Earth Day celebration set at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host its annual Earth Day Celebration & Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the gardens located at 150 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului. Admission and parking are free.

Entertainment will include Grammy-winning entertainer George Kahumoku Jr., Sheldon Brown & Friends, Damien Awai of An Den, Kaniala Masoe and Hui Ukulele O Kalama. The celebration will be hosted by Alaka’i Paleka of KPOA 93.5 FM.

Free cultural demonstrations and activities will include lei making with Na Kamehameha pa’u riders, kapa making with University of Hawaii Maui College’s Hawaiian ethnobotany students, and kamani nut whistle making with the volunteers of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.

Food will be available for purchase, provided by the Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club and Maui High School’s Workplace Readiness Program. The gardens will also offer its signature Hawaiian sugar cane juice, harvested directly from the gardens and freshly pressed to order.

More than 20 organizations will share information about Hawaiian species, resource conservation and recycling. Educational displays will be provided by the Maui Invasive Species Committee, the East Maui Watershed Partnership, the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Friends of Haleakala National Park, Habitat for Humanity, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission and more.

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of Maui’s plants and their role in Hawaiian cultural expression.

For more information or to make a donation to the event, contact Whit Germano at 249-2798.

The event is co-sponsored by the county Department of Water Supply and Office of Economic Development.