In July 2021, as the pandemic continued to plague us and activities were limited, we decided to start a garden club.
The idea was to create an activity where our members could move outside in the fresh air, plant herbs and flowers, and safely socialize each week. Of course, it wasn't as simple as it sounded, and it was much more work than we expected! We needed raised garden planters, tons of soil for the garden beds, and of course, plants.
We reached out to the community to get some help, and we continue to be overwhelmed by the amount of support we've received.
The first contribution was a gift of 3 prototype caskets from Pahiki Eco-Caskets built from salvaged trees and biodegradable materials.
These beautifully crafted boxes make excellent deep garden beds, and there are no corrosive elements to them, so they are safe for growing herbs and vegetables.
For an Eagle Scout Project, student Pascal He led Boy Scout Troop #1 to construct eight raised garden beds for our Kupuna in early August. They built and painted all of the boxes in one day, and we are so thankful for their time, effort, and contribution. We have seven gardening kupuna, and this affords one container for each of them!
The Master Gardeners at UH have been helpful in sourcing plants and helping us with soil pick up and distribution. Moving the soil from Waimanalo to Waikiki and filling the containers with dirt was a colossal effort we could not have accomplished without their help. Barbara Maresca, Shannon Fagan, Kalani Matsuura, and Jeff Pang have been essential in making this garden happen, and we can't thank them enough!
We have just started our little gardens and are well on our way to seeing what we can grow and harvest! If you would like to visit us or make a donation to our garden, please drop us a line, and we'd be happy to meet you. Thank you to everyone who supported us in some way! We love our time outside with our plants and our friends. It helps to keep us happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Following along with us and watch us grow!
Raised Garden Beds
Boy Scouts from Troup 1 built a total of seven raised garden beds for our Kupuna garden at WCC.
Pahiki Eco Caskets Donation
We received a gift of 3 prototype caskets from Pahiki Eco-Caskets built from salvaged trees and biodegradable materials. These beautifully crafted boxes make excellent deep garden beds, and there are no corrosive elements to them, so they are safe for growing herbs and vegetables.
We've been fortunate to have Master Gardener Barbara Maresca source many donated plants from the garden community (especially Facebook group Greenthumbs808). Gardening enthusiasts have given us most of all the plants that we are growing. It's extraordinary knowing so many generous supporters are helping us grow!
Dawn and Naoko tend to their plants after a long weekend.
Our garden beagle stops for a drink of water. Those black pockets will be filled with plants soon to create a "living wall".
Dawn inspects our okra for any pests.
A visitor to our gardens donates starter cherry tomatoes.
Taste testing our home grown red hibiscus (Sorelle) flowers for tea!
Naoko carefully plants tiny cilantro seeds for her garden bed.
Richard hard at work cutting wire to make our tomato cages.
Naoko will be adding these radishes to her lunch salad.
Irene harvests a small crop of Ong Choy (water spinach).
Seletha is anxious for her okra blossom to fruit!
Art preps his garden box for new seedlings.
We're so proud of all of our cotton! Grown right here in Waikiki !