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Hi‘iaka's Healing Herb Garden
Our beautiful public Ethnobotanical Garden on the Big Island of Hawai‘i honors the Hawaiian goddess Hi‘iaka and the lau lapa‘au tradition of Hawaiian healing. We hold Individualized classes, workshops, and internships through our Learning Center. And our wonderful healing herbal products from fresh Garden plants make extra-special gifts for your friends and family--
and for you too!

Join us for our Summer Herbalism classes!
Learn with The Healthful Herbalist how to treat yourself and your
loved ones with fresh teas, tinctures, skincare remedies and other herbal
formulas. Each week we will create simple recipes to
benefit your health and save you money.
Choose one class for $15 or save $25 by registering for all 10 classes.

Summer class schedule:


July 12: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Home Herbalist

July 19: Noni Needn’t Taste Nasty

July 26: Preserving Your Herbal Bounty

Aug. 2: No class today due to the Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale!

Aug. 9: Essentials of Hawaiian Herbalism

Aug. 16: Beautiful Skin With Herbs

Aug. 23: Herbal Healing Baths

Aug. 30: Making Teas, Poultices and Tinctures

Sept. 6: Making Salves and Ointments for Healthy Skin

Sept. 13: Building a Strong Immune System With Herbs

$125 for all 10 classes. Pre-registration requested.

Contact: Barbara Fahs, (808) 966-5956

All classes run from 10 a.m. until noon, unless a group requests a different time--I am flexible! And they are held at the garden in Hawaiian Paradise Park, 2nd Ave., between Keaau and Pahoa town.

We also offer our individualized mini classes and internships by appointment,
to fit into your busy schedule.

The garden is not currently open for tours, but we love to chat!
Please call (808) 966-5956 or e-mail goddess@hiiakas.com if you would
like to visit and talk about herbs and gardening.

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We are dedicated to conserving and educating about endangered Hawaiian medicinal plants from the la‘au lapa‘au tradition of natural healing. Join us as a Friend of the Garden and help to support the important work we are doing.

We are only 16 miles south of the Hilo airport and a short 1/2 mile walk to the beautiful Puna coastline (we can often hear the ocean from the Garden!). Click for map

Barb Fahs of Hi‘iaka's Garden (center) with the reviewers of her book,
Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens,
David Orr and Angela Kay Kepler.
Click here to read their wonderful reviews.

On the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the volcano goddess Pele is still worshipped and feared. Pele's beloved younger sister, Hi‘iaka, was a gardener, an herbalist and a healer. It is in Hi`iaka's honor that we have re-created a special healing garden. It's a sacred space that enables us to teach about Hi‘iaka and the hundreds of medicinal plants that we nurture, learn from and share with others who also love the ‘aina (land).

From August 2010 through October 2013 I wrote  a weekly column for Big Island Weekly called "The Healthful Herbalist." Read all about it at BigIslandWeekly.com.

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  I was honored to be a columnist for the Hawai‘i Island Journal for over six years. Click here to read Barbara's older columns on herbalism and gardening.


Meet the Healthful

Join your teacher and guide Barbara Fahs--educator, Master Gardener, herbalist, and author--for an unforgettable visit to her special Hawaiian garden.

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