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Programs and Events

Workshops, Cultural Demonstrations, and Garden Tours at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens are supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawai'i Community Foundation, and The County of Maui's Office of Economic Development.

Open Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
General Admission: $5,
Kama'aina: $3,
Keiki & Kupuna: Free

Free and open to the public on Saturdays

 
Upcoming Events at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens:

Garden Tours Available:
We now offer several options for guided tours of the Gardens’ Hawaiian plant collection! 

Self-guided walking tour brochures and self-guided audio tour wands are available free with the price of admission.

Docent-led group tours are available for $10 per person. 

All tours cover the conservation, natural history
and cultural uses of Hawaiian plants. 

Brochures and audio tour wands are available Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and docent-led group tours are offered weekdays @ 10am by reservation only.

For reservations or school group inquiries, please fill out the Guided Tour Form, call (808) 249-2798 or email info@mnbg.org


MNBG's Weed and Pot Club: Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, weekly
If you love working with native plants, you will love the Weed & Pot Club! This volunteer gardening group meets every Wednesday morning, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Spend your morning helping the Gardens thrive through weeding and propaga-tion. Come prepared to work with covered shoes and gardening attire.

Saturday, March 16, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Cordage Workshop with Cathy Davenport
The craft of using cordage or rope to bind materials together was highly developed in Hawaiian culture. In this class, students will learn various techniques for making cordage. Participants will explore fibers from a variety of native and canoe plants with UHMC lecturer Cathy Davenport. She has taught a variety of classes at UHMC, most currently Hawaiian Field Biology. She holds a M.S. in Ethnobotany from UH Manoa, where Dr. Isabella Abbott was her adviser. Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. Call (808) 249-2798 or email info@mnbg.org for reservations.

Saturday, April 27, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Kulolo Workshop with Namea Hoshino
Kulolo is a Hawaiian dessert staple made from freshly steamed kalo (taro), coconut milk, sugar, and little else.  MNBG Kalo Varieties Manager, Namea Hoshino, will teach participants to make kulolo using three different kalo varieties! Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email info@mnbg.org for reservations.

Saturday, May 11, from 10 AM to 12 PM: Mother’s Day Pot Painting with Kaili Kosaka
Spend a beautiful morning painting in the garden and celebrate the most important women in your life! Participants will take home two painted pots planted with a native plant. MNBG Horticulturalist, Kaili Kosaka, will teach basic painting techniques, general plant care, and the importance of planting with natives! Cost: $50, or $25 for current MNBG members. For reservations, email info@mnbg.org

Saturday, June 8, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM: Kapa Making Workshop with Lisa & Lei
In this in-depth, hands-on workshop, students will learn special techniques regarding the cultivation and maintenance of wauke plants, the harvesting and processing of the fiber, proper tool design and use, and traditional practices for making cloth with skilled kapa makers, Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond & Lei Ishikawa. Workshop fee includes all materials. Cost: $125, or $100 for current garden members. Email info@mnbg.org for reservations.

Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM: Dye Making Workshop with Lisa & Lei
Participants will learn innovative processing techniques of many Hawaiian plants, and other substances, to produce traditional natural dyes used on kapa cloth! Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond and Lei Ishikawa will share information on identifying, collecting, preparing dyes, and the use of natural additives to manipulate color. Cost: $125, or $100 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email info@mnbg.org for reservations.

Sat. July 20 (9AM-6PM) & Sun. July 21 (8AM-11AM): Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi
This two-day in-depth workshop will teach many aspects of imu (Hawaiian underground oven) creation and use. Hands-on instruction will include how to gather materials, create, ignite, seal, open, and serve food from an imu; recipes and ingredient preparations; how to properly place food for cooking; imu monitoring and timing. Imu cooking is a healthier and delicious method of food preparation that perpetuates the Hawaiian culture. Cost: $125, or $100 for current garden members. Call (808) 249-2798 or email  info@mnbg.org for reservations.

Saturday, September 7, from 10 AM to 3 PM: Lā 'Ulu (Breadfruit Day!)
Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host the 3rd annual ‘Ulu: Breadfruit Day! This free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, Pacific ‘ulu varieties for sale, Hawaiian plant sale, free cultural activities, Hawaiian music and hula! For more information and to get involved, visit www.mnbg.org/LaUlu.html

Saturday, November 2, from 9 AM to 12 PM: 16th Annual Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway
In partnership with Maui Electric Company and Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will give away 1,000 Hawaiian trees for free, 1 tree per person, any age! Experts will be available to recommend the best Hawaiian tree for your area of residence. The celebration will also feature lectures, activities, and many community organizations sharing critical environmental information. For more information and to get involved, visit www.mnbg.org/ArborDay.html

Saturday, December 7, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Living Wreath Making with Native Plants
Native plants provide more than just food and habitat for wildlife: they also provide great beauty all year long!  Learn to make a living wreath from Native Hawaiian Plants in time for the Holidays with MNBG Executive Director, Tamara Sherrill and ‘ohana.  Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. Call (808) 249-2798 or email info@mnbg.org for reservations.

 

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