Saturday, June 11, from 9 AM to 3 PM: Kapa Dye Workshop
Participants will learn about the many Hawaiian plants that produce natural dyes! Kumu Lisa & Lei will share innovative processing techniques as well as information on natural additives used to manipulate color. Workshop fee includes all materials. Cost: $100 Members, $125 Guests (includes 1 yr. membership).
Saturday, July 9, from 9 AM to 1 PM: Weaving Workshop with Pohaku Kaho‘ohanohano
From hats and bags, mats, to bracelets and headbands, few hand woven accessories are so subtly stunning as those made of lauhala. Master Weaver, Pohaku Kaho‘ohanohano, will teach participants about the history of hala weaving and preparing leaves for plaiting. Attendees will create a lauhala treasure to take home. Cost: $25 Members, $50 Guests (includes 1 yr. membership).
Saturday, July 23, from 9 AM to 3 PM: Cordage Workshop
The craft of using cordage or rope to bind materials together was highly developed in Hawaiian culture. In this class, students will explore fibers from a variety of native plants and learn a various techniques for making cordage. Cost: $25 Members, $50 Guests (includes 1 yr. membership).
Saturday, August 6, from 9 AM to 4 PM: Kōkō Pū'alu- Gourd Carrying Net Making Workshop
Learn the traditional method of tying a gourd for carrying. Students from previous cordage classes will have the skills to create your own cord of native plant materials. Cost: $100 Members, $125 Guests (includes 1 yr. membership). *Participants may bring their own ipu, plastic containers, or purchase an ipu at the workshop.
Thursday, August 25, from 5:30 to 10 PM: Papa ‘Āina at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
This evening event is part of the International Crop Biodiversity Festival that will be held on Maui from August 24-30. Maui’s cultural practitioners and hula hālau will perform ‘oli (chants) in honor of the Hawaiian gods and their connections to our beloved food and use plants. Tickets are $35 ($55 for two) advance purchase; more details at www.icbf-maui.com.
Saturday, August 27, from 9 AM to 4 PM: Indigenous Crop Biodiversity Festival at Maui Tropical Plantation
A day of celebration and fun for the whole family at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. All the Hawaiian food and use plants gathered in one place with cultural practitioners, farmers and conservation crews, food, and entertainment. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will sell Hawaiian varieties of ‘awa, mai‘a, kō, ‘uala, and kalo at this event. Admission: $5 at door; $3 if you bring your own reusable plate, utensils, and water container. See www.icbf-maui.com.
Saturday, September 3, from 10 AM to 1 PM: Kalo ‘ai ko‘u Mākua with Nameaaea Hoshino
Kalo was one of the most important plants to the first settlers of Hawai‘i. Early Hawaiians grew about 300 varieties, each adapted to different local conditions and had various uses; today about 80 varieties remain. Learn to cultivate, prepare, and cook all parts of the kalo plant with MNBG kalo field assistant, Nameaaea Hoshino. Cost: $25 Members, $50 Guests (includes 1 yr. membership).
Saturday, September 17, from 10 AM to 1 PM: ‘Apu ‘Awa Making Workshop with Ko‘ikuokalani Lum
‘Awa (Piper methysticum) was an important medicine in early Hawai‘i. It was used as a sedative to induce relaxation and sleep, especially when combined with lomi lomi (massage). Special cups, called ‘apu ‘awa, were made from a coconut shell, cut lengthwise, and reserved for the ceremony of ‘awa drinking. Learn to make an ‘apu ‘awa with cultural practitioner, Ko‘ikuokalani Lum. Cost: $25 Members, $50 Guests (includes 1 yr. membership).
Saturday, October 15, from 9 AM to 1 PM: Lā‘au Lapa‘au with Ki‘i Kaho‘ohanohano
In old Hawai‘i, trained practitioners used native plants to create countless traditional medicines. Many of these remedies are being perpetuated by cultural practitioners today. Practically every part of the honua (earth) is a lā‘au (medicine): fresh water, sea water, trees, roots, shrub, plants on and in the land, plants on and in the ocean, sea and stream dwellers, rain water and mists are used for healing. Cultural practitioner, Ki‘i Kaho‘ohanohano, will share traditional Hawaiian healing remedies and practices using Hawaiian plants. Cost: $25 Members, $50 Guests (includes 1 yr. membership).
Saturday, November 5, 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, November 26, from 9 AM to 5 PM: Bailey House Museum Fundraiser
The 15th annual E Pūlama Mau Iā Maui is a fundraising event to benefit The Bailey House Museum. This event features beautiful Hawaiian music and hula, over 40 craft and food vendors, as well as cultural demonstrations, silent auction, and a special exhibition by the Maui Historical Society featuring the best of the Bailey House Museum's collections. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and are available at the Bailey House Museum and Native Intelligence. MNBG will be selling Hawaiian plants at this event.
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 email@example.com .
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.