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
www.fukubonsai.com the best TRUE INDOOR
BONSAI™ and HAWAIIANITE™ informational resource!
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
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
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
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
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 (email@example.com) September 2021