CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii – Gardening, biology, and Hawaiian culture come together at the Seventh Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival presented by Hawai‘i Forest and Trail at the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook on Saturday, February 26, 2011, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Hawaiian cultural practitioners, biologists, conservationists, and horticulturists celebrate their shared passion for the plants and insects of Hawai‘i at this annual festival. The event is free and everybody is invited.
The Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival has something for everyone at any age. There are presentations on botanical gardens, native ferns, storytelling sessions, and demonstrations of ipu gourd decorating, kapa making, lauhala weaving, woodworking, lei making, taro cultivation, and Hawaiian dyes. There will be hands-on activities for the keiki (children) and adults, plant and insect identification booths, displays, live entertainment, Hawaiian food, and much more.
The Seventh Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), in partnership with the County of Hawai‘i through the County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP). It is one of the HTA’s Festivals of Hawai‘i, celebrating diversity and aloha throughout Hawai‘i. Support for this program is also provided by K’ ki‘o, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Hawai‘i Electric Light Company.
About the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Located in Captain Cook, 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona, the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is part of the Bishop Museum, a private non-profit dedicated to inspiring people to experience and embrace the Pacific and its various cultures. The garden itself seeks to support the Hawaiian traditions of land and plant use, and conserve the plant resources of traditional cultural activities. The garden features more than 200 species of endemic, indigenous, and Polynesian introduced flora, as well as five acres of archeological remains of the ancient Hawaiian agricultural system, known as the Kona Field System. For more information please call (808) 323-3318 or visit http://www.bishopmuseum.org/exhibits/greenwell/greenwell.html .
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies/procedures to participate in the Grow Hawaiian Festival, should contact Peter Van Dyke at (808)323-3318 by February 21, 2011. This festival is funded under the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program and an initiative under the Office of Innovation and Improvement of the US Department of Education. Education through Cultural & Historical Organizations (ECHO) provides educational enrichment to Native and non-Native children and lifelong learners.