing about the programs efforts to control new bee pests including the varroa mite and the small hive beetle, while at the same time showcasing the new beekeeping programs for farmers on Oahu and Molokai that emphasize the need for sustainable pollination in agriculture.

The Hawaii tent was always busy with festival visitors, and the combination of hula, lei making, aquaponics displays, a small lo'i kalo plantation, Hawaiian language instruction and culture, star navigation, native plants, lomi lomi, and traditional medicinal practices, gave the public a wide variety of options.

The UH bee team was honored to attend and represent the college at this important event and we wanted to share with you some of the images of the event that we hope you enjoy!

Video links to Hula perfomances at the Festival.

Photos from the festival at the Smithsonian website.

Article at the Smithsonian website.

AIDS memorial quilt.
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