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Programs and Events

Workshops, Cultural Demonstrations, and Garden Tours at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens are sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai ‘i Community Foundation, Susan Bendon Family Foundation, and MNBG.”

Open Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
General Admission: $5,
Kama'aina: $3,
Keiki & Kupuna: Free

Free and open to the public on Saturdays

Upcoming Events at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens:    

Saturday, April 14, from 9 AM to 3 PM: Kapa Making Workshop with Lisa & Lei
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 cloth with skilled kapa makers, Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond & Lei Ishikawa. Workshop fee includes all materials. Cost: $125, or $100 for current garden members. Email for reservations.

Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM: Dye Making Workshop with Lisa & Lei
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 Lei Ishikawa will share information on identifying, collecting, preparing dyes, and the use of natural additives to manipulate color. Cost: $125, or $100 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email for reservations.

Saturday, May 12, from 10 AM to 12 PM: Mother’s Day Pot Painting with Kaili Kosaka
Spend a beautiful morning painting in the garden and celebrate the most important women in your life! Participants will take home two painted pots planted with a native plant. MNBG Horticulturalist, Kaili Kosaka, will teach basic painting techniques, general plant care, and the importance of planting with natives! Cost: $50, or $25 for current MNBG members. Fee includes all workshop materials. For reservations, email

Saturday, June 16, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Noni Workshop with Ko‘i Lum
Noni is a kinolau of the Hawaiian god, Ku. Though unpleasant in smell, noni is considered an exceptionally important medicinal plant. Learn more about the uses of noni with Hawaiian cultural Practitioner, Ko‘i Lum. Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email for reservations.

Saturday, July 14, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Kulolo Workshop with Namea Hoshino
Kulolo is a Hawaiian dessert staple made from freshly steamed kalo (taro), coconut milk, sugar, and little else.  MNBG Kalo Varieties Manager, Namea Hoshino, will teach participants to make kulolo three different ways! Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email for reservations.

Saturday, June 30 (9 AM to 6 PM), & Sunday, July 1 (8 AM to 11 AM): Imu Workshop with Ikaika Nakahashi
This two-day, in-depth workshop will teach many aspects of imu (Hawaiian underground oven) creation and use. Hands-on instruction in how to gather materials, how to create, ignite, seal, and open an imu; traditional Hawaiian names for the parts of the imu; recipes and ingredient preparations; how to place the food; monitoring and timing; and serving, including making traditional coconut leaf platters. Participants are encouraged to bring a fully thawed pan of food to be cooked in the imu, and will receive preparation assistance.  Cost: $125, or $100 for current garden members. Call (808)249-2798 or email for reservations.

Saturday, September 8, from 9 AM to 3 PM: La ‘Ulu (Breadfruit Day!)
Sponsored by Ulupono Initiative and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host the second annual Lā ‘Ulu: Breadfruit Day! This free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, Pacific ‘ulu varieties for sale, a multi-grower Hawaiian plant sale, free cultural activities, Hawaiian music and hula! To get involved, email

Saturday, November 3, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway
In partnership with Maui Electric Company and Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will give away 1,000 Hawaiian trees for free, 1 tree per person, any age! Experts will be available to recommend the best Hawaiian tree for your area of residence. The celebration will also feature lectures, activities, and many community organizations sharing critical environmental information.

Saturday, December 1, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Living Wreath Making with Native Plants
Native plants provide more than just food and habitat for wildlife: they also provide great beauty all year long!  Learn to make a living wreath from Native Hawaiian Plants in time for the Holidays with MNBG Executive Director, Tamara Sherrill and ‘ohana. Cost: $50, or $25 for current garden members. Call 249-2798 or email for reservations.


Garden Tours Available:
We now offer several options for guided tours of the Gardens’ Hawaiian plant collection! 

Self-guided walking tour brochures and self-guided audio tour wands are available free with the price of admission.

Docent-led group tours are available for $10 per person. 

All tours cover the conservation, natural history
and cultural uses of Hawaiian plants. 

Brochures and audio tour wands are available Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and docent-led group tours are offered weekdays @ 10am by reservation only.

For reservations or school group inquiries, please fill out the Guided Tour Form, call 249-2798 or email .  

MNBG's Weed and Pot Club: Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, weekly
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 your morning helping the Gardens thrive through weeding and propaga-tion. Come prepared to work with covered shoes and gardening attire.


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