Aloha and welcome to the first FBnews as FUKU-BONSAI ENTERS A NEW ERA!

             It is a joy to reconnect and share our bonsai journey that began in a newlywed apartment in 1962, an exploding passion after we moved to the suburbs, and as Hawaii's first export nursery since moving the the Big Island in 1973. Our unique easy-care Hawaiian Lava Plantings have been hand-carried by Hawaii visitors or shipped to all parts of the United States. We incorporated in 1985 to be the catalyst to develop the 17-acre Kona Fuku-Bonsai Center as a major Big Island visitor attraction and were joined by over 200 stockholders. The center opened to critical acclaim in 1992 but it was doomed.  Unfortunately in 1989 we had sprayed defective DuPont Benlate contaminated with weed killers and eventually suffered losses well over $30 million!  The net total recovery of the 1994 Benlate product liability and the 2007 DuPont fraud settlements after taxes and legal costs totaled less than 10% of our losses.  Life is not fair and DuPont escaped paying for the damages they caused. The center closed, we retreated back to Kurtistown,  reinvented the company and now preparing to expand! 

               Residual contamination prevented growing our original Brassaia crop and it took us over 16 years to learn how to grow Dwarf Schefflera as a superior replacement crop.  It is ideal for bonsai with smaller leaves, better branching, faster growth, and amazing root systems that make it possible to create a wider range of styling than any other plant trained as bonsai.  It is easy to grow, will grow in homes and offices throughout the year and outdoors whenever night temperatures are above 55°F.  DWARF SCHEFFLERA WILL ONE DAY BE THE MOST POPULAR BONSAI IN THE UNITED STATES AND IS THE IDEAL GIFT BONSAI FOR ANYONE, ANYWHERE WHO CAN GROW HOUSEPLANTS.

              Fuku-Bonsai is committed to be the best Dwarf Schefflera bonsai educational resource as well as the best source of premium high-potential plants!  Our website began in 1999 and is amongst the oldest, largest, and highest rated for True Indoor BonsaI™ content!  In January 2013, with the 501(3)(c) Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation as co-sponsor, we began the monthly email "JOURNAL OF TROPICAL AND TRUE INDOOR BONSAI"  with friend and ficus bonsai authority Jerry Meislik in the role of assistant editor and Ryan Chang as an enthusiastic beginner contributing articles.  Others joined us.  It was free and a lot of work,  but provided Fuku-Bonsai with an incentive to keep improving!  The back issues are at:  www.fukubonsai.com/MAIN.2.JournalofTropicalandTrueIndoorBonsai.html

               After issuing the November 2014 issue,, our computers crashed and although we kept some of the website updated, we lacked the technical resources to put together and issue a monthly email newsletter.  .  Emailing service "Constant Contact" will assist us in maintaining and keeping the emailing list current.  To avoid sending spam, we've sent emails to past customers, recipients, and others informing of the new FBnews and invited everyone to receive a copy by signing up on the Constant Contact "opt-in" form.   We will continue to produce highest quality products and prompt personalized service with one-on-one email responses. 

                www.fukubonsai.com HAS BEGUN TO BE REBUILT, RE-EDITED AND UPDATED.  With a new hosting company and computer associates we have begun to make major changes to include re-editing the entire site,  omitting older materials, updating, and reorganizing so the extensive resource information is easier to find with a site map and navigation aids. The bonsai that were featured in previous Journal "how-to" articles have continued to develop and we will update and include photos of how the trees developed. We'll include a Bonsai Gallery of trees created here with the url link below the photo so you'll be able to quickly find the website articles that explain how each was created. 

INTRODUCING HAWAIIANITE™ . . . to be available soon!

                A large part of our success is due to a little known "magnesium ammonium potassium phosphate" slow-release high-phosphorous fertilizer patented in 1962 and no longer manufactured in the United States.  It was known primarily to professional and especially orchid growers.  We obtained permission to repackage and included a complimentary packet with each bonsai we sold.  We led the search for an improved replacement and were lead collaborators to develop Hawaiianite as a unique, safe, all-purpose universal fertilizer for everyone.  We own the Hawaiianite tradename, exclusive formulation and global distribution/marketing rights.

                To raise needed working capital, we are placing a large number of our oldest bonsai on the market and have created a HAWAIIANITE SUPPORTER MEMBERSHIP program to create a common interest community to complete development, introduction, and marketing of this unique fertilizer.  We invite individuals, users, retailers, distributors, and agricultural organizations to become members.  A significant amount of information is already posted at the www.fukubonsai.com/HAWAIIANITE.html portal section.  For additional information, please contact David W. Fukumoto at david.f@fukubonsai.com


           Your are cordially invited to sign up for either or both of our email newsletters.  FBnews will be a monthly and primarily include information for those especially interested in Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai and include specialty Hawaiianite bonsai applications.  This 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.
          HAWAIIANITE™ NEWS is a new newsletter will contain information of Hawaiianite  applications for major users, retailers, distributors, or agricultural organizations. So far strongest interest have been from orchid/floriculture, container nurseries, medical marijuana, landscapers, and long-term specialty crops. We will assist in creating high-integrity comparative trials and publish the reports.
           NOTE:  Hawaiianite Supporter Members including retailers, distributors,  agricultural organizations and those registered and being assisted in conducting high-integrity comparative trials will have a separate site  requiring a password.

A significant Fuku-Bonsai editorial essay:


          "2018: FUKU-BONSAI ENTERS A NEW ERA III!"  We are pleased and humbled to report that we have turned the corner and have created the foundation for a full recovery from the $30+ million 1989 Benlate disaster.  Mahalo! 
           The battle for survival lasted almost 30 years.  Through it all, we kept shifting when necessary,  created and adapted new techniques and technology, and kept focused. We are now positioned to develop a TRUE INDOOR BONSAI COMMUNITY.  This editorial essay shares our vision,  our strategic gameplan for our future, and invites you to join us!    http://www.fukubonsai.com/1a3b.html
FUKU-BONSAI LAUNCHES GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN TO FULLY RECOVER!  In 1989 we sprayed contaminated Benlate that caused over $30 million of loses, not including costs to develop all new Dwarf Schefflera product lines and to reinvent the company.  Additional information is at the "GoFundMe" portal section at www.fukubonsai.com/7.html and an introduction at www.fukubonsai.7a.html
2018 Custom Collection Mahalo Sale!

           20% OFF THE LISTED PRICES OF ALL CUSTOM COLLECTION!   Limited to the following terms:  Email to see if a specific plant is available, and if so, email all shipping information and phone into (808) 982-9880 to give staff credit card authorization.  No other discounts apply.


RAINFOREST BANYAN; Playgrounds of my youth!  It is a joy to work on older trees from our "old plant bank" now over 40 years in training.  This is a photo story of the tree in the photo above as it goes through a refinement training session that will make this an extraordinary bonsai.  We are now selling Premium Large Bonsai.  http://www.fukubonsai.com/3a2c3.html

FUKU-BONSAI'S MISSION & PHILOSOPHY.  As we enter a new era, this article summarizes where we've been, where we are now, and where we are going. http://www.fukubonsai.com/1a.html
FUKU-BONSAI PACKING & SHIPPING INFORMATION.  Our latest challenge to pack a large bonsai is shared to show the system we use that has successfully gotten trees safely to all parts of the US via FedEx. http://www.fukubonsai.com/3a1c1.html
FUKU-BONSAI IN THE NATIONAL BONSAI & PENJING COLLECTION.  In 1990 when the American Pavillion of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection began, the selection committee requested donation of an exposed root Natal Banyan penjing in a priceless Akiji Kataoka pot.  The tree kept growing, and curators restyled it into a Japanese-type bonsai.  It is now being restored closer to the original form.  http://www.fukubonsai.com/2a1.html
By Ted T. Tsukiyama; Published by Watermark Publishing (May 2017)
          Book review by David Fukumoto, president and founder Fuku-Bonsai.  This is a book about the extraordinary Nisei generation whose World War II heroics proved their American loyalty and who eventually changed Hawaii!http://www.fukubonsai.com/5a21a.html

         As our core bonsai business recovers, we are leaving the Micro-Lobster specialty but have a significant number of assets that could be valuable for person or persons interested in taking over and creating an exception high-standard businesS. Assets include:  MICRO-LOBSTER.COM domain name;  FB's micro-lobster website information,  leftover supplies, and equipment,  a long-term resource assistance. If interested, please contact david.f@fukubonsai.com.
HAWAIIAN ANCHIALINE POOLS; Windows to a Hidden World! by Mike Yamamoto, Thomas Iwai Jr. and Annette Tagawa is now available.
    For more information, go to    http://www.fukubonsai.com/micro-lobster.html

CUSTOM COLLECTION INTRODUCTION (Portal page).   We pioneered True Indoor Bonsai since 1962 and the Fuku-Bonsai certified nursery is now 45 years old.  We've always produced premium plants and Custom Collection are the cream of our crop!  http://www.fukubonsai.com/3a2b.html   We are also introducing PREMIUM LARGER BONSAI!

PREMIUM LARGE BONSAI (Portal Page).   As we enter a new era, we are releasing some of our oldest and best bonsai for multiple reasons. We want to get them to where they can be enjoyed and become educational tools while also raising funds as we expand and build for the future. These are amongst the best Dwarf Schefflera Bonsai in the world.  http://www.fukubonsai.com/3a2c.html
ROCK PILE BONSAI III UPDATE  A tree on a growing-on bench got a lot larger, toppled over, and got a new styling.
1:10 PROJECT REVISITED --- A preview of our future PREMIUM SMALL BONSAI  http://www.fukubonsai.com/1a6p.html
OLD & NEW FUKU-BONSAI CUSTOMERS.  An article about recent customer interaction.  We have the best customers and are appreciative.  Here are a few.  www.fukubonsai.com/3a3a2.html
           Aloha and thank you for your emails and concerns regarding the volcanic eruption that began on May 3, 2018.  Fuku-Bonsai is located about 20 miles up the rift zone from the eruption site and not in danger.  Although we experienced earthquakes, none were large enough to cause any damage and normal operations are on-going.
ERUPTION BULLETIN (Begun May 14, 2018).  This has already been updated and will continue to be until the eruption phase is over to form an evolutionary summary of the activity.  Stay tuned and mahalo!  ~~~David      www.fukubonsai.com/bi3b.html  
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