MNBG Calendar

Events & Workshops 2024

Workshop Cancellation Information

ʻApu ʻAwa Workshop with Kukini Suwa

Saturday, April 13
Morning Session: 9am - 12pm
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
The afternoon session is now full.
Please e-mail us at to join the waitlist.
Register for our morning session here.

ʻAwa (Piper methysticum, a.k.a. Kava) is an important ceremonial plant in Hawai‘i and across Oceania. Special drinking cups, called ‘apu ‘awa, are made from a coconut shell, cut lengthwise, and used for drinking ‘awa. This three-hour workshop is led by Hawaiian language instructor and cultural practitioner Kukini Suwa. Participants will create an ʻapu from a whole coconut and finish with a high quality ʻapu. 2.5 hours will be spent creating an ʻapu (implement for drinking ʻawa/kava) from a niu (coconut). The workshop will conclude with a 30-minute introduction to ʻawa, a brief history of ʻawa in Hawaiʻi, ʻawa etiquette, and consumption.
Participants are encouraged to bring a niu (coconut) from their home/district as to personalize the experience, however niu will be supplied to those who don't have.

Members: $50.25
New Members: $75, includes Naupaka-level Garden Membership.

Traditional Ulana Lau Niu (Weaving with Coconut Leaf) Workshop
with Maui Grown 808

Saturday, April 27th | 9:30am - 1pm

Learn the cultural importance of the voyaging plant - Niu (Coconut, Cocos nucifera). Experience working with lau niu (coconut leaves): using exercises in weave, pattern, shaping, and form, creating keepsakes to take home. Attendees will learn the kinipopo (ball), pala’ie (game), peahi (fan), and hanging ‘umeke (bowl) With Kumu ulana niu Mario Siatris and U‘i Kahue of Maui Grown 808. Also covered will be sustainable gathering practices and prep.

Members: $55.20
New Members: $80, includes Naupaka-level Garden Membership.

Hawaiian ʻAwa Workshop with Kaʻiana Runnels

Saturday, May 4th, 9am to 12pm &
Sunday, May 5th, 9am to 3pm

‘Awa (Piper methysticum) was historically and is currently, an important medicine and ceremonial beverage in Hawai‘i. It is a gift from Akua that opens communication channels between ʻāina, kānaka, and kūpuna. Today, it continues to be used as lā'au, in ceremony, and as a social connector. In this two-day workshop, cultural practitioner Kaʻiana Runnels of Moku o Keawe will lead the class in further exploring ‘awa by covering variety identification, planting methods, pest and disease control, and plant uses. Additionally, the class will also examine the current state of 'awa in Hawai'i, coupled with how 'awa might guide the lāhui in the future. Participants will dig up a two-year-old ‘awa at MNBG and cut, clean, process, observe protocol, and sit in ceremony together as we share in the harvest.

Members: $50.25
New Members: $75, includes Naupaka-level Garden Membership.
Seven scholarships are available for participants with Native Hawaiian ancestry. Email inquiries to for more information.
Note: This is a TWO-DAY workshop. Participants must attend both days.

Beginning Wearable Kapa with Lisa & Kaleʻa
Saturday, May 18th | 9am - 3pm
The Wearable Kapa workshop is full.
Please email to join the waitlist.
In this in-depth, hands-on workshop, students will learn special techniques regarding the cultivation and maintenance of wauke plants, the harvesting and processing of the fiber, proper tool design and use, and traditional practices for making wearable kapa cloth with mother-daughter kapa makers, Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond (dba Kapa Lauhuki LLC) & Kaleʻa Raymond (Laʻahana Creations LLC). Workshop fee includes all materials.

Members: $100.00
New Members: $125, includes Naupaka-level Garden Membership.

Lau Niu Wreath Workshop
with Maui Grown 808

Saturday, June 1st | 10am - 12pm

Learn the basics of ulana lau niu (coconut weaving/plaiting) while making a wreath to last all seasons with Kumu ulana niu Mario Siatris and Uʻi Kahue. Items woven from coconut leaf will last another 8 to 10 years! Also covered will be sustainable gathering practices and prep. Time allowing, a haku lei poʻo will also be demonstrated. Decorating with fresh flora/pua will top the day! - You can do this!

Members: $45.50
New Members: $70.00, includes Naupaka-level Garden Membership.

Save the Date: Lā ʻUlu is returning on September 7, 2024

Native Plant Dyes with Lisa & Kale'a

Saturday, June 22nd | 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 Kale‘a Raymond will share information on identifying, collecting, preparing dyes, and the use of natural additives to manipulate color. Plants to be covered will include hāhā, kukui, maʻo, milo, noni, ʻōlena, ʻukiʻuki, and more.

Members: $150.50
New Members: $175, includes Naupaka-level Garden Membership

Arbor Day Garden Expo and Hawaiian Tree Giveaway
Saturday, November 2nd

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Cancellations (paid workshops): Space is limited and registering without payment does not guarantee a spot. Once paid registration is full, MNBG will accept unpaid registrations in the order they are received to place you on a waitlist. Refunds for cancellations will be given only if you call 249-2798 to inform us of the cancellation at least 24 hours before the workshop begins. No-shows and cancellations less than 24 hours before a workshop will forfeit registration and membership fees.
Mahalo for your understanding.

Cancellations (free workshops): Space is limited, so if you need to cancel please call us at 249-2798 to free space for others to register.

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
Keiki Under 12:   Free
Kama'aina:   Free
(with Hawai'i ID)

A Few Native Hawaiian Plants from the MNBG Collection