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.  Due to COVID-19, the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center is closed to visitors except by appointment as all staff are in the highest risk category. We are steadily recovering from Hurricane Lane including replacing computers and updating the website. We are committed and growing for the future!  As we begin 2021,  we are again able to update our website and will be  greatly increasing production while continuing to produce higher quality plants.  We are expanding and pivoting to make the best TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™ and HAWAIIANITE™ informational resource!


        INTRODUCING TABITHA HOLLOWAY.  Fuku-Bonsai is rebuilding its entire staff and management with "Career Leadership Management Trainees."  Tabitha has completed her probation period and is my administrative assistant.  Due to COVID, we are open only by appointment and Tabitha is in charge of visitors and sales. She is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Hilo's Ag College, is returning for her final year,  will be part-timer, and  off on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays. On those days we will be closed to visitors until we increase staff.  Contact her at



             ALOHA!  Fate gives Fuku-Bonsai an "interesting history!" David and Myrtle Fukumoto married in 1962 and began bonsai as a casual hobby to brighten their newlyweds apartment with a Schefflera grown in a bonsai pot. Compliments on our "bonsai" sent us to the library to learn more and we got hooked into a life-long passion. For an over-view summary of our milestones, go to
             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 years! 
             Fortunately,  most of the production nursery is on higher ground and not impacted by Hurricane Lane. We are steadily finishing plants from the "Old Plant Bank" and rebuilding and expanding our product lines. Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center is closed to visitors (except by prior email appointment) due to COVID-19 as staff is in the highest risk category. 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.
            Hawaiian Lava Plantings are great for gifts!  Premium Potted Bonsai are the highest quality available on the Internet. Custom Collection include plants over 40 years in training!  We start training while plants are very young and ALL have lower trunk character!  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! 
            As we begin 2021, we are in the midst of upgrading our basic Premium Potted Bonsai product lines.  These 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.  Priced up to $250 (plus shipping), they are great values to learn and enjoy the art and culture of bonsai!
            Our popular Introductory and Premium Introductory Workshop Packages (IWP and PIWP) will not be available  until at least summer as we focus on enlarging inventory of our most popular product lines (including new products).
             Plants that are 15 years and older in training have greater individual training and may include combinations of our basic styling. These are the cream of our crop and only a tiny part of our inventory is moved into refinement training to be priced, photoed and offered as Custom Collection.  The plants currently in the Custom Collection section are not available as they were lost in Hurricane Lane.  But they serve as samples to show the general pricing and range available.  Most of our best older trees are not shown and available only to past customers or those with bonsai experience.  If interested in our best developed bonsai, please email me at with preferred styling or characteristics and budget range.
                 We are happy to share what we 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 make 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.  We 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 (  September 2021


         Your are cordially invited to sign up for our free monthly email newsletters to resume being published in the near future.   FBnews will primarily include information for those especially interested in True Indoor Bonsai and include our specialty Hawaiianite™  information and applications.  FBnews replaces the Journal of Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai that was sent to Fuku-Bonsai customers,  gift recipients of our products,  Fuku-Bonsai Center visitors and others who requested to be on our emailing list.  
          We have no desire to spam or send to those not interested and, therefore, require signing up and providing all information which will go directly to Constant Contact who will manage and remove those who request or those whose emails bounce back. There are no fees, but if you appreciate our efforts, please become a member or make donations to the non-profit Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation which co-sponsors the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center and the Fuku-Bonsai website including helping to cover the costs of the free educational exhibits and workshop assistance.


Introductory information is at:
and in a future WWW.HAWAIIANITE.COM
          For report, go to


        is live and online with a Phase I goal of $100,000.  Fuku-Bonsai sprayed defective Benlate contaminated with weedkillers in 1989 and forced into a 30-year battle for survival. Losses were over $30 million --- not including the cost of having to completely develop all new crops as the residual contamination prevented growing the original Brassaia crop which funded our impressive early years progress.  Nor does this include developing all new products and recropping. 

                    Total net recovery of the 1994 Benlate product liability and the 2007 DuPont fraud settlements after taxes and legal costs were less than 10% of our losses.  We made steady progress with limited funds. With the support of everyone we survived and we thank you!  Please go to the campaign for more information and to make a donation. Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center and the website is co-sponsored by Fuku-Bonsai Inc. (which underwrites all costs, acts like a B-Corporation, and is the primary center host) and the non-profit Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation (MPBF).  If you want a tax-deductible receipt, at the time of your donation email david.f@fukubonsai with the date, your full name (or organization), and mailing address. Your donation will go to MPBF and they will mail you the receipt. 

                    NOTE: The GoFundMe fundraiser began in August 2018 to help generate working capital to complete recovery and start expansion.  Two weeks later we were hit by Hurricane Lane flash-flood!

               ©  Fuku-Bonsai Inc and Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation. 1999,  2000,  2001,  2002,  2003,  2004,  2005,  2006,  2007,  2008,  2009,  2010,  2011,  2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.      Permission to reproduce a single page or a single photo is permitted for non-commercial usage provided website credit is given.  All rights reserved. 
               PRIVACY STATEMENT.  Fuku-Bonsai collects names, city and state, and e-mail addresses for the Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai from order forms, the guest book at the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center, and as an honor system benefit for the members of the Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation.  Fuku-Bonsai will not sell, trade, or make public email addresses. To remove, reply with "remove" as a subject. THE FUKU-BONSAI WEBSITE DOES NOT UTILIZE ANY "COOKIES".  
                THIS IS A JOINT WEBSITE OF FUKU-BONSAI INC.,  and THE 501(3)(C) NON-PROFIT MID-PACIFIC BONSAI FOUNDATION. In the past,  Fuku-Bonsai underwrote 99% of all expenses.  As we move into the future, Fuku-Bonsai will increasingly focus on creating the finest quality and best value TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™ products.  Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation is already the second largest Fuku-Bonsai stockholder behind the founding Fukumoto family.  It will assume greater overall educational responsibilities and Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation will become the largest Fuku-Bonsai stockholder to increasingly oversee career Fuku-Bonsai managers and staff as part of the post-Fukumoto succession plan. This website will steadily be redesigned at time permits by David Fukumoto.  If you have suggestions or can assist, please contact me at

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