Aloha and Welcome!
Beginning August 27, 2021, in-person visitors to the Komohana Research & Extension Complex will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 7 days.
Where We Garden
Located on the island of Hawai'i with administrative offices in Hilo, the East Hawai'i Master Gardener program strives to enhance the efforts of the gardening community by providing research based information and promoting sustainable horticultural practices.
Our climate zones range from the warm, dry desert of Ka'u to the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This diverse topography allows us to enjoy an incredible variety of fruits and vegetables year round, yet challenges us to manage the pests and diseases that threaten to destroy our bounty.
What We Do
The gardeners we serve are no less diverse than the plants they grow, and we are fortunate to have a wealth of historical knowledge available to us in addition to the latest research. While the County Extension Agents and UH research personnel provide us with resources and expertise, we often learn along with, and many times from, the wonderful folks we serve.
Master Gardeners expand the outreach efforts of the Cooperative Extension Service by interacting with the gardening public in a variety of ways:
- Master Gardener Helpline
- Information booths at fairs and farmers’ markets
- CTAHR Open House events
- Educational programs for gardening groups (school age to seniors)
- Speakers’ Bureau
- And more!
Would You Like to Join Us?
Master Gardener volunteer training is held annually early in the spring, and consists of forty hours of class time, lectures and field trips. Master Gardener volunteers commit to serving an equal number of hours in the coming year working on the Helpline and in support of Master Gardener programs. In addition to the wealth of information always available to the Master Gardener, volunteers enjoy working, learning, and laughing together!
The 2021 University of Hawai‘i East Hawai‘i Master Gardener Training Program is currently under way. To apply for the Spring 2022 (February to May) training program please fill out the following form. Click here for form.
Deadline to apply for the Spring 2022 training program is November 15, 2021. Interviews for the program will occur in early December.
The next training course will be conducted Spring 2022. The program is academically based with hands on learning included. Master Gardeners are expected to volunteer at least 40 hours per year to the community. If you are interested in the program, please check back here for the 2022 course in Fall 2021 or email Russell Galanti your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the 2022 class will be available in late 2021.
How to Gain Certification
To gain Certification for the first time, interns commit to complete a total of 40 Hours in the following:
- 18 Volunteer (Helpline) Hours, which are hours exclusively dedicated to researching and responding to home gardener questions on the Helpline.
- 22 Continuing Education Hours, which are any other MG project or event that is not Helpline. Continuing Education Hours can be claimed when completing a range of ongoing projects and activities currently approved or announced to the MGs via email (e.g. workshops, lectures, demo garden, etc.).
To remain Certified, UH Master Gardeners complete 30 hours in the following:
- 9 Volunteer (Helpline) Hours, which are hours exclusively dedicated to researching and responding to home gardener questions on the Helpline.
- 21 Continuing Education Hours, which are any other MG project or event that is not Helpline. Continuing Education Hours can be claimed when completing a range of ongoing projects and activities currently approved or announced to the MGs via email (e.g. workshops, lectures, demo garden, etc.).
Hours are tallied from the beginning of June to the end of May the following year.