Plants and Trees
Photos by Ambyr Mokiao-Lee
inaugural workshop series Ho`oulu Hou was a great success and attracted
over well over 200 participants. The two workshops
were held on August 28 and September 11, 2004. Both the Leeward
and Windward Community College venues were booked to capacity.
Even people that didn’t attend the workshop came to shop
for plants and books, native plant artwork, and to watch the demonstrations.
The hau cordage demonstration was a really big hit!
|Audience at Leeward CC
||Marie McDonald at LCC
The main objective
of these workshops was to educate hula halau members and lei
makers of the plight of the native forest and to
provide them with information to grow more trees and shrubs in
urban landscapes. The speakers shared their diverse knowledge and
experiences in growing lei gardens in various climatic areas. The
attendees then had the opportunity to purchase the plant materials
covered in the workshop presentations and presented in the educational
handouts. Kalama Productions videotaped the WCC workshop, parts
of which will be included in the television broadcast of the 2005
Merrie Monarch program.
|Lei Making Demonstration at WCC
||Audience at Windward CC
We had great feedback from the participants asking us for additional
workshops on propagation, planting and growing trees for back yard
gardens. People are eager to learn more about trees and how to
successfully grow them.
A thank you card will be sent to workshop participants along with
a post-workshop survey. This survey will provide us information
on whether the attendee purchased plants and what they did with
Hula halau members and the general public will become sensitized
to the damage to O‘ahu forest systems caused by excessive
forest gathering of lei materials.
• Workshop attendees will be introduced to a set of beautiful and
culturally important lei trees and plants with explicit instructions
about how to grow them easily in the home garden.
• Participants will become aware of additional valuable resources
(people and publications) available for further assistance in growing
lei trees and plants.
|Roxanne Adams and Brian Choy
||Book Sales at WCC
Participant evaluations indicated a majority 99% of participants
were very satisfied with the quality of the presentations and
information content. We have received several requests to have
this workshop repeated on the neighbor islands (Kona, Hilo, Kauai
and Maui), initiated by community organizations and governmental
two halau have asked for consultation from NPI for planning and
designing mala’ai (dry garden) for their hula
halau to grow plants for lei making.
For More Information
Plants for Hawaiian Lei,
CTAHR University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 2002.
(guidebook to growing lei plants for home or commercially, including
horticultural, cultural and business information). Click
here for more information.
to Forest Gathering of Plant Materials for Hula Lei Adornment” (Vieth,
Cox, Josephson and Hollyer, 1999)
Atherton Family Foundation
UH CTAHR Dept. of Natural Resources
and Environmental Management