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Hawaiian Sanctuary is proud to present: Plant Aloha, a FREE educational series of sustainable farming classes. Join us every Thursday morning, from 9:00am until 12:30pm, and for one Saturday class monthly. Plant Aloha classes are  taught by local and visiting experts, and organized by Steve Lund and Michele Denise.

The Plant Aloha project is supported, in part, by the County of Hawaii, Research & Development. We are looking for support to complete and enhance this amazing FREE program. Please give what you can.

We are part of the Hawai’i Farmers Union United (HFUU) who represents and advocates for family farmers and ranchers on all of the Hawaiian Islands, among other things. Learn more about HFUU in this presentation and join by sending in this membership application form.

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The goal of this series is to teach Hawaii residents how to efficiently grow their own food at home to provide a fresh organic balanced diet. From field or backyard to table all the crops necessary are covered including their: propagation, cultivation, harvest, preservation, and use. The permaculture tools and techniques we teach focus on easy and practical ways to create food abundance at home. Every class is a blend of practical theory and hands on projects.

Occasionally, free plant starts will be available. Locally, this series will help increase food security and resiliency to natural disaster in Hawaii by relocalizing and diversifying our food supply. Globally, this series also helps reduce the required transportation of food, which will decrease carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

Culturally, these classes cover polynesian and pacific island crops and farming methods, which help preserve traditional Hawaiian horticultural practices.  Plants from around the world that are already in use in Hawaii, will be highlighted, showcasing the multicultural heritage that makes present day Hawaii and our grinds unique and ono-licious.

Class Schedule:

Each class starts promptly with a lecture and Q&A before a hands-on farm experience. Come prepared with notepad and writing utensil, closed toed shoes, sun hat, and gloves. Space is limited, please register by emailing: plantaloha@hawaiiansanctuary.com


December 2017

– Thursday, December 7th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Cultivating Agro-forestry Polycultures and Processing Specialty Crops with Dash and Erika Kuhr from HIP Agriculture

Learn about how to grow and utilize specialty crops of the Pacific. There are so many plants that we can cultivate and utilize for increased health, wellbeing, and for primary sustenance. Dash and Erika have been installing and maintaining permaculture plantings, market gardens, and agroforestry polycultures for 9 years in Kohala. Learn about some of the crops they cultivate and their uses.

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December 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) Puna Chapter – Members Monthly Meeting

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– Saturday, December 9th 2017 – 9:00am-1:00pm
Make Your Own Probiotic-Rich Fermented Foods: Sauerkraut & Pickles with Jasmine Silverstein

Fermented foods have been a part of every ancient culture throughout history. Sauerkraut, pickles, and yogurt are a few of the many traditional live-cultured, fermented foods. These foods developed out of the need to preserve food, before refrigeration was possible. Modern food processing has inadvertently removed these whole, fermented, living foods from our diets, and replaced them with processed, refined, low-nutrient substitutes. With the rise in health issues, these probiotic-rich foods are more important than ever. Now you can learn how to make your own probiotic-rich foods at home!

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– Thursday, December 14th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Natural Farming: Planting Cycles of the Hawaiian Moon Calendar with Eric “Drake” Weinert

Learn how the “Mahina” app for ios can help you get in tune with celestial wisdom.

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– Thursday, December 21st 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Korean Natural Farming with Kim Chang

Learn about the principles, methods, and inputs used in Korean Natural Farming (KNF). This overview class will be great for beginners and those who are well experienced in KNF to learn up to date info and more.

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– Thursday, December 28th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm

No class this week.


November 2017

– Thursday, November 2nd 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Soil Building and Care: Using Production Permaculture strategies in the home garden and orchard, with Evan Ryan.

Discover the ways indigenous agroforestry principles can combine with modern organic agricultural practices to optimize the health and vitality of your home garden or orchard.

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– Thursday, November 2nd 2017 – 5:00pm-8:30pm
Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) Puna Chapter Members Monthly Meeting with Evan Ryan

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– Thursday, November 9th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Beekeeping in Hawai’i: What makes our bees unique and how we can get started caring for them ourselves, with Ron Hanson.

Learn about the origin, the challenges and the ongoing growth of honeybees on the Big Island. Discover how you can make a difference, what you need to get started in beekeeping, what different types of hives are available, or what to grow to assist them along.

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– Thursday, November 16th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
The Lauhala Tree & Ulana Lauhala with Lauhala Weaving Demonstration by Aunty Annie.

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– Saturday, November 18th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Growing the Connoisseur’s Durian: methods for growing durian for home or commercial use, with Lindsay Gasik

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– Thursday, November 23rd 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
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– Thursday, November 30th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Lei A’i & Lei Po’o with Leimaking Demonstration by Aunty Annie.

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October 2017

– Thursday, October 5th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Making in Puna with Steve Lund.
Chocolatier and Founder of Hawaiian Sanctuary Steve Lund will be speaking. Learn how to take fresh cacao pods to artisan Chocolate in your own kitchen. Tour a real tree-to-bar chocolate making operation and cacao orchard.

– Thursday, October 12th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Stacking Functions and Elements in Time and Space with Tracy Matfin. – Class Handout
Learn to design food forest systems from the ground to the vines in the trees, and examine system applications from a sectors approach for those who are interested in more sustainable food systems and are curious about resiliency.

– Thursday, October 19th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Seed Saving for the Home Gardener, with Ilana Stout  – Class Handout

This class will teach participants how to save and store high quality, locally adapted seeds for use in their garden or for sharing in the community. Topics will include basic reproductive biology of flowering plants, processing techniques, equipment, best storage practices and germination testing. Students are encouraged to bring any clean, dry, pest and soil free seeds they would like to share in a seed exchange at the end of the class.

– Saturday, October 21st 2017 – 9:00am-1:00pm
Cooking With Local Grown Food with Wade Bauer, Malama Aina Permaculture – Class Handout
This is the 24th (final class) of Wade’s Permaculture Series this year. Adopting a local diet and figuring out how to use new food plants is often more challenging than growing most of the food! Bring your favorite local grown potluck dish and recipes to share!

– Thursday, October 26th 2017 9:00am-12:30pm
Traditional Polynesia Coconut Leaf Gathering Basket with Aunty Lynda Saffery
Learn to make the coconut leaf harvest basket called Eke Ohi Launiu: a very strong double weave across bottom harvest or market basket.


September 2017

– Thursday, September 7th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Pest & Disease Management with Wade Bauer – Class Handout

Learn organic and nontoxic solutions to deal with some of the worst pests in East Hawaii. This class will be focusing on slugs, pigs, banana bunchy top virus, and more.

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– Saturday, September 9th 2017 – 9:00am-1:00pm
Controlling Little Fire Ants with Franny Brewer, BIISC
This class will train residents to combat the LFA together with neighbors on adjacent properties, increasing the treatments’ efficacy while decreasing the cost per residence, without demanding constant, direct involvement by experts.

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– Thursday, September 14th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Home Orchard & Food Forest Design with Wade Bauer – Class Handout

Bringing all we have learned together to design a diverse, productive and low maintenance home orchard. From selecting fruit trees, shrubs, and ground-covers, to their placement, installation and maintenance.

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– Thursday, September 21st 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
The Art of Cacao with Dr. Nat Bletter
Find out why fermenting is the most important step for determining flavor in tree-to-bar chocolate making, how to grow and make international award-winning seed-to-tree-to-bean-to-bar chocolate, how to manage a cacao orchard, and how to succeed with the last but hardest steps of tempering chocolate in humid Hawai’i. Includes a tasting and hands-on walk through the Sanctuary’s cacao orchard to discuss spacing, orchard management, pollination, pruning, and harvesting.

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– Thursday, September 28th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Grow Paradise with Anthony Anderson
Gardening may indeed be the panacea we have been searching for, but we must first inspire others to take their first steps into this lifestyle. With a combination of information and inspiration, Anthony shows us an inclusive approach to make this way of life more accessible and appealing to the general public. Class will begin and end with short yet powerful guided meditations with his Tibetan singing bowl. Much more than just gardening, this is about literal paradise creation and how we can get there as soon as possible.

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August 2017

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– Thursday, August 3rd 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Sustainable Farming with “Ginger” John Caverly
John’s years of experience in farming, diet, body movement, and more will be shared.
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– Thursday, August 10th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Perennial Greens & Vegetables with Wade Bauer – Class Handout
Learn all about the many excellent perennial leaf crops such as edible hibiscus, Okinawa and Brazilian spinach, chayote, 7 year lima beans, and more. These allow us to easily grow all of our cooking greens and many of our vegetables.
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– Thursday, August 17th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Locally Adapted Annuals with Wade Bauer
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Start with plants that are already well adapted to our climate and save your own seed for future success! Pumpkin, amaranth, sweet pepper, eggplant, beans, greens, and more.
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– Saturday, August 19th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Applied Permaculture Principles with Scott Laabeck – Class Handout
Explore Permaculture philosophy and learn about its practical application in order to better understand how you can create a more sustainable future for yourself, others, and the Earth.
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– Thursday, August 24th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Spices: Turmeric, Ginger & More with Wade Bauer
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Learn how to grow and use ginger, turmeric, black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamon and more.
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– Thursday, August 31st 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Perennial Culinary Herbs with Wade Bauer – Class Handout
Many culinary herbs require frequent replanting, while perennial herbs with the same flavors can grow for many years with little care! Work where it counts with perennial basil, Cuban oregano, culantro, mitsuba, and more.
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July 2017

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Thursday, July 6th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Lactic Acid Bacteria and IMO with Eric Drake Weinert (class 3) – Class Handout 1 – Class Handout 2 – Class Handout 3 – Class Handout 4
Beneficial as well as indigenous micro organisms will make or break your ability to grow. Make sure you are cultivating with the fun guys and gals of the soil.
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Thursday, July 13th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Nitrogens, Calciums and Minerals with Eric Drake Weinert (class 4) – Class Handout 1 – Class Handout 2
Want instant nitrogen, calcium and every single trace mineral? It’s easy. Learn how here.
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Saturday July 15th, 2017 9am-1pm
Designing Habitat for Our Pollinator Allies with Zach MermelClass Handout
Join us as we explore simple, DIY (do it yourself) strategies for welcoming these crucial creatures into our gardens, landscapes, and farmscapes.

Thursday, July 20th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Planting the Korean Natural Farming Way with Eric Drake Weinert (class 5) – Class Handout
Avoid spoiling your plants and grow naturally more nutritious food in a thriving soil foundation.
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Thursday, July 27th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Livestock with Eric Drake Weinert (class 6)
No-smell chickens and pigs are the heart of Korean Natural Farming operation.
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June 2017

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Thursday, June 1st 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Sweet Tropical Fruits with Wade BauerClass Handout
This class will focus on Papaya, Lilikoi, Citrus, and Pineapple, which are easy to grow and nutritious. Many other more exotic sweet fruits will be covered as well.

Also on June 1st at 5:00pm: Our New Puna Chapter of the HFUU (Hawaii Farmers Union United) will be holding a members meeting, locavore potluck, and movie screening of The Roots of Ulu. See the HFUU Puna Facebook page for more information.

Thursday, June 8th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Starting a Poultry Flock (Part 1) with Chris Hardenbrook, Owner, 13-Mile Farm – Class Handout
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Thursday, June 15th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Sustaining a Poultry Flock (Part 2) with Chris Hardenbrook, Owner, 13-Mile Farm – Class Handout
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Chris has been involved with raising chickens for about ten years. With over 220 chickens on his Kurtistown farm, he integrates alternative practices such as Korean Natural Farming and permaculture principles, in an attempt to get the best/greatest yield while keeping costs (and effort!) low.

Saturday, June 10th 2017 – 9:00am-1:00pm
The Wave Of the Future— Natural Farming Livestock with Mike DuPonte, Livestock and Natural Farming Extension Agent with the University of Hawaii.
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Mike’s purpose is to develop educational programs which improve market share strategies, feed production, herd health and nutrient waste management while transferring technical knowledge from research to industry. He has been involved with Natural Farming for the last seven years and constructed the first Inoculated Deep Litter System (IDLS) piggery in the United States.

Thursday, June 22nd 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Natural Farming Solutions with Eric Drake Weinert (class 1) – Class Handout
Simple formulations that follow the natural growth cycles of a variety of plants. Learn how to spray the right thing at the correct time in this vital introduction.
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Thursday, June 29th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Fermented Plant Juice and Vinegar with Eric Drake Weinert (class 2) – Class Handout
Make a plant extract that can be custom tuned to your situation and forget buying fertilizer or health elixirs ever again.
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May 2017

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 – 9am-12:30pm
Oil Crops: Avocado, Mac Nut & Pili Nut with Wade BauerClass Handout
Avocados are an easy way to get most of the fat we need in our diets in a delicious buttery fruit! Mac nut and pili nut also covered.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 – 9am-12:30pm
Oil Crops: Coconut with Wade BauerClass Handout
Come learn all about this amazing multipurpose “tree of life” including how to make coconut milk, and how to use the nut in various stages of ripeness.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 – 9am-12:30pm
Bees: Swarming and Propagation with Bee Charmer, Shane Lee
He will walk the class through, step by step, on how to propagate (turn one hive into two). And, will describe what swarming is and why it is necessary to allow for this.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – 9am-1:00pm*
Intercropping to Increase Production and Beat the Weeds with Dave Sansone
Modern science is confirming that the ancient practice of intercropping (companion planting) can increase production, beat the weeds naturally, provide free fertility, till the soil, and much more. Come learn how to “let nature do the work” for you with intercropping. Free seeds and plants.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 – 9am-12:30pm
Tropical and Neo-tropical fruits with Ecuadorian expert, Jim West
Tropical fruit tree expert and Ecuadorian farmer, Jim West, will not only speak about the 600 or so varieties of fruit trees he grows, but also about the design of sustainable tropical agricultural systems, and the design of orchards using the trellis/tatura trellis system.


April 2017

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 – 9am-12:30pm
Staple Root Crops (carbs): Cassava, Taro, Sweet Potato & Uhi with Wade Bauer. Class Handout
Learn everything you need to know to grow these 4 important root crops for Hawaii. Cassava is underutilized here and extremely drought resistant.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 – 9am-12:30pm
Staple Tree Crops (carb/protein mix): Peach Palm, Breadnut, Jackfruit & Malabar Chestnut with Wade Bauer Class Handout
Peach palm and bread nut are common staple crops in their homelands and perfectly suited to our environment. They deserve to be more widely grown here.

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 – 9am-1pm
Seedfully Sprouting Diversity with Gabriel Howearth Class Handout
In this class we will discuss the basics of seed saving, wet seeds and dry seeds and climate specific needs. You will learn various harvesting and processing methods as well as effective storage techniques.

Thursday class: April 20th, 2017. 9am-12:30pm
Growing Exotic and Little Known Tropical Fruits in Hawaii with Oscar Jaitt Class Handout
Climate and soil makes it possible for us to grow an incredible assortment of fruits from all over the planet.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017. 9am-12:30pm
Protein Crops: Perennial Greens, Legumes, Nuts & Seeds with Wade Bauer – Class Handout
Come find out about high protein crops including leaf crops: moringa, chaya and katuk, legumes: perennial lima bean, long bean and pigeon pea, pumpkin seeds and more!


March 2017

Thursday, March 2nd 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
How to Raise Happy Healthy Chickens and Other Animals with Shad Qudsi. Class Handout
Explore the various models of healthy and sustainable small-scale animal husbandry, focusing on chicken set-up and care essentials. Learn how natural ecosystems work and what relationships exist between plants and animals and between different types of animals.

Thursday, March 9th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Pruning & Fertilizing Fruit Trees with Wade Bauer. Class Handout
Learn how to prune for increased fruit tree health and ease of harvest. Find out what organic fertilizers you can use and when is the best to apply them.

Thursday, March 16th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Staple Tree Crops (carbs): Bananas & Plantains with Wade BauerClass Handout

Learn to grow and use this super productive food plant from yard to table, including mulching, thinning, disease prevention, and more. Find out how to cook green bananas.

Thursday, March 23rd 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Staple Tree Crops (carbs): Ulu/Breadfruit with Wade Bauer. Class Handout
Find out how to propagate, harvest, prune, and cook this amazingly productive Pacific island staple. Ulu is the new potato.

Saturday, March 25th 2017 – 9:00am-1:00pm
Our Konohiki with Nico VanEnglen. Class Handout
Visioning a Sustainable Agriculture Cooperative to Co-create parts of the Modern Ahu pua ‘a System. Addressing local challenges and opportunities with Practical Solutions to serve our Community.

Thursday, March 30th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Water: The Permaculture Way with Tracy MatfinClass Handout
Come explore, be inspired and learn about sustainable water systems from a permaculture perspective. Applicable Hawaiian as well as other indigenous cultural methodologies will be included along with any social applications.


February 2017

Thursday, February 2nd 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm – Class Handout
Organic Soil Amendments & Fertilizers for Hawaii with Wade Bauer. Learn how to correct the most common local ph, mineral, and nutrient imbalances to enhance plant growth. Learn how and where to get a soil test.

Thursday, February 9th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm – Class Handout
Composting, Vermicomposting & Compost Teas with Wade Bauer. How to make compost from kitchen and yard “waste.” How to build & manage a worm bin and how to use vermicompost to make compost tea.

Thursday, February 16th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm – Class Handout
Plant Propagation and Home Nursery Maintenance with Wade Bauer. Learn how to grow all kinds of food plants from seed, cuttings, division, and more. Learn which trees are “true to seed” and which need grafting to produce.

Saturday, February 18th – 9:00am-1:00pm – Class Handout
BioChar with Josiah Hunt. Carbon, Fire, Soil, Humans: The roles of carbon in soil, of fire in decomposition, and some discussion on how carbon, fire, and soil relate to humans.

Thursday, February 23rd 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm – Class Handout
Creating Garden Beds & Holes For Fruit Trees with Wade Bauer. Learn how to build a variety of styles of garden beds and easier methods for planting trees on rocky ground. Obtaining and balancing soil, hugelkulter, and amending included.


January 2017

Thursday, January 5th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm – Class Handout
Introduction to Permaculture with Wade Bauer. Working with nature, indigenous practices, and modern science to create sustainable human systems. Principles, zones, sectors, site assessment, observation, and more.

Thursday, January 12th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm – Class Handout
Growing a Complete Diet Primer with Wade Bauer. What is a “complete diet”? Discover the myriad benefits of eating a locally grown diet and how to eat more locally.

Saturday January 14th 2017 – 9:00am-1:00pm
Special Saturday Class: Intuitive Treatment-free Beekeeping. Starting New Top Bar Hives with Jen Rasmussen.

Thursday, January 19th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm – Class Handout
Guilds, Companion Planting & Polycultures with Wade Bauer. How to group plants together to fill all available niches, overstory, understory, shrubs, emergent herbs, ground-covers and vines, obtain extra yields and promote synergy.

Thursday, January 26th 2017 – 9:00am-12:30pm – Class Handout
Building Soil with Mulch & Nitrogen Fixers with Wade Bauer. Learn how to turn the “weed trees” and plants around you into food for the plants you want to grow using “chop and drop”. Nitrogen fixing coppice crops including, pigeon pea, crotolaria, ice cream bean, and gliricidia, will be covered.


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The Plant Aloha project is supported, in part,
by the County of Hawaii, Research & Development.

 

 


* Denotes traditional Hawaiian canoe crops.