CULTURAL CENTER & HAWAII STATE BONSAI REPOSITORY is co-sponsored by Fuku-Bonsai
Inc., a Hawaiian corporation with over 200 stockholders and the non-profit IRS
tax-exempt Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation. Both organizations are committed to
preserving and promoting the art and culture of bonsai, the sharing of Hawaii's
multi-ethic cultures, enhancing the Big Island visitor industry, and improving
the community's economy. Visitors are cordially invited. There is no admission
fee, but donations to the Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation are gratefully accepted.
GROUP GUIDED TOUR: Upon request and by prior arrangements, we host groups such as
this one from the University of Hawaii at Hilo's Elderhostel Program. Senior plant manager
Michael Imaino shares the concept and details of a unique panoramic landscape named
"Creating a Bonsai World!" It takes its inspiration from the karst cliffs of
Kwelin, China. The landscape is a complex assembly of 5 major multi-rock units, all
mounted on a revolving concrete disc.
HAWAII STATE BONSAI REPOSITORY: When Hawaiian bonsai trainers die, their best bonsai
may come to the center to live, to be a memorial, and to be shared with visitors from
throughout the world. This Ironwood (Casuarina) was originally collected by the late Haruo
"Papa" Kaneshiro from the eroded Kahuku hills. The repository is controlled by
the non-profit Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation which keeps the memorial bonsai in the public
domain. Michael is the president of the foundation and the curator of the overall exhibit
RESTYLING THE KANESHIRO IRONWOOD. Each tree in the collection has an interesting
story. The curator has a heavy responsibility to know the concept of each bonsai's
creation, the styling preferences of the original owner-trainer, and the duty to preserve
and maintain the original concept whenever possible. However, bonsai is a living art and
there will be times when a new styling direction is necessary. The "Steward's
Creed" provides guidelines.
See STEWARDS'S CREED, and APPLYING THE STEWARDS' CREED
PEACE FOREST created by Japanese bonsai grand master Saburo Kato at the 1980 International
Bonsai Convention held in Hawaii. On the right is a translation of Kato's IBC 80
Hawaii address: "The Spirit & Philosophy of Bonsai."
(See: "The Spirit & Philosophy of Bonsai and
Saburo Kato," "Forest
Planting Techniques by Saburo Kato," and "Restyling Peace Forest."
THE FUKU-BONSAI COLLECTION has the largest variety of artistic pot plants including
Chinese penjing, Japanese bonsai, Hawaii tropical outdoor bonsai, and our specialty True
Indoor Bonsai. Many are impressive but still considered "in training" like this
Chinese Banyan with Mike, Robert, and Willie. Our staff handles all aspects of
bonsai training at the Kurtistown nursery.
Gallery of Bonsai in Training)
"SNAKE DANCE" began high atop a tree and in time strangled and killed the host
branch. In a wind storm the branch snapped and although the root was still attached,
it was caught by the branch below to begin the next stage of its life up-sid-down.
This must have happened several times to result in a long contorted root. The top
was completely removed and the root trained into this showstopper!
Visitors to the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center get to learn the basics from the staff who
work of the trees daily. There's nothing like hands-on assistance and being able to
ask every question! Missy Tyson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania commented:
"The art teacher has been taught a new
art. I had a lot of fun. Thanks!"
- She was coached
by multi-talented Edison who's a packer-shipper, back-up for the weekly delivery
run, all around staffer and who will soon take over as nursery manager.
These are large 30"x20"x20" heavy duty 275 pound test cartons used for our
bulk-packed plants and the largest Custom Collection. Cartons are wrapped in plastic
sheets for storage. Mike climbed up on the stack to give you an idea of the size of the
Dennis also wears several hats as shipping supervisor, sales and quality control, and rock
sculptor. Here he's prepping plants for shipment including a Custom Collection
Brassaia in a 17"x12"x2" oval plastic bonsai pot. A similar size
Dwarf Schefflera and several Pachira are at his left. Other plants being cleaned include
those with ribbon tags that were selected by visitors to the center for shipping after
they arrive home.
(See Custom Collection)
Yolly is also a key staffer who handles order processing and bookkeeping. She's a
part of the packing crew and inputs each parcel into the Federal Express Powership
computer which prints out the labels and allows us to track any parcel. The larger
30"x20"x20" heavy duty carton behind her contains a multiple plant
wholesale order. This same carton can hold a single large bonsai. Larger bonsai go
out in telescoped cartons. Our smallest 8"x4"x4" carton contains a single
small size lava planting.
puts together special "gift-wraps" for corporate gifts that are sent to one
location. These are sucurred within a filler and visible through the polybag. They are
easy to carry home and require no care for a week or two.
If you have need for a number of
gifts, please call Yolly for quantity prices. There are several items that can be packed
in this manner and the ribbons and gift cards add a nice touch.