The launching point: New botanical garden aims to protect lowland dry forests

  • Richard Stevens prepares to plant a wiliwili tree Saturday at the Palamanui Botanical Garden. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Work is ongoing to reforest the Palamanui Botanical garden and adjacent reserve. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteer Drew Camacho digs a hole where a tree will be planted Saturday at the Palamanui Botanical Garden. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A maiapilo tree blooms in the Palamanui Botanical Garden. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteer Larry Hunter waters a Kokio tree he just planted at the Palamanui Botanical Garden. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteers plant native trees in the Palamanui Botanical Garden on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski?West Hawaii Today)

It was Thanksgiving for the ‘aina Saturday at the new Palamanui Botanical Garden located at the Hawaii Community College campus in North Kona.