On June 18th, 2022, at 8:30 am to 11:30 am, at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Instructor and HILA Board member Tony Savarese, taught 22 landscape technicians, four who were Certified Arborists, do a complete hands-on maintenance service on a chainsaw provided at the class. Some brought their own chainsaws! With tools and practice chainsaws provided by the instructor. Topics included a hands-on maintenance demonstration; common chainsaw failures and how to avoid them; matching chainsaw chains; chainsaw sharpening tools; and a buying guide for understanding specs and features when purchasing a new saw. Included were other machines; string trimmers, 21” mowers, hedge trimmers and Blowers. CEUs were given to Certified Arborists, and LIC Technicians. Work gloves and fresh bottled water were provided for each person, and students were encouraged to bring pen and paper for taking notes, sunscreen, and hats.
Extension Agents Ty McDonald, Hannah Lutgen took part in the class. and UH Extension Agent Russell Gallanti, attended the class and took photos and videos. Larry Borgatti, County LICT Chair, came all the way from Kuai to watch the class. Larry will be getting a Class together on Kauai in the near future. A round of applause was given for Tony Savarese who provided a great class. Everyone attending came away with lots to learn and information to take back to their jobs. See you next time for Class!