Blog: A taste of what you may find on Maui

Do you love plants?

My friends in Alberta tell me that they finally have snow there today. The snow shouldn’t surprise anyone, it is, after all, end of October (where did the year go??)! I remember it snowing on Labor Day years ago when I lived in Calgary, so I can’t say I feel too sorry for them 🙂

Did you know the beautiful and fragrant plumeria
is not native to Hawaii?

While I am missing the seasons, many of you are missing the blooms. But did you know, most of the beautiful flowers and plants you see when you come to Maui are actually non-native, some of them even invasive species? Where then are all the native plants? Hopefully you will still find them, tucked into our landscape. However, one of the finest places to see and appreciate native Hawaiian plants is the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului.

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens opened in 1976. It is the only botanical garden in the state that is located in a coastal dune system. As such, they are able to conserve coastal and dry forest plants.

This quote by the former Executive Director of the Maui Nui Botanical Garden intrigues me:

Maui is (located in) the center of the Pacific and (as such) it has the highest rate of endemism of plants of anywhere in the world. It is a jewel to have this many varieties of native plants that you can’t find anyplace else in the world. (Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond)

Intrigued? Check it out – they are open Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm. They are located at 150 Kanaloa Avenue in Kahului. You can pre-book docent-guided tours on their website ($10/person) or do a self-guided tour for $3/person.

Here is an 11 minute video about Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. It was published in 2008 and parts of it may be out of date.