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East Hawai'i Master Gardener Coordinator


Eli Isele
MG Coordinator

Phone: (808) 969-8209

Komohana Research & Extension Complex
875 Komohana St. B-101
Hilo, HI 96720

Aloha and Welcome!

Newly Certified Master Gardeners

C Belt, J Miller, D Sugarman, H McNeill, M Bernard.

Re-Certified: Mahalo for your Service!

D Muncey, C Mangano, L Halsted, L Rhodes, D Abare, G Fleig shown.

Reaching MG Emeritus Status

EJ Patterson, D Chang, R Schneider, B Miller, R Hanna, S Nemeth.

Where we garden

Located on the island of Hawai'i with administrative offices in Hilo, the East Hawai'i Master Gardener program strives to enhance the efforts of the gardening community by providing research based information and promoting sustainable horticultural practices.

Our climate zones range from the warm, dry desert of Ka'u to the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This diverse topography allows us to enjoy an incredible variety of fruits and vegetables year round, yet challenges us to manage the pests and diseases that threaten to destroy our bounty.

Lilikoi flower

What we do

The gardeners we serve are no less diverse than the plants they grow, and we are fortunate to have a wealth of historical knowledge available to us in addition to the latest research. While the County Extension Agents and UH research personnel provide us with resources and expertise, we often learn along with, and many times from, the wonderful folks we serve.

Master Gardeners expand the outreach efforts of the Cooperative Extension Service by interacting with the gardening public in a variety of ways:

  • Master Gardener Helpline
  • Information booths at fairs and farmers’ markets
  • CTAHR Open House events
  • Educational programs for gardening groups (school age to seniors)
  • Speakers’ Bureau
  • And more!

To learn more, go to Helpline or read about our 8 Huis.

Plumeria flowers

Would you like to join us?

Master Gardener volunteer training is held annually early in the spring, and consists of forty hours of class time, lectures and field trips. Master Gardener volunteers commit to serving an equal number of hours in the coming year working on the Helpline and in support of Master Gardener programs. In addition to the wealth of information always available to the Master Gardener, volunteers enjoy working, learning, and laughing together! Click here to learn more About East Hawaii Master Gardeners and our Training Program.

2017 Master Gardener class learning how to make Tango Gel Bait for Little Fire Ants from Jade Miyashiro, Big Island Invasive Species Committee.

2017 Master Gardener class learning how to make Tango Gel Bait for Little Fire Ants from Jade Miyashiro, Big Island Invasive Species Committee.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED for the 2018 University of Hawai‘i
East Hawai‘i Master Gardener Program

The next training course will be conducted Spring 2019. There is a $200 fee for our training program.  The program is academically based with hands on learning included. Master Gardeners are expected to volunteer at least 40 hours per year to the community. Please send inquiries to Eli Isele at

Submitted by Mary Blair, Hawaii Island Master Gardeners
Photo credits: Nancy Hosticka, Patty Anger, Sandra Osborne