The Board of Water Supply and the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden (FOHXG) host workshops at the garden from September through May each year. View the current workshop schedule or see a sampling of recent workshops.Preferred rates on these workshops are available to FOHXG members. For more information, call the Halawa Xeriscape Garden at (808) 748-5315 or send an email to

Featured 2018-2019 Workshops

  • Benefits of Origami Paper Pot Planters
    Benefits of Origami Paper Pot Planters

    In this September workshop, participants learned how to create attractive and functional origami paper pots.

  • Da Bug Doctor
    Da Bug Doctor

    Attendees at this popular workshop in September learned tips on how to handle bugs around the home with our Da Bug Doctor.

  • Backyard Composting: Nature's Recycling
    Backyard Composting: Nature's Recycling

    In this September workshop, attendees learned the basics of backyard composting using resources from their own yards and leftovers from the table.

  • Rock Your Garden
    Rock Your Garden

    In this September workshop, participants discovered why using scientific names for plants is important and created permanent rock labels to be placed by their plants.

  • Painting Hibiscus
    Painting Hibiscus

    In this October workshop, participants learned about the care and unique characteristics of the Hibiscus.

  • Whimsical Reusable Owl Planter
    Whimsical Reusable Owl Planter

    Workshop participants crafted whimsical owl planters from milk jugs and learned tips for using succulents in containers during this Saturday morning workshop.

  • Xeric Holiday Wreaths
    Xeric Holiday Wreaths

    Participants in these can’t-miss xeric holiday wreath-making workshops learned how less-thirsty, xeriscape plants can be used to create colorful and festive holiday decorations.

Featured 2017-2018 Workshops

  • Create Your Own Xeric Critter Planter
    Create Your Own Xeric Critter Planter

    Attendees of this September 13, 2017, workshop at Halawa Xeriscape Garden learned how to create a critter planter from a recycled soda bottle and minimize waste that goes to a landfill!

  • Hyptertufa Bowls
    Hyptertufa Bowls

    On Saturday, September 23, 2017, participants created custom-made textured hypertufa bowls that are half the weight of their cement counterparts!

  • Spiral and Keyhole Gardens
    Spiral and Keyhole Gardens

    Workshop attendees learned about the differences between and the benefits of keyhole and spiral gardens. They then went home and created their very own gardens using the “lasagna” method to re-collect and nourish the soil.

  • How to Raise Composting Worms
    How to Raise Composting Worms

    On Saturday, November 11, 2017, workshop participants learned tips on how to set up and maintain their own counter-top composting worm bins. Watch a video clip from the workshop on Facebook.

  • Thanksgiving Succulent Centerpieces
    Thanksgiving Succulent Centerpieces

    Participants learned how to clip succulents for planting and care for them, ideas for aesthetic placement of succulents within planting media, and how to maintain a living centerpiece all year long!

  • Painting Pineapples (A Paint in the Garden Workshop)
    Painting Pineapples (A Paint in the Garden Workshop)

    Attendees received step-by-step instructions to complete their masterpieces while learning about the care and unique characteristics of the Pineapple, a member of the Bromeliad family. This drought tolerant plant can help reduce outdoor water consumption when used in your landscape.

Featured 2016-2017 Workshops

  • Bokashi Compost
    Bokashi Compost

    In this hands-on workshop, attendees made their own Bokashi mix and learned how to produce compost in a manageable space without smell, bugs, or heat.

  • Art in the Garden Mixed Media
    Art in the Garden Mixed Media

    No painting experience was required for this March 2017 workshop, where attendees used paint and recyclable materials to bring color and texture to art.

  • Crochet Succulents
    Crochet Succulents

    Participants in this March 2017 workshop made a crochet cactus or succulent potted plant, which are perfect additions to a household or an office décor.

  • Whimsical Reusables
    Whimsical Reusables

    During this April 2017 workshop, attendees created whimsical planters from recycled milk jugs, as a way to minimize waste that goes to a landfill.

  • Succulent 101
    Succulent 101

    In April 2017, attendees learned about different types of succulents, selecting the right container and potting mixes, pest control, fertilizers, and adequate hydration.

  • Ti Leaf Lei
    Ti Leaf Lei

    In a workshop held in May 2017, participants learned how to make a ti-leaf lei, just in time for graduation season and any special occasion.