MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS
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Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment
Location: P.O. Box 6040 Kahului HI 96733 USA
The mission of the Maui Botanical Gardens 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.
Results: As a result of the services that Maui Nui Botanical Gardens provided the community in FY 2012, the following impacts were achieved. MNBG: 1) Welcomed over 15,000 visitors who enjoyed the Gardens on a daily basis, during our signature annual events and through educational visits. 2) Remained open to the public generally six days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. giving visitors numerous opportunities to learn about Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plant species. 3) Provided various types and levels of job training and volunteer opportunities for Maui’s communities to learn about MNBG and its resources. 4) Continued to work with conservation partners to preserve Maui Nui’s rare and endangered native species. 5) Supported critically endangered Native Hawaiian plants featured at MNBG.
Target demographics: educate our communities about Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants
Geographic areas served: Central Maui, Hawai`i
Programs: our volunteer program in which residents and visitors can enjoy working in the garden and nursery area while also learning abut Native Hawaiian plant from knowledgeable staff and lead volunteers. Also, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens has a conservation program in which we protect some of Maui Nui's (islands of Maui, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Kaho`olawe, and Molokini) most endangered and rare coastal Hawaiian plants. We also have an education and outreach program where we educate residents, visitors, schools and community organizations about the Hawaiian cultural connections that plants have with Hawaiian people. We promote the use of native plants through annual events and daily interactions at the garden.
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