• Lā ‘Ulu - lei making with ulu malo activity

Lā ‘Ulu – Activities and Music

Besides being a tasty food, other parts of ‘ulu are also useful. ‘Ulu wood was traditionally used for making pahu (drums), papa he‘e nalu (surfboards), and papa ku‘i ‘ai (poi pounding boards). Medicinally, a remedy to treat koko‘ino (bad blood) was made with ‘ulu, and the sticky latex was used as glue to caulk canoes and to catch birds. Yellow, tan and brown kapa dyes can be made from the male inflorescence of ‘ulu, which in modern times can be burned as a mosquito repellent. The rich brown leaf sheaths are attractive for lei.

We will have a variety of cultural demonstrations, games, and live Hawaiian music at the September 4 event. The schedule of activities will appear here when finalized; please check back for updates.


This project is sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, working to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians.

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
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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!

Upcoming Events

Jul
28
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Jul 28 @ 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...
Jul
31
Sat
10:00 am Imu Building Workshop with Ikaik...
Imu Building Workshop with Ikaik...
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – Aug 1 @ 11:00 am
Two-Day Workshop: 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...
Aug
4
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Aug 4 @ 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...
Aug
11
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Aug 11 @ 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...
Aug
14
Sat
9:00 am Kapa Dyes from Native Plants wit...
Kapa Dyes from Native Plants wit...
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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,...