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July 20, 2011

Maui’s D.T. Fleming Arboretum Honored by Prestigious Awards 

from left: Heidi Bornhorst (Scenic Hawaii director), James Hunt Fleming (grandson of D.T. Fleming) and wife Joan Fleming receiving Awards

Scenic Hawaii presented the 9th annual Betty Crocker Landscape Awards June 27, 2011 at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Oahu. The awards are held annually to recognize and acknowledge those promoting and preserving the beauty of Hawai’i. Top honors of the evening went to The D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe earning the prestigious Scenic Hawaii’s Legacy Award for preserving historical and cultural resources. In addition, the Fleming Arboretum was given the 2011 Betty Crocker Award of Excellence in the Community Garden division “for preserving and promoting Hawaii’s beauty”. Two other Maui landscapes were recognized: the Maui Nui Botanical Garden and the Wallace G. Sanford Memorial Garden, with an Award of Honor.

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June 27, 2011-Maui’s D.T. Fleming Arboretum Honored by Awards

Scenic Hawaii presented the 9th annual Betty Crocker Landscape Awards June 27, 2011 at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Oahu. The awards are held annually to recognize and acknowledge those promoting and preserving the beauty of Hawai’i. Top honors of the evening went to The D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe earning the prestigious Scenic Hawaii’s Legacy Award for preserving historical and cultural resources. In addition, the Fleming Arboretum was given the 2011 Betty Crocker Award of Excellence in the Community Garden division “for preserving and promoting Hawaii’s beauty”. Two other Maui landscapes were recognized: the Maui Nui Botanical Garden and the Wallace G. Sanford Memorial Garden, with an Award of Honor.

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2010 Volunteer of the Year Award

2010 Fleming Arboretum Photo Awards

To students of Kamehameha Schools Maui

First Place

Rachel Bega -Grade 11
Second Place

Tyler Akaka -Grade 12
Third Place

Kali Sanico -Grade 12
Arboretum Choice Award

Taylor Harris -Grade 11

2009 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Rodney Calasa

In 2009, Rodney Calasa volunteered weekly “animal control” services to eradicate feral pigs and deer at Pu’u Mahoe. A total of 21 animals were eradicated humanely in 2009 with a high powered rifle and skilled marksmanship.

The deer meat was smoked for popular deer jerky, and pig used for imu- a Hawaiian style ground oven lined with hot rocks and ti leaves. Fresh organic meat fed family and friends during poor economic times, while Pu’u Mahoe was spared further damage.
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December 2008

Friends of D.T. Fleming Arboretum2008 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDGOES TO:

STEPHANIE SEIDMAN

Stephanie is leader of the Maui Nui Gardens Weed & Pot Club AND Volunteer organizer for The Native Hawaiian Plant Society.

In 2008, both groups, under the organization of Stephanie, performed valuable volunteer hours at the Fleming Arboretum.

Mahalo Stephanie, the Weed & Pot Club and the Native Hawaiian Plant Society.

November 2008

2008 Calendar Photo of Maggi Moran

Maggi Moran was chosen Miss November for the 2008 Maui Humane Society Calendar.

Photogenic Maggi was also chosen for the 2006 MHS Calendar’

August 2008

The D.T.Fleming Arboretum Receives
2008 Keep It Hawai’i Award

Fleming Arboretum Received the 2008 Keep It Hawai’i -Lehua Maka Noe Award “for demonstrating a commitment to the growth and development of Hawaiian Culture.”

The Pu’u Mahoe Arboretum was established over 55 years ago to impede the unrelenting destruction of native plant species. Today, the arboretum has become a statewide seed bank for rare native species. Through the tireless dedication of Martha Vockrodt-Moran and the Friends of Fleming Arboretum, many Native Hawaiian plant species are not only being preserved but also propagated. Preservation of these Native Hawaiian plants allows visitors and kama’aina of all ages to become educated and see firsthand the commitment and necessity for preserving the native plants of Hawai’i.

Conservation and educational projects at the Fleming Arboretum work to preserve and perpetuate Hawai’i’s cultural and natural resources, providing a unique and enriching experience for the Hawaiian community, students and Hawai’i’s visitors.
Cousins Jim and Joanie Fleming from Kailua, Oahu attended the ceremony on Oahu to receive the engraved plaque.

December 2007

FOFA 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award goes to … Ernest Rezents. Ernest, a registered consulting horticulturist, has generously donated his time regularly for the last five years, contributing to the health of the Fleming Arboretum.

November 26, 2006

The Maui Invasive Species 2007 Award goes to … Friends of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum with acknowledgment to David and Martha Moran. The Hawaiian Islands are under siege by an infestation of invasive species that continue to find their way to our shores. Our efforts are ongoing. (L-R) Susie Mastroianni, Teya Penniman, Martha & David Moran, and Kuhea Paracuelles. Read Maui News Article ” Invasive Species Fighting Honored.”

October 2006

Kamehameha School Art Students Receive Awards.   Click here

August 2006

Elliot Cost’s Award-winning Film of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum to Be Shown WorldwideIn May Elliot won the Maui County short film/documentary award for his video about the D.T. Fleming Arboretum. His winning entry represented Maui at the Sister Cities International Competition in Washington, D.C. His video was selected as one of the 14 entries to be shown nationally.– Click here to read news release.

May 2006

FOFA Board Member Receives Outdoor Circle Award

The Outdoor Circle Beautification Award for all Hawaiian Islands was awarded to Ernest H Rezents of Makawao, Maui. Ernest Rezents is responsible for the planting of a one mile stretch of 74 trees along Hana Highway.

Over a 7 year process, Rezents applied for grants,solicited donations and coaxed this project through various local bureaucracies and businesses. Irrigation was installed, holes dug, mulch delivered. On July 28, 2002 the trees were planted.100 volunteers helped with the planting. These trees line the highway to Maui’s main town of Kahului. Althogh many people and groups helped Ernest with this project, the new corridor of trees lining Hana Highway was his creation and management. Ernest Rezents is a well-known and respected horticulturalist.He is Agricultural Professor Emeritus of U of Hawaii/MCC on Maui. He is a registered consulting horticulturist and Certified Arborist.He is Maui’s instructor for Arborist Certification. He is on the board of the County of Maui Arborist Committee and the Friends of the DT Fleming Arboretum.

Installation: 34 Monkeypods, 23 Royal Poinciana and 17 Kukui Trees are planted along a one-mile stretch of highway. The irrigation system consists of a burried irrigation pvc line, drip tubing encircling each tree and a battery timer -giving the trees weekly watering.

Overall Asthetics: This once barron corridor of highway now is lined with trees. The Poinsianna are about 5 to 6 feet tall now; the Monkey pods and Kukui Nuts 8 to 10 feet Maui Highways are nowhere near the landscaping of Oahu. What is barron normally stays barron. Trees ripped out for highway expansion are not normally replaced. It took an outstanding citizen, Ernest Rezents, to step forward and create a tree-lined boulevard to someday be a shady spreading canopy.

Community Value: Ernest Rezents created, designed organized and planted the highway with trees that are appreciated by many every morning on the way to work. It is a pleasure to watch these trees grow. Ernest Rezent’s selfless wish to beautify Maui.

November 20, 2005

Martha Vockrodt-Moran received the 2nd annual Malama Kula Award
from the Kula Community Association for her work to help save the rare Alani.

August 20, 2005

Celebrating the 100th Year Anniversary of Maui County, D.T. Fleming is awarded “Citizen of the Century” at the Centenial Celebration. One hundred citizens were chosen for this honor. who made a difference since 1905.

Click here for the nomination of David Thomas Fleming

December 31, 2004

Anna Palomino of Hoolawa Farms is selected by The Maui News as one of the “People Who Made a Difference in 2004.” Hoolawa Farms is one of our main nurseries for propagating Arboretums seeds.

November 12 , 2004

Martha Vockrodt-Moran is named the honorary chairperson of Arbor Week by the by the Maui Arborist Committee for her work at D.T. Fleming Arboretum. Click here for Maui News article

October 25 , 2004

Retired professor Ernie Rezents is honored by Maui Outdoor Circle (see below)
Retired Maui Community professor Ernie Rezents was honored by the Maui Outdoor Circle on Saturday afternoon when a shower tree was planted in his honor at Rainjbow Park in Paia. Rezents was singled out for his longtime efforts on behalf of Maui’s trees, particularly the recent tree-planting project along Hana Highway in Kahului. “I’ve planted many trees, but this is the first tree planted in my honor,” Rezents said.

An Alani seedling at the Ulupalakua Agricultural Fair 2003 won First Place for “rare and unusual.” The Alani seedling was displayed amongst the remains of an Ohia tree draped with a 10-foot lei, 5 inches thick, of flowers and foliage of the dryland forest from the Fleming Arboretum, a memorial to Auwahi and its past.
Historic Hawaii Foundation honored Jack and Euphence Vockrodt with the Historic Preservation Award of 2000-2001 for their 45 years of devotion to the preservation of the D.T. Fleming Arboretum.

Hula Halau under Ka Imi Na’auao O Hawaii Nei performed the opening ceremony August 30th, 2003 for the exhibit of endangered plants native to Hawaii at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory in Washington, D.C. The Fleming Arboretum provided sacrimonial specimens of native species for the offering to the altar


Fleming Arboretum won 3rd place in the Floral Competition at the Ulupalakua Ag Fair 2001… using native flowers, seeds and foliage from the Arboretum. It was arranged in a coconut-frond basket made by Caird Kidston of Kihei, Maui, on a tapa place mat with matching place settings.