The Hawaiian Islands Weekend

Escape the cold and experience the warmth of the Orchid Show and aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Islands Weekend

Lei making

February 15 – 16 and February 22 – 23

Escape the cold and experience the warmth and aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands! During two special Hawaii-themed weekends, the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden will feature fun activities, live Hawaiian music, and hula dancing. Enter for a free chance to win a trip for two to the island of Kauai, courtesy of American Airlines and Whalers Cove Resort with additional support from the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Families will enjoy these special touches from the Islands each of the following weekends:

February 15 and 16

  • Fresh flower lei-making with experts from Maui’s Travaasa Hāna Resort
  • ‘Ohe kapala (bamboo stamping) and kapa-making (Hawaiian bark cloth) demonstrations with Hawaii Island artisans
  • Learn about Hawaii Island agritourism, from Hilo-grown orchids to Hamakua Mushrooms

February 22 and 23

  • Fresh flower lei-making and lauhala (leaf of hala tree) weaving with Oahu artisans
  • Haku lei (braided head lei) demonstration with Kauai Heavenly Hakus
  • Discover different varieties and uses of ‘ulu (breadfruit) from the Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai

The Hawiiam Islands