Ola Ka Honua 2014 at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (MNBG) on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include 'ono food and drinks, music and hula, free cultural activities and informational booths. The goal of this free family event is to celebrate and encourage Hawaiian cultural practices and to showcase the great work being done to protect our natural environment.
Attendees can participate in free Hawaiian cultural activities, including lei making with Na Kamehameha Pa'u riders, kapa making with University of Hawai'i Maui College Hawaiian ethnobotany kumu, makahiki games, kamani nut whistle and cordage making (oeoe) with the dedicated volunteers of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
Attendees will enjoy Hawaiian music and hula by Kamaka Kukona and Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua, Ke Kani Malie, Hoaloha Westcott, Joel Katz, and Ahumanu and Halau Kekuaokala'au'ala'iliahi.
'Ono food will be available for purchase, including lau lau plates, teriyaki plates, poke bowls pono pies, maui ulu hummus, spam musubi, baked goods, shave ice and wai lemi (lemon drinks). MNBG will also offer its signature Hawaiian sugarcane juice, harvested directly from the gardens and freshly pressed to order.
Maui's local plant nurseries will be there with a myriad of Native Hawaiian plants for sale.
More than 20 organizations will share information and host activities highlighting the bene?ts of Native Hawaiian species, resource conservation and recycling. Learn about the many volunteer opportunities supporting the preservation of our beautiful island's land and ocean resources by visiting educational displays provided by the Maui Invasive Species Committee, Maui Watershed Partnerships, Of?ce of Hawaiian Affairs, Friends of Haleakala National Park, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and many more.
Celebrate the rich history of this land we call "home," and empower yourself to be an active steward of the land and sea.
Admission and parking are free to the public.
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is a nonpro?t organization whose mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of Maui Nui's plants and their role in Hawaiian cultural expression by providing a gathering place for discovery, education and conservation.
MNBG's Ola Ka Honua 2014 is sponsored by the Of?ce of Hawaiian Affairs, the County of Maui's Department of Water Supply, and the Of?ce of Economic Development.
The gardens are located at 150 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului, across from War Memorial Stadium.
For more information or to make a donation to the event, contact Whit Germano at (808) 249-2798.
The mission of the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is to foster appreciation and understanding of Maui Nui's plants and their role in Hawaiian cultural expression by providing a gathering place for discovery, education, and conservation.