The Malama the Trees Educational Seminar was a GREAT success! Your speakers, Elaine Malima, Jeannie Pezzoli, Adam Wright and Ernie Rezents were entertaining, informative and totally reinforced the importance to establish and care for the Urban Forest on Maui! ... oh, and Mahalo for the CEUs too!
This year marks the 15th Annual Arbor Day Hawaiian Tree Giveaway at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (MAP).
- Free hands-on Hawaiian cultural activities and tree care advice from certified arborists.
- Learn about the great works of many local nonprofit conservation groups and how you can get involved in your community.
- 1,500 FREE Hawaiian trees courtesy of MNBG & Maui Electric Company include ‘a‘ali’i, hala, hame, hao, kamani, koa, koki‘o, kou, loulu, milo, nānū, ‘ōhai, ‘ōhi‘a lehua, pōkalakala, wauke and more!
- Free Parking, Free Admission, and a Free Hawaiian Tree!
Free Hawaiian cultural activities include:
Kapa Making with Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond:
Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond of Kula, Maui, is a kapa maker, Hawaiian ethnobotany, and fiber arts lecturer at U.H. Maui College. Lisa has taught several workshops at MNBG, including kapa making, native plant dyes for kapa, kaula (cordage) and net-making, and ‘ipu gourd dying and decorating. Lisa will demonstrate kapa making using using wauke, and display handmade kapa pieces.
Hala weaving with Ron & Becky Lau:
Long time MNBG volunteers, Ron & Becky Lau, were trained in hala weaving by Pohaku Kaho’ohanohano. They will teach guests to make hala bracelets and other accessories.
Lei Making with the Native Hawaiian Plant Society:
NHPS Volunteers will teach attendees the wili style of lei making with a wide variety of native plants from the MNBG landscape.
Makahiki Games with Unda Kava 808, Inc:
‘ulu maika (bowling with stone discs that were originally made from ‘ulu fruit), koa wood moa pahe‘e (wooden dart sliding), ‘o’o ‘ihe (spear target practice with banana stump targets), konane (a game like checkers with black basalt and white coral stones), and hukihuki (tug-of-war).
Confirmed conservation organizations attending include:
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Friends of Haleakala National Park, Friends of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, Malama Kahalawai Watershed Partnership, and Maui Green & Beautiful.
This year’s “Ask an Arborist” booth will be hosted by:
Ernie Rezents, Donna Mann, Susi Mastroianni, and other Certified Arborists. The event will also include a Planting and Pruning Demonstrations by Certified Arborist Terry Nutt; a Tree Climbing Demonstration by Certified Arborist Jake Kane of Kane’s Legacy Tree Services and Z.E.L.M. Zero Emission Landscape Maintenance, and more!
1,500 Free trees include:*
'A'ali'i (Dodonaea viscosa)
Alaheʻe (Psydrax odorata)
'Ānapanapa (Colubrina asiatica)
Hala (Pandanus tectorius)
Hala pepe (Pleomele auwahiensis)
Hame (Antidesma pulvinatum)
Hao (Rauvolfia sandwicencis)
Kamani (Calophyllum inophyllum)
Koa (Acacia koa)
Koai'a (Acacia koa var. koaia)
Kokio ke'o ke'o (Hibiscus arnottianus ssp. arnottianus)
Kokiʻo keʻokeʻo (Hibiscus arnottianus ssp. immaculatus)
Kokio ‘ula’ula (Hibiscus kokio ssp. kokio)
Kokio ‘ula’ula (Hibiscus kokio ssp. saintjohnnianus)
Kou (Cordia subcordata)
Loulu (Pritchardia remota)
Maʻo (Gossypium tomentosum)
Milo (Thespesia populnea)
Naio (Myoporum sandwicense)
Nānū (Gardenia brighamii)
ʻOhiʻa (Metrosideroa polymorpha)
'Ohai (Sesbania tomentosa)
Pohinahina (Vitex rotundifolia)
Pōkalakala (Polyscias racemosum)
Wauke (Broussonetia papyrifera)
*The Maui Master Gardeners Program will be on site to help guests with plant selection.
Ethan Romanchak, co-owner of Native Nursery, LLC will present his experience and lessons learned from landscaping with native Hawaiian plants for 15+ years.
Bring your questions on topics such as irrigation, appropriate plant choice, pest control, pruning and fertilizing.
|Date||Friday, October 19, 2018|
|Place||Hannibal Tavares Community Center (Poolside Room) 91 Pukalani Street, Pukalani (Map)|
Sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Plant Society
This talk has been approved for 1.5 CEU’s for Arborists!
|Date||Tuesday September 25, 2018|
|Place||Maui Community Service Bldg
next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
Pupus will be served
Lā ‘Ulu: Breadfruit Day at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
150 Kanaloa Avenue, Kahului, across from the War Memorial Stadium
Free Admission, Free Parking
CLICK here for complete information
a beautiful landscape lighting theme
for your home or business!
4:00pm to 8:00pm
SiteOne Landscape Supply Maui
215 South Wakea Avenue, Kahului Maui
UH Maui Cooperative Extension
(808)244-3242 ext.229 Cnazario@hawaii.edu
This is a FREE class!
Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 AM
In the south end of Wailea, at Wailea Point, sits a gem of a garden filled with a tapestry of native plants. This is the native plant seawalk at Wailea Point, the Bud Wagner Memorial Garden.
When construction of Wailea Point began in the late 80’s, the decision was made to have the area along the coast of the property to be planted in native Hawaiian plants. At the time of planting, this garden had up to 70 species of native plants along the half-mile walkway, some of which were used for the first time here in a commercial setting. Over time, the range of plants has dropped and Wailea Point has been working to re-establish the diversity of the garden.
Anna Palomino, the owner of Ho’olawa Farms, was contracted by Wailea Point to oversee the renovations of the garden. Ho’olawa Farms was one of the first native plant nurseries developed in Hawaii. She has supplied plants for many restorations including the Dept. of Transportation, Hookipa, and Kahoolawe and Haleakala National Park. Anna can give us insights on growing and establishing common and unusual plants in these sometimes difficult conditions. This includes working around the established colony of ‘ua’u kani, the wedge-tailed shearwater, who happily reside in the garden from April to October.
What to bring: Camera, Hat, Water
Come for a tour of this amazing collection!
This tour is limited to 15 attendees as it is a very tight area.
Please RSVP. Once you have sent an RSVP, directions will be sent to you.
To sign up, contact Allison Wright at 808-268-6927 or Email at email@example.com.
We hope to see you there!
By Allison Wright
In the south end of Wailea, nestled between two resorts, is Wailea Point, a private community filled with manicured lawns, lush tropical gardens, and canopies of mature trees and palms. When construction began in the mid-1980's the coastline of this property was rugged lava rock cliffs full of kiawe and other weeds. As part of the master plan of the Wailea resort community, an ocean side walkway connecting resorts, condominiums, beaches and public parking was to be maintained by each property.
Hundreds of visitors pass through this ocean walk daily, taking in the view, jogging, or just on a morning stroll. Having previously been the gardener for this area of Wailea Point, I can tell you the most common questions from these passers-by include "What type of lawn is that?" - Seashore paspalum. "What island is that?" - It's still Maui. If you drive around that mountain you get to Lahaina. "Where's the nearest place to get coffee?" - Well…. What many overlook is the tapestry of native plants next to them, filling the voids between the sidewalk and the ocean tides that creates the Bud Wagner Memorial Garden.
At the time of construction of Wailea Point, developed by Bud Wagner, a decision was made to not build walls or fences blocking this, the steepest part of the Wailea coastline, but rather to plant hedges of native plants. This section of the walkway "is unique in that it was one of the very first commercial landscapes to utilize native plants in Hawaii," according to Tamara Sherrill, Executive Director of the Maui Nui Botanical Garden. Nearly 70 species of native Hawaiian plants were utilized in the half-mile stretch of garden, some of which were used here for the first time in a commercial garden.
As the gardens began to thrive, and the hedges began to intermingle, something amazing happened. 'Ua'u kani, the wedge-tailed shearwater, came to nest. This small community of indigenous birds has made the resort their home. From April through October, in the heat of the day, they quietly hide in the shade of the naupaka (Scaevola sericea), and 'iliahi (Santalum ellipticum), but, at night, their mates return, with a haunting, wailing call - sometimes prompting unsuspecting visitors to call the police to look for a lost baby.
Over time, the variety of plants has fluctuated, with some thriving and others coming and going like the ebb & flow of the tidal waters. In the past few years, the landscape committee of Wailea Point has worked to re-establish the diversity of this seawalk by contracting Anna Palomino, owner of Ho’olawa Farms, in Haiku, Maui, to evaluate the existing plants, re-introduce plant species and introduce new species. Alex Cortez, the maintenance supervisor for Island Plant Company, LLC, which cares for the entirety of the Wailea Point landscape, has helped Anna establish the new plantings as well as maintain the existing gardens.
The tapestry of hedges, including naupaka, pohinahina (Vitex rotundifolia), and u'ulei (Osteomeles anthyllidifolia) remain. Vignettes of mixed species including dwarf naupaka (Scaevola coriacea), 'a'ali'i (Dodonea viscosa), 'ihi (Portulaca molokiniensis), 'uki 'uki (Dianella sandwicense), ko'oloa 'ula (Abutilon menziesii) and mau'u'aki'aki (Fimbristylis cymosa) were planted in open more expanses. Trailing groundcovers such as ilima papa (Sida fallax), akulikuli (Sesuvium portulacastrum) and pau o hi'iaka (Jacquemontia sandwicensis) fill the space between the sidewalk and the hedges. Mindful of the 'ua'u kani, Anna has also introduced kawelu (Eragrostis variagilis),a native grass used for nesting material. As part of this re-establishment, new labels were placed to identify plants throughout the gardens including both Hawaiian and botanical names.
This project has not been without challenges. Temporary drip irrigation was installed to help the plants become established. Rats were found to be repeatedly eating the alula (Brighamia insignis). Ants inevitably try to farm the different varieties of scale and mealy bugs that have appeared. South swells cause physical damage to the plants, burning off leaves with waves and heavy salt air. Despite signs being installed warning of dangerous cliffs or new plantings, people unwittingly cause the most damage to the new plants by stepping of the sidewalk to allow others to pass, or to get a better view of the seashore. Alex makes sure the newly planted areas of the gardens are guarded with bamboo stakes to help slow the damage from the foot traffic.
The seawalk's assigned gardener, Jhay-Are Acido, is tasked with manicuring this space, including maintaining the undulating hedges just tall enough for safety but not too tall to block views. Weeds may not just be invasive asparagus fern or ficus but also native noni (Morinda citrifolia) or milo (Thespesia populnea), whose seedlings pop up in an inappropriate spot. After all, a weed is just a plant out of place.
This garden of rare & endangered plants has been sustainably manicured for over 30 years. Tamara reminds us that the Bud Wagner Memorial Garden at Wailea Point "is now a prominent example of how resort areas can incorporate native plants to create a unique sense of place."
Allison Wright has worked for Island Plant Company, LLC on Maui since 2003 where she is currently a maintenance superintendent. She is also a co-owner of Valhalla Flower Farm and is the current president of the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals.
Island Plant Company, LLC, is a landscape maintenance and installation company, owned by Thom and Beverly Foster and was established on Maui over 30 years ago.
Anna Palomino, research horticulturalist, has been selected as the recipient of the Malama i ka ‘Aina Award. She operates the Olinda Rare Plant Propagation Facility and is owner of Ho’olawa Farms.
Palomino is entrusted with propagating the rarest of the rare plants from Hawai’i.
The award was presented at the 2018 Maui Garden Expo at the Maui Mall.
The annual award recognizes an individual or business working within the landscape or agricultural community to keep invasive species out of Maui County. It is sponsored by the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, the County of Maui, and the Maui Invasive Species Committee. The award features a glass sculpture of an i’iwi feeding on a koli’i, a native lobelioid.
With great sadness we have to inform the MALP community of the passing of Melinda Mower.
Melinda was a very active member, often volunteering to work on projects such as the Garden Expo at the Maui Mall and also with the MALP booth at the annual Maui County Ag Festival.
She also regularly attended MALP educational meetings, impressively taking detailed notes, and always contributing her infectious happy presence.
Melinda, you will be missed.
MALP Board of Directors