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Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden to observe founder’s birthday

Bishop Museum’s native plant arboretum in Captain Cook, the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, will observe the birthday of the garden’s late founder, Amy Beatrice Holdsworth Greenwell, on Saturday.

Born in 1920, Amy Greenwell was part of the well-known Greenwell family, which settled in the Kona area in the mid-1800s. An accomplished native plant expert, she wrote many articles on botany and ethnobotany. Some of her letters and articles will be on display in the garden’s new visitor center.

She was also an acute observer of archaeology and often joined Bishop Museum archaeologists on their field work. She left the garden property to Bishop Museum on her death in 1974.

Admission will be free on Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pupus and cake will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.. and a Guided Native Plant Walk will be offered at 1 p.m. An award from the county Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority funds the Guided Hawaiian Plant Walks offered Tuesday through Sunday. Visitors may take self-guided tours these same days between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The garden is at 81-6160 Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook. For more information, call 323-3318 or visit


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