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*Photo courtesy of Forest & Kim Starr

Hawaiian Name: ‘A‘ali‘i
Scientific Name: Dodonaea viscosa
Family: Sapindaceae (Lychee Family)
Status: Indigenous
Where found: Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Hawai‘i, O‘ahu & Kaua‘i
Water/Light: Dry, with full to part sun exposure
Elevation range: 10 to 7,700 feet
Height: Up to 30 feet, with a spread of up to 15 feet

Notes: In old Hawai‘i, the durable wood of ‘a‘ali‘i was used to make house posts, canoes and spears. The fruits can be boiled to make a red kapa dye, and the flowers continue to be used to make beautiful lei. Medicinally, ‘a‘ali‘i leaves were mixed with other plants in a remedy to treat skin rashes (‘ohune or mane‘o). Prune sparingly, as ‘a‘ali‘i does not heal well when major branches are cut. This native is drought, salt and wind resistant, and highly adaptable.

‘Ōlelo Noeau [M. K. PUKUI]: He ‘a‘ali‘i ku makani mai au; ‘a‘ohe makani nana e kula‘i.
Translation: I am a wind-resting ‘a‘ali‘i; no gale can push me over.
Meaning: A boast saying, "I can hold my own, even in the face of difficulties." The ‘a‘ali‘i can stand the worst of gales, twisting and bending but seldom breaking off or falling over.

*Photo courtesy of Forest & Kim Starr

From Work Done by Whit Germano to Catalog Native Hawaiian Plants
MNBG

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
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

Jun
14
Tue
2022
9:00 am Lā‘au Lapa‘au Workshop Series wi...
Lā‘au Lapa‘au Workshop Series wi...
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lā‘au Lapa‘au Workshop Series with Ki‘i Kaho‘ohanohano @ Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Lā‘au Lapa‘au Workshop Series with Ki‘i Kaho‘ohanohano No COVID-19 Restrictions. Masks optional. Tuesday, May 31st–Tuesday, Sept. 13th | Eight Classes | 9am–2pmThis workshop series is now full, but we are...
Jun
15
Wed
2022
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Jun 15 @ 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...
Jun
21
Tue
2022
9:00 pm Moena Ulana (Lau Hala Mat Weavin...
Moena Ulana (Lau Hala Mat Weavin...
Jun 21 @ 9:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Moena Ulana (Lau Hala Mat Weaving) Workshop Series with Pohaku Kaho‘ohanohano @ Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Moena Ulana (Lau Hala Mat Weaving) Workshop Series with Pohaku Kaho‘ohanohano No COVID-19 Restrictions. Masks optional. Tuesday, June 7th–Tues., Sept. 20th | Eight Classes | 9am–1pmThis workshop series is now...
Jun
22
Wed
2022
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Jun 22 @ 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...
Jun
25
Sat
2022
9:00 am Dye Making Workshop with Lisa & ...
Dye Making Workshop with Lisa & ...
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 9:15 am
Dye Making Workshop with Lisa & Lei (In person)
Dye Making Workshop with Lisa & Lei (In person) Proof of full vaccination required to attend. Saturday, June 25th | 9 am – 3 pm Participants will learn innovative processing...