Botanical garden to charge for entry, hopes to become self-sustaining

The Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will begin charging admission on Jan. 15.

The move is an effort to create a new stream of revenue and help financially support the 6-acre garden in Kahului across from War Memorial Stadium.

One-day entry will be $5 for general admission and $3 for residents with valid Hawaii identification. Admission will be free for children (ages 12 and under) and seniors (ages 65 and older). The garden will remain free to the public on Saturdays.

Those who become or who are members of the garden will receive an annual admission pass and can enjoy the garden year-round. Membership comes with different levels and accompanying benefits.

Individual memberships are $25. Family memberships are $35, and businesses can support the garden with a donation of $50 or more.

The garden is the only one in the state that focuses on Hawaiian coastal plants from Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini. Many of the plants are endemic and endangered.

The nonprofit is operated and managed by Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Inc., established in 1995.

The gardens’ mission is to “foster appreciation and understanding of Maui Nui’s plants and their role in Hawaiian cultural expression by providing a gathering place for discovery, education and conservation.”

The nonprofit has been financially supported by annual memberships, private donors, government grants, private grants and fundraisers held throughout the year. Although these sources of revenue generate annual income, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens aims to be less reliant on government and private grants and increase its ability to be financially self-sustaining.

“We know that this will be a change for our valued visitors,” gardens Executive Director Joylynn Paman said. “We thank our supporters for their patience and understanding during this transition. We are still, as always, very committed to serving our community. We are trying to be more creative in how we generate funds for our nonprofit so that we can continue to provide and improve our programs for everyone’s benefit.”

For more information or to become a member, visit or call 249-2798.