Faculty Development

Mala Lapaʻau


Teaching 'olelo in the garden

Planting Hawaiian sweet potato

Caring for the 'aina

Significance of the Lehua Mamo

Preparing the Soil

Ohia Leaves and Stem


Rick Kaponowaiwaiola Barboza from Hui Ku Maoli Ola shares his wealth of knowledge about the Native Hawaiian plant community at as a regular speaker at Mala Lapaʻau, every 2nd Tuesday of the month in the JABSOM gardens.

Approximately 100 native Hawaiian plant species no longer exist in the wild, and only a handful have been saved in cultivation. Of the remaining 552 Hawaiian plant species that are rare, 150 have fewer than 50 individuals remaining in the wild, and those numbers are decreasing every year. Hui Ku Maoli Ola and their partners are hopeful that though teaching and public awareness these endemic and native species will thrive for the next generation to enjoy and embrace.