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As part of our Grow Aloha program, we’re celebrating the connections people have with Hawaiʻi’s beloved wiliwili trees. If you have a special story, memory, or connection to wiliwili that you’d like to share, we would love to hear from you. Your story may be featured as part of our Grow Aloha Series—a collection of…

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CRB Detection

At the National Tropical Botanical Garden, we are committed to the biosecurity of Hawaiʻi to protect our home’s irreplaceable biodiversity and support the wellbeing of our communities. We vigilantly safeguard against and monitor for invasive species at our gardens on Kauaʻi and Maui, working in partnership with many organizations to implement best practices and support…

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NTBG Environmental Journalism Program accepting applications for 2024

Offered on Kauai, May 12-18, 2024 The Hawaii-based National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is accepting applications for its Environmental Journalism Program offered May 12–18, 2024. Designed for professional journalists (staff or freelance) working in broadcast, print, online, and other media, the immersive program provides a background in tropical botany, ecology, and biocultural conservation with a progressive…

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An Eye on Plants – Koʻokoʻolau (Bidens wailele)

By Jon Letman, Bulletin Editor The Hawaiian flora is comprised of a remarkable variety of rare flowering plants, many of which grow nowhere else. But the islands are also home to one of the most prolific plant families, Asteraceae, which includes chrysanthemums, daisies, and sunflowers. Among the approximately 25,000 Asteraceae species worldwide is the genus…

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Growing the Next Generation of Botanists at the ICTB at The Kampong

Tropical Botany student Jenny Morris taking field notes in Costa Rica. Photo by Danielle Ward. By Jon Letman, Bulletin Editor Among the many shortages the world faces today, one often overlooked is a lack of botanists. At a time of unprecedented crises, including a dramatic loss of biodiversity, highly trained botanists are in short supply….

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Biocultural Conservation at NTBG

Weaving hala leaves for a pāpale (hat). Photo by Shandelle Nakanelua Defining our approach to restoring relationships between plants, people, and places. At its heart, biocultural conservation recognizes the inseparable bonds between humanity and nature. Many Indigenous cultures share concepts of kinship across species, elements, and places. In Hawaiʻi, the idea of ʻohana (family) transcends…

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