Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens
Winter/Spring 2016 Tours
January 9, Saturday: Kaena Point Hike, meet at 8:30 am.
Hike leader: Joyce Spoehr
Come join us on a hike to Kaena Point Natural Area
Reserve. The trail (5 miles round trip) follows the old railroad bed and
former dirt road around the western part of Oahu. The area is home to native
plants and seabirds. It's a great spot to view whales. Be prepared for rain,
sun and mud (no flip flops or sneakers). Bring a quart of water and a
Starting point: Mokuleia side, at the end of Farrington
Highway parking lot, Route 930, one mile past Camp Erdman.
February 13, Saturday: 9-11 am: Lā'au Hawaii/The Hawaiian
Fern Project, Kay Lynch’s fern project
49-094 Johnson Road, Kaneohe. Please see directions below
Though they abound in movies about Hawaii, the Hawaiian
ferns are rarely seen except by hardy hikers. More than 30 species are under
study at Lā'au Hawaii, a research nursery near Kualoa. Horticulturist Kay
Lynch will share what she’s learning about their ecological and cultural
importance and how to grow them. Wear shoes with good tread (no slippers,
please) and bring a hat. Kay suggests a stop at Waiahole Poi Factory, a gift
store and lunch venue, after the tour.
DIRECTIONS: Take your preferred route to Hygienic Store in
Kahaluu; continue north on Kamehameha Highway for 4 miles. After the Coral
Kingdom on your left, turn right on Johnson Road. See the first house on the
right, with a black mailbox, 49-098. Next to the black mailbox, turn right
into a Jeep road that goes downhill. Proceed straight down the hill and park
in front of the carport. Call (485-9352) if you get lost.
March 5, Saturday, 9 am – pau: Hui Ku Maoli Ola, 46-403
Haiku Road, Kaneohe
Founded in 1999 by long-time Waimanalo friends Rick Barboza
and Matt Schirman, Hui Kū Maoli Ola was formed to help protect and
perpetuate Hawaii’s unique natural resources and cultural practices. With
his initial interest in native Hawaiian birds, Rick’s education led him to
the realization that the peril of Hawaii’s birds has stemmed most directly
from the destruction of their native habitats. Similarly, Matt’s education
in Hawaiian culture introduced him to the inseparable marriage between
cultural practices and the natural environment. In both cases, the
perpetuation of their respective passions hinged on the health of native
Hawaiian ecosystems and, more specifically, native Hawaiian plant
populations. The Hui offers many native and endemic species for sale; if
you’re interested in purchasing, please bring a box or a bag! Expect
April 9, Saturday, 9 am - 12 pm: Waiahole Botanicals, 48-166
Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, Nathan Miranda
A family owned and operated business with over 35 years of
experience in the landscaping industry, Waiahole Botanicals grows a wide
range of plants, which are perfect for landscape projects. The inventory is
based on what actually works well in Hawaii's gardens. Hybridized ti,
bromeliads, palms, ohia lehua, citrus and water lilies are but a few of what
you will see!
May 8, Sunday, 9 am: Frankie’s Nursery, Frankie Sekiya,
41-999 Mahiku Pl, Waimanalo
Frankie will conduct a tour of his famous collection of
tropical fruit trees in his orchard. He is known for his grafting skills and
is most generous with his time, so we encourage you to ask him any questions
you may have about tropical fruit. Wear walking shoes/sneakers, please.
Sales of fruit and plants will be available.
June 4, Saturday, 9:30 am: Wahiawa Botanical Garden, 1396
California Ave., Wahiawa, HI 96786
Cradled between the Waianae and Koolau mountain ranges in
central Oahu lies Wahiawa Botanical Garden - the "tropical jewel" of the
Honolulu Botanical Gardens. This 27-acre garden and forested ravine dates
back to the 1930s when this land was used by sugar planters as an
experimental arboretum. Your tour will take you among plants that thrive in
the cooler upland environment and shady humid habitat of this tropical
rainforest. Highlights: Native Hawaiian plants, Aroid collection, Tree
ferns, Epiphytic plants.
Bring an umbrella wear sturdy shoes. No slippers, please.
June 18, Saturday, 9:30 am: Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden,
45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe
Strolling or driving through these lush 400 acres in
windward Oahu, you will truly agree that Hoomaluhia is rightfully named "a
peaceful refuge." Opened in 1982, this garden in Kaneohe features plantings
from major tropical regions around the world grouped geographically,
including the Philippines, Malaysia, Tropical America, India and Sri Lanka,
Melanesia, Hawaii, Polynesia, and Africa. The Garden was designed and built
by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kaneohe.
Be prepared for rain, mud and mosquitos in this tropical
June 25, Saturday: 9:30 am: Ti’s Unlimited, David Yearian,
41-978-K Waikupahaha St., Waimanalo
Meet at the gate to explore David Yearian’s extraordinary ti
collection (and lots of other wonderful plants, such as water lilies, palms,
tropicals and more) at his lovely garden, whose ti collection includes
dwarfs and his own (and others’) hybrids and crosses. Learn about proper
care, feeding, propagation and hybridizing of ti. Plant cuttings are
available for sale.
TO REGISTER: FHBG members $15, non-members $20. Please call
537-1708 or email the Friends (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your reservation
and payment. Groups are limited to 20 participants, so pre-registration is
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