Episode 9: I met with farmer and Hawaiian plant expert John Aquino on the beautiful grounds of the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens located on the island of Maui. In this episode, John talks about the many uses of Hala- Pandanus tectorius. Hala can be woven into floor mats, canoe sails, and baskets. Hala is a famine food, has male and female trees and its trunk can be used for irrigation. John calls Hala- the Hawaiian PVC Pipe!
To schedule a tour of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens click here. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the state of Hawaii located on a coastal dune system that features native Hawaiian coastal and dry forest plants. Their website:www.MNBG.org.