Before August 2018 Hurricane Lane, the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center included an exhibit
and educational bonsai collection featuring TRUE
INDOOR BONSAI™. Hurricane Lane dropped 52" of
rain on the Kurtistown watershed producing a +3'
high x +100' wide flash-flood that slammed through
all center buildings for several hours causing
multi-million dollar damages that include all
records, office and computer equipment, the entire
sales greenhouse that was packed with most of the
salable inventory, and most of our priceless
world-class bonsai exhibit!
Fuku-Bonsai co-founders David and Myrtle Fukumoto
pioneered True Indoor Bonsai since 1962 and over
the years, it has become the most successful
gift or casual form of bonsai for anyone,
anywhere who can grow houseplants. We
are steadily recovering from Hurricane Lane
including replacing computers and will update
the website. We are committed and growing for
the future! We are
expanding and pivoting to make
www.fukubonsai.com the best TRUE INDOOR
BONSAI™ and HAWAIIANITE™ informational resource!
are short-handed and generally closed except by
prior email appointment at
If you are nearby, phone (808) 966-7668. If
someone answers and the chains are down, we will
allow a short visit. Toot your horn and come to
the back office-sales
area please. ~~~David
ALOHA! I regret we have
the smallest ever inventory, and I will process
ALL ORDERS ONLY BY EMAIL to
Mail order requires a lot of accurate
information to avoid costly errors, so include
as much information as possible in your emails
and keep all information together please. I'm
increasingly hard-of-hearing, do not answer the
phone, and often cannot understand phone
messages! SO PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL AND
I'LL USUALLY WILL GET BACK TO YOU IN A DAY OR
I INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IF YOU SHARE OUR
VALUES. APPLICATIONS FOR "CAREER LEADERSHIP
MANAGEMENT TRAINEES" ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. We are
moving to becoming an "employee stock ownership
company (ESOP)" and a BENEFIT CORPORATION.
We have over 200 mostly modest bonsai and Big Island
stockholders and invite repeat long-term customers
to become stockholders to be a long-term part of our
future. Consider this as "legacy shares" with
a $5,000 minimum. Please contact me at
Fate gave us an
"interesting history!" We married in 1962, just
celebrated our 60th anniversary, was part of the
Hawaii bonsai leadership generation and had a great
bonsai lifestyle. With the passing of Hawaii's
Greatest Bonsai Generation, we're the primary
"keeper of the bonsai flame." We have the
finest customers and thank you for your support!
We've survived direct and indirect losses from
contaminated Benlate that total over $50 million!
Hurricane Lane was also a multi-million loss.
Covid-19 changed everything and Fuku-Bonsai will
also need to change.
Fuku-Bonsai is the oldest
Hawaii certified export nursery since 1973 and the
only U.S. bonsai nursery shipping to all parts of
the country with satisfaction and safe arrival
guaranteed. Over 100 of our articles have been
published in national and international bonsai
magazines. We sell all production without
advertising to mostly repeat customers including
some who have been with us for 20, 30, or even 40
We are steadily finishing plants from the "Old Plant
Bank" and rebuilding and expanding our product
lines. We specialize in Dwarf Schefflera which is the ideal gift bonsai and the
best high-success plant for growing in homes and
offices throughout the year and outdoors when night
temperatures are above 55°F.
Both Hawaiian Lava Plantings and Premium Potted
Bonsai are great for gifts!
Our Custom Collection are generally over 20 years in
training. We start training while plants
are very young and ALL have lower trunk character!
Custom Collection are available to past customers
who know how to grow and maintain our True Indoor
Bonsai, include plants over 40 years in training,
are generally over $1,000, and are the finest
available on the internet! We will be updating
the Custom Collection photos in the coming months.
Initially we train toward three basic styles:
"SUMO" have stout and often multiple trunks, strong
low branches, and an impressive root base.
"ROOTS" are sumos with extended roots that can range
from taller and more elegant or impressive heavy
roots and crowns. "HAWAIIAN DRAGONS" start with a
bend and become twisty-turny one-of-a-kind bonsai!
Against all odds, Fuku-Bonsai is recovering. Our very affordable, popular, plants less than 15
years in training are sold as "model item bonsai"
and shipped by FedEx on Mondays, Tuesdays, or
Wednesdays whenever destination low temperatures are
above freezing. They arrive safely within 48
hours and in borderline situations, we use 60-hour
shipping heat packs. They are great values to learn and enjoy
the art and culture of bonsai! These are
value-priced and offered by "model standards" with a
10-day limited return warranty, satisfaction and
safe arrival guaranteed. Please do not request
photos of specific bonsai except for our older more
expensive Custom Collection from $1,000 and up.
Our popular Introductory and Premium Introductory
Workshop Packages (IWP and PIWP) will not be
available until next year as we focus on
enlarging inventory of our most popular product
lines (including new products).
am happy to share what
I know and
want to see Fuku-Bonsai evolve into a public domain company
to benefit bonsai, the Big Island visitor industry and the
community. Please email comments and recommendations of how to
the best True Indoor Bonsai™ informational resource and the
outstanding Internet source of premium plants. I will
continue to respond to emails on a one-on-one basis.
I look forward to introducing Hawaiianite™
which is a superior universal fertilizer to be available in
the future. To date, Hawaiianite has only been extensively tested for bonsai
production and only by Fuku-Bonsai. If you are interested in
participating in the initial trials, being a retailer or
distributor, or investor, please email me for more information.
With warm regards and aloha, ~~~David (firstname.lastname@example.org) July 2022
Discover the serenity of nature,
beauty of bonsai,
the Spirit of Hawaii!