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Celebration of ’ulu set for Sept. 7

Shirley Kauhaihao of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu made ‘Ulu Puffs at the first La ‘Ulu, or Breadfruit Day, in 2017, and Lomi ‘Ulu in 2018. She will be sharing how to make her Overnight ‘Ulu Fruit and Nuts Bowl at the 2019 event. -- Maui Nui Botanical Gardens photo

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will celebrate the historic and useful Hawaiian ‘ulu, or breadfruit tree, on Sept. 7 at the third annual La ‘Ulu “Breadfruit Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the gardens at 150 Kanaloa Ave. in Kahului, across from War Memorial Stadium.

Admission and parking are free and there will be free chef demonstrations, samples and recipes, along with Hawaiian cultural activities, including games featuring the many uses of the tree.

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens’ Kahanu Garden and Breadfruit Institute, Ho’o ‘Ulu Ka ‘Ulu, Agroforestry Net, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa will be on hand to share research and growing information about the traditional Pacific island staple.

UH’s Maui Master Gardener program will also put on a class from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students will learn how to identify and prevent fruit-fly damage and what areas and crops different types of flies like best. Bring empty one- and two-liter plastic bottles and take home both a lured and baited fruit-fly trap.

To register, call UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Cooperative Extension Office at 244-3242 ext. 228, or email mauimg@ctahr.hawaii.edu to register.

Kahanu Garden will have a limited supply of the Ma’afala variety of breadfruit trees available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. UH-Manoa will also have trees of the ‘Ulu, or Hawaiian, variety for sale.

More foods utilizing breadfruit will be for sale by Old Lahaina Luau, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Moku Roots, Nohoana Farm, Ola Mau Farms, ‘Ulu Mana and Maui Breadfruit Co.

For more information, see mnbg.org/laulu.html.