Family event to promote Hawaiian culture

Ola Ka Honua 2014, sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, will be held at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12.

The goal of this free family event is to celebrate and encourage Hawaiian cultural practices and to showcase the work being done to protect the natural environment, according to a news release.

There will be Hawaiian cultural activities like lei making, kapa making, makahiki games and cordage making.

Food will be available for purchase, including lau lau plate, teriyaki plate and poke bowl. MNBG will also offer its signature Hawaiian sugar cane juice, harvested directly from the gardens and freshly pressed to order.

Local plant nurseries will offer native plants for sale.

Upwards of 20 organizations will share information and host activities highlighting the benefits of native Hawaiian species, resource conservation and recycling.

The gardens are at 150 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului, across from the War Memorial Stadium. For more information, call Whit Germano at 249-2798, email or visit