EAST HAWAIʻI MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

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East Hawaiʻi Master Gardener Helpline

If you are a homeowner and have a horticulture question or request Master Gardener services in East Hawaii, please contact the helpline:

Days: Monday and Friday
Time: 9 am to noon
Phone: 808-981-5199
email: himga@hawaii.edu

Komohana Research & Extension Complex

875 Komohana St.
Hilo, HI 96720 


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East Hawaiʻi Master Gardener Coordinator

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener or have administrative questions, please contact the Master Gardener Coordinator:

(For homeowner horticulture questions contact the helpline)

Russell Galanti
Komohana Research & Extension Complex
875 Komohana St. B-103
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 746-0910
email: rgalanti@hawaii.edu

 

 

Aloha and Welcome!


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! 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 2021 University of Hawai‘i
East Hawai‘i Master Gardener Program

The next training course will be conducted Spring 2020. 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. To apply for the 2021 course please click here. For more information please send inquiries to Russell Galanti at rgalanti@hawaii.edu.


How to Gain Certification

To gain Certification for the first time, interns commit to complete a total of 40 Hours in the following:

  1. A minimum of 20 hours in Volunteer Hours specifically researching and responding to home gardener questions on the HELPLINE or at UH-Master Gardener (MG) tabling events open to the public. Opportunities to sign up for these events are announced in advance to the MGs via email.
  2. 20 additional hours, which can be a combination of Volunteer Hours or Continuing Education Hours. 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.). See details below.

To remain Certified, UH Master Gardeners complete 30 hours in the following:

  1. A minimum of 9 hours in Volunteer Hours specifically researching and responding to home gardener questions on the HELPLINE or at UH-Master Gardener (MG) tabling events open to the public. Opportunities to sign up for these events are announced in advance to the MGs via email.
  2. 21 additional hours, which can be a combination of Volunteer Hours or Continuing Education Hours. 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.). See details below.

Hours are tallied from the beginning of May to the end of April the following year.