The Maui Nui Botanical Garden Staff

Tamara Sherrill:
Executive Director

Tamara was the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens' Nursery Manager and Curator from 2002-2005 and helped collect and establish the Gardens’ current collection of plants. She was active with the Native Plant Society during this time, the organization that assisted Rene Sylva in the creation of the Garden in the late 1980’s. She left in 2006 to complete her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. While she attended school, she also worked as a research assistant for the University and as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She returned to MNBG in 2009. Since 2009, she has prioritized building and verifying the Gardens’ collection of pre-European contact Hawaiian varieties of kō (sugarcane), kalo (taro), mai‘a (banana), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ‘awa (kava). In 2015, she began working to improve MNBG’s seed storage capacity to assist natural area managers in Maui County.

Whit Germano:
Program Manager

Whit was born on the Big Island, and raised in Maui. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, and holds a B.A. from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Whit has been managing MNBG's programs and events since May 2010 and is the creator of the “Hawaiian Plant of the Day” daily Facebook Post.

Chris d’Avella:
Garden and
Nursery Manager

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Environmental Studies: Agroecology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and brings his experience in farm and nursery production of food crops and ornamentals, strong data management skills, and an interest in taking an ecological approach to agriculture. He has been with MNBG since 2014 and supervises interns, garden staff, and volunteers in both Nursery and Garden operations.

Cathy Davenport:
Seed Storage
Technician

Cathy joined the MNBG team in February 2020 with the support of Hawai‘i Tourism through the Aloha ‘Āina Program. Cathy has a M.S. Botany from UH Mānoa; over 20 years teaching UH-MC courses such as Ethnobotany, Hawaiian Field Biology, among others; and she’s a retired Hawai`i State Agricultural Inspector. She is part of an ambitious effort to step up our management and collection of wild sourced Maui County seeds, with a special emphasis on coastal species and ‘ōhia lehua.

Nameaaea Hoshino:
Kalo Varieties Manager

Namea holds an AA in Hawaiian Studies with an emphasis on Hawaiian Language Immersion from the University of Hawai‘i Maui College. From 2011 until the present, MNBG has been working with a grant from the Ceres Trust to create “huli bank” of verified Hawaiian kalo cultivars. Namea took over this project in 2014. More than 60 varieties of Hawaiian kalo are being grown for distribution to Maui farmers and other growers as part of a statewide effort to mālama Hāloa.

Kara Ueki:
Maintenance & Repair Technician

Kara was born and raised on Maui and joined the team in 2019. She has worked in natural resources on Kahoolawe, Hawai‘i island, Molokai, Johnston Atoll, and Malaysia, and has a B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in Hawaiian Studies and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. A speaker of ‘ōlelo Hawai’i with nursery and field work experience, Kara helps to maintain the native plant collection.

Emmely Felipe:
Horticulturalist

Emmely joined the MNBG team as a staff member in February 2020. She is pursuing an AAS in Agriculture and Natural Resources from UH Maui College. She has experience with conventional and organic agriculture through her work on campus as an Agriculture Assistant and an extensive knowledge of native Hawaiian plants. Emmely helped with MNBG’s seed storage and plant collection in the Summer of 2019 with Nā Hua Ho‘ohuli i ka Pono as a Kupu member.

Location
The Garden is located at 150 Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului Maui, right across from the War Memorial Stadium.
(808) 249-2798

Normal Hours of Operations
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'aina (with ID), Keiki & Kupuna: Free

Please Consider 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

Sep
30
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Sep 30 @ 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[...]
Oct
7
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Oct 7 @ 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[...]
Oct
10
Sat
1:00 pm Contemporary Coconut Weaving wit...
Contemporary Coconut Weaving wit...
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Learn to work with lau niu (coconut leaves): weave, pattern, shaping, and form. Participants will weave a modern ʻumeke (bowl) and pāpale (hat) with Lahaina weavers, Uʻi Kahue and Mario[...]
Oct
14
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Oct 14 @ 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[...]
Oct
21
Wed
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
Oct 21 @ 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[...]