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Second pond cleaning day set for Saturday, November 19

UH-Hilo students join in the fun at Waihonu to remove decades of accumulated muck and search for buried treasure.

UH-Hilo students join in the fun at Waihonu to remove decades of accumulated muck and search for buried treasure.

More hands are needed for continued pond cleaning.

More hands are needed for continued pond cleaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and community volunteers will continue cleaning Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens on Banyan Drive in Hilo, on Saturday, November 19 from 8 a.m. until noon.

People going in the pond will be provided with gloves and protective foot wear. Refreshments and lunch will be served to all volunteers.

For further information and to volunteer, contact Alton Okinaka at alton@hawaii.edu or telephone (808) 383-4917.

[photos courtesy of Gordon Heit]

To learn more about Hilo’s cultural landscape, listen to Island Issues with host Sherry Bracken who sent the following note.

Lili’uokalani Gardens in Hilo on the Waiakea Peninsula, towards downtown Hilo from the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, is a beautiful, tranquil Japanese-style garden created on land mostly donated to Hilo by Queen Lili’uokalani at the beginning of the last century. Learn about this treasure in a discussion with Island Issues host Sherry Bracken and two members of Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens, K. T. Cannon-Eger and Jane Hite…Sunday, November 13, 6:30 a.m. KKOA 107.7 fm, 8 a.m. LAVA 105.3 fm, or listen to the podcast any time at www.lava1053.com/podcast/island-issues

 

 

 

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Big pond project starts with bucket brigade

Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens, will start getting a much needed cleaning Saturday, October 1, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Tsunami damage, bagasse from former sugar cane operations up the coast, invasive seaweed and normal silt have covered the floor of Waihonu.

Volunteers will gather at the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens tent near the tea house for instructions and to obtain tools. There also are land-based tasks for those not able to go in one of two shallow spring-fed ponds to the side of the larger pond.

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To the Banyan Drive side of the pond are two small spring-fed ponds choked with invasive seaweed, silt and weeds. The nearby lava outcroppings are covered with bamboo leaves.

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A previous cleaning effort uncovered a pahoehoe lava landing near the stone bridge

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Harvey Tajiri piles seaweed up.

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edging the sidewalk

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many thanks to UH-Hilo softball coaches and team

 

 

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Rotarian Wally Wong scoops seaweed out of the pond

Volunteers willing to go in the pond should come with protective foot gear. Some additional pairs of tabis and gloves will be available to borrow.

Additional chores on land include edging sidewalks, removing leaves from lava rock outcroppings, removing weeds from the stone bridge, and removing lichen from a rock bench.

For additional information or to volunteer for a future work day, contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens board members Alton Okinaka at UH-Hilo 932-7117 or K.T. Cannon-Eger 895-8130.

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Gratitude for the Gardens continues

For one year, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens has dedicated substantial volunteer resources to the task of thinning an overgrown bamboo thicket. Friday, August 5, 2016, we hope to finish the removing all dead stalks from the last two clumps. This will make continued maintenance of the area much easier.

“This will make the area much better for the annual Queen Lili`uokalani birthday festival,” said Kenji Kuroshima.

Come join Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens from 8 a.m. until noon. Refreshments will be provided and with advance notice lunch will be ordered.

Below are a series of photos showing progress during the past year.

Starting in July 2015, the bamboo contained innumerable dead stalks trapped tightly. Over time, a great deal of material has been removed. Some of it was offered to the public for any craft projects they might have. The Bamboo Society joined in and offered workshops showing how to utilize bamboo in a variety of ways. Two dump truck loads were given to a local nursery to chip into mulch. The rest went to Hilo’s green waste recycling area at the County landfill.

Slowly, workers opened up the thicket, re-establishing paths through the middle. The patch began to sing, according to Kenji Kuroshima of Kobe and Hilo, who directs the efforts. “Healthy bamboo sings. There is sun reaching inside. New views are opened up. And the breeze makes the bamboo sing.”

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Mayor Billy Kenoi (center shaka with white ball cap) and his department heads and staff joined Sierra Club, Lions, Fukushima Kenjin Kai, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens for spring cleaning at the bamboo patch.

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Kenji Kuroshima says healthy bamboo sings.

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Mel and Casey Jones assist with bagging bamboo leaves. Now the lantern is visible as is the gravel pathway on the other side.

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Yoshihisa Matsushita and Winston Towata of the Fukushima Kenjin Kai and Wally Wong of the Rotary Club of Hilo worked on the July 1, 2016 cleanup to prepare the area for the Fourth of July weekend and the Tanabata Festival the following weekend.

The County removed a dump truck load of green waste from the bamboo patch following Tropical Storm Darby in July 2016.

At the end of the day, August 5, 2016, more air flowed through the bamboo patch and several views through were re-established. The County brought their chipper and the remaining pile was gone in no time.

All photos are by K.T. Cannon-Eger, except the one of Mayor Kenoi’s group. That photo is by Ilihia Gionson. If you share photos or this article, please be nice and give credit.

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Pokemon Go comes to the gardens

The online game Pokemon Go has taken a giant leap outdoors. The impact on gardens in the United States was immediate and not always pleasant.

Roji-en fell victim to overly enthusiastic Pokemon Go players in the first days following release of the new game.

Roji-en fell victim to overly enthusiastic Pokemon Go players in the first days following release of the new game.

Roji-en at the Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, immediately took to social media posting photographs of damage to trees and benches. Pleas were made for common sense as The Morikami set out a few ground rules.

“Attention all Pokemon Trainers: As your teams vie for supremacy over each other, we ask you to keep a few ground rules in mind:
Please be respectful of our property and natural resources. Stay on the designated paths at all times—absolutely no climbing on the trees!
“No vandalism of any kind will be tolerated in the garden.
Please respect your fellow visitors, which includes refraining from disruptive behavior, such as running or yelling.
The garden is for everyone; let’s make sure we can all enjoy it!”

Within a few hours of their post, The Morikami had more than 300 comments on Facebook. The perpetrators were located and apologies made.

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens invited Pokemon fans to post their screenshots. “We hear the Garden is a GREAT place to catch ’em all, and we’re super excited to have several Pokéstops as well.” Visitors are encouraged to share screenshots ‪#‎pokemonGO‬

The Birmingham (Alabama) Botanical Gardenis having a “Catch ‘Em All” event in the gardens tomorrow (July 15).

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At the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the game has obsessed players trespassing at night to gain more points. John VanderHaagen, public relations manager, said Meijer Gardens staff are thrilled that droves of Pokemon Go players are visiting the gardens, as long as it’s during regular hours.

“We do encourage players to be aware of their surroundings and follow our basic rules of not touching the sculpture and staying on pathways and mowed lawn areas only,” he said in an email.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/07/pokemon_go_brings_late-night_t.html

In Hilo, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald ran a font page story today (July 14) that continued to the back page of the front section with many photos by Hollyn Johnson. Just yesterday George DeMello at Sig Zane Designs mentioned the invasion of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

“There’s no place to park and take a walk,” said DeMello. “And the gardens look so lovely.”

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/catch-em-if-you-can-pokemon-go-smartphone-game-huge-hit-hilo

Nearby, Banyan Gallery owner Jelena Clay noted an influx of shoppers who were also seeking to capture points in the game.

Have fun, be safe, and respect the gardens.

UPDATE FRIDAY, JULY 15:

A news story from Hawaii News Now published yesterday states that Niantic Inc., the developer of Pokemon Go, says it has corrected a mistake in the app. Users who checked in with iPhones through a Google account found that they were allowing full access to their account information. Niantic says the problem is fixed, but advises users to log out and download the update.

HISTORY:

Geocaching games predate Pokemon Go

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-12/long-before-pokemon-go-there-was-geocaching

UPDATE THURSDAY, JULY 21:

Some gardens are making great use of the increased visitor count. Nikka Yuko in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, has opened in the evening with two different ticket rates: one for those visiting the gardens and another for those wishing to see a movie also.

an example of a character found at Nikka Yuko

an example of a character found at Nikka Yuko

view of increased visitor count due to Pokemon Go craze

view of increased visitor count due to Pokemon Go craze

UPDATE FRIDAY, JULY 22

On the same day Pokemon Go was released in Japan, Izumo Taisha — one of the oldest and most highly regarded Shinto shrines — announced a ban on drones and on playing Pokemon Go on its grounds and surroundings.

http://kotaku.com/pokemon-go-banned-at-a-religious-shrine-in-japan-1784102983

UPDATE: FRIDAY, JULY 28

Hiroshima’s Peace Park reports 30 Pokestops and 3 gyms were in and around an area considered sacred. The city of Hiroshima has asked Pokemon Go’s creators to remove the monsters before the August 6, the annual ceremony of the bombing.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36891787

UPDATE: MONDAY, AUGUST 22

Pokemon Go continues to be the most popular outdoor video game. Recent postings on Instagram give maps to characters in The Morikami in Florida and in Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo.

a recent map of Pokemon Go characters at Roji-en, Morikami, Delray Beach, Florida

a recent map of Pokemon Go characters at Roji-en, Morikami, Delray Beach, Florida

a recent map of Pokemon Go characters at Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawaii

a recent map of Pokemon Go characters at Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawaii

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National Public Gardens Day celebrated with Gratitude to the Gardens

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Mayoral Proclamation recognizes three Hawai’i Island public gardens: Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Hawai`i Tropical Botanical Gardens and Lili`uokalani Gardens

Char presents the 2016 public gardens proclamation to K.T.

Char presents the 2016 public gardens proclamation to K.T.

 

a copy of the proclamation was delivered to Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

a copy of the proclamation was delivered to Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens will sponsor the third annual “Gratitude for the Gardens” Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. until noon at the County Park on Banyan Drive.

Participants are asked to wear closed toe shoes and eye protection, and bring their garden gloves and favorite rake.

“First called the ‘crown jewel at the entry to the Crescent City’ during construction in 1917, Lili`uokalani Gardens is also remembered by old timers as ‘Nihon Koen’ or Japan Public Park,” said K.T. Cannon-Eger, president of the Friends group.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is helping the County to prepare for centennial celebrations in 2017. Volunteers have helped clear invasive seaweed from Waihonu, the pond at the heart of the garden. Other gifts of gratitude include trimming small trees, replacing dead bushes, fertilizing azalea and camellias, treating sago palms for cycad scale, and thinning the overgrown bamboo thicket, among others.

Mel at the end of this job weeding and replanting dwarf mondo grass (K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Mel Jones at the end of this job: weeding and replanting dwarf mondo grass at the first “Gratitude for the Garden” event in 2014
(photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Mel and Flor weed the dwarf mondo grass

Mel and Flor weed the dwarf mondo grass in 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoshiko uses a bamboo broom from Kyoto on the garden around Shoroan

Yoshiko uses a bamboo broom from Kyoto on the garden around Shoroan

“We are most grateful for Mayor Billy Kenoi and his continued support for parks throughout our County,” said Cannon-Eger.

mucking out spring-fed pond to remove invasive seaweed

mucking out spring-fed pond to remove invasive seaweed

Wally Wong worked with Harvey Tajiri to clear this small section of the pond of invasive seaweed

Wally Wong worked with Harvey Tajiri to clear this small section of the pond of invasive seaweed

For further information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and centennial plans, contact Cannon-Eger at kteger@hawaii.rr.com or phone (808) 895-8130.

 

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Big park cleanup set for Saturday

Easter approaches (Sunday, March 27) and that signals a season of renewal to which Merrie Monarch Festival is attached. Before an estimated 12,000 visitors descend on Hilo for the annual hula event, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is calling on the gardening community to participate in an all-park cleanup Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.

County of Hawai`i department heads, Lions, Master Gardeners, kenjin kai, Boy Scouts, and other community groups have been invited to participate.

Please gather down the steps and ramp off Banyan Drive at the flat area near the lion dogs that were a gift from Nagasaki.

Participants are reminded to wear closed toe shoes, eye protection and gloves. Some tools and trash bags will be provided, but it would be a good idea to bring your favorite rake.

For further information, please contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens at (808) 895-8130.

 

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Progress at Shoroan with help from Kyoto

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restoring the tsukubai at Shoroan began with a survey of present conditions

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Takuhiro Yamada and Philippe Nault check everything while board member Kenji Kuroshima looks on

Visiting landscaper Takuhiro Yamada, principal of Hanatoyo Landscape in Kyoto, brought a wealth of knowledge about Urasenke tea ceremony to the task to restoring the tsukubai at Shoroan. A tsukubai is an arrangement of stones, a water basin and a lantern set in a very precise manner.

First, a survey of the grounds surrounding Shoroan — the tea house built in Lili`uokalani Gardens and opened in 1997 — was conducted with all attending a hands-on workshop designed for landscapers, County park maintenance personnel, and Master Gardeners.

Next, the tsukubai area was studied in detail. It was discovered that the basin was set too low. The drain rocks were compacted and did not drain. The bamboo spout was too high. The plumbing was in need of repair. Surrounding bushes were in need of pruning. The lantern’s fire box faces the wrong direction. Most of these challenges were solved with several hours work by Hilo and Waimea landscapers under the direction of Mr. Yamada.

David Tamura and his son Troy and Robert Frost re-set a stone at Takuhiro Yamada's direction

David Tamura and his son Troy and Robert Frost re-set a stone at Takuhiro Yamada’s direction

 

The basin was lifted, shifted, and leveled

The basin was lifted, shifted, and leveled

 

Clara Koga sensei, Takuhiro Yamada, Russ Oda and Amy Nishiura test the finished stone arrangement

Clara Koga, sensei, Takuhiro Yamada, Russ Oda and Amy Nishiura test the finished stone arrangement

Plumbing repairs were completed by the County a few days later. Drainage was improved with the addition of smooth river rocks courtesy of Clayton Amemiya matching a few river rocks that were uncovered during excavation of the basin.

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Progress on the bamboo thicket

Abundant gratitude to all who came Saturday, July 18, to help with the overgrown bamboo thicket at Lili`uokalani Gardens. Teams of cutters, pullers, and carriers filled Mountain Meadows large truck to overflowing TWICE during the eight-hour day. The material was diverted from the Hilo dump to be chipped into mulch at Raymond Tanouye’s nursery.

a necessity for the clean-up day -- a way to remove material in bulk for processing into mulch

a necessity for the clean-up day — a way to remove material in bulk for processing into mulch

Harvey Tajiri brought a propane powered generator that ran three reciprocating saws all day long. Much gratitude to Craig Shimoda, Kenji Kuroshima, and Cody Osborne for bringing their tools and extra blades.

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Cody Osborne

Harvey Tajiri and Kenji Kuroshima

Harvey Tajiri and Kenji Kuroshima

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Craig Shimoda

Wally Wong and a team from Rotary Club of Hilo cleaned and cut the long poles into manageable pieces. Many were given to members of the public who stopped by to request material for flutes, flagpoles, and other projects.

Rotary Club of Hilo joined in the all-day bamboo event

Rotary Club of Hilo joined in the all-day bamboo event

Wally Wong, president of Rotary Club of Hilo, hands bamboo up to landscape architect David Tamura

Wally Wong, president of Rotary Club of Hilo, hands bamboo up to landscape architect David Tamura

East Hawaii Master Gardeners also participated in the thinning and in the clean-up. Jacqui Marlin and members of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Bamboo Society co-sponsored the “Bamboo Fun int he Garden” event, answered questions about bamboo varieties and ran craft workshops throughout the day.

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Jacqui Marlin of the Bamboo Society demonstrated several crafts. Participants were able to take material home to practice further

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a small tent provided shade for workers and space for workshops

More remains to be done. With the County Parks & Recreation Department’s permission, two more days have been scheduled to finish thinning the bamboo thicket: Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22.

If you would like to participate, come to Lili`uokalani Gardens at 8 a.m. on either day. Wear closed toe shoes and bring your own gloves. If you would like some bamboo for your own projects, just ask anyone from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens to help.

This area of the large thicket exemplifies what remains to be thinned on Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22

This area of the large thicket exemplifies what remains to be thinned on Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22

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Rained out for one work day

All night rain, along with some thunder and lightening, continues this morning (Friday, July 18)

All night rain, along with some thunder and lightening in the wee hours, continues this morning (Friday, July 18, 5:30 a.m. purple haze at sunrise through the pouring rain. photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

In consideration of the weather and everyone’s safety, “Bamboo Fun in the Garden” is cancelled for today, Friday July 17.

We will try again tomorrow, Saturday, July 18.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Safety first.

 

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Lili`uokalani Gardens featured in NAJGA Journal

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Lili`uokalani Gardens circa 1930 from the University of Hawaii – Manoa library digital archives

The second annual Journal of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) features a story on Hilo’s Lili`uokalani Gardens in a section devoted to gardens celebrating a centennial.

“It is such a delight to see and so important for Hilo to be included in this professional Japanese gardening publication that receives international distribution,” Journal editor K.T. Cannon-Eger said. “Lili`uokalani Gardens will mark 100 years since construction began with a year full of activities in 2017. Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was formed to help the County prepare for the centennial and to ensure the continuation of this unique garden, a jewel at the gateway to Hilo.”

Ongoing efforts include monthly volunteer work days at Lili`uokalani Gardens. The next scheduled efforts are Friday, May 15, and Saturday, June 13. Each volunteer day is scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are asked to bring their favorite tools, although some tools, gloves, and refreshments are available from the Friends group.

“Plans for the centennial year include a major event in or connected to Lili`uokalani Gardens every month of the year,” said Cannon-Eger. “An art show, a floral design event, fun run, golf tournament, and gala are among projects in the planning stage in addition to traditional annual events such as the Queen Lili`uokalani Festival in September, the Urasenke of Hilo anniversary in July, and many annual fund raising walks held by the Hawaii Heart Association, Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation, Hawaii Animal Shelter, and our police and firefighters.”

Other Japanese gardens featured in the NAJGA Journal centennial series and the year of each garden’s centennial (in parenthesis) include The Huntington in San Marino, CA (2012); Maymont in Richmond, VA (2012); Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY (2015); the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, CA in Balboa Park (2015); and Hakone in Saratoga, CA (2015).

The 70-page publication plus sturdy cover features abundant historic black-and-white and modern four-color photographs throughout. In addition to the Centennial Gardens section, six gardens are featured in a series on pond renovation and repair: The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Seiwa’en, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Sansho’en, Philadelphia’s Shofuso, Washington DC’s Hillwood Estate, Austin, TX Taniguchi Garden, and Rockford, IL Anderson Japanese Gardens.

Two additional lengthy articles in the Journal investigate the landscape gardens at Manzanar, one of ten internment camps on the mainland United States during World War II. The gardens at Manzanar continue to be uncovered and restored during archaeological projects of the National Park Service. The Manzanar articles had to be edited for length in the printed edition of the Journal. The full article is available on the NAJGA web site.

Copies of the NAJGA Journal are available for sale at the Hawaii Japanese Center at 751 Kanoelehua Avenue and Basically Books at 160 Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo, HI.

“Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is an organizational member of NAJGA, the first Japanese garden in Hawaii to be a member,” said Cannon-Eger, a founding member of both organizations. “As a professional, non-profit organization, NAJGA is dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and sustainability of Japanese gardens throughout the United States and Canada. We have seen first-hand the benefits of membership through the wide variety of programs, workshops, and services they offer. We hope one day to host a regional conference or international convention of NAJGA in Hilo.”

For additional information on the North American Japanese Garden Association, contact president of the board of directors Kendall Brown at Kendall.Brown@csulb.edu or send a letter to NAJGA at P. O. Box 28438, Portland OR 97228.

For additional information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and how you might help prepare for the centennial celebration in 2017, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at (808) 895-8130 or email to kteger@hawaii.rr.com or write to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

 

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