About the Native Plants Hawaiʻi Project

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The goal of Native Plants Hawaiʻi (NPH) is to create and establish a single, comprehensive and searchable online knowledgebase of endemic and indigenous plants of Hawaiʻi.

NPH seeks to connect local nurseries to landscape architects and home growers to promote the purchase, use and understanding of local native plants. Information is constantly updated by participating nurseries and plant specialists.

NPH is a joint project between Kapiʻolani Community College (KapiʻolaniCC) and Leeward Community College (LeewardCC), funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Institutions, with supporting funds provided by KapiʻolaniCC and LeewardCC.

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Daniela Dutra Elliott, Project Coordinator
University of Hawai'i, Leeward CC
Instructor of Botany and Horticulture

Shari Y. Tamashiro, Project Manager and Web Designer
University of Hawai'i, Kapi'olani CC

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Cheryll Aldridge, Web Developer and Database Administrator (DBA)

David Eickhoff, Native Plant Specialist

Priscilla Millen, Project Coordinator and Native Plant Specialist

Project Advisors: Rick Barboza and Eileen Herring

Content Contributors:

  • Linda Bard, Waimea Valley, retired
  • Jill Coryell, Hibiscus Lady
  • Kaʻiulani de Silva, Kapa Mau
  • Michael DeMotta, National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG)
  • Christopher Dunn, Lyon Arboretum
  • Napua Harbottle, Bishop Museum
  • Robert Hobdy, Botanist
  • Naomi Hoffman, Honolulu Botanical Gardens
  • Clyde Imada, Bishop Museum
  • Bruce Koebele, Kaʻala Farm
  • Dr. Tetsuo Koyama, The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
  • Joel Lau, Botanist
  • Kay Lynch, Laʻau Hawaiʻi
  • Kepā Maly, Lānaʻi Culture & Heritage Center
  • Jameison Martinez, Honolulu Zoo
  • Leland Miyano, Landscape Architect, Artist
  • Angela Nishimoto, Leeward Community College
  • Ethan Romanchak, Native Nursery, LLC
  • Karen Shigematsu, Lyon Arboretum
  • Forest & Kim Starr, United States Geological Survey-Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (USGS-PCSU)
  • Anna Yorba, Hawaiian Garden Design

Copy Editor: Mary Louise Haraguchi

Flash Animation: Martin Holzgang

Research Assistant: Jessie Oliver

Student Assistants: Chelsea Goto, Diana Troutman and Codi-lee Wong

Systems Administrator: Jesse Andow

Technical Consultant: Jason Aldridge

Web Graphics / Layout: Jolene Sasaki