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Grow Hawaiian festival features time with experts


Residents and visitors looking to “grow” green can get lessons from the experts at the fifth annual Grow Hawaiian Festival presented by Hawaii Forest & Trail at the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, Captain Cook. The event is 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 and is free to the public.

Festival-goers will get the chance to talk with practitioners of the Hawaiian arts, biologists, conservationists, and horticulturists – professionals who share a common passion for the native and Polynesian plants of Hawaii. Hands-on activities for the keiki and adults, cultural demonstrations, ask-the expert booths, displays, a lei contest and live entertainment are featured.

The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, in partnership with the County Product Enrichment Program. Support for this program is also provided by Kukio, Ka Ahahui o ka Nahelehele; South Kona Green Market; the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and Hawaii Electric Light Company. The festival is funded under the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program.

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is part of the Bishop Museum, a private non-profit dedicated to inspiring people to experience and embrace the Pacific and its various cultures. The garden seeks to support the Hawaiian traditions of land and plant use, and conserve the plant resources of traditional cultural activities. It features more than 200 species of endemic, indigenous, and Polynesian introduced flora, as well as five acres of archeological remains of the ancient Hawaiian agricultural system, known as the Kona Field System.

Grow Hawaiian Festival Schedule

Main Program

Emcees: Tom Cummings and Kealoha Kelekolio

9 – 9:30 a.m. — Opening, Greeting and Pule Virginia Isbell, Danny Akaka, Kanu o ka Aina

9:30 – 9:40 a.m. — About Amy Greenwell Meg Greenwell

9:40 – 10:20 a.m. — Botanical Gardens Round Table with David Orr (Waimea), Lisa Raymond (Maui Nui), Chipper Wichman (NTBG), Alice Kitajima (Lyon), Naomi Hoffman (Honolulu Botanic Garden); Peter Van Dyke (AGG)

10:20 – 11 a.m. — Hawaiian Tattoo with Keone Nunes: (Author, artist)

11a.m. – noon — Cultural Round Table / Moderated Discussion with Hannah Springer, Billy Parris, Bobby Punihaole, Sonny Keakealani

noon – 12:40 p.m. — Micronesian singing and dancing

12:40 – 1 p.m. — Insects! Damselflies in Distress with Ron Englund (Kamehameha Schools/ Bishop Museum)

1 – 2 p.m. — Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance: Bernice Akamine (Moderator) Marie MacDonald, Rocky Jensen, Moana Eisele, Dennis Keawe

2 – 2:30 p.m. — Closing and Pule (Kanu o ka Aina)

Garden Tours (meet at kukui tree near the Garden office) begin at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

LEI CONTEST (under kukui tree near the Garden office)

Noon — Leis due
1:20 p.m. — Winners announced

Ask a Scientist (near main canopies):

Plant Identifications — Clyde Imada, Marie Bruegmann, Shelley James

Strange Fruit ID – Ken Love

Insects — Pat Conant, David Preston, Ron Englund

Horticultural help!

Plant Doctor — Scot Nelson

Propagation & nursery care – Bill Garnett

Grafting demonstrations – Sunao Kadooka

Master Gardeners

Kalo – Jerry Konanui

Botanical Gardens – NTBG, Lyon, etc.

Weaving – Lehua Domingo, Debbie Toko, Ku’‘uipo Morales, Jim Skibb, Shirley Kauhaihao, Harriet Wong (quilts)

Wood Working – Kala Willis

Ipu Gourds — Michael Harburg,

Kapa making and dying – Pam Barton, Lisa Raymond, Bernice Akamine, Moana Eiseley

Quilts — Harriet Soong

Lei – Patsy Ivy, Maile Napoleon

Cordage — Larry Kuamoo

Hula Demonstrations – Ulalia Berman

Lomilomi Demonstrations — Hawaii Lomilomi Association, Wesley Sen

Pohaku shaping: Kauhane Morton’s nephew

Book Signings — Herb Kane, Keone Nunes, Craig Elevitch, Caren Loebel-Fried, Barbara Fahs, Marie MacDonald, Lucia Jensen

Garden Give Away – Isis

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