Historical Photos


Fleming Archives photo

“Visiting Uncle David and Aunt Martha in Honolua was an adventure. Their lives ran generally on a set and smooth schedule, but they let the schedule out the window if a school of `Opelu was sighted off the beach. All ranching stopped to help with the Hukilau.” Reflections of the 1920s by Scot Nicholl, nephew of D.T. Fleming.



Fleming Archives photo



Fleming Archives photo


A David T. Fleming invention … pineapple planter towed by a tractor. Fleming  transformed the failing Honolua Ranch into a thriving village and successful pineapple industry (1912-1950).





This is the cover page of a 1935 edition of the Maui News, commemorating the opening of the Road to Haleakala Crater. It portrays “The Spectre of Brocken,” a unique natural phenomenon which is sometimes seen form the crater’s rim late in the afternoon.

“With the sun at his back, the visitor sees his shadow in gargantuan proportions, outlined on the clouds and completely encircled in a shining, circular rainbow, says an article in this
edition. “Man has joined with nature to provide an experience never to be forgotten.” This edition also contains an article about Wildflowers on Maui by D.T. Fleming.
Click here to read the article.




D.T. Fleming introduced the Aloe vera to Hawaii. He planted over 23 acres at Kapalua to experiment with Aloe for medicinal purposes. It was common for local Maui folk in the 40s to have a jar of Fleming’s white aloe paste in their medicine cabinet, as a cure-all for sunburn, centipede bites, bee stings, wounds and other afflictions.
D.T. Fleming introduced many varieties of Mango seeking to diversify Maui’s agriculture. During Mango season, he would give away his favorite, the Hayden Mango, to all his friends. Consequently, the Hayden was nicknamed “The Fleming Mango.” Old-timers still remember this nickname.
D.T. Fleming (circa 1945) was a community-minded man with great vision. His wish for the gift of Pu’u Mahoe was for “arboretum purposes.” This wish has protected the arboretum from being inundated by the effects of tourism, which is more for profit and entertainment than for “the trees.”He created an arboretum for Hawaii and its people.
D.T. Fleming, founder and manager of Baldwin Packers Co., now Maui Land and Pine.
Euphence Fleming Vockrodt holds a successfully rooted, air-layered branch from a Mahoe (twin) tree named after its double seed. From the Hawaiian Today feature article (1959).

Volunteers build the Arboretum in 1952

David Thomas Fleming, circa 1916.
David and Martha Fleming at Pineapple Hill, their home at Makaoioi (Clear View) Kapalua, Maui.
Maunalei Arboretum was planted by David Fleming in 1926 to preserve the West Maui watershed. It is owned and maintained by Maui Land and Pine Company.
FOFA Board of Directors were given a tour of the
Maunalei Arboretum in 2002 by manager Hank Openheimer.
Euphense Fleming Vockrodt and her husband Jack were honored with The Historical Preservation Award 2001. Euphence is pictured here the evening of the awards ceremony.

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  1. I think this new website is lovely! In particular I feel the macro photographs are stunning – will never look at Ulei the same way. Very nice to learn about the history of the Arboretum. Mahalo

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