Message from Ken Love, Executive Director, Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers
It must have been close to 30 years ago when I first met Yonemoto sensei. Since then we have had hundreds of experiences together all revolving around tropical fruit.
Sometimes I don’t know what to call him or how to introduce him to others in Hawaii or even in Japan. Dr., sensei, Yoshimi, John, which is what he seems to prefer. I just just think of him as one of my best friends and am so honored to be learning from him.
In fact, when of the first papers I tried to read in Japanese was his hakase dissertation. With all of his puplications and mine between the two of us we must have covered 200+ species of fruit.
One of the things I admire most is that he doesn’t stop learning, a most admirable trait for all of use at any age.
Yonemoto sensei has helped many of our growers in Hawaii who have been to a few seminars and workshops. Those who started to follow him ten years ago can show remarkable results on pruned mango, avocado and many other cultivars like white sapote and cherimoya.
When I’m speaking at other seminars, someone always asks when I’m going to get that guy back to hawaii from Japan. What a foot print he has left for us! My goal has always been to help our growers achieve the quality of fruit in Hawaii that there is in Japan and Dr. Yonemoto is always there to answer the tough questions.
Thank you my friend for helping so many of us.