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Greenwell Garden hosts Arbor Day event (Nov. 6)


Arbor Day celebrations are 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 6 at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden.

The celebration includes free trees, demonstrations and a “how to” plant walk, a Hawaiian canoe and a tree planting by a representative of the mayor’s office. These activities showcase traditional uses of native plants and woods from native trees.

Free trees to be given away this year are milo, mountain apple, kukui, lama, koaia, alahee, hala and two types of hibiscus — mao hau hele and kokio keokeo.

The trees are first come, first-serve while supplies last, and there is a limit of two trees per family group.

A restored Hawaiian opelu canoe made from a koa log will be at the garden. Canoe expert Kalani Nakoa will be on hand to explain the parts of the canoe and how they are made and used.

Ben Heloca, of Ka Ulu Hawaii, is an award-winning master of Hawaiian woodworking who makes kapa tools, weapons and poi boards. He will have some of his work on display and will talk with visitors about working with Hawaiian woods.

Horticulturist Brian Kiyabu will have a display of native and non-native woods.

At 10:30 a.m., Bobby Command from the West Hawaii Mayor’s Office, will plant an ohia tree on behalf of Mayor Billy Kenoi. The mayor’s office, Hawaii County Council and county have been instrumental in creating the new visitor education center, now under construction at the south end of the garden.

At 11 a.m., arborist Kurt Eames will show visitors the fundamentals of tree care and pruning, and how they apply to native plants, using trees in the garden landscape as examples.

The event is free.

For more information, call 323-3318 or e-mail

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