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Genki Hou Waihonu

A collaborative effort of community organizations, schools, and local businesses seeks to bring bioremediation to Waihonu, the traditional fish pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo.

Genki Hou – making healthy again – is the theme of this effort utilizing indigenous micro organisms to eat sludge that has accumulated in Waihonu in places as much as three feet deep.

The effort is based on the success of bokashi balls in a fish pond on the Kona coast and, perhaps more widely known, the success in the Ala Wai Canal in Honolulu. Here is a link to that effort:

Bokashi is a general term in Japanese for fermented organic matter. Genki is a Japanese term meaning well, healthy, robust.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens first heard of the potential for bokashi balls at a meeting of Hui Loko Ia, a group of fish pond guardians and caretakers on Hawai`i Island under the umbrella of The Nature Conservancy. Hui Loko Ia met in Lili`uokalani Gardens in November 2019. In mid-2021, the Hawaiian Airlines inflight magazine Hana Hou carried a story on utilizing bokashi balls to clean the Ala Wai canal in Honolulu. Copies of the magazine were distributed to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens board members, County Parks & Recreation administration, and others with a stake in cleaning the pond.

During the summer of 2022, Susie Osborne president of Rotary Club of Pahoa took the lead in organizing other Rotary Clubs to adopt a bokashi ball long term project to benefit the community by cleaning Waihonu. Kua O Ka La Charter School is involved as a location for making the balls and providing storage in a greenhouse during the curing period. An educational element will be offered to other schools.

The first manufacture day was in early November at which 50 people attended and 1,000 balls were made. The second manufacture day was December 3 at which 40 people attended and 700 balls were set aside for the late December ball toss.

Bokashi balls exhibit a white bloom indicating the micro organisms have been activated. A bucket of material was provided to each of seven test sites.

Rotarians from east Hawai`i and Hiroshima joined County officials and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Saturday, December 3, to toss the first batch of 700 balls into Waihonu. Each of 100 people present tossed a minimum of three balls into Waihonu, shouting “Genki Hou” with each toss. The theme name was developed by Councilmember and Rotarian Susan Lee Loy.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens gather with Susie Osborne at site five preparing for the first genki ball toss. From left to right: Phil Hulbert, Paul Kaneko, Amy Nishiura, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Susie Osborne, Parks & Recreation Director Maurice Messina, Carol Kaneko, Tadashi and Yutaka Kaneko (photo by Charlene Iboshi)

Several participants tossed more bokashi balls for complete coverage of seven test sites in the northern section of the pond from the iconic arched stone bridge to the stone wall along Lihiwai Street. Seven control sites and the test sites will be measured and tested over the next several months.

Site 1 at 5 p.m. Saturday. By 11:30 a.m. Sunday, all the balls had sunk.

“This is part of a greater plan to restore Waihonu,” said Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens president K.T. Cannon-Eger. “Removal of invasive seaweed and repair of crumbling pond walls are two more major elements of a plan that will take approximately five years to accomplish. The end result will be a healthy and productive fish pond for generations to come.”

The next Genki Hou Waihonu ball toss will happen immediately prior to Garden Enchantment, the 6th annual illumination of the gardens, on Friday December 23 at 5 p.m. Look for the Rotary Clubs banners in the small pavilion near the arched stone bridge.

For more information on Genki Hou Waihonu, to volunteer or to donate, contact Susie Osborne at halai96720@gmail.com or (808) 640-3439. For volunteer opportunities and events taking place in Lili`uokalani Gardens, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at ktcannoneger@gmail.com or (808) 895-8130. Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens also maintains a Facebook page.

Site 5 opposite shore from toss: Can you spot the Genki Ball??
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October newsletter features September photos

So much happened in Lili`uokalani Gardens that it was a challenge to keep the monthly newsletter to four pages.

Here is a link to a PDF of that newsletter which includes a calendar of coming events on page two.

Newsletter October 2019

In subsequent blog entries, more photos of the 20th annual He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani will be published as well as more photos of the floral design workshop that provided three sites for wedding vow renewals in the gardens.

 

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Save the Date 12/3/2019

Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving to community and non-profit events and activities in the form of physical support or monetary donations.

This year, special events for young people have been added. Please share this with the young people and organizations you know.

Hello, Fellow Kids!

Announcing the Launch of #GivingTuesdayKids!

With youth shaking up and spearheading many of the major movements on key issues facing our world today, from climate change to healthcare to student debt, GivingTuesday is helping amplify the next generation of young leaders to be organizers, thought-leaders, and campaign managers for a more generous world. We’re so thrilled to announce the official launch of #GivingTuesdayKids

Led by 12-year-old Khloe Thompson and a team of youth ambassadors, #GivingTuesdayKids is all about encouraging young people to take action around the causes they care about most on GivingTuesday. On December 3, 2019, kids all over the world will lead volunteer projects, acts of kindness, and epic givebacks, proving that everyone has the power to make change in their communities and that everyone has something to give.
Join the Movement

Help Spread the Word!

Please share with the young people in your life, your clients, program participants, partner organizations and anyone you think might help us grow this movement!

  • Share our video on your personal and organization’s social media channels
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  • Forward this email to colleagues and friends

Here are some sample tweets, social media posts, and logos and here’s the Participation Guide for Youth and Families.

We simply could not be more thrilled to help launch this movement for young changemakers! As always, we’d love to hear your ideas for how to get the word out and who we should be talking to – email us anytime (just hit reply on this email).

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Reminders for June

An historic preservation workshop is coming up Monday, June 10, at UH-Hilo. Sponsored by Historic Hawai`i Foundation and co-sponsored by the National Parks Service, the half-day workshop is free. Registration is required.

The workshop will be repeated in several locations.

Here is a link to the event flyer:

HHF flyer 2019

Here is a link to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens newsletter for June:

Newsletter June 2019

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