Hui o Koolaupoko and Surfrider Foundation will be presenting a Rain Garden Workshop on Thursday, February 27th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Capitol One 360 Cafe in Waikiki (1958 Kalakaua Ave.) followed by a rain garden build on Saturday, March 1st from 9:00 am – noonish in Kailua.

The workshop will cover all aspects of designing and building a rain garden in your yard. The workshop will help you to determine a good site for your rain garden; how to conduct an infiltration test and sizing your rain garden accordingly; laying out your design; plant selection; purchasing materials and installation process; and maintenance of your rain garden.  Then in the following rain garden build we will apply what we learned in the workshop and go through the process of actually building a rain garden.

All are welcome to attend either the workshop or the build and it is encouraged that you attend both!

Workshop: If you would like to attend the workshop, please RSVP to the Facebook event (

Also, if are able to bring a computer or tablet, please visit to download a copy of the Hawaii Residential Rain Garden Manual to follow along with during the workshop.

Hard copies of the manual will also be available for purchase for $15. Although it is helpful to have the manual to follow along with during the workshop and for future reference, it is not critical that you have a copy.

Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Capitol One 360 Cafe during the workshop. Parking in the Capitol One parking lot is limited so please carpool if possible. Additional parking is available in the Fort DeRussy parking lot for $7/day.

Build: If you would like to participate in the rain garden build, please email to RSVP and get more specific information about the event.

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