Kāwika Winter


Director, Limahuli Garden and Preserve

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Manages and provides direction for a 1,000 acre botanical garden and nature preserve on the North Shore of Kaua`i (Hawai`i, USA). Aims to create a model of a functioning, 21st-century ahupua`a (traditional, mountain-to-sea resource management area).

  • Discovery
  • Conservation
  • Research
  • Education

  • Hawai`i Conservation and Stewardship Network

B.A. and an M.S. in Botany, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)

Ph.D. dissertation: reciprocal influences that cultures and plants have on each other’s evolutionary trajectories

Joined the NTBG in 2005 as the Director of Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Born and raised in the ahupua‘a of Wai‘alae, Kona, O‘ahu, Kāwika grew up in the islands with the mountains and the ocean as his playground.

Kāwika Winter
P.O. Box 808, Hanalei
Hawai`i 96714



Limahuli Garden and Preserve is set in a verdant tropical valley on the north shore of the Hawaiian Island of Kaua`i. The Garden is backdropped by the majestic Makana Mountain and overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Limahuli Garden was selected by the American Horticultural Society as the best natural botanical garden in the United States, having demonstrated the best sound environmental practices of water, soil, and rare plant conservation in an overall garden design.


FIU International Center for Tropical Botany