Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens

Education Program 2015

January 10th, 8:30-12:30: Kaena Point hike   (click here to see photos of the event)

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 end 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.

Hike leader: Joyce Spoehr


February 7th, 9 am: Hui Ku Maoli Ola with Rick Barboza

46-403 Haiku Road, Kaneohe, phone: 295-7777

What originally started as a backyard hobby in 1992 has blossomed into a thriving business supplying Hawaiian plants to State and Federal agencies, private and commercial landscapers, hotels, resorts and retailers. The nursery offers well over 100 species of native Hawaiian plants from all of the Hawaiian Islands. Numerous species introduced by the early Polynesian settlers are also available, all of which have significance in Hawaiian cultural practices. Wear appropriate Kaneohe-in-February clothing: umbrella, raincoat, and yard shoes. Nursery stock will be available after the tour.


March 14th, 10 am: Annual Membership Meeting and luncheon

Wahiawa Botanical Garden

Speaker: Chipper Wichman, Director and CEO, National Tropical Botanical Garden


April 11th, 9 am: Waiahole Botanicals with 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 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 16th, 9 am: Spring Plant Sale at Foster Garden

This is our annual spring sale with many vendors represented and a great variety of plant material. Educational classes will also be offered this year.


May 23rd, 9:30 am: Koko Crater with Nathan Wong

7491 Kokonani Street, off Kealahou Street in Hawaii Kai

Nathan, the former long-time plant propagator for Koko Crater Botanical Garden, will lead us on a springtime tour featuring the flowering plumeria collection and an abbreviated tour of the succulent collections from Africa, Madagascar and Hawaii. This will be mostly flat, hot and dusty, so bring water. Meet at the entrance to the garden.


June 14th, 9 am: Frankie’s Nursery
10:30 Ti’s Unlimited

Meet at Frankie Sekiya’s, 41-999Mahiku Pl, Waimanalo, phone: 259-8737.

Frankie will conduct a tour of his famous tropical fruit collection and orchard. He is knowledgeable and generous with his time, so we encourage participants to ask questions. Wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.

Then drive to 41-978 Waikupahaha St, Waimanalo, phone259-6322. There we will explore this extraordinary collection of ti, including dwarfs and many hybrids, and other tropicals. Learn about proper care, feeding, propagation and hybridizing of ti.


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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