The people of the Hawaiian Islands are in the Windy City to share the warm aloha spirit with nature lovers this weekend at Chicago Botanic Garden. During this special event, Chicago residents will have an opportunity to explore the unique botany, flora and ingredients found only in the islands. With FREE admission (parking fees apply), visitors to Chicago Botanic Garden can:
- Get an in-depth look into the ahupuaa (land division) system, the feather lei used for royalty in ancient Hawaii, unique plants of Hawaii, and laau lapaau (Hawaiian herbal healing) through scheduled, one-of-a-kind seminars
- Sample the different tastes of the Hawaiian Islands, including Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, Waialua Estate Cacao, Kauai Coffee, and Tisane – Molokai Style Tea
- Dine in the Garden Café and savor the unique flavors of Hawaii
- Enjoy lei making with fresh orchids and Molokai plumeria
- Witness the pounding and making of poi, or paiai, by Mana Ai, and sample this staple food with dry aku (skipjack tuna)
- Learn new recipes at the Chef Garden Series chef demonstrations, using ingredients flown from Hawaii
- Plan a Hawaii vacation at the travel planning booth
- Enter to win a trip to Hawaii, courtesy of American Airlines and Aston Kaanapali Shores
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hawaii-themed seminars scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days.
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.