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Quiet Volunteers Catch up on Deferred Maintenance

With all of the public health precautions, public gardens the world over have faced closures, financial challenges, and in some cases deferred maintenance.

Some public gardens have used the closure time to accomplish long awaited improvements. The Japanese garden at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, used the time to reset large stones along a path and repair a hillside.

Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo experienced a little of both deferred maintenance and long awaited improvement. Thanks to the quiet actions of several volunteer groups, several deferred maintenance projects are being brought current since July.

Here are some of the more recent tasks.

In early November, students on a gap semester tour of Hawaii spent four days in Lili`uokalani Gardens. One of the tasks was renewing the azalea bed near Shoroan, the Urasenke Society of Hilo tea house. All sod removed from this area was moved to the meadow to build up eroded soil around the base of the large stones set by Kazuo Nakamura in 1976.
After removing sod and weeds, the soil was amended and holes dug for new plantings. Then the bed was fertilized and topped with bark mulch.
The ARCC gap semester students at the end of the azalea bed task
A week after the students upgraded the azalea patch, Rotary Club of Hilo celebrated their centennial by planting 100 trees and bushes in Hilo, including two azalea in this patch.. Mahalo Wally Wong and Nancy Cabral.
Hilo Visayan Club joined in the fun for the first time taking two Sundays of members’ valuable time. First, the sumo ring was cleaned from ceiling to floor.
the end of the first Sunday
The following Sunday, a larger crew joined to paint the rafters and posts.
Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens provided the paint and Hilo Visayan Club provided the painters
at the end of the day, the entire interior plus the picnic table had new coats of paint
meanwhile, across the park, the Lions tended to the Lions Legacy Project, pulling weeds along the sidewalk, pressure washing the sidewalk, thinning the iris hillside, cleaning white stones, and several other chores
separate groups (save for this group photograph) of no more than five accomplished a variety of tasks at the Lions Legacy Project in the southern shaded section of Lili`uokalani Gardens

For more information, please see the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook. Web page is under construction.

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Lions tackle special project

East Hawaii Lions joined with the North American Japanese Garden Association regional and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens to create a new stone viewing area 2017-2018. Lions Clubs return to the area for regular maintenance and improvement projects.

In July, Winston Towata and Clyde Yoshida tended the white stone stream at the Lions Legacy Project

Cleaning and weeding of the area will take place under the leadership of Crescent City Lions on Saturday, October 10.

Later in July 2020, Lions replaced the roof on a small shelter in the Lions Legacy Project area

Volunteer efforts during a public health crisis require protocols to be followed. Masks must be worn. Physical distance should be observed. Pre-registration is necessary as the size of any one group is limited to 10 people.

Bring your own tools and water bottle. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

For registration, contact hilocrescentcitylions@gmail.com

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Re-opening Public Gardens with Caution

Historic photos inform present-day decisions: some carpentry details in the railings were missing in recent years. 2019 repairs restored some details

Since late March, much of our beloved community treasure has been closed. Even Lihiwai Street was off limits to walkers for several weeks.

morning walkers observe social distancing rules (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga)

Slowly and carefully, our County is re-opening. There are new rules for volunteers to observe as we once again enter Lili`uokalani Gardens to assist with special projects.

The first volunteer day since March will be Saturday, July 11, under the direction of Fukushima Kenjinkai. Annualy, members gather to clean the large stone lantern gifted by the prefecture of Fukushima in 1968 to celebrate the centennial of Gannenmono (the first organized group of Japanese immigrants). The Tanabata Festival is observed.

The star festival is observed in July or August, depending on the prefecture. Wishes or poetry are written on small pieces of paper and tied to bamboo.

This year, pre-registration is necessary as group size is limited. Other rules in effect through July 31 include: Wearing of masks and observing physical distancing is required. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Sharing of tools will not be allowed. Bring your own tools from home. Also bring your water bottle.

Fukushima Kenjinkai will gather by the large stone lantern on Saturday, July 11, at 8 a.m. Advance registration must be done with Winston Towata. Please contact him at wwtowata@hawaiiantel.net or phone 959-0425.

The result of a year-long joint effort, the Lions Legacy Project was dedicated Friday, May 4 2018

A second volunteer day is set for the following week. East Hawaii Lions will gather at the Lions Legacy Project in the southern shaded corner of the park on Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is necessary. Please contact Clyde Yoshida cjrw100@gmail.com or phone 640-4625 or Melissa Chong easthawaiilions@gmail.com or phone 640-0225.

For more information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens news and calendar events, please use this link to see the June/July 2020 newsletter:

Newsletter June July 2020

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Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Mailing address is P.O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

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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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Volunteer day at Lions Legacy Project

Volunteer Day at Lili`uokalani Gardens

Friday, July 27 – 8 a.m. to noon

at the Lions Legacy Project

The result of a year-long joint effort, the Lions Legacy Project was dedicated Friday, May 4

Please wear gardening clothes and closed toe shoes. Some tools and gloves will be available for loan. There are weeds to pull, gravel to be swept, stones to be cleaned, leaves to be raked. All from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 27. Refreshments provided. Meet in the southern shaded corner near Alii Ice and diagonally across from Suisan Fish Market.

 

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