5 Places to Get Free Trees for Arbor Day This November

Looking for a new leafy friend? Head to one of these spots on Nov. 3.
Pick up a free tree, like this kokiʻo keʻokeʻo (Hibiscus arnottianus), from one of five giveaway sites on O‘ahu this Arbor Day.
Pick up a free tree, like this koki‘o ke‘oke‘o (Hibiscus arnottianus), from one of five giveaway sites on O‘ahu this Arbor Day.
Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources


On Nov. 3, 2,500 trees will find new homes on O‘ahu, thanks to Hawai‘i’s Arbor Day giveaway tradition. The Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program), the City and County of Honolulu (Department of Urban Forestry) and the O‘ahu Urban Garden ‘Ohana team up this year to give out 500 trees at each of the five giveaway locations across the island. Get there early for your pick of 15 different species, from fruit trees (such as cacao, fig, lemon, miracle berry, Tahitian lime and ‘ulu) to native plants (kou, ‘ilima kū kula, koki‘o ke‘oke‘o and nānū).


Here’s where to make a shady deal:



Foster Botanical Garden, 180 N. Vineyard Blvd.



Waimea Valley Botanical Garden, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway


Pearl City

O‘ahu Urban Garden Center, 955 Kamehameha Highway



Wahiawā Botanical Garden, 1396 California Ave.



Kailua United Methodist Church, 1110 Kailua Road


This year, for the first time, Foster Botanical Garden will also host an Arbor Day Honolulu Festival with activities, tips, demos, speakers, performances and more from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn how to choose the right trees for your space—large or small—how to take care of them, even how they reduce crime, from the experts on hand.