2021 Workshops & Events – Updated June 2021
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To register, email completed registration forms to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Kulolo with Namea Hoshino (In Person)
Saturday, July 17th | 9AM–12PM
Kulolo is a Hawaiian dessert staple made from freshly steamed kalo (taro), coconut milk, sugar, and little else. MNBG Hawaiian Cultivars Manager Namea Hoshino will teach participants to make kulolo using three different kalo varieties.
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.
Lā ‘Ulu (Breadfruit Day!)
Saturday, September 4, 2021 and Sunday, September 5, 2021 | Times TBD
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host the 4th annual Lā ‘Ulu: Breadfruit Day with support provided by Office of Hawaiian Affairs ‘Ahahui Program. This free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, Pacific ‘ulu varieties for sale, a Hawaiian plant sale, free cultural activities, classes and more! For more information and to get involved, call 249-2798 or CLICK HERE!!!
Arbor Day Garden Expo 2021
Saturday, November 6, 2021 | 9am–2pm
In partnership with Maui Electric Company, Maui Association of Landscape Professionals 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. To get involved, visit arbordayexpo.com.
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.