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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.”

Upcoming Events at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens:  

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 native plants, youʻll love the Weed & Pot club! This volunteer group weeds in the Gardens and pots new plants in our nursery facility. Come ready to work with garden attire and covered shoes. Tools, gloves, sunscreen, refreshments and expertise provided!


We will be posting our new event dates for 2016 soon.

Thank you for your patience!

Saturday, May 30th, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Kalo Workshop with Jerry Konanui
The people of Hawai‘i developed the cultivation of kalo (taro) further than any other culture, and grew hundreds of distinct varieties. Today, there is a revitalization of kalo growing that is helping to save the less than 70 varieties that remain. Cultural practitioner and accomplished mahi‘ai (farmer), Jerry Konanui, will teach participants how to identify the Hawaiian varieties, discuss traditional cultivation methods, and teach about the cultural relevance of this crop and these unique varieties. A tasting portion will allow comparisons between varieties.  Cost:  $45 Visitors; $20 Members. Please call 808-249-2798 to reserve your space. Mahalo to our sponsor the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Saturday, July 25th, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM: Ni'ihau Method of Ipu Decorating and Dyeing Workshop
The traditional Ni'ihau style of processing fresh ipu (gourds), decorating, and drying will be taught. Students will be able to create their own designs based on traditional Hawaiian designs and learn about native ipu dyes and dye methods.  Instructor:  Lisa Raymond.  Cost:  $125 Visitors; $100 Members; includes all materials.

Saturday, August 15th, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Revitalizing ‘Ulu (Breadfruit) from Root to Fruit, with Ian Cole
Ian Cole, Collection Manager and Curator at National Tropical Botanical Garden's Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu Gardens, discusses the cultural history of ‘ulu, planting, harvesting, preparing, and eating! An ‘ulu based tasting menu prepared by John Cadman of Pono Pies is included. Cost: $45 Visitors; $20 Members. Please call 808-249-2798 for reservations.

Saturday, August 22, from 9 AM to 12 PM: ‘Uala (Sweet Potato) Workshop
‘Uala was second only to kalo (taro) in importance as a food in ancient Hawai‘i. Aurora Kagawa-Vivani from Pauoa, Oahu will lead a talk about the cultural importance of ‘uala or Hawaiian sweet potato, traditional farming practices, and her work to discover which varieties grown today in Hawai‘i represent ancient cultivars. Recipes will be shared using all parts of the plant, such as palula salad and koele palau. Cost: $45 Visitors; $20 Members, Please call 808-249-2798 for reservations. Mahalo to our sponsor the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Saturday, August 29th, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Native Hawaiian Plant and Taro Sale
Promote the survival of Hawai‘i’s Native plants by growing them in your backyard!  MNBG invites many local native plant growers to sell their offerings at this awesome event.  Plant experts will be available to help pick out the perfect plants for your residence.  Email for a complete list of plant available.

Saturday, November 7th, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway
In celebration of Hawai‘i’s native trees, MNBG partners with Maui Electric Company and Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program to give away 1,000 Hawaiian trees, free, to anyone willing and able to care for them! Experts will be available to recommend the best Hawaiian tree for your area of residence. The celebration also features free demonstrations on proper tree care, and community organizations sharing information about caring for our environment.

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