MNBG Seed Bank Newsletter Articles

  • Lāna‘i ‘Ōhi‘a Seed Collecting Trip: 2022 August 17–19

    Maui Nui Botanical Gardens staff and volunteers; Tamara Sherrill, Cathy Davenport, Emmely Felipe, Jennifer Higashino, and Bob and Doreen Hobdy spent a couple of days on Lāna‘i working alongside Kari…

  • Vulnerability of Coastal Dune Plants to Sea Level Rise

    by Dr. Kasey Barton, School of Life Sciences, UH-Mānoa Beaches are an integral part of life in Hawai‘i. Providing recreation, tranquility, a site for celebration and mourning, and even sustenance,…

  • Seeds Sprout After 120 Years!

    by Cathy Davenport, Seed Storage Technician, MNBG Dr. William James Beal began a study in 1879 to test seed dormancy. 142 years later the study is still going on, much…

  • Seed Storage Initiative Update

    by Cathy Davenport As the MNBG Seed Storage Technician, I am responsible for maintaining our Seed Bank and managing native Hawaiian seed storage projects. Seeds have fascinated me since I…

  • Seed Storage and Heritage Crop Distribution

    MNBG staff highlighting some plants that benefit from our seed storage and Hawaiian heritage crop distribution efforts.

  • ‘Ōhi‘a Seed Banking Initiative

    By Kaili Kosaka The seed bank at MNBG has gotten a lot busier these days. Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD) is of growing concern on Hawai‘i Island and the threat of…

  • Seed banking to support a diversity of coastal plants

    by Tamara Sherrill How many native plants grow on your favorite Maui beach? If you are like me, your favorite South shore beach has two: naupaka kahakai and pōhuehue, and…

  • Old Seeds Yield New Species – ‘ena ‘ena

    by Tamara Sherrill We recently cleaned out our seed storage refrigerator and found some seeds that had been collected and stored up to ten years ago. These seeds were at…

  • Conservation at MNBG

    By Tamara Sherrill Conservation of native plants is a multi-faceted effort and one in which the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (MNBG) plays several important roles. First, we educate. A visit…

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9:00 am Foods from Koa Haole with Sunny ...
Foods from Koa Haole with Sunny ...
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Foods from Koa Haole with Sunny Savage & GoFarm Hawaiʻi @ Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Koa haole (Leucaena leucocephala) is a widespread and invasive plant in Hawai‘i that will likely not be eliminated any time soon. Learn from Sunny Savage, an accomplished forager and creator...
9:00 am Native Plant Dyes Workshop
Native Plant Dyes Workshop
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Native Plant Dyes Workshop @ Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Saturday, June 17th | 9am–3pm 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...
8:30 am Processing Hawaiian ʻAwa with Ka...
Processing Hawaiian ʻAwa with Ka...
Jun 24 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Processing Hawaiian ʻAwa with Kaʻiana Runnels & GoFarm Hawaiʻi @ Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
ʻAwa (Piper methysticum) is a medicine, a ceremonial and recreational beverage, and a sacred offering within traditional Hawaiian religious ceremonies. There are 13 heritage Hawaiian varieties of ‘awa still remaining...
9:00 am Large Batch Kūlolo Making with N...
Large Batch Kūlolo Making with N...
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Large Batch Kūlolo Making with Namea Hoshino & GoFarm Hawaiʻi @ Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Kalo (Colocasia esculenta) is perhaps the most beloved plant icon in Hawaiian culture and the basis of many Hawaiian recipes. Kūlolo is a Hawaiian dessert staple made from freshly steamed...
all-day Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is Cl...
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is Cl...
Jul 4 all-day
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is Closed – Independence Day Tuesday, July 4, 2023