Free tree giveaway, cultural activities at botanical garden

The 15th annual Arbor Day Hawaiian Tree Giveaway at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The gardens will partner with Maui Electric Co. and the Kaulunani Forestry Program to give away 1,500 trees (one tree per person, any age).

Free Hawaiian cultural activities include kapa-making with Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, hala-weaving with Ron and Becky Lau, lei-making with the Native Hawaiian Plant Society, and makahiki games with Unda Kava 808 Inc.

The native nursery will sell Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants at Arbor Day 2018.

Confirmed conservation organizations attending include: Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, Friends of Haleakala National Park, Friends of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Partners in Development Foundation, Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, Malama Kahalawai Watershed Partnership, Maui Invasive Species Committee, NOAA Fisheries, and Maui Green & Beautiful.

This year’s “Ask an Arborist” booth will be hosted by Ernie Rezents, Donna Mann, Susi Mastroianni and other certified arborists.

The event will also include a planting and pruning demonstration by certified arborist Terry Nutt, and a tree climbing demonstration by certified arborist Jake Kane of Kane’s Legacy Tree Services and Z.E.L.M. Zero Emission Landscape Maintenance

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