Friday, Saturday, Sunday
November 7, 8, and 9

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Arbor Day Celebration, Tree Giveaway, and Wood Working Demonstration.

HibiscusA three-day celebration of Arbor Day will take place at the visitor center at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook, on Hawai’i Island, on November 7-9. 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. 

Trees will be given away (one per person) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 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 Sunday to pick up your tree.  The South Kona Green Market meets Sundays in the lower lot.

At 1 p.m. on November 7, 8, and 9, 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

Mānele (Sapindus saponaria)

Koki'o ke'o ke'o Hibiscus waimeae

Hō'awa (Pittosporum hosmeri)

Kou Cordia subcordata

'Ōhi'a 'ai Syzygium sandwicensis

Kukui Aleurites moluccana

Halapepe (Pleomele hawaiiensis)

ʻŌhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha)

Laʻamia (Crescentia cujete)  (non-native)

For more information go to or call 323-3318.


Volunteer Gardening Days

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook on the Island of Hawai‘i has three volunteer gardening days coming up:  May 10, May 24, and June 14.  This is a great way to meet people, learn about native plants, and hone your gardening skills.  The volunteer gardening days start at 9:30 and last until 12 noon. Bring a lunch and stay for the Guided Hawaiian Plant Walk at 1 p.m. 

Volunteers should bring gloves, hat, sunscreen, mosquito lotion, and their favorite hand tools. If you take part in the gardening day, the general admission will be waived for the Walk.  The Walk is funded by an award from the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.  For more information, please call 808.323.3318.

Amy Greenwell Garden is Bishop Museum’s native plant arboretum in Captain Cook on the Island of Hawai‘i.   The Garden is open 9-4 every day except Mondays and holidays.  Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in the Hawaiian Plant Walks should contact Peter Van Dyke at 808-323-3318 at least two weeks before their planned visit.

Guided Hawaiian Plant Walks--Every day, 1:00 p.m.  Free with admission.  The Guided Native Plant Walks are led by staff members and docents, and last about one hour.  Visitors explore three zones of the Garden during their guided walk: kahakai (coastal zone), wao lama (dry forest), and māla (agricultural zone).   The tour does not require reservations, and there is no extra charge for it beyond the reasonable general admission to the Garden. Funded by an award from the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.  Closed Mondays and holidays.   Phone 808.323.3318 or email  No reservation required.

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