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    Our intention was to create a textbook that was free and inclusive to our students while sharing the knowledge of botany through familiar examples in Hawai‘i. Different people have given their time to help reviewing this book and helped us made this project possible. We would like to thank the following people: Chai Blair-Stahn for his help with ferns, native plants and cultural uses of plants and Bruce Koebele for his attentive eye and knowledge of native plants. Kalei Laimana gave us invaluable input on with cultural aspects associated with plants and indigenous science. Kay Lynch provided great input to the ferns and lycophytes chapter. Alyssa MacDonald provided detailed feedback on plant biology and overall editing of this book. Annemarie Paikai helped us with library research and cultural aspects of plants in Hawaiian culture. Richard Pender helped us review the angiosperms chapter and contributed his knowledge on pollination biology. Matt Ritter reviewed the gymnosperms chapter and we are thankful to have had someone with expertise in this group of plants not very common in Hawai‘i. Miles Thomas reviewed the bryophytes chapter and identified the non-vascular plant species that otherwise would be left without a name. Pi'ikea Hardy-Kahaleoumi helped through many conversations about proper protocol in creating culturally relevant materials.

    We also would like to thank several people who contributed to this book in different ways: Michael Riccio helped with microscope, camera set up, and photography. MJ Dinong put together the chapter cover illustrations. We are grateful to Nathan Yuen, Royce Bair and the many photographers who allowed us to use their photos either by special permission or by their generous contribution to open education resources through creative common licenses. Junie Hayashi, Wayde Oshiro, and the Leeward CC Library staff provided support for this project. Delmar Larsen provided this platform and training which helped us bring this to fruition. This project was also made possible through partial funding provided by the following sources:

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