Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Mahalo for your interest in the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden.  As of January 31 the garden is closed to the public.  Bishop Museum is looking for a new owner and steward of the Garden. Until that time the Garden will be maintained and taken care of so that it can continue on in the future.

If you have any questions you can contact us at 808.323.3318.

82-6160 Mamalahoa Hwy Captain Cook, HI 96704    Phone: 808.323.3318    Fax: 808.323.2394

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Endemic plants and animals are natives that are found nowhere else in the world. 90% of native Hawaiian flowering plants are endemic. That is the highest rate of plant endemism in the world. Usually island ecosystems like Hawai‘i have high rates of endemism since the organisms their have evolved from a limited number of founder species to occupy many different niches.


Indigenous plants and animals are natives that are found as natives in other parts of the world. Many indigenous Hawaiian plants are also found on other Pacific islands or on the Asian mainland.


Plants that were introduced by Polynesian settlers to the Hawaiian Islands are called Polynesian Introductions. These plants were at the heart of traditional Hawaiian culture, supplying food, medicine, light, clothing, and many necessities of daily life. The plants include kalo, sweet potato, and banana.


Ethnobotany looks at the agricultural customs, plant lore, and plant uses of a culture. An ethnobotanist examines the role plants play within a society as food, medicine, fiber, and construction material, and their place in the religion and mythology of a people. Ethnobotany brings together botany--the study of plants--and ethnology, the study of human culture.