MNBG Calendar

2021 Workshops & Events – Updated March 2021

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To register, email completed registration forms to info@mnbg.org. Space is limited for both in-person and virtual workshops. For in-person workshops participants will be working outdoors, masked, and distanced the entire time they are on site.

Research Presentation: Hawaiian ‘Uala Varieties (Live Webinar)
Saturday, July 10th | 10am–11am
Hawaiian ‘Uala (Sweet Potato) varieties have not been extensively characterized since E.S. Handy’s archipelago-wide collections from Hawaiian farmers in the early 20th century, and the conservation status of what was likely well over 100 Hawaiian cultivars remains unclear today. A recent study titled Characterizing the Diversity of Hawai‘i Sweet Potatoes published in the Journal of Economic Botany attempts to understand, through molecular tools, the relatedness and genetic diversity of old Hawaiian cultivars of ʻuala relative to other varieties in local cultivation. In this live online presentation, Aurora K. Kagawa-Viviani and Dr. Ted Radovitch will share the findings of their research to better understand Hawaiian ʻuala varieties using information on plant genetics and characteristics. Following the presentation, we invite audience members to join an open discussion to reflect on what this tells us about Hawaiian agricultural and cultural history and to suggest ideas to support future increased local cultivation of a diversity of ʻuala for home and commercial production. Aurora K. Kagawa-Viviani is an ecohydrology researcher on a joint project of the UH-Hilo Hawaiʻi Cooperative Studies Unit, USGS- Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, and the UH Mānoa Water Resources Research Center. Theodore J.K. Radovich, Ph.D., is an Extension Specialist, Researcher & Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences.
Cost: Suggested donation of $10. Click here to download a registration form.

Piko Kalo with Namea Hoshino (In Person)
Saturday, July 17th | 9AM–12PM
Learn about the Piko family of kalo (taro) with Kalo Varieties Manager, Namea Hoshino.  Participants will learn about the cultural uses of the Piko group of taro and identification techniques. Samples for tasting will be included.
Cost: $25 for members; $50 for new members. Click here to download a registration form.

Imu Building Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi (In Person)
Saturday, July 31, from 10am–6pm & Sunday, August 1, from 8am–11am
This two-day, in-depth workshop will teach many aspects and benefits of cooking in an imu (traditional Hawaiian underground oven). Hands-on instruction will include how to plan, build, and cook from an imu. Imu cooking is a healthy and delicious method of food preparation that perpetuates the Hawaiian culture and sustainability.
Cost: $100 for current MNBG members, $125 for new members. Click here to download a registration form.

Kapa Dyes from Native Plants with Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond & Lei Ishikawa (Live Webinar)
Saturday, August 14th | 9am–11am
Join Lisa and Lei in a master class as they share their extensive Hawaiian dye knowledge. In this live webinar participants will take a deeper dive, with more detailed information, and new research than was provided in previous workshops. Lisa and Lei will share their innovative processing techniques and unpublished research on select plants with demonstrations on harvesting, processing, and application of the resulting dyes as well as information on natural additives and fixatives used to manipulate color. These dyes are traditional for kapa (Hawaiian barkcloth) but can also be used for other materials.
Cost: $25 for current MNBG members, $50 for new members. Click here to download a registration form.

Living Wreath Making with Native Plants (In Person)
Saturday, December 4
9AM–12PM & 1PM–4PM
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.
Cost: $30 for members; $55 for new members.
Click here to download a registration form for the MORNING workshop.
Click here to download a registration form for the AFTERNOON workshop.

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Weed and Pot Club 8:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
May 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
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...
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Weed and Pot Club 8:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
May 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
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...
Weed and Pot Club 8:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
May 19 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
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...
Weed and Pot Club 8:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
May 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Weed and Pot Club
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...

Location
The Garden is located at 150 Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului, Maui, right across from the War Memorial Stadium.
(808) 249-2798

Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday,
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed occasionally for inclement weather and Hawaii State Holidays.

Admission
Members: Free
General: $10
Kama'āina (with Hawai'i ID) & Keiki Under 12: Free

Ways to Support MNBG

Purchase Chocolate
MNBG is a member of Maui Ku'ia Estate Chocolate's Chocolate Laulima Program. Make a purchase from the link below and 40% of your purchase will come back to MNBG. Click here to buy chocolate and support MNBG!

Make a Donation
Every dollar contributed to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens goes directly towards the preservation of Native Hawaiian Plants and the upkeep of our collection that includes some of the rarest specimens in whole world!