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Help Clean the Pond and Search for Buried Treasure

Help Clean Waihonu at Lili`uokalani Gardens

& search for buried treasure

While visiting the port of Hilo, sailors from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut helped remove 150 gallons of mud from Waihonu before lunch. They also spread five tons of gravel and accomplished other maintenance tasks.

Saturday, November 17, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Tools and protective gear provided.
Refreshments and lunch for all volunteers.
[ Land-based chores too for those who don’t want
to go in the pond. 😉 ]

Contact Alton Okinaka to volunteer (808) 383-4917, alton@hawaii.edu

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Pond Cleaning Continues

Waihonu, the traditional fish pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens, continues to have mud removed by hand thanks to the dedication of UH-Hilo students. They will be on hand again Saturday, September 22, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Some protective gear is available for those going into the pond. Footwear and gloves are a must. Muck is removed from the walls edging the pond and three feet out into the pond to help protect the walls from damage should pumping or dredging be done in the future.

September 22 volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in the old sumo ring near the small parking lot off Banyan Drive marked in this photo (aerial photo courtesy of 2017 calendar contest grand prize winner Kenneth W. Jackson and Paradise Helicopters)

An invasive seaweed known as gorilla ogo also is removed. The seaweed is available to gardeners who wish to add it to their compost. The muck is de-watered on site then carried in buckets to a farm.

There are land based chores also for those who do not wish to go into the water.

Here is a link to a flyer on the pond cleaning effort. Mahalo!

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Volunteers from UH-Hilo will be joined by officers and crew of the visiting US Coast Guard Cutter Walnut, a 225-foot sea going buoy tender home ported in Honolulu. Among recent tasks accomplished by USCGC Walnut was a joint mission with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and USCGC KUKUI in the recovery of more than 22,000 lbs of high seas drift net from the northwest Hawaiian Islands.

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Clean the Pond

UPDATE: The next pond cleaning day is Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to noon. The current tally on muck removed is 2,875 gallons.

Cleaning Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens, is top of the maintenance priority list for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens. Starting in October 2016, Friends and volunteers under the direction of board member Alton Okinaka have removed more than 2,700 gallons of mud, muck, and debris.

The next volunteer day is Saturday, January 27, from 8 a.m. to noon. There also are land-based chores for those who do not want to get in the pond. Some protective gear (gloves, tabi) are provided. Participants are advised to wear gardening clothes and closed-toe shoes.

debris from demolished homes and businesses ended up in Waihonu during the 1960 tsunami along with tons of mud (photo from the Pacific Tsunami Museum collection on the wall at Coqui’s restaurant Tsunami Room)

The effort has concentrated on removing muck immediately adjacent to the stone edging the pond and three feet from the edge into the pond. This will better enable future mechanized cleaning of the entire pond without further damaging the stone edge.

University of Hawaii-Hilo students, Hilo Y’s Men, and Representative Chris Todd join in the pond cleaning effort where the mud is de-watered before hauling to a nearby farm

Also on the removal list is an invasive seaweed called gorilla ogo (Gracilaria salicornia). As the invasive is removed, native seaweed growth is restored.

Repair of the stone edge around the pond including restoration of a suhama (smooth stone beach) on the bay side goes hand in hand with pond remediation. Having a healthy pond is part of restoring the more desirable fish populations.

Fourth graders from a pond science class in Keaukaha form a bucket brigade to help remove mud

To volunteer for this or future garden work days, please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook or contact Alton Okinaka at alton@hawaii.edu or telephone (808) 383-4917.

More information on gorilla ogo is available here:
https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info/invasive-species-profiles/gorilla-ogo/

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating on a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Hawaii Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends work to provide maintenance on special projects, raise funds for capital improvements, and plan events to celebrate the centennial of the gardens 2017-2019.

 

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Bamboo patch one area for maintenance Saturday, December 9

Volunteers are an essential part of maintaining and improving Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape, Lili`uokalani Gardens. The volunteer day for December is Saturday 12/9. Time is 8 a.m. to noon.

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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.

Please wear gardening clothes and closed toe shoes. A few pairs of gloves are on hand, but if you have gloves, please bring them. Contact Alton Okinaka with any questions: K.T. Cannon-Eger <kteger@hawaii.rr.com> or (808) 895-8130.

Refreshments and lunch will be served to all volunteers.

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Help maintain and improve Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo

Volunteers are an essential part of maintaining and improving Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape, Lili`uokalani Gardens. The volunteer day for November is Saturday 11/18. Time is 8 a.m. to noon.

Lions Clubs will work in the shaded southern corner planting ground cover at the new stone setting near the Bicentennial Garden. Clyde Yoshida is overseeing that effort.

Workers from Pineback Landscaping, Hilton’s Crane Services, Fred’s Nursery, Mountain Meadows Nursery, Tamura Landscaping, and Hanatoyo Landscaping donated time and equipment and Jas. W. Glover Ltd. donated stones to a new stone setting project at the Southern corner of Lili`uokalani Gardens

Alton Okinaka will oversee continued efforts to remove muck from Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens. Much of the muck was deposited in the pond by the 1960 tsunami. More than 2,650 gallons were removed in the past year and were given to a nearby farm.

Please wear gardening clothes and closed toe shoes. A few pairs of gloves are on hand, but if you have gloves, please bring them. Contact Alton Okinaka with any questions: Alton Okinaka <alton@hawaii.edu> or (808) 383-4917.

Refreshments and lunch will be served to all volunteers.

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November 2017 work areas: pond edge is on the ocean side of the red bridge

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 and volunteer work days.

 

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.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens welcome helpful comments. Scammers and spamers — don’t waste your time. All comments are moderated before posting.

 

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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.

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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.

We welcome helpful comments. Scammers and spamers — don’t waste your time. All comments are moderated before posting.

 

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Volunteers make the difference in garden improvement

During the months of May, June, July, August, September and December in 2014 and January and March in 2015, nearly 130 volunteers put more than 520 hours into projects at Lili`uokalani Gardens with the agreement and cooperation of park maintenance staff.

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a quiet corner of Lili`uokalani Gardens … photo by Bill F. Eger, 2015

Many thanks are due to the members of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens for their hands-on approach. The Sierra Club Moku Loa Chapter, East Hawaii Master Gardeners Association, Fukushima Kenjinkai, Moku `Aina, Urasenke Hilo, and the UH-Hilo exchange students contributed greatly to this effort.

Donations of material, supplies and tools were received from Ace Hardware, Jas. Glover, and individual board members. This includes everything from water, ice, and coffee for volunteers to gloves and trash bags to adding tools to the maintenance shed to soil and plants and fertilizers, and 16 tons of two different sizes of gravel (6 of #3, ¾” minus and 10 of #9).

Paths have been improved. The Shoroan tea house garden is looking better. The seaweed in the pond has been reduced. Lines on the parking lot were refreshed with paint. Weeds in garden beds and on the roofs of shelters have been removed. Small trees have been pruned.

Efforts were designed not only for general improvement but also to support the Fukushima Kenjinkai annual tanabata festival, the Queen Lili`uokalani Festival, and the Urasenke Society’s special events in July and September 2014, and January 2015.

Park maintenance supervision has shifted from Mike Brown to Jason Mattos and a new wish list of tasks has been set forth.

Spring volunteer work days have been set for Saturday, April 18, and Friday, May 15. Time is 8 a.m. to noon each day. Meet at the picnic table in the old sumo ring near the small parking lot and Shoroan tea house to sign in and choose assignments.

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As my East Coast landscaping friend James Hanselman frequently remarks, “Wishing you joy in your garden.”

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