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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

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Upcoming Events

Jan
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Wed
2022
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Jan 19 @ 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...
Jan
21
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1:00 pm Kapa Workshop for Nā Iwi Kūpuna ...
Kapa Workshop for Nā Iwi Kūpuna ...
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kapa Workshop for Nā Iwi Kūpuna (In Person) Friday, January 21th | 1 pm–5 pm Saturday, January 22th | 8 am – 2pm Join us in learning and making Kapa...
Jan
22
Sat
2022
8:00 am Kapa Workshop for Nā Iwi Kūpuna ...
Kapa Workshop for Nā Iwi Kūpuna ...
Jan 22 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kapa Workshop for Nā Iwi Kūpuna (In Person) Friday, January 21th | 1 pm–5 pm Saturday, January 22th | 8 am – 2pm Join us in learning and making Kapa...
9:00 am ‘Ōhiʻa Seed Conservation Worksho...
‘Ōhiʻa Seed Conservation Worksho...
Jan 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
‘Ōhiʻa Seed Conservation Workshop with Marian Chau (In Person) Saturday, January 22th | 9 am – 12pm Maui Nui Botanical Gardens participates in the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) Seed Banking...
Jan
26
Wed
2022
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Jan 26 @ 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...