|Upcoming Events at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens:
Garden Tours Available:
We now offers several options for guided tours of the Gardens’ Hawaiian plant collection!
Self-guided walking tour brochures are available for $4
Self-guided audio tour wands are available for $5
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 d ocent-led group tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at
10 a.m. by reservation only.
For reservations or school group inquiries, please fill out the Guided Tour Form, call 249-2798 or emai l firstname.lastname@example.org .
MNBG's Weed and Pot Club: Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, weekly
If you love native plants, you’ll 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!
Saturday, April 18th, from 10 AM to 5 PM: Aloha Maui Music Festival
This event will celebrate Maui's rich musical heritage. The Institute of Hawaiian Music, its instructors, mentors and other performers will present a day of Hawaiian music, food, arts, cultural and educational exhibits and workshops.
Sunday, May 3 from 5 PM to 8 PM: Nanea Nā Pua, A Night with the Flowers (MNBG Fundraiser)
Nanea nā pua o ka 'āina aloha:“Fascinating are the flowers of our beloved land”- Native Hawaiian Plant Society motto, George LeBouvier. Come join us for a beautiful full moon evening celebrating the rich heritage of Native Hawaiian plants. Hawaiian music, hula, silent auction, and dinner prepared by local chefs; 21 and over only, please. Tickets are $100 or $750 for a table of 8. Email email@example.com for the link to buy tickets online, or call us at (808) 249-2798.rd,
Saturday, May 23rd, from 9 AM to 12 PM: Na Kō O Hawaii (Sugarcane Workshop) with Noa Lincoln
Come taste the difference that is true Hawaiian kō (sugarcane)! Noa Lincoln will teach participants how to identify Hawaiian varieties of kō, followed by a varietal tasting of fresh squeezed sugarcane juice comparing different cultivars. Noa recently received appointments with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and the Ngai Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury. His second book will be released this year focusing on the Hawaiian varieties of kō. Cost: $45 Visitors; $20 Members, Please call 808-249-2798 for reservations. Mahalo to our sponsor the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
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, June 27th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.