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Our Mission
The mission of the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is to foster appreciation and understanding of Maui Nui’s plants and their role in Hawaiian cultural expression by providing a gathering place for discovery, education, and conservation

Cultivating widespread preservation, conservation, and integration of Hawaiian plants throughout Maui Nui

‘Oia’i’o (integrity, truth), Malama (stewardship, preservation), Ho’ala Hou (re-awaken), Ho’ona’auao (education, enlightenment)

Board of Directors:

Cynthia Nazario-Leary

Kathy Baldwin

Jennifer Higashino

Assistant Secretary
Janet Allan

Bob Hobdy

Assistant Treasurer


Renee Leiter

Kale‘a Makanui

Dorothy Pyle

Nāpua Greig-Nakasone


Chris d’Avella: Plant Collections Manager
Chris has a  Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Environmental Studies: Agroecology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and brings his experience in farm and nursery production of food crops and ornamentals, strong data management skills, and an interest in taking an ecological approach to agriculture.”

Whit Germano: Program Manager
Whit was born on the Big Island, and raised in Maui.  He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, and holds a B.A. from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.  Whit has been managing MNBG's programs and events since May 2010.

Tamara Sherrill: Executive Director
Tamara is in her tenth year working for Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.  She was the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens' Nursery Manager and Curator from 2002-2005 and helped collect and establish the Gardens’ current collection of plants. She was active with the Native Plant Society during this time, the organization that assisted Rene Sylva in the creation of the Garden in the late 1980’s.  She left in 2006 to complete her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from University of Hawai'i.  While she attended school, she also worked as a research assistant for the university and as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  She returned to MNBG in 2009 to become the Garden Manager, and is currently serving as Executive Director.  Since 2009, she has prioritized building and verifying the Gardens’ collection of pre-European contact Hawaiian varieties of kō (sugarcane), kalo (taro), mai‘a (banana), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ‘awa (kava).  From 2011 until the present, she has been working with a grant from the Ceres Trust to create “huli bank” of verified Hawaiian kalo cultivars.  More than 60 varieties of Hawaiian kalo are being grown for distribution to Maui farmers and other growers as part of a statewide effort to mālama Hāloa.


Nameaaea Hoshino: Kalo Varieties Manager 

Kaulana Pu'u: Grounds Keeper & Maintenance


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