Preserving the Sacred Bond Between People and ʻŌhiʻa

By Jassaint Denis

As part of our Fall 2023 Internship Program, each intern was paired with a plant that holds particular significance at NTBG. Their task was to delve into and gain insights about their plant through the lens of NTBG’s various gardens, departments, and voices. Each intern crafted a story that captures their journey with their plant.

Originally from Anse-d’Hainault, Haiti, Jassaint Denis is a fall 2023 NTBG intern currently living in the U.S. and studying sustainability and environmental science.

Jassaint created this photo story which explores the profound and symbiotic relationship between people and the ʻōhiʻa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha).

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