The Malama i ka Aina Award is presented annually to a landscaper, plant provider (retail and wholesale nurseries and garden shops), or commercial/agricultural property owner/manager to recognize their efforts to keep invasive species out of Maui County.
The award is a cooperative effort of the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, the Maui Invasive Species Committee, and the County of Maui. The award was presented June 20th at the Maui Association of Landscape Professional’s Lawn & Garden Fair at the Maui Mall.
Angela Kay Kepler is a New Zealand-born naturalist and author. She is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has a Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii and a doctorate from Cornell University, New York. She also studied at Oxford University.
She has conducted research in Hawaii, Alaska, Russia and the Caribbean. Two bird species have been named for her: the Elfin-woods Warbler (Dendroica angelae), a Puerto Rican endemic; and the extinct Hawaiian rail Porzana keplerorum.
She has a farm on Maui and grows some 32 different banana varieties.
Publications by Angela Kepler:
- The World of Bananas in Hawaii: Then and Now – 2012
- West Maui: A Natural History Guide – 2007
- Haleakala: From Summit to Sea – 2005
- A Pocket Guide To Maui’s Hana Highway: A Visitor’s Guide – May 2004
- Exotic Tropicals of Hawaii: Heliconias, Gingers, Anthuriums, and Decorative Foliage – 1999
- Hawaiian Heritage Plants – 1998
- Maui’s Floral Splendor – 1995
- Haleakala: A Guide to the Mountain – 1992
- Majestic Molokai: A Nature Lover’s Guide – 1992
- Sunny South Maui: A Guide to Kihwailea & Makena Including Kahoolawe – 1992
- Trees of Hawai’i – 1991
- Proteas in Hawaii – 1988