UH Hilo’s annual plant sale transitions to online ordering, colorful tradition endures with low key event

Most customers ordered online this year, but a low key plant display was set up in the breezeway at the agriculture college with poinsettia and other plants grown by students at the University Farm Laboratory in Pana‘ewa.

Woman in covid mask holds a poinsettia plant. Greenery in background.
UH Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management held its annual plant sale on Nov. 16. The set up was small this year due to covid restrictions. Customers were encouraged to preorder online and pick up their orders the day of the event. (Kirsten Aoyagi/UH Hilo Stories)

Photos by Kirsten Aoyagi.

The holiday plant sale held annually at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was low key this year, tampered by a quiet campus during covid restrictions. Rather than a large event at the Campus Center Plaza, a small area was set up in the breezeway at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management with poinsettia and other plants grown by students at the University Farm Laboratory in Pana‘ewa.

The week prior, customers were encouraged to preorder online and pick up their orders the day of the event on Nov. 16. Only a limited amount of plants and produce were available at the event without preordering.

In addition to the traditional poinsettia plants that students grow out each year for the sale, there were starters of herbs and cherry tomatoes, and fresh fruit grown at the farm. In the spirit of artistic holiday flair, one display featured succulents planted in mugs with sparkly holiday lights, gold ornaments, and red ribbon.

Succulents planted in coffee mugs with holiday decor.

Four buckets of fruit.

Small starter plants on display.

Sign "$2 STARTERS" next to small starter plants.

Close up of small green herb starters.


Photos by Kirsten Aoyagi, who is earning a bachelor of arts in communication at UH Hilo.