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 snack.

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 rain also.

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 rainforest!

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 (friendsgardens@aol.com) with your reservation and payment. Groups are limited to 20 participants, so pre-registration is encouraged.

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