Ian Cole, Collection Manager and Curator for the Breadfruit Institute

Date Tuesday July 26, 2011
Place Maui Community Service Bldg
next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
Time Pupus will be served at 6:30 pm and the talk will begin at 7:00.

Pupus will be served

Our speaker for the evening is Ian Cole, Collection Manager and Curator for the Breadfruit Institute. Ian manages the breadfruit collections for National Botanical Gardens at Kahanu Gardens in Hana and McBryde Garden in Lawai, Kauai. This extensive collection is the largest in the world and comes from countries all over the Pacific. The breadfruit, called Ulu in Hawaiian, is a very nutritious starchy food and is a staple of many Pacific Islanders diet. One of the Breadfruit Institutes goals is the propagation of breadfruit trees for agrofarming in tropical climates. To this end several varieties of breadfruit have been made available through tissue culture and a few of these varieties are perfect for planting in home lawns or in other landscapes.

Ian will discuss the gardens breadfruit collection; projects of the Breadfruit Institute; and introduce us to breadfruit varieties that can be used as a landscape tree and food source.

At the end of the talk we will have a raffle for a few specimen breadfruit trees grown from tissue culture.