A 501(3)(c) non-profit 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.
          c/o Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center & Hawaii State Bonsai Repository, PO Box 6000,
          Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760  Email:  MPBF@fukubonsai.com

          NOTE:  This INTRODUCTION and APPLICATION on the follow-up link is a website reproduction of the Foundation's one page brochure (printed both sides) laid out as a tri-fold for easy distribution. If preferable, please  request for an available PDF copy to MPBF@fukubonsai.com 


             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.



              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.

            In 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!"

            In the 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.

            We 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!


       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.

            The 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!



                  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 Bonsai Repository.

       ●        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



                 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.

        Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation Membership Application.  Please print, fill out, and mail with a check.  In the future, the Foundation will have a PayPal account to allow direct payments. 
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