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Ulu Pono Garden Experience

Fairmont Orchid is pleased to offer guests a meaningful opportunity to connect with the ‘āina (land) and learn the stories of the plants and people that make Hawaii Island so special through the newly debuted Ulu Pono Garden Experience.


To grow, increase, spread; growth

The property’s Director of Hawaiian Culture, Ka’iulani Blankenfeld, will guide guests to the Chef’s Garden, which features a variety of native plants and trees, and invite guests to harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs while tasting select items & learning about the importance of Hawaiian plants to our culture and culinary landscape. This experience will open with an ‘oli (chant) to ask permission to enter the garden and close with an ‘oli to thank the garden and everyone who joined in the harvest. We will share stories (mo’olelo) with one another about plants such as the ‘ulu and kalo (taro) as we work together in the garden, under the shade of our ‘ulu trees.


Goodness, proper, well being

Hawaiians value caring for the land as an ancestor or kupuna (elder), as it feeds us. It’s pono of us to be mindful that what we put into the land, and how we care for the land, will determine how it feeds and nourishes us. We must remember that the ‘āina has no need for us, but we have a great need for the ‘āina and moana (ocean).

He aliʻi ka ʻāina; he kauā ke kanaka.
The land is chief; people are its servant.
– Mary Kawena Pukui, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau No. 531


To grow well

As a mahalo (thank you) gift, each participant will receive Hawaiian chili pepper seeds hand-harvested from the Chef’s garden, so that they may grow this special plant in their homes as a reminder of their time in the islands. This plant, known as nīoi pepa in Hawaii, was first introduced to the islands in 1815 and remains a treasured addition to many local meals. These peppers are mini but mighty in spice and are high in vitamins C and A with anti-flammatory and antioxidant properties. Guests will also receive a special recipe for Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water.

This weekly tour is complimentary for guests and will debut the week of Thanksgiving 2021.

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