The Foundation is an IRS-tax exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation to
exhibit, research, educate, promote, and perpetuate the art and culture of
bonsai, to be the custodian of memorial bonsai in the Hawaii State Bonsai
Repository, to serve as the liaison with the community, and to create
international friendships through bonsai.
The Foundation and Fuku-Bonsai Inc. co-sponsor the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural
Center and share the www.fukubonsai.com website. Both organizations will
lead the project: "MAKING THE BIG ISLAND AN INTERNATIONAL BONSAI MECCA!"
Annual individual or family membership is $12 per calendar year ending on
December 31 of each year. Members receive email newsletters and may
participate in foundation activities at the center or on the internet. We
invite individuals, corporate sponsors and philanthropic organizations to
also assist in the Donor and Corporate Sponsor Program.
MAKING THE BIG
ISLAND AN INTERNATIONAL BONSAI MECCA!
Hawaii has the oldest English speaking bonsai history and lead roles in two
bonsai transformational movements. In the past 50 years, it served as a
liaison with Japan and China to introduce bonsai to the western world and
helped to create "International Bonsai." It also was a part of the American
transition away from traditional slow-growing temperate climate outdoor
bonsai toward faster growing outdoor tropical plants that are easier to
winter over indoors or in greenhouses.
Fuku-Bonsai has roots in a Fukumoto family hobby since 1962. As one of the
original teachers of Hawaiian bonsai, David researched Chinese penjing and
developed tropical and banyan bonsai. He took on the greater challenge of
developing bonsai to grow indoors year around in ordinary homes and offices.
True Indoor Bonsai™ is now recognized as the most successful gift bonsai for
anyone, anywhere who can grow houseplants.
Fuku-Bonsai is a certified nursery and ships to all parts of the United
States. In 1985 it became a corporation to plan, finance, build, and operate
an international bonsai center in upper Keauhou-Kona on the Big Island of
Hawaii. The Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation was formed in 1986 as the public
guardian of donated memorial bonsai in the Hawaii State Bonsai Repository
with Hiroshi Ikeda as president.
Michael Imaino joined Fuku-Bonsai in 1983 and became the Kona Fuku-Bonsai
Center project manager. Unfortunately, Fuku-Bonsai sprayed defective Benlate
contaminated with weed killers in 1989. Losses of over $30 million closed
the Kona Fuku-Bonsai Center and caused an epic 23-year battle for survival.
Benlate contamination forced a switch to Dwarf Schefflera and reinventing
Fuku-Bonsai. During this dark period, the Foundation kept the memorial
bonsai and exhibit collection and the new modest Kurtistown Fuku-Bonsai
Cultural Center alive.
2002 Michael Imaino became the president and the Foundation began to take a
larger role. Fuku-Bonsai rebuilt, developed superior products, but has
stayed committed to host a world-class bonsai visitor attraction. It created
the Introductory Workshop Package which has been the long sought "bonsai's
educational holy grail!"
past fifty years bonsai has evolved from a secretive, exotic past-time
requiring great skill and dedication to a popular hobby where anyone can be
successful. There are no bonsai secrets anymore and growing houseplant
bonsai is logical and satisfying.
Isolated individuals are assisted by email and houseplant bonsai groups are
forming to obtain quantity discounts and assistance. We will increasingly
assist via email and the internet. In providing one-on-one assistance,
individuals now have an alternative route to grow True Indoor Bonsai.
begin a new era to preserve the past and enlarge the scope of activities
that is only limited by the needs, objectives, and the commitments of the
members. In addition to dues and donations, Fuku-Bonsai and the Foundation
are developing other sources of income.
Through gifts of stock, the Foundation is already the second largest
Fuku-Bonsai Inc. stockholder and future dividends will finance Foundation
projects and activities. Fuku-Bonsai has been a "keeper of the bonsai flame"
and is passing the torch to the Foundation and a new generation. We invite
you to join us!
THE GOALS FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS:
1. Complete rebuilding
the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center and Hawaii State Bonsai Repository in East
Hawaii in Kurtistown to be able to better accommodate more visitors and to
improve the collection, exhibits, and workshops. The center will be an
exciting destination for serious bonsai hobbyists including intermediate and
advanced workshops as well as hand-on learning.
2. To establish a West
Hawaii presence to include a major exhibit collection with staff
capabilities to offer large scale "Create Your First Bonsai" workshops to
those visiting the Big Island with the plants brought back to Kurtistown to
be well established before shipping to participants.
3. With an expanded
staff, offer scheduled workshops at major hotel-resorts as well as amenities
and activities to compliment meetings or conventions.
4. Establish a strong
website resource and internet community for those who want to learn (or
teach) high success True Indoor Bonsai and tropical bonsai.
dreams of many years are coming alive again and we invite everyone to
participate in creating a bonsai resource on the Big Island of Hawaii!
YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN US!
If you support the goals of the Foundation and would like to learn more
about bonsai, you're invited to join us! The primary mission of the
Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation:
CO-SPONSOR THE FUKU-BONSAI CULTURAL CENTER. The Foundation will assist
as much as possible to create a world-class attraction without an admission
fee and continue to research, maintain the collection, and educate. It will
sponsor Bonsai Days on the second Saturday of each month; and become the
curator of the exhibit collection and memorial bonsai in the Hawaii State
LEAD EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES. The Foundation will assist in developing
educational exhibits, website editorial information, and develop a resource
team to assist members. The Foundation may one day make available other
durable tropical bonsai stock (including some that may require a higher
light level) to members.
LIAISON WITH THE LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. The
Foundation will develop an Internet presence to enlarge its educational
activities on a national basis and include other future activities.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, EMAIL: MPBF@fukubonsai.com
DONOR & CORPORATE SPONSOR PROGRAM
The Donor and Corporate Sponsor Program provides funds to pursue the stated
goals of the Foundation. Donation amounts above annual dues are
tax-deductible. Donations may be made in the names of individuals, groups,
or businesses. The Foundation accepts cash, stock and bonsai artifacts.
Worthy memorial bonsai can become a part of the Hawaii State Bonsai
Repository and honor the grower-trainer. The different levels in the program
are cumulative and represents total donations.
SUPPORTER $25 to $49
CONTRIBUTOR $50 to $99
DONOR $100 to $249
SPONSOR $250 to $999
PATRON $1,000 to $4,999
LIFE $5,000 to $9,999
BENEFACTOR $10,000 or more.