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Landscaping with Native Hawaiian Plants

Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village

Locally adapted. Relatively low maintenance. A habitat for beneficial organisms. These are just some of the positive aspects of incorporating native plants into your garden and landscape. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll interact first-hand with a variety of native plants found throughout Hawai‘i Island’s various microclimates and learn how to integrate these plant allies into your home ecosystem. Join the


Multipurpose Plants for the Tropical Highlands

Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village

Volcano is situated in the wonder-filled tropical highlands. An important climate category globally, tropical highland counterparts elsewhere include locations in New Guinea, Ethiopia, Central and South America. In this engaging 45 minute seminar, we will explore certain stellar examples of trees, shrubs, and ground covers from the world's tropical highlands regions (including here in Volcano) that can be integrated into our home landscapes, for increased beauty, self reliance, and ecological integrity.


Food from Wood: Edible & Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation on Logs + Stumps + Wood Chips

Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village

Mushrooms are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition with the added bonus of “easy to grow”. Their health benefits are well known and their ecological advantages are just now being fully realized. Now you can learn basic fungal biology and how fungal mycelium colonizes different materials, particularly wooden logs, stumps, and wood chips. You’ll also discover the health benefits of different edible and medicinal fungi in Hawai‘i. Course fees are $55/$50 VAC members plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies. Each participant will depart with a shiitake mushroom log kit, as well as a King Stropharia mushroom kit. Participants will meet at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village for a slideshow lecture, then drive to Shaka Forest Farms on Wright Road in Volcano Village for the hands-on segment of the workshop. Lunch break will occur from 12pm – 1pm.  For more information and to register for the workshop, please call 808-967-8222 or visit