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JUNE 25, 2024
Baobab trees, renowned for their colossal presence, offer a profound connection to human history.
Interview with Prof. John Rashford
JUNE 14, 2024
Created by director of Limahuli Garden & Preserve Lei Wann, June’s lei highlights limu kala (an endemic Hawaiian seaweed), celebrating our interconnections with the ocean and each other.
By David Bryant

JUNE 3, 2024
Hear three individuals share their experiences with a few of Hawaiʻi’s incredibly special native hibiscuses.
By Kapiʻolani Ching

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MARCH 14, 2024

NTBG at 60: The First Six Decades on the Ground

Take a journey through the last 60 years at NTBG.
MARCH 7, 2024

Common Threads

Threading people and plants together through storied clothing.
MARCH 7, 2024

Reviving the Roots of Lahaina

NTBG supports wildfire recovery with breadfruit.

From the magazine

Jul 06, 2023

Reviving a Traditional Landscape in Limahuli Valley

In Limahuli Valley, the mountains rise above the clouds, as though tethered to earth by the roots and vines of a changing landscape, their black volcanic faces gazing out across the vast Pacific.
Jun 26, 2023

An Eye on Plants – Koʻokoʻolau (Bidens wailele)

Called koʻokoʻolau in Hawaiian, Bidens is considered a prime example of adaptive radiation in Hawaiʻi.

NTBG in the media

Aug 30, 2023

Invasive species have created a cycle of wildfire in Hawaiʻi. Can Maui break it?

Planting native flora could help prevent the island’s next wildfire
Nov 30, 2023

Oh, hi! Seeds of endangered ‘ōhai discovered after three decades

When a jar of 30-year-old seeds were found in NTBG’s herbarium, were the seeds still viable?
Dec 10, 2022

The cutting edge

How new drone technology is helping scientists in the uphill battle against plant extinction

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Oct 4, 2023

Biocultural Conservation at NTBG

Defining our approach to restoring relationships between plants, people, and places.
Jul 17, 2023

From Cliffhanger to Cultivation

Rare plant cutting collected by drone has rooted, flowered, and seeded.
Jun 26, 2023

The Fertile Soil of Memory

Renewing the future for cherished plants by tending our past.

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Grow Aloha: Loulu

July 3, 2024

Grow Aloha Podcast: Loulu By Kapiʻolani Ching, Communications Coordinator Featuring Leroy “Pule” Krause, Makoa Elgin, […]

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Photo Gallery: What is a Herbarium Voucher?

July 2, 2024

At first glance, a herbarium voucher—which contains a carefully preserved plant specimen—may seem curious. What […]

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The Baobab as Humanity’s Tree of Life

June 25, 2024

Interview with Prof. John Rashford Over the course of his career as a professor of […]

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A Lei for Interconnections

June 14, 2024

2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Every month we will weave a lei for you, one that brings together plants and stories from our five botanic gardens. Created by director of Limahuli Garden & Preserve Lei Wann, June’s lei highlights limu kala (an endemic Hawaiian seaweed), celebrating out interconnections with the ocean and each other.

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