Volunteer work days for October & November

Volunteers join Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens at least once a month for specialized chores in the County’s treasured cultural landscape.

Oct. volunteers

October 2017 work areas: bamboo is center left, pond edge is on the ocean side of the red bridge (Photo by Kenneth Jackson)

Saturday, October 7, from 8 a.m. to noon the concentration will be on the bamboo patch and the edge of Waihonu (pond) toward Lihiwai Street.

Please wear closed-toe shoes and gardening clothes. Some gloves and tools are available, but if you have your own gloves and a favorite garden tool, please bring them.

Look for the registration tent (10 x 10 silver canopy) near the intersection of Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street at 8 a.m.

Volunteers help clear the pond edge of overgrown sod and decades of muck

Additional tasks will be added depending on the number of volunteers. Those tasks include removing invasive ferns from sago plams and treating cycad scale with coffee grounds, cleaning lava outcroppings to be free of grass clippings and weeds, edging significant stones, scattering fertilizer to azalea and camellia bushes, removing invasive gorilla seaweed, etc.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Pau hana is at noon.

To keep in touch with Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, please visit our page on Facebook.

Please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook for current information on centennial events.

The volunteer day for November is Saturday 11/18. Time is 8 a.m. to noon.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a registered non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. The organization follows three paths: organizing volunteer maintenance, raising funds for capital improvements, and planning centennial events.

Lili`uokalani Gardens is composed of four parks in the Waiakea peninsula: Rakuen, Isles, Moku Ola (Coconut Island), and the 100-year-old Japanese-style landscape known to old timers as Nihon Koen and named in honor of the late Queen in 1917. The Gardens are under the care of the County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation Department, with which Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens has a written Memorandum of Understanding.

Any arrangements to rent park facilities or use the area for events such as weddings should be made directly with the County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation Department.

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