2013 Arbor Day Events on Hawaii Island

Tree Volunteers will help with questionsFriday, Saturday, Sunday
November 1, 2, 3

Amy B.H. Greenwell
Ethnobotanical Garden
Arbor Day Celebration, Tree Giveaway, and Seed Exchange

A three-day celebration of Arbor Day will take place at the new visitor center at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook, on November 1-3. Activities include woodworkers making poi boards, expert advice, and a giveaway of 500 native trees. The Arbor Day event is supported by a grant from the DLNR Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program. 

Students cared for trees prior to the Arbor day eventTrees will be given away (one per person) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on all three days, while the supply lasts. The trees will be rationed so that there are trees to give away each day. Please park in the grass lot above the visitor center on Friday or Sunday to pick up your tree. The South Kona Green Market meets those days in the lower lot.

At 1 p.m. on November 1, 2, and 3, visitors can join Arbor Day guided tours of the Garden. The focus of the tours will be how to select, plant, and care for trees. Visitors must pay regular Garden admission for the tour. All participants in the tour will be offered a free tree at the end of the tour. 

On all three days, woodworkers will be at the Garden making poi boards and other objects from wood. Visitors are welcome to look on, take pictures, and ask questions. The woodworkers will be on site from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day.

The following trees will be given away:

Hau (Hibiscus tiliaceous)

Ma'o hau hele Hibiscus brackenridgei

Koa (Acacia koa)

Milo Thespesia populnea

Kamani Calophyllum inophyllum

Manele (Sapindus saponaria)

Koki'o ke'o ke'o Hibiscus waimeae

Hala (Pandanus tectorius)

Kou Cordia subcordata

'Ohi'a 'ai Syzygium sandwicensis

Kukui Aleurites moluccana

Hapapepe (Pleomele hawaiiensis)



For more information go to www.bishopmuseum.org/greenwell or call 323-3318.

Click for pictures: Native Plants, Exotic Plants, Fruit Trees

Saturday, November 2

Hawaiian Electric Arbor Day Free TreeHawaii Electric Light Company Office
Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Ke welina mai! Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, Hooulu Lahui, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, Hawai‘i Electric Light Company, and Makuu Farmers Market are joining together to celebrate the 12th annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Hawaii Electric Light Company office at 1200 Kilauea Avenue, in Hilo. The 600 trees that will be given away, at the two sites, one tree per family, are: pūhala, milo, ‘ōhi‘a, niu, kou, and kukui.

The students at Kua O Ka La are caring for the trees and are compiling a newsletter to distribute with the trees. You will also receive information to help you to properly site, plant, and care for your tree.

Sunday, November 3

Makuu Farmers’ Market
Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Kua O Ka La Public Charter School will also be giving away trees at the Makuu Farmers’ Market, on Sunday, November 3, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.




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