Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Arbor Day Celebration, Tree Giveaway, and Wood-Working Demonstration
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
November 6, 7, and 8
Arbor Day in Hawaii officially falls on the first Friday in November, which in 2015 is Friday, November 6. Trees are given away at sites throughout Hawai’i. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Kona has been giving away trees every Arbor Day for 15 years.
This year, a 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 November 6-8. 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 6, 7, and 8, 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:
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Phone 808.323.3318 or email email@example.com. No reservation required.
Kālua Your Turkey
Since 2006, a Thanksgiving tradition at Amy Greenwell Garden has been the Kālua Your Turkey workshop. This year the workshop will be on Wednesday, November 25. You need to come to the Garden between 7 and 8 a.m., and you return to pick up your turkey between 4 and 5. If you want to watch the loading and uncovering, plan to stay until 9:30 or so in the morning, and plan to come at 3 or so in the afternoon.
This workshop is popular because it is fun and instructive, and because you go home with a delicious kalua turkey to share with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. Kālua means that the turkey is cooked in an underground oven, or imu. Many foods can be cooked in this method, and kālua pork is second behind poi as the best known Hawaiian food. Breadfruit, taro, sweet potatoes, chicken, and of course, turkey, all come out excellent cooked in an imu.
On the morning of the workshop, we light the fire at about 3:00 a.m. You are welcome to join us then, and believe it or not, some people have made the early morning start over the years. The fire will take 3 or 4 hours to burn down. When it is done, the stones will turn color, from the regular black of lava to a sort of blonde color of thoroughly heated stone. Many of the stones will be glowing red.
Meanwhile, if you are part of the workshop, you will arrive at the Garden between 7 and 8 a.m. and prepare your turkey for the imu. We provide the basic materials: ti leaf, chicken wire, and Hawaiian salt. The salt flavors the turkey and keeps it moist. You can bring other seasoning if you like. Some people stuff their turkey with sweet potatoes. Some like to stuff the turkey with taro leaves. Regular stuffing doesn’t work very well, but it’s been done. We actually had somebody do a tur-duck-en one time.
We will show you how to wrap the turkey with ti leaves. These keep the bird from burning and give it a wonderful, unique taste. The ti leaves are wrapped around the turkey and the whole thing is wrapped in chicken wire. This makes a bundle that is easy to handle, and will stay together. Some people bring pork butts or hams instead of turkey. If you want, you can add other things like breadfruit, taro, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin to the package, as long as it all fits into a single bundle. We ask you to bring gardening gloves so you won’t get poked when you are handling the chicken wire.
We try to have the imu all loaded and covered up by 9 a.m. If you want to help, you can smash banana logs, help add ti leaf to the pit, help with passing in the turkeys and putting on more ti leaf and the burlap bags, and help cover the edges with soil. Many of the veterans also give us a valuable hand by coaching others in how to wrap the turkey in ti leaves and chicken wire.
The poʻo or head cook will make the call on when to uncover the imu. Usually it is about 3:30 p.m. It’s fun to watch and take part in uncovering. By then, everything will have a smokey, ti-leaf flavor and will be steamed to perfection. We will provide one extra turkey so that you can sample it and keep your own whole. Many people shred their turkey when they get home—pull the meat off the bones and refrigerate it until the next day. You can reheat it by steaming in a large pot. We ask everybody to pick up their turkey by 5:00 p.m. at the latest, because we are all anxious to get home and start our Thanksgiving holiday.
The fee for the workshop is $30 ($25 for Bishop Museum or Greenwell Garden members). You can pay for the workshop when you show up, but you need to register in advance. On the morning of the workshop, drive up the old driveway, the long, straight road just south of mile-marker 110, and bring your turkey into the carport next to the old office. To register, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 808-323-3318.
12th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Amy Greenwell Garden
February 27, 2016
The 12th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival on February 27, 2016, is a celebration of Hawaiian cultural and natural history at Amy Greenwell Garden in Captain Cook. Admission to the Garden will be free for the festival, and all of the activities are free.
The Grow Hawaiian festival takes place at the Garden on Saturday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. -2:30 pm. Speakers will make presentations on traditional agriculture, native plant conservation, and Hawaiian arts and culture. Artisans will demonstrate ipu gourd decorating, kapa making, lauhala weaving, woodworking, lei making, taro cultivation, and Hawaiian dyes. There will be hands-on activities for the keiki and adults, plant and insect identification booths, displays, live entertainment, Hawaiian food, and much more.
Visitors can learn about provisioning Hawaiian voyaging canoes, preparing and eating healthy, sustainable, traditional foods, growing Hawaiian crops, landscaping with native plants, and best practices in conservation. They can practice hands-on activities like making bamboo nose flutes, weaving bracelets, braiding cordage, pounding poi, making lei, and decorating with bamboo stamps.
Some of the foremost experts in native plants and Hawaiian ethnobotany will lead tours of the Garden, and authors will be on hand to sign their books. A silent auction will be held where visitors will have a chance to bid on poi boards, poi stones, and other traditional objects.
On Friday, February 26, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the public is invited to join Greenwell Garden staff, taro experts, and local school children in ku‘i kalo—poi pounding. Boards and stones and cooked taro will be available for everyone from beginners to experts to try their hand at this traditional culinary art. Also on Friday at 1 p.m., the Guided Hawaiian Plant Walk is a docent led tour of the Garden landscape of the plants of Hawai‘i in the 1600s. Admission will also be waived for these activities.
For more information call 323-3318, visit www.bishopmuseum.org/greenwell, or email email@example.com. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is Bishop Museum’s native plant arboretum, located 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Highway 11, just south of mile marker 110.
The 12th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival is, presented by the OHA ‘Ahahui Events Program. Support for this event is also provided by Hawai‘i Forest and Trail, Kūki‘o, Kealakekua Ranch, Ltd. An award from the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority funds the Guided Native Plant Walks. 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.
Volunteer Gardening Days
Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook on the Island of Hawai‘i has a volunteer gardening day coming up on March 28. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No reservation required.