CTAHR will be contributing to the annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on the Big Island, held on Saturday, February 29. The festival, which is returning after a hiatus of five years, brings together lovers of plants, natural history, and Hawaiian culture. Master Gardeners, Hawaiian herbal practitioners, horticulturists, taro farmers, weavers, botanists and entomologists, and other plant people will be on hand to give demonstrations, offer hands-on activities, and answer questions at this free event.
The event is special in many ways this year. It’s the first time it has been held since February 2015, and the Garden itself is reopening after having been closed to the public for four years. The Friends of the Garden recently succeeded in purchasing the Garden from Bishop Museum, and this event marks the first public event under the new ownership.
Extension agent Andrea Kawabata will be on hand to discuss insects; assistant professor Noa Lincoln will present on sugarcane, and the Master Gardeners and other CTAHR departments and projects will have displays. CTAHR’s presence is just one more reason to attend this delightful and informative event!