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About napiligarden

We are a community organization of gardeners farming 180 individual plots to organically grow food for our families and community. Our mission is to cultivate a community rooted in sustainability by providing a place for cooperative organic gardening. The Napili Community Garden organizating council is made up of an active, enthusiastic and engaged group of gardeners who have been busy building infrastructure and have just formalized the structure and governance of our community organization. Ulupono Initiative has generously subleased a 3.6 acre of land just above Honoapi'ilani Hwy for use as the Napili Community Garden. The garden is located on former pineapple lands that have been out of production for a sufficient period of time to be eligible for organic certification.

Garden Meeting Notice – Sept. 2016


September 21, 2016



Aloha Gardeners!


Our next NCG General Meeting September 24th, 2016 at 9 AM at the garden. In case of rains meet at Napili Plaza.



NCG Board


Meeting and Storm info

Aloha All-

Due to the weather we will delay the July meeting until Saturday the 30th. We can post a general announcement on FB and our website and I’ll pass word along to the phone tree. Members should also be aware to secure loose items in their plots.

Parking lot help request

Aloha and Happy 4th of July!

Last Friday Charlie worked on our garden parking lot and managed to spread the rock road aggregate about the existing area. He has requested that members please help by taking a small amount of time and rake out any high spots to try to smooth out the distribution a bit. So if you are up at the garden over the next couple weeks  check to see that high and low spots can be minimized.

A Hui Hou, Charlie


Water shut down 4/13/16 to 4/14/16 notice

Aloha Gardeners,

It has been brought to the attention of our garden water personnel that a small leak has surfaced off site and mauka of the garden.

Repairs will be made so water will be off today and scheduled to be back on tomorrow.

If you have not been to the garden for a few days, I can tell you that there has been sufficient rainfall there so in my opinion there would be no need for additional watering for the next 24hrs.


A hui hou,

March 11, 2016 NCG Community Update


March 11, 2016

Aloha Gardeners!

We will be having a Food Bank collection this week. If you would like to assist you can help on two different days.

Wednesday 4:00 PM – assist Freddie in harvesting

Thursday 7:00 AM – assist Auntie B and crew with harvesting, cleaning, and loading
If anyone who is not currently on the board would like to nominate themselves for a 2016 board position they may turn in their information and position they are interested in on paper in the dropbox in the community shed or by email to the garden gmail. An election will be held on March 26th if we have more than one volunteer for a position. The current board is willing to continue to serve if we do not have new volunteers. These are your current board members:

President – Taressa Watson

Vice-President – Charlie Dofa

Treasurer – Angela Quatrale

Secretary – Brenda Gorley

Membership – Lisa Berg

A community survey will also be taken at the March 26th meeting to determine what orchard trees are most useful to members in our expansion property, as well as any other issues that need community input. You can send suggestions for survey issues to the board via the dropbox or the gmail.







                December 8, 2015
Aloha Gardeners!

December is renewal month for Napili Community Garden. Membership fees for 2016 remain unchanged:

10 x 20 plots are $60.00

20 x20 plots are $90.00

As per the by-laws, fees are due by December 31st. If you are unable to pay by the due date, please contact the board to make payment arrangements. No membership renewals will be accepted beyond the January 31st grace period unless arrangements have been made with the board. Members who owe less than 90 days community hours may renew their membership but will be required to pay their hours in full before we will accept renewal of their membership. In accordance with the by-laws, members who owe more than 90 days of community hours or who are not cultivating their plots will not be renewed. If you owe hours or have not been using your plot to grow food, you will be receiving a separate letter concerning your garden membership.

Everyone who is current may mail their renewal check to the garden post office box or drop it in the drop box in the tool shed. Make all checks out to: TRI-ISLE RC&D

Mailing address:

Napili Community Garden

Suite 109B Box 125

5095 Napilihou Street

Lahaina, HI 96761


Our next General Meeting will be held December 12 at 9 AM at the garden. In case of rain, meet at Napili Gateway Shopping Center.
Hope to see you there!

NCG Board






















October 6, 2015


Aloha Gardeners!


We are pleased to announce that Kahu David will be blessing our garden expansion on Wednesday October 14th at 10:00 AM. All members are invited to attend the ceremony.


Later in the evening we will be celebrating with a community Potluck Dinner at the garden so mark your calendar:

October 14, 2015

5:00-6:30 PM

Members are invited to bring a dish to share and your own meat to grill (if you wish), table service, drinks, lawn chairs, etc.


Hope to see you there!

Napili Community Garden Board



September 28, 2015

Next General Meeting AND Work Day:

There will be a general work day and meeting on Saturday October 3, 2015.The general meeting will be at 9 AM – in case of rain meet at Napili Plaza Shopping Center. Those wanting to work on community projects to put towards their work hours can help between 7 AM – 9 AM and 10 AM- 12PM. In case of rain we will move the work day to October 17th from 7 AM – 12 PM.


Beginning October 3rd, we will be locking the tool shed to prevent theft from outsiders. The combination is for members only. Please do not share this with non-garden members. The combination for the lock is,(see your email from NCG for number). Please remember to return all tools to the shed when they are not in use.


The gates have been reinstalled on our entry way and emergency road. Please do not block passage to the lower garden by parking on the emergency road. Parking is in the parking lot only. The road should only be used for loading and unloading or for access to the expansion side of the garden. The last person to leave AT ANY TIME OF DAY should close the entry gate behind them to discourage unauthorized entering of our garden. If you see contractors trying to dump mulch in our parking lot please tell them we no longer accept mulch in this location – NO DUMPING!


For the benefit of newer members and as a reminder to more established members, here are some BASICS ABOUT OUR WATER SYSTEM:

Our water in the garden is provided through an old ML&P agricultural water system. They provide us water at their ag rate price. They do not make any promises that we will have constant pressure, volume, or availability of water.

The system is gravity fed from reservoirs on the mountain side. There are no pump stations or circulation in this system. When the volume from the top is high the pressure is high, when the volume is low the pressure is low. If farms up the mountain are using large amounts of water, our pressure will be lower. This is typically during day light hours, not overnight.

Our responsibility as Napili Community Garden is only for the repair and maintenance of the water system INSIDE OF OUR GARDEN. This is accomplished by volunteer gardeners with one volunteer acting as our contact with ML&P water contractors for issues that are OUTSIDE OF OUR GARDEN. Our contact assists in outside repairs and adjustment only when authorized by ML&P. Most of the time major issues with interruptions to our water service are due to needed repairs on ML&P property and are handled by their contractors not our volunteers.

Member responsibilities – These help to make water available to each member:

There are time limits for the watering of personal plots. No more than 15 minutes with an open ended hose. No more than 30 minutes with a sprayer or sprinkler. If you have more than one plot to care for you should water only one at a time. If you turn on your water to all of your plots at once you are emptying the water system and all of the members at the top of the hill will not have any water! Please be considerate.

If you are on the uphill side and do not have water available at the time of day that you are free to garden you will probably need to use a timer to water during the night when the volume and pressure are more consistent. This can be used with sprinklers or an irrigation system. If you need more information ask other gardeners that are already using this system.

If you turn on your spigot and there is no water please be sure that you turn it off. We find many times that water has been left on and is causing what everyone thought was a water leak! Again, be considerate.

If you find a broken pipe inside the garden and you cannot find a board member or water volunteer in the garden to help you, then leave a message at 1-808-779-4044 and shut off the valve for that line at the top of the hill near the berm.

If you need further information or assistance with any issues in the garden please email the board or drop a letter in the new drop box inside the shed.


Thanks for your help and happy gardening!

The NCG Board