Pivoting & Advancing Our Mission

Our gardens at the Urban Garden Center have been a special place for learning, exploration, peace and collaboration since it opened in 1989. 

COVID-19 has brought tremendous uncertainty on how we will offer Cooperative Extension programs in the future. However, we will pivot accordingly and remain resilient in sharing this special place with others in our community. 

Our passion and aloha to provide innovative and diverse horticultural information to the gardening public and Hawaii's youth, remains a constant. 

COVID has taught us how valuable local food production is to local families and our communities.  Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economical access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life” (Kent, 2008).

Our educational programs at UGC would not be possible without the hard work by UGC volunteers and generous donations. Your donation will be used to advance educational programming and services at the Urban Garden Center. Donations made through the University of Hawaii Foundation are tax deductible. 

If you would like to support the Urban Garden Center, please click here

Aloha, Jari Sugano, Oahu County Administrator


Donations in the past have gone to support: 

  • Gazebo construction-HCC Tech 1 Program
  • Rose garden- Honolulu Rose Society
  • Peace Garden-Soka Gakkai International
  • Palms- C&C of Honolulu
  • Beehives-UH CTAHR Faculty
  • Tools and supplies-City Mill, Home Depot, etc. 
  • Golf carts-UGC Ohana 
  • And, many more amazing sponsors.  

HEP and Compost

Donation of compost by Hawaiian Earth Products and trucking by R.H. Lee

Bee Hui

Bee Hives: Donated by UH Honey Bee Program 

Rose Garden

Rose Garden: Donated by Oahu County, Cooperative Extension & Honolulu Rose Society 

Peace Garden

Peace Garden: Donated by Soka Gakkai International

Rainbow Garden

Garden support: Donations by the Oahu Urban Garden Ohana 501c3

Waterwise Garden

Water Wise Garden: Donated by CTAHR Master Gardener Program 

Bonsai Garden

Bonsai Garden: Donated by Pearl City Bonsai Club


Plumeria flower sheetmetal artwork: Donation by Ted Yee