This week's Hawaii Arbor Day festivities feature Native Hawaiian tree giveawaysby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 01:58 PM
• Hawaiian tree giveaway at Maui Nui Botantical Gardens — Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahlui will host an Arbor Day giveaway on Sat., Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Organizers plan to hand out 1,000 Hawaiian trees and “Polynesian-introduced trees” at the event is co-sponsored by the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Maui Electric Company, and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply.
The event will also feature green-minded educational booths, free guided tours of the botanical gardens’ native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plant collections, Hawaiian Makahiki games, plus gift items for purchase as a fundraiser for the botanical gardens. For more information, click here.
• Kauai Arbor Day giveaway at Kukui Grove — There will be more than 2,000 free trees at this year’s giveaway, with the focus is on native plants at the giveaway set for Sat., Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Kukui Grove shopping center in Lihue. There will also be free compost available, as well as educational giveaways.
In addition, the event will also feature educational booths sponsored by conservation groups. By “talking story” with these educators, you can earn stamps that will entitle you to additional free trees. For additional information about the event’s organizers, click here.
• Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden Arbor Day Celebration, Tree Giveaway, and Seed Exchange — Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook, will hold a three-day event, Nov. 4-6. Among the highlights: woodworkers making poi boards, free garden tours, and a giveaway of 500 native trees. The giveaway (one per person) is set for 9 a.m. to noon on all three days, while the supply lasts. The trees will be rationed so that there are trees to give away each day. The seed exchange, featuring locally adapted plants, is slated for Sat., Nov. 5, from 2 p.m. For more information, click here.
• Arbor Day giveaway in Hilo — Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, Hooulu Lahui, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Hawaii Electric Light Company, and Makuu Farmers Market are teaming up to hold together their 10th annual Arbor Day tree giveaway. The event is set for Sat., Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to noon at the Hawaii Electric Light Company office in Hilo. There will be 600 freebie trees. For more information, click here. Kua O Ka La Public Charter School will also be giving away trees at the Makuu Farmers’ Market, on Sun., Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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Photos: (Page 1) plumeria,Wikipedia Commons; (Page 2) native forest area in Maui's Haleakala area, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife
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