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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.

FALL TOURS 2015

September 12, Saturday:

9:30 am: Mulkern’s Nursery, 41-639 Kaulukanu St., Waimanalo

Mulkern Landscaping & Nursery provides expert landscape services including landscape design, installation, maintenance and repair. Specialty plants include water lilies, lotus, bamboo and a large selection of tropical plants. Honolulu Magazine has named Mulkern Landscaping & Nursery Best Landscape Contractor for 2014 & 2015. 

10:30 am: Yamashita Nursery, 41-551 Flamingo St., Waimanalo

Enjoy the wide and varied array of tropical plants, including palms, ti, crotons and just about any tropical you might like to purchase. Michael (he calls himself Motor mouth!) will guide us through and answer any questions you may have. If you intend to purchase, please bring a box or a bag.

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September 26, Saturday, 9:30 am:

Nathan Wong will lead a tour of Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese Harvest Festival. The group will explore a variety of moon cakes and the traditional vegetables and fruits used for this Festival. He suggests parking in the Marin Garage at the corner of 60 North Nimitz and Smith streets. The garage is underground so take the elevator up and meet in the central courtyard at street level. Wear comfortable walking shoes!

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October 17, Saturday, 9:30 am:

We visit the homes of Elsie Nakasone and Perla Alvarez. We will view their collections of cacti, tillandsia and succulents as they show off their unique beauty. Both Elsie and Perla have been avid collectors for many years, and they welcome cash-only sales. Bring your own bag or box! Map will be provided to all in attendance by email.

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October 25, Sunday: 

9:30 am: Ti’s Unlimited, 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.

11 am: Leilani Nursery, 41-630 Kaulukani St., Waimanalo

Owner Bill Durston’s nursery specializes in poinsettia, hibiscus, bougainvillea, crotons, roses, areca palms, and assorted 8" hibiscus baskets. A certified nursery, he also ships to the outer islands and to Guam. Stroll through greenhouses filled with a palette of gorgeous ornamentals. Bring an umbrella and wear sturdy shoes! No slippers, please.

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November 8, Sunday, 9:30 am: Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa

Learn about native plants, archeology and the many special plant collections found here. David Orr, Botanical Collections Specialist, will lead our tour, which takes us through plantings of different areas of the world, as well as many ancient Hawaiian structures. Feel free to enjoy the park, and perhaps bring a picnic lunch - there is a food concession available.

Wear good walking shoes; the pathways are paved, FYI. (There is a Waimea Valley admission fee for this tour in addition to the FHBG tour fee. The price for local ID holders is $10, but that gets reduced to $8 if there are ten or more people in a group. The admission fee would be paid right at the ticket booth when you start. Please make sure you bring a picture ID.)

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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.

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

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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.

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

Wahiawa Botanical Garden

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Education Program 2013

AUGUST

Saturday August 3: 10 a.m. Visit Hui Ku Maoli Ola native plant nursery with well-known Hawaiian plant collector, nurseryman and writer Rick Kaponowaiola Barboza. He can answer your every question relative to selecting and growing native species in your area. He is very generous with his extensive knowledge. Members $15 non-members $20.

Saturday August 10: 11 a.m. “Know your common garden no-no-s” at Foster Gardens with expert tour leader Paul Weissich. A look at the dangers found in some common garden plants. This tour has plants not suitable for children to be around, sp please leave them at home. Limited to 10 attendees. Free for members. Non-members must pay the $5 garden entry fee.

Saturday August 24: 9am – 11:30am. Hike the Manoa Cliff Trail with Jeff Preble, experienced hiker and native plant specialist. You will make many stops along the way to enjoy native plants, especially the white hibiscus tree, koki’o ke’o ke’o and the frequent panoramic views. You will also pause to pull weeds to reduce the completion on the native plants. Bring your own gloves and clothes that won’t be ruined by a bit of rain. $5 + 30 minutes of weeding for Members, $10 + 30 minutes of weeding for Non-Members. No weeding, no go!

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday September 4: 6pm: ‘Designing Women’ with Tamara and Courtney at their new shop, Paiko in the exciting redevelopment district of Kaka’ako. Program to be announced, Join us for wine, pupu’s and lots of fun.

Sunday September 15: 2 p.m. Waimea Arboretum tour with David Orr. This is an excellent presentation combining rare plants, history and archeological sites. Free with $10 entry fee. Sign up early, this is always a popular tour. Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch.

 



PRIOR 2012 TOURS

 


Painting by Louisa Cooper

September

Garden Sex(PG-13): by Dr. Richard Criley

Saturday September 15th 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Ho’omaluhia

Well-known horticulturist Dr. Richard Criley will host and informative presentation in which he will discuss the reproductive mechanisms of plants ranging from single cell algae to great forest trees. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty and peace of Ho’omaluhia.

Fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members.



Painting by Louisa Cooper

November

Pruning Young Trees and Shrubs by Aloha Arborist Association

Saturday November 17th 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden – Check in at Lecture Room

Certified Arborists, Dudley Hulbert and Carol Kwan, will give talks on pruning young trees (Hubert) and pruning shrubs (Kwan). Each talk will be followed by a demonstration in the courtyard. The tour will end with a question and answer session where you can ask away at these talented arborists.

Fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

 

POSTPONED! New dates to be announced..."

Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape Part I: by Paul Wessich


Location: Ho’omaluhia

In this field trip co-author of the book “Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape”, Paul Wessich will guide you through a slide show presentation in which you will learn about everything from ground cover to large shrubs. Whether we like it or not we will see some form of xeriscaping in the near future….

Fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members.



Painting by Louisa Cooper

POSTPONED! New dates to be announced..."

Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape Part II: by Paul Wessich


Location: Ho’omaluhia

In this second part field trip co-author of the book “Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape”, Paul Wessich will guide you through a slide show presentation in which you will learn about small and large trees as well as vines.

Fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members.




Sri Lanka Tour

 To be Rescheduled

 Come join the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens on this excellent 17 day tour of Sri Lanka.  This is not a tour that you can book through a magazine or travel brochure.  It has been custom designed by our travel experienced Board Members.   

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