Who We Are


Spectra Analytical Lab was founded on June 4th,2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii to help provide precise analytical testing to Hawaii‘s newly emerging medical cannabis industry.

As an accredited ISO/IEC 17025-2017 laboratory, Spectra Analytical Lab serves as a third-party interface between the Hawaii department of Health (HDOH) and medical cannabis dispensaries. Our mission is to meticulously verify that cannabis flowers and products meet the stringent quality standards mandated by the HDOH. Through rigorous testing, we uphold the safety and well-being of medical cannabis patients, making this process an essential cornerstone of their care. We are committed to public safety and ensure full laboratory compliance and testing guidelines to build a safer cannabis industry in Hawaii.

Your experience at Spectra Analytical starts with a dedicated team of scientists to help with all your needs.

Cannabinoid Testing

Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring chemical compounds found in cannabis and hemp. Cannabinoid profiles (potency testing) offer producers and consumers a better understanding of the cannabinoids present in a sample (flower and/or manufactured product). Potency testing therefore aids in dosage determination and quality control.

Terpenes Testing

Terpenes are aromatic compounds that give cannabis its unique scents and characteristics. Known to be bioactive, terpenes in cannabis not only provide aromatherapy but may also enhance the effects of THC and CBD in the body. Current research indicates that numerous terpenes work harmoniously, creating a phenomenon known as the 'entourage effect' within the endocannabinoid system. This promising synergy may pave the way for alternative medicinal approaches or therapies, offering potential benefits to patients seeking relief through medical cannabis.

Microbiological Testing

Microorganisms found in cannabis flower and cannabis products have the potential to be harmful to patients when consumed or inhaled. In most states, pathogenic organisms such as Aspergillus spp., E. coli, Salmonella spp., and fungal biproducts called mycotoxins are deemed necessary to test.

Residual Solvent Testing

Chemical solvents (ex: butane, ethanol, pentane, etc.) are often used during extraction and manufacturing processes of infused products and concentrates. Constant inhalation or consumption of these solvents can have carcinogenic and toxic effects to the human body.

Heavy Metal Testing

Heavy metals are elements classified by their high density, as well as their biological and chemical behavior. Exposure to large amounts of these metals can lead to harmful toxic effects, such as cancer, organ failure, and even death. Due to common use and prevalence in the environment, certain heavy metals – cadmium, lead, arsenic, and mercury – have a higher potential for causing harm.

Pesticide Testing

Pesticides used in agriculture can be potentially dangerous and pose great health risks. The cannabis and hemp cultivation industries are no different. Exposure to pesticide residues at high levels can be toxic to patients and consumers.

At Spectra Analytical, we are committed to quality testing and customer service.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at info@spectrahawaii.com or call (808) 735-5227.
Michael Covington, MS
Chief Executive Officer
    Michael Covington, earned a BS in Plant Physiology from the University of Florida in 1994 and a Master of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2003. Currently Mr. Covington is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Spectra Analytical.

    Mr. Covington has extensive experience in laboratory management, analytical instrumentation, ISO compliance, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Covington has been working in the cannabis industry for over 5 years, including cannabinoid profiling, cannabis chemistry, and cannabis product R&D. Mr. Covington has 20+ years of experience in project management in the fields of commercial construction, engineering, solid and hazardous waste cleanup, wetland reclamation, and hydraulic restoration.
    Nelson Lazaga, PhD
    Chief Operating Officer
      Dr. Lazaga is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Spectra Analytical. He joined after finishing his PhD from the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Pharmacology in July of 2017 from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM).

      As a trained virologist, Dr. Lazaga's dissertation was titled "Investigation of archetype human polyomavirus JCPyV cellular tropism and genomic alterations in JCPyV pathogenesis”. He also completed his Master of Science degree in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering from UHM. His hobbies include tennis and eating. He also ran the Honolulu marathon 6 times.
      Shalin Ranjitkar
      VP of Scientific Operations
        Shalin Ranjitkar is the VP of Scientific Operations at Spectra Analytical. Nepal born, he finished his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Allied Health from Winona State University, Minnesota.

        Prior to joining Spectra Analytical in September 2017, Shalin worked as an Analytical Chemist in the pharmaceutical and food testing industry for three years. He is enjoying the greener side, enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Loki and Gummy.
        David Petersen
        Quality Manager
          David Petersen became the Quality Manager for Spectra Analytical in February of 2021 after moving from Chicago, where he attended Loyola University Chicago – studying and conducting research in microbiology and immunology. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology at Schreiner University in Texas.

          In his free time, he enjoys crocheting stuffed animals that he donates to different health-related organizations.
          Aloha Garo
          Analytical Scientist
            Aloha Garo joined Spectra Analytical as an Analytical Scientist in October of 2022. From a small town located on the North Shore of O`ahu, Aloha graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative & Organismal Biology and a minor in psychology. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a concentration in Health Administration at Chaminade University.

            "I love being adventurous. You can catch me trying out new restaurants/cuisines, at the beach, baking, or especially at concerts of all music genres!"
            Colin Aono
            Analytical Scientist
              Colin Aono joined Spectra Analytical February of 2023 as an Analytical Scientist. Originally from Southern California, Colin moved to Hawaii in 2010 to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology.

              In his spare time Colin likes to fish, dive and do anything ocean related.