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Native Hawaiian bees were in isles first


Updated on  September 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm
Native Hawaiian bees pollinated plants here before honeybees were introduced in 1857. The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences has been working with students to kokua these rare and beneficial native insects. Read More

Try espalier technique to grow trees in smaller space


Updated on  August 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm
With land so valuable in Hawaii and our gardens getting smaller, many of us still want to grow fruit trees. Espalier, an ancient and artful gardening technique, could be the answer. Read More

Nonnative tahinu tree flourishes in Hawaii

Tahinu is native to tropical shores from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific and is especially common on coral islands. In Hawaii, it has spread on the main islands, except Kahoolawe. Read More

Supernutritious sweet potatoes prove easy to grow


Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 12:38 am
Uala, or sweet potato, is easy to grow in Hawaii and very versatile in recipes. Read More

Botanical garden, hybrid orchid among Foster’s legacies


Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 10:33 am
Do you know about Mary Mikahala Robinson Foster and her many gifts to Hawaii and the world? Read More

Nutritious ulu could boost Hawaii’s food security


Updated on  April 16, 2017 at 3:50 pm
Ulu is rich in fiber, calcium, potassium, B vitamins and pro-vitamin A carotenoids. If more people ate breadfruit, we would cut down on diabetes and other health issues. Read More
 

Gold trees and relatives can make splendid, colorful lei


Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm
The combo weather we’vebeen having — dry, then wet, calm, then windy from all different directions (trades, Kona, weird easterlies, superstrong southerlies) — seems to have triggered a stress response in gold trees and their relatives that is making them bloom so beautifully this year. Read More

Grasscrete a concrete replacement that helps the aina


Updated on  February 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Grasscrete, where grass is grown in cells interspersed between concrete is an akamai and aina-friendly investment in our underground water aquifers. Read More

Bougainvillea blossoms make fine lei

Yes, a florist would be faster and easier, but making lei with bougainvillea are a timely way to take advantage of the winter blooming plant. Read More
 

Decorate with, give away festive puakenikeni balls

Gardeners can use puakenikeni fruit to make excellent and versatile holiday decor. Read More

Browning coconut fronds caused by alien beetles


Updated on  November 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm
When coconut fronds yellow and brown before drying up, the coconut palm is reabsorbing and reusing nutrients. Brown and tattered midtree fronds are a different story. Read More

Sweet-smelling ginger can be both pleasant and a pest


Updated on  October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Late one pau hana evening, I was picking a sweet bouquet of fragrant ginger from my garden. Ah, I thought to myself, this is one of life’s simple, joyful pleasures. Read More

Keiki might be thankful for thornless kiawe trees

Question: Why did the big old historic kiawe tree at the Halekulani Hotel fall over? Could it be saved? Could they plant a new one if not? Read More
Updated on  September 18, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Rare state flower deserves to be propagated in islands


Updated on  June 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm
Question: Please tell us about our state flower. It’s a yellow native Hawaiian hibiscus, right? And where can our ohana go and see it this summer? Read More

Cultivation can help survival of native Hawaii gardenia


Updated on  April 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm
Who doesn’t love gardenias? Most Hawaii people, and gardeners in general, swoon for their fragrance and floral perfection. It feels like summer to us when kiele, or gardenia, is in bloom. We cherish the flowers and like to grow them in our gardens. Read More

Easy, ono beans are perfect for starter vegetable garden


Updated on  March 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm
Question: My daughter got inspired at school to grow a vegetable garden for our ohana. She wants us to eat vegetables that we grow ourselves. We want to encourage and help her. What are the best plants for success in Hawaii? Read More

Native Hawaiian plants will flourish if allowed to crowd


Updated on  February 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm
Question: I planted native Hawaiian kupukupu fern around my epic hapuu Hawaiian tree ferns. The kupukupu went nuts, grew really well and is even climbing up the hapuu trunk. The hapuu fronds seem smaller now. Read More

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