Growing Hawaiian ‘Awa with Ka‘iana Runnels

May 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Growing Hawaiian ‘Awa with Ka‘iana Runnels
No COVID-19 Restrictions. Masks optional.
Saturday, May 7th | 10 am – 1 pm

This is the first class in our ‘awa series with ‘Awa Harvesting & Preparation to follow on May 8th. ‘Awa (Piper methysticum) was an important medicine and ceremonial beverage in early Hawai‘i. It is a sacred offering within traditional Hawaiian religious ceremonies, and can be made into a ceremonial drink believed to help open communication channels with others, and with the natural elements. Today, it continues to be used as a sedative and to induce relaxation and sleep, especially when combined with lomi lomi, or massage. This class will explore the heritage Hawaiian varieties of ‘awa by covering variety identification, planting methods, pest and disease control, and plant uses with cultural practitioner, Ka’iana Runnels.
Cost: $35 for MNBG members, $60 for non-members (includes one year membership).
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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.

Members:   Free
General:   $10
Kama'āina (with Hawai'i ID) Suggested Donation:   $2
Keiki Under 12:   Free