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Agricultural Experimental Stations and their publications: Hawaii


Station History

University of Hawai‘i  cooperative extension service logoThe Cooperative Extension Service was created in 1914 with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act but it had no immediate effect on the Territory of Hawai‘i, which was excluded from the provisions at that time. The University of Hawai‘i developed its own version of an extension program, which was the basis of a successful appeal to Congress after several years of struggle for Hawai‘i's inclusion in the Act in November 1928.


4-H, like other Extension programs, began long before the introduction of the Smith-Lever Act to Hawai‘i. Under the auspices of the Federal Agricultural Experiment Station and the leadership of Frederick G. Krauss, Harvey F. Willey, and Mabel Greene, 4-H Clubs were launched in 1918 with a 31-member pig club on Mau‘i. In 1923, Miss Greene integrated the 4-H Club work under the public schools with teachers who were trained in agriculture and home economics. By 1926, there were 4-H Clubs on Oahu , Hawai‘i, and Kaua‘i, too. That year, the Pollyanna 4-H Club of Honolulu exhibited at Chicago and won a national prize; it was the first time a club had participated from such a distant place as Hawai‘i.

Extension Publications


[Honolulu?] : The Service, 1960-[1981?]

no online access

Agricultural extension circular

[Honolulu?] : The Service, 1939-

no online access

Extension letter

Honolulu, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Hawaii.  -1948.

no online access


Contact Information

Kelvin T Sewake
Interim Associate Dean for Extension
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Office: Gilmore Hall 203B
Phone: (808)956-8397
Fax: (808)956-9105

Historic Photographs

Sugar-cane insects of Hawaii, 1911

Sugar-cane insects of Hawaii, 1911
Courtesy of Wikimedia