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Returning to Wahiawa for a botanical adventure


    Martin Del Campo Jr., programs/volunteer coordinator for Honolulu Botanical Gardens, left, holds up ti leaf lei while Wahiawa Botanical Garden volunteer John Sharp weaves another lei. All are destined to be placed on veterans’ graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for Memorial Day.

Back in the 1930s the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association used the Wahiawa Botanical Garden as an experimental arboretum to grow trees for watershed enhancement. The land was up for grabs in the late 1950s when it was rundown, with rows of trees and tall, overgrown Guinea grass. Read more

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