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Programs and Events

Workshops, Cultural Demonstrations, and Garden Tours at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens are sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai ‘i Community Foundation, Susan Bendon Family Foundation, and MNBG.”

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

Free and open to the public on Saturdays

Upcoming Events at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens:    

Saturday, June 10, 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 for reservations.

Saturday, July 8, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Hō‘ā i ka Lamakū with Ko‘ikūokalani Lum
Learn to make ‘inamona (a sweet Hawaiian relish) and lamalama (a Hawaiian torch) from Kukui with cultural practitioner, Ko'ikūokalani Lum.  Lamalama refers to the traditional Hawaiian practice of night fishing by the light of torches. Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email for reservations.

Saturday, July 22 (10 AM to 7 PM) & Sunday, July 23 (9 AM to 12 PM): 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 in how to gather materials, to create, set, ignite, seal, and open an imu; traditional Hawaiian names for the parts of the imu; recipes and ingredient preparations; how to place the food; monitoring and timing; and serving, including making traditional coconut leaf platters. Ikaika Nakahashi is a lecturer of Hawaiian Ethnobotany at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, an educator with the Hakipuʻu Learning Center, and a Kua with the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana who helps to lead cultural and educational restoration programs to the sacred island of Kahoʻolawe.  Cost: $150, or $125 for current garden members. Lunch included Sunday at the conclusion of class; bring your own Saturday lunch, or buy lunch for $10. Call 249-2798 or email for reservations.

Saturday, August 5, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Kalo Workshop with Namea Hoshino
MNBG will host a Kalo Workshop led by MNBG Kalo Varieties Manager, Namea Hoshino.  Participants will learn to cultivate, prepare, and cook all parts of the taro plant.  Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email for reservations.

Saturday, August 26, from 9 AM to 3 PM: Lā ‘Ulu (Breadfruit Day!)
In partnership with the Ulupono Initiative and the Maui Breadfruit Company, MNBG will host our first annual Ulu Festival, called Lā ‘Ulu! Spend the day at the Gardens learning about the delicious, nutritious, affordable Breadfruit!  Native Hawaiian plants will be sold at this event.  More information will be shared closer to the event.

Saturday, November 4, from 9 AM to 12 PM: 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.

Saturday, December 2, from 9 AM to 12 PM: 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 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 249-2798 or email for reservations.


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 249-2798 or email .  

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.


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