Environment / Community gardens

For those who lack gardening space, there are 10 community garden sites around Oahu. Plot sizes range from 5 feet by 17 feet (Diamond Head) to 20 feet by 40 feet (Wahiawa), and fees are between $5 and $20 a year. Be aware, however, that many of the gardens currently have waiting lists. Garden members must attend a minimum of four meetings a year and participate in at least two general garden cleanups.

Where to buy gardening supplies, soil and plants

Green Hands of Aloha

Hydroponics, gardening supplies and classes
1713 Mary St., 847-4263

Kaneohe Farm Supplies

45-1048 Kamehameha Hwy #H, Kaneohe

Frankie’s Nursery

Tropical-fruit nursery and orchard in Waimanalo with such plant varieties as Meyer lemons, kumquats, figs, dragonfruit and mulberry trees.

41-999 Mahiku Pl., Waimanalo

Koolau Farmers

Wide variety of seeds, herb and vegetable plants, fruit trees (dessert plantains and malama avocadoes currently in season) and general gardening supplies and tools.

45-580 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, 247-3911
1127 Kailua Rd., Kailua, 263-4414
1199 Dillingham Blvd., 843-0436

Niu Nursery

For local potting soil and compost. Available at fine retailers throughout Hawaii.

Wholesale: 845-5991

Waikiki Worm Company

In addition to worms and bins for composting (resulting in “black gold” for plants), this “worm and soil boutique” offers a good line of organic fertilizers.

1917 S. King Street, 945-9676, [waikikiworm.com]

Wally’s Garden Supply

The selection here is geared mainly toward ornamental plants like orchids and bonsai, though the friendly staff can advise on all your gardening questions.

1935 S Beretania St, 947-2663

Free stuff

If you need to fill in a large area with dirt, Hawaiian Earth Products’ composting facility offers free mulch that you can mix with compost and other components to use as a planting soil. Used coffee grinds are available at Starbucks to supplement your compost pile or as a soil additive for plants that like acidic soil. Malama Maunalua is composting seaweed gathered during their invasive algae removals with other local waste products (i.e. horse manure, grass clippings). Bags of the compost should be available shortly, or you can volunteer for removals and take home raw seaweed to add to your own compost pile.

Hawaiian Earth Products two mulch locations:
101 Kapaa Quarry Road, Kailua, 261-5877
Campbell Industrial Park, 91-400 Malakole St., Kapolei, 682-5895
Starbucks, [starbucks.com]
Malama Maunalua, [malamamaunalua.org] alien-algae-clean-ups.asp
Free compost
Honolulu Zoo, 971-7171, ext. “0”
Home Depot, 521-7355


Asagi Hatchery

In addition to chicks, the only hatchery in the state also carries a variety of trees like lychee, cacao, calamansi, avocado and cinnamon. It also offers a selection of dwarf trees, good for those with less space.

1830 Kanakanui St. , 845-4522, [asagihatchery.com]

Kaneohe Farm Supplies

45-1048 Kamehameha Hwy Su.ite H, 247-2792