Preserving old Hawaii with Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

  • These Loulu, Pritchardia maideniana at Punaluu in Ka‘u are one of 24 species endemic to Hawaii. Occasional trees are found in Ka‘u and Kona. Due to rats and pigs, these once abundant palms are almost extinct. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is now open to visit on Sundays. Jim Miller gives educational tours at 10:30 a.m. as well. For further information, call Maile Melrose at (808) 323-3378. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Even though we are still dealing with COVID-19 isolation, 2021 is definitely giving us hope for a better future. We still have to be careful about wearing protective masks and keeping a safe distance from crowds, but there are many reasons to be optimistic. It is a great time to do something fun. What better way to get out of the house and experience nature than to visit public parks and gardens.