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.

Alexa Lasco:
Program Manager

Alexa was raised on Maui and is a graduate of Lahainaluna High School. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Alexa has been managing MNBG's programs and events since September 2020.

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

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.

Emmely Felipe:

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.

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
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

9:00 am Carve Your Own ‘Ohe Kāpala with ...
Carve Your Own ‘Ohe Kāpala with ...
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Carve Your Own ‘Ohe Kāpala with Nalu Andrade of Na Maka Kahiko @ Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Carve Your Own ‘Ohe Kāpala with Nalu Andrade of Na Maka Kahiko 3 Classes on the 21st No COVID-19 Restrictions. Masks optional. Saturday, May 21st | 9am – 11pm, 12pm–2pm,...
8:30 am Weed and Pot Club
Weed and Pot Club
May 25 @ 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...
9:00 am Kapa Making Workshop with Lisa &...
Kapa Making Workshop with Lisa &...
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Kapa Making Workshop with Lisa & Lei (In person) @ Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Kapa Making Workshop with Lisa & Lei (In person) Proof of full vaccination required to attend. Saturday, May 28th | 9 am – 3 pm In this in-depth, hands-on workshop,...
all-day Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is Cl...
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is Cl...
May 30 all-day
Memorial Day May 30, 2022 Monday The last Monday in May
9:00 am Lā‘au Lapa‘au Workshop Series wi...
Lā‘au Lapa‘au Workshop Series wi...
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 9:15 am
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...