Good Shepherd Church
Recognizing that their location in the middle of Wailuku town
could provide a place of peace and rest to the business and residential
community, the church aggressively embarked on a plan to landscape
their grounds. Their goal was to create a place to reflect one’s
spiritual gifts, and to serve the community.
Before: The grounds were uninviting and bland. A dedicated parishioner,
Louise Aloy, spearheaded this project to beautify the grounds
and create a sense of place. She could foresee the church becoming
a gathering place, where the business community might find a
moment for peace and solitude, to enjoy lunch, the fresh air
and to find rest from the demands of a work day.
After: After a series of works days, with an all volunteer work force,
the church achieved its place in Wailuku, attracting new parishioners
and providing that special place of peace.
Island School on Kauai began their association with Kaulunani
in 1992 in the wake of Hurricane Iniki. Island School had moved
to its current Puhi site the year earlier, and what little had
been planted on the 10 acres of former sugar cane land had blown
away in the storm.
school’s vision was to create a
unique educational environment featuring native Hawaiian and
early Polynesian-introduced trees. Through
a series of grants, volunteer labor, community support, and in-kind
donations, the schools has planted gardens, a windbreak,
hedges, shady playgrounds and sport fields and an attractive parking
lot – all featuring native trees, shrubs and plants.
shows students with products made from the native trees planted
Oahu Urban Garden Center – 4-H Children’s Theme Garden
This creative project consisted of five theme gardens – a
Pizza Garden, the Hawaiian Alphabet Tree Garden, the Sundial Garden,
the Sensory Garden and the Animal Garden – and the development
of companion curriculum about the gardens for third to fifth graders.
Volunteers spent over 1,200 hours in the development, construction,
upkeep and maintenance of this project.
The Pizza Garden represents not only the plants that are found
on a pizza, but also provides the history of pizza.
The Hawaiian Alphabet Tree Garden emphasizes the use of Hawaiian
trees corresponding with the letters of the Hawaiian alphabet.
Sundial Garden focuses on the earliest means of time to the latest
(use of global positioning satellite) measurements.
The Animal Garden has plants that carry animal names
and are sectioned by wild animal, marine animals or dog-cat-mouse
The Sensory Garden focuses on plants that have smell or touch
sensations for both the blind and physically handicapped youth
Arbor Day in Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i celebrates Arbor Day with a state-wide Tree Give-Away
each November. Arbor Day allows partner organizations an opportunity
to provide educational moments for the community. Experts help
homeowners understand the right tree right place philosophy, how
to plant a tree correctly, how to maintain a tree and how to think
about the choices they make for their site.
From Kauai to the Big Island, Hawai‘i residents have an opportunity
to talk with experts and learn more about trees.
Arbor Day Partners include: the Hawaiian Electric Company Arbor
Day Partnership on Oahu whose members also include HECO affiliates,
Hawai‘i Electric Light Company and Maui Electric Company,
the Oahu Urban Garden Center and the Waimea Valley Audubon Center,
Kauai Nursery and Landscaping on Kauai, Maui Nui Botanical Garden
on Maui, Ho‘oulu Lahui in Puna and Hilo on the Big Island
as well as Bishop Museum’s Amy Greenwell Garden in Kona.
along for a little tour of Arbor Day across the state…
Day site in central Oahu.
The right tree.
Arbor Day pals.