Aloha & welcome to the 3rd issue of our second year as we build a national and international Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai Community!
 
MICHAEL S. IMAINO
President
 
EDISON YADAO
Vice-President
 
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation MPBF@fukubonsai.com
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Journal Editor
DAVID W. FUKUMOTO
President, Fuku-Bonsai Inc.
(Kurtistown, Hawaii)

 

Journal Contributing Editors
JERRY MEISLIK
Author, bonsai instructor
and Ficus (Fig) authority
(Whitefish, Montana)
RYAN CHANG
Leader of Study Groups
(Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii)
ryan_a_chang@msn.com
JOHN "JAY" BORYCZKO
"In & Out" specialist
(Farmington Hills, Michigan)
Bonsaijay@outlook.com

 

Journal Contributing Writers
 
RON DAVIS
(Bozeman, Montana)
 
RUSS MANN
(Polson, Montana) rmann.n.az@gmail.com
 
TRAVIS FARGHER
(Long Beach, California)
ROB ANDERSEN
(Pleasant View, Utah)
 
BURTON FLAKE
(Virginia / Bahrain)
 
JOSHUA ROWSON
(Brooklyn, New York)
 
PAUL BAKERMAN
(Phoenix, Arizona)
 
GEORGE McLEAN
(Kalispell, Montana)
 
CAROL TINGLEY
(Apex, North Carolina)
 
ORA SCOTT
(Huntsville, Alabama)
 

 

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ISSUE #15. MARCH 2014
 
            ALOHA!   This issue starts a celebration as we are seeing the first signs of recovery from our 1989 losses of over $30 million and I want to thank everyone for the great support that made it possible!  Life is not fair but we survived and I am confident we will rebuild, expand, and support and supply the next generation!
 
            The partnership of Fuku-Bonsai and Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation to co-sponsor the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center and Hawaii State Bonsai Repository, the www.fukubonsai.com website, and the Journal of Tropical & True Indoor Bonsai created the first national Tropical and True Indoor Bonsai educational resource, supplier of specific high-potential plants, and customized personal assistance for those who become members of the Foundation and study groups.  It is a key factor in the post-Fukumoto succession plan!
 
            Very few ever have the opportunity to pursue a lifework and I've been blessed!  I think back to when I started in 1962 when bonsai was a secretive pastime of old Japanese men whose limited opportunities caused them to hoard "secrets" to take with them to their graves.  Looking back,  they really didn't know or understand bonsai.
 
            It took the members of Hawaii's "Greatest Generation" to set bonsai on the right track in alliance with Japan to help bonsai become an international art and hobby.  In Hawaii,  the key person was Haruo "Papa" Kaneshiro, who we honor as the "Father of Tropical Hawaiian Bonsai."  Papa passed away 22 years ago following the opening of the Kona Fuku-Bonsai Center.  As part of the grand opening, we put together "CREATING A BONSAI WORLD!"  It was the first multi-rock, multi-tree 360 complex landscape attractive from all viewing points and now mounted on a turntable. We dedicated it to Papa.
 
            Twenty-two years later, the trees are maturing and photos are being published for the first time.  It gets more attention than any other bonsai here and serves as the inspiration and goal for training future generations.  When we began the Journal in January of 2013, the immediate goal was to teach the basics and help all of our stakeholders become successful.  I really want all of our customers to be successful and our efforts to bring joy! 
 
CREATING A TROPICAL & TRUE INDOOR BONSAI COMMUNITY!
 
             So I am pleased that problems surfaced, were addressed, and that it is very likely that Fuku-Bonsai's Dwarf Schefflera will continue to be the most successful gift bonsai for anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants!  While we applaud those who do the most challenging and difficult traditional temperate climate outdoor bonsai, I am much more concerned about True Indoor Bonsai becoming the basis for Popular Bonsai for everyone!
 
             I recognize that many are interested and want to enjoy bonsai personally and our Hawaiian Lava Plantings continue to be recommended as gifts for those not willing or able to study more challenging bonsai training.  So the Journal will continue to try to provide information to improve the health and enjoyment as well as feature educational articles at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. 
 
TRAINING AND SUPPLYING HIGH POTENTIAL TRUE INDOOR BONSAI!
 
             We cannot be everything to everybody and we resist expanding our product line beyond our Dwarf Schefflera specialty.  It makes sense to specialize when that plant is far superior to any other plant and Fuku-Bonsai clearly produces the finest quality available at any price! Why would we want to grow plants that will be less successful?
 
             There is growing demand and in the future we may expand the product line depending on a number of factors.  We have been discussing the Foundation having a section of the nursery for production of a few other specialty items.  But right now, there is a much stronger growing demand by those who want higher quality older Dwarf Schefflera prepared bonsai stock and we are finalizing the Premium Introductory Bonsai Package to be introduced this year.
 
             Our plans are to offer these new products only to members of the Foundation and the study groups as a special benefit of membership. We will also begin offering older innovative products in our one-of-a-kind Custom Collection line including trees that were created as part of Journal articles.  As we improve the Fuku-Bonsai exhibit collection, we will pare down the number of trees and these will be available to qualified buyers.  Please email if interested. 
 
            There's a lot going on behind the scenes as articles often are written to assist study group members or as special workshops when such members have planned visits.  There's really nothing like taking workshops at Fuku-Bonsai and I hope more do so.  If you're planning a trip to Hawaii, please email ahead and plan to do a workshop here.  But better yet, first join a Beginner Study Group so you'll already have a lot of the basic knowledge and can really learn a lot while here!
 
    ~~~David, Journal editor (david.f@fukubonsai.com)
                                                          Fuku-Bonsai president & founder
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MARCH SPECIAL:  10% OFF ALL
HAWAIIAN LAVA PLANTINGS! 
GREAT FOR GIFTS (for all orders made and paid for
in March 2014 to be shipped as weather permits).

 

Lesson #19:  CREATING A BONSAI WORLD - 360 Complex landscapes!    
            An introduction to an innovative Hawaiian bonsai concept.  It all began in 1992 as the major demonstration at the grand opening celebration of the Kona Fuku-Bonsai Center in upper Keauhou-Kona. The dwarf azaleas are now about 25 years in training.  Dedicated in 1992 to Haruo "Papa" Kaneshiro. 
ROOT-OVER-ROCK;  PART II - FICUS   
             By Jerry Meislik, Journal contributing editor (Whitefish, Montana).  Part II of Jerry's root-over-rock articles covering the use of ficus trees.  These trees have traits that make them especially suitable for training into root-over-rock bonsai!
"DANCING BANYAN!"
              By Ryan Chang, Journal contributing editor (Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii).  Lately, I've been doing a lot of rock building which is a very slow process. So while waiting for the adhesive to dry solid, I shift my focus to some of my other bonsai trees. I wanted to take one my older Sumo trees and plant it in a shallow saucer 9 pot like the Fuku-Bonsai Advanced 1:10 Project.
MY WINTER WINDOW INTO BONSAI!
              By Jay Boryczko, Journal contributing editor (Farmington Hills, Michigan). Let's start at the beginning --- getting into bonsai as a hobby. There are fewer obstacles now compared to just ten years ago. Plant material for instance. You want proven plants for your area and situation, which you have with Fuku-Bonsai Dwarf Schefflera; the True Indoor Bonsai. Unbelievably, many plants suitable for bonsai will not survive long indoors.
Lesson #16:  STALACTITES & PLANTING WIRE LADDERS
              Rare lava stalactites are found hanging from the ceilings of lava tubes, collected, and make beautiful natural sculptures that are enhanced by bonsai.  This teaches our innovative technique that uses a wire frame support. This is part of the series of educational articles on various Fuku-Bonsai techniques.
FIRST REPORT OF PREMIUM INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PACKAGE
              By Carol Tingley, Journal contributing writer (Apex, North Carolina) Carol recently graduated from the Beginner Study Group and as a member of the Fast-Track Study Group has set as her goal, the creation of a varied collection of small bonsai.  Her first report is with the new larger older premium plants.
8-MONTH 1:10 PROJECT SUMO REPORT
              By Russ Mann, Journal contributing writer (Polson, Montana). After moving to the 1:10 Project the care is pretty easy. I set an alarm on my phone for Thursday, that is bonsai day. I am so happy that I've found "True Indoor Bonsai." Just unwrapped my "sleepy" Sumo. The roots have developed good, the base seems bigger, with lots of new smaller roots.
REPORT OF THIRD IWP
            By Ora Scott (Huntsville, Alabama).  My plan was to spend a little more time evaluating the plant, both before and after I got it out of the pot. I had in mind to do a roots project, but seeing the width of the plant in the pot, and then later the width and characteristics of the root system, I elected to go with what I hope will later result in a plant with a very wide base and a broad canopy.
ORA AND TERESA SCOTT VISIT FUKU-BONSAI
             Having completed the Beginner Study Group workshops, it was a good time to brief the Scotts on the challenges of the next level and the concepts of the Fast-Track Study Group. Both decided on workshops that would use the older more developed Premium Introductory Workshop Package pre-trained plant.
WINTER VACATION WATERING
              By Gerald Johnson (Oakdale, Minnesota)   Some of our customers may have just one or two bonsai and we often hear they die during a vacation when a person they depended upon to care for the plants didn't. I know Gerald has a lot of plants and asked he to share his planning and the extent of his overall indoor growing hobby.
FEBRUARY WORKSHOPS AT FUKU-BONSAI
           Besides visiting members of the Fast-Track Study Group and our repeat customers, some are still learning about us and enjoy doing their first bonsai after watching a demonstration and having some supervision by our staff.  It's a lot easier to understand as we have a lot of exhibits here such as the photo that shows how and Introductory Workshop Package develops in one year! 
MAILBAG - MARCH 2014
            Here's a story about a high-rise dangling cascade Dwarf Schefflera bonsai looking over Manhattan and that's the top of the Empire State Building peeking from behind the building in the middle of the photo. 
 
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation and Fuku-Bonsai, 2014