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Kukui’ula Neighbor – NTBG’s Breadfruit Institute

Kula Makai is the finest of Kukui’ula because of its stunning oceanfront location and proximity to the world-renowned National Tropical Botanical Garden on the South Shore of Kauai.

#14 Kukui’ula golf course at Kula Makai

Kula Makai is one of the last oceanfront sites on Kaua’i. Each of the 19 Kula Makai homesites provides a rare opportunity to design and build an exquisite home reflecting the land’s righteous heritage and stellar coastline location. Homesites range from 1/2 acre to 1 acre, along with the one 3-acre estate lot.

NTBG’s Breadfruit Institute

C Crow’s artwork, Breadfruit, hangs in the Spa at Hotel Hana, Maui

Breadfruit, or ‘Ulu in Hawaiian, is a tree native to the Pacific Islands and an icon of nature’s abundance and resilience. Traditionally grown in agroforests, this staple crop of Pacific Island culture sustained islanders for thousands of years, until plantation crops, such as sugarcane and coffee, replaced the diverse agroforestry systems in which it grew.

According to NTBG’s monthly newsletter, cultivating the island staple has received renewed attention in recent years for its ability to provide food security, stimulate agricultural economy, reduce soil degradation, and minimize erosion in tropical regions worldwide.

The Breadfruit Institute at NTBG is responsible for conserving the largest and most comprehensive breadfruit germplasm repository in the world, with 150 varieties represented.

NTBG’s Agroforestry Project

In 2018, BFI launched a multi-faceted Agroforestry Project comprised of a living Regenerative Organic Breadfruit Agroforestry demonstration in NTBG’s McBryde Garden, a statewide series of workshops, extensive outreach to inform agricultural producers, wholesalers, retailers and the general public about the concepts and benefits of breadfruit agroforestry, in addition to publishing a comprehensive guide to breadfruit agroforestry for global distribution.

Those interested in supporting this worthwhile program, may visit the McBryde Garden and make a donation to the Breadfruit Institute of the NTBG.

Twilight at Kula Makai Kukui’ula, adjacent to the National Tropical Botanical Garden

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