HAWAIIAN BONSAI
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              Hawaii is a unique and special place with the oldest English-speaking bonsai community.   Isolated in mid-Pacific,  Hawaiian bonsai was once almost exclusively enjoyed only by older Japanese men.  There are no secrets anymore.   Hawaiian Bonsai has made unique bonsai contributions,  has been a modern liaison between East and West,   and has evolved into a hobby enjoyed by men, women, and children in a harmonious multi-ethnic society governed by the Spirit of Aloha. 
                Although most of the Hawaiian bonsai community are Japanese,  we're proud to be Americans.   As independently thinking Americans,  we know what we like and what we don't like.  Growing up in the tropics,  the sentimental trees of our youth are the giant banyans and the creation of banyan bonsai required us to re-examine and modify the traditional bonsai concepts to fit our trees,  our values,  and our situation.   Having learned traditional Japanese bonsai,  incorporated aristocratic Chinese penjing philosophy,  and having developed a tropical adaptation,   there are new forms and bonsai concepts constantly being developed.
 
                Many years ago the late Dr. Horace Clay introduced the Dwarf Autograph Tree to Hawaii and began training it as bonsai.  He noticed that it threw down stilt roots like the mangrove trees and envisioned a bonsai "walking across the tidal flats."   On one of his numerous trips to Japan,  he talked of his need for a very long and very narrow bonsai pot and he was excited when a unique handmade 43" long x 11 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" high ceramic bonsai pot by Japanese master bonsai potter Seizan Kataoka of Tokoname cleared customs.
 
                Today,   "Walking Mangrove" is in the Hawaii State Bonsai Repository as a living memorial to Dr. Clay.  In maintaining the essence of his design,  the tree is pruned and repotted to half of the pot with the remainder of the pot kept empty "so the tree has room to walk."  Clearly this is not a traditional Japanese or Hawaiian bonsai.   It reflects the philosophy of Chinese penjing and Dr. Clay as a unique creative person.  Such is the evolution of modern bonsai in Hawaii.
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EVOLUTION TO TRUE INDOOR BONSAI™
        In spite of its ancient roots,  modern bonsai actually mainly developed after World War II.   Fuku-Bonsai has played a significant role to aid the development of International Bonsai. Here's an overview of bonsai's roots.
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         Fuku-Bonsai founder and president David Fukumoto with a Chinese Banyan bonsai in training since 1982 from a 20-year old tree dug out of the rainforest.  The bonsai is grown on a concrete disc with turn-table hardware to allow turning so all sides would be able to face the sun and the tree will grow evenly.
HONORING TED TSUKIYAMA!
        Ted is truly a special person of the highest integrity and idealism and my special friend and mentor.  Bonsai diplomat and a lot more!

HONORING SHIZUKO AKAMINE!
       A wonderful complex ball of energy; the dynamo, leader, decider-in-chief, nucleus, catalyst,  role model, guide, and friend!
4c2.jpg (37653 bytes) Dr. Horace F. Clay and "Walking Mangrove"
Kaneshiro2001Ironwood#2.jpg (12400 bytes) Restyling "Papa" Kaneshiro's Ironwood
4c5.jpg (35053 bytes) Kansako's Philosophy
Royal Seacliff;  a 360 view turntable landscape
Banyan Serrisa large.jpg (25230 bytes) Tropical Mame Bonsai; Banyan Serissa
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BIG ISLAND BONSAI ASSOCIATION (BIBA) & All-Big Island Bonsai Show
         20th Anniversary - 2001
BIG ISLAND BONSAI ASSOCIATION'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY ALL-BIG ISLAND BONSAI SHOW!
         The Big Island's bonsai's community has come a long way! This year Fuku-Bonsai and the Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation presented an exhibit and program honoring the late Hong Kong penjing master Yee-sun Wu. (2006)

 

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