A happy tree recipient poses with student employees Nate Ortiz and Austin Stankus, Groundskeeper Alika Kruger, and Nurseryman Dellin Nakatani at our booth in Sustainability Courtyard on Arbor Day.
Campus Landscape EventsUH Mānoa Landscape Services and the Campus Arboretum regularly participate in a number of public events held throughout the year. These support our mission of integrating the landscape with the educational function of the university, and are part of our responsibilities as a Tree Campus USA and ArbNet accredited arboretum. Also, they're a lot of fun!
Arbor DayArbor Day is our most important event of the year, because it is dedicated to sharing our love of trees with the wider community. While it is internationally celebrated, Arbor Day is observed at different times of the year in different places, according to the best local times for planting trees. In Hawai‘i, it is celebrated the first week of November. We always take the occasion to invite the community to plant new trees on campus with us, while we give away trees for people to plant at home.
Earth DayEarth Day is the Spring Semester complement to Arbor Day, so we usually do some similar activities, such as tree plantings with volunteers, and plant giveaways. We also do support for the wider festivities organized by the campus sustainability community.
Public Garden's Day / Jane's WalkIn 2016, we took part in an international celebration of the centenary of urban activist Jane Jacobs by giving a guided tour of the art, architecture, and plants of the UH Mānoa campus. Happily, this coincided with the American Public Gardens Association's (APGA) Public Gardens Day. Response to the tour was enthusiastic, so we plan to continue to offer it in future years.
University Preview Day /
In 2017, we worked with Admissions to let prospective students know about the benefits of studying on an arboretum campus. We schedule our tours in the mornings or evenings, when the campus is at its best, so we offered a pre-event tour for prospective students and their families, starting at Varney Circle, and ending at one of the registration tables in time to attend the rest of the day's events.