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Leland Miyano Canoe Project at Foster Botanical Garden

Join local artist Leland Miyano for a creative journey as he builds a new commission for the 2019 Honolulu Biennial! Nestled within Foster Botanical Garden, Leland will be constructing a double-hulled canoe composed of invasive botanicals and other found materials, to be collected from Ho'omaluhia Garden in Kaneohe. We invite creative hands and minds to participate in the following activities:


January 22- 25, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (days and times to be confirmed)

Miyano need 20+ volunteers per day for 3-4 days for the gathering of the botanical materials at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden. Volunteers will help drag the materials to the road, organize the cuttings and load trucks on the Ho'omaluhia side while a smaller number of volunteers will help receive and unload at the Foster Botanical Garden (approximately three truck loads per day for three days).

Pickup trucks, flat beds, and vehicles with racks needed! Volunteers should be willing to work with their hands and enjoy getting dirty. This will be an educational and fun community project. It is a great opportunity to learn how to identify some of our more prominent invasive trees.


January 26 - March 5, 2019 | Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers with an interest in contemporary artwork, sustainability, island ecosystems, voyaging and plants are invited to sign up or drop in to join Miyano as he creates a canoe from found materials. Bend branches into the shape of a canoe hull, construct rigging out ti lei or simply come offer to teach, talk, or share your cultural and sustainability knowledge with volunteers at the site while they work.

All are welcome and no experience is required. Volunteers with special skills – including ti leaf-making, knowledge of plants, culture, sustainability and voyaging – are especially welcome. Donations of deveined, frozen ti leaves needed.

For further details or to sign up, please contact HB19 Volunteer Coordinator Yvonne Manipon directly: / 808-228-6462