Po‘i Nā Nalu, the Hulili Ke Kukui Center and the Honolulu Community College Botany program have teamed up to revitalize the campus greenhouse and its surrounding garden.

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The emphasis of this project is propagating native and Polynesian introduced plant species as a way to increase the amount of Hawaiian-culturally significant flora in the ‘āina (land) of Māla o Niuhelewai (The Garden of Niuhelewai).

Other project goals include growing plants to help beautify the campus and contribute to the community restoration efforts by replacing foreign/invasive species with various coastal species.

Some plants being cultivated in the greenhouse include:

  • ma‘o (Hawaiian cotton)
  • ‘ākulikuli (a crawling succulent)
  • naupaka
  • loulu palm species
  • ‘aweoweo shrubs
  • varieties of Hawaiian uhi (true yams)
  • Native Hawaiian landscaping plants such as ʻakia

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The project also includes faculty, staff and students working on cultivating kō (sugarcane varieties).

To learn more about this restoration project, contact Professors Kalani Flores at pflores@hawaii.edu or Isaiah Smith at ismith@hawaii.edu

 

 

 

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