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Hybrid Forest Restoration Benefits Communities and Increases Resilience

An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (UHM) and the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) demonstrated how collaboratively-developed forest restoration in Limahuli Garden & Preserve (Limahuli) can increase community benefits and improve resilience at lower cost than standard forest restoration programs.

Lei and Flower Arranging Contest

The Hana Aloha Week Lei & Flower Arrangement Contest will be held at NTBG's Kahanu Garden on Monday, October 8, 2018.

To enter bring your lei and/or flower arrangement to Kahanu Garden between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. pm Monday, October 8, 2018. Entrants must have an Aloha Week pin to participate. Po'o lei entered into the contest should be 22 inches, a'i should be 42 inches. 

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono Introduces Bill to Promote Botanical Research

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono Introduces Bill to Promote Botanical Research
Legislation would support research, restoration, and use of native plants


Kalāheo, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i (July 23, 2018) – Hawai‘i Senator Mazie Hirono has introduced a bill that would support native plant research, encourage the hiring of botanists, and promote the use of native plants for projects on federal lands whenever possible.

NTBG Statement on Rapid Ohia Death

The news that one of the two fungal pathogens known to cause Rapid Ohia Death or ROD is now confirmed to be on Kauai is a serious concern. Ohia (Metrosideros spp.), the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaii, is a foundation species that is essential to all of our wet and mesic forest ecosystems. As we learn more about this situation, I encourage the public to get informed about how to protect our forests and prevent the spread of this pathogen.

Twilight Tour

Check in at 5:30 p.m. at NTBG's South Shore Visitors Center (across from Spouting Horn in Poipu).

Join us for an after-hours tour of exploration and discovery in Allerton and/or McBryde Gardens. Guided by the moonlight, each tour is unique and based on the season and weather. Experience the Garden as it comes alive at Mother Nature's most mysterious time -- twilight. Tour size is limited to 20. This 2 ½ hour long tour involves about two hours of walking on light trails. Appropriate attire and closed footwear (no open slip-ons or heels) required. Flashlight provided.

Kampong Online Auction

Breaking a long-standing tradition, we did not host our annual Bali Hai event this year. Bali Hai has been part of The Kampong’s culture for over 25 years and has become a legendary garden party in Miami. After Hurricane Irma, The Kampong was not ready to hold such an event to our usual standards and neither were our vendors and restaurants.

Selling Threatened Plants to Save Them

The International Center for Tropical Botany is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of tropical plants through research, education and outreach. It is a partnership between FIU and the National Tropical Botanical Garden. ICTB professor and Conservation Ecologist, Hong Liu, says selling threatened plants could save them from extinction in research recently published in Conservation Biology. Read the full article at


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