The Big Island is larger than all other Hawaiian islands combined. It takes about two and a half hours to get from Hilo on the east side to Kona-Kohala on the west side. Most visitors stay on the west side in the Kona-Kohala visitor destination area and those visiting the Big Island for the first time will often visit us and Volcanoes National Park as part of a very rushed day trip. Increasingly repeat visitors are staying at east Hawaii hotels and Bed and Breakfasts to enjoy the very different laid back Hilo, Volcano, and Puna attractions and activities.
The Big Island has two personalities and some want to split into two counties. East Hawaii has been the historical center in Hilo. At one time, West Hawaii was very sparsely populated and rural. But then came tourism development mainly in West Hawaii and both sides are struggling to understand each other. Because Fuku-Bonsai once tried to build a Fuku-Bonsai Center in upper Keauhou-Kona, we have stockholders, friends, and associates throughout the Big Island and believe in building a prosperous "All Big Island" philosophy.
The population is growing so rapidly that there's the potential for a growing rift between the old-timer families and those who have more recently moved here. Most "locals" moved to the Big Island from other parts of Hawaii and we want to retain our values, integrity, informal lifestyle, and fair treatment for everyone equally. We encourage visitors to explore locally owned businesses to discover and experience the sprit of Big Island aloha!
Because the island is so large, we teamed up with widely scattered Authorized Retailers so visitors can purchase our most popular small items as special souvenirs of a Hawaiian vacation. Starting from Hilo and going clockwise around the Big Island, these are members of our Fuku-Bonsai Big Island Authorized Retailer team!
|KTA SUPER STORES IN DOWNTOWN HILO. This is the smallest and oldest of the KTA stores and is just up the street from the very popular Hilo Farmers Market. It's literally jammed packed! This store gets visitors that are on a walking tour or exploring old Hilo town. Many arrive in Hilo on the cruise boats and take a shuttle bus from the pier. The bayfront area of Hilo is now a large, beautiful, open space with playgrounds as the area was devastated by several major tsunami (tidal waves) in the past. The store has recently been expanded but retains its legendary charm!|
|KTA SUPER STORES IN PUAINAKO-HILO. This is the largest store with most of the administrative offices and like the other stores, the parking lot is always full. Many visitors to Hilo are "day-trippers" who arrive at Hilo Airport in the morning, spend the day in East Hawaii (including at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) and leave that day to fly back to Waikiki. Increasingly, tour buses are stopping at this KTA store to pick up Big Island gifts at great prices!|
| YOU'RE CORDIALLY INVITED TO VISIT THE FUKU-BONSAI
CULTURAL CENTER & HAWAII STATE BONSAI REPOSITORY
co-sponsored by Fuku-Bonsai Inc.,
a working bonsai nursery which underwrites all expenses, and the
non-profit Mid-Pacific Bonsai Foundation, the public guardian of
memorial bonsai in the Hawaii State Bonsai Repository. The exhibit
collection is the most varied with Japanese bonsai, Chinese penjing, Hawaiian tropical
outdoor bonsai, and Fuku-Bonsai's specialty True Indoor Bonsai. There is no
admission fee. Open Monday to Saturday except holidays from 8AM to 4PM. Plants
can be selected and packed for handcarry or shipped to all parts of the United
States. If you select workshop materials, there is no
instruction fee and the finished plants can be shipped after you
arrive home. Bring photos of your bonsai and call ahead for
workshops and to talk story. Allow 30 minutes for introductory
workshops, but take as much time as you need! Please phone (808)
982-9880 for directions.
For more infomation,
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serenity of nature, and the spirit of
|PUNALUU BAKE SHOP. In Naalehu, the southern most part of the United States. The bake shop is about one hour from Fuku-Bonsai and is a favorite place for those going around the island to take a rest break and enjoy their great pastries and sweet bread. There's a nice garden, clean restrooms, a nice selection of locally made gift items and a great staff! Punaluu Bake Shop is our oldest outlet and they introduced many visitors to Fuku-Bonsai. The next stop heading toward Kona on most visitor schedules is Puuhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park which is steeped in Hawaiiana and near to historic Kealekekua Bay which is famous for snorkeling amongst colorful tropical fish.|
|KONA COFFEE MILL & MUSEUM. In South Kona, about another hour away is our second oldest outlet and another favorite place to take a rest break. Enjoy a cup of coffee on a lanai high above the Kona coastline. Here you'll be able to see how coffee is roasted, find locally made gift items, and another great staff! The narrow winding road takes you through the old Kona farming area and you'll be passing through rocky coffee fields. In another half hour or so, you'll be in the Keauhou-Kona resort area.|
|KTA SUPER STORE AT THE KEAUHOU-KONA SHOPPING CENTER. Keauhou is in the lush and beautiful resort at the end of Alii Drive which was once the playground and home of Hawaiian royalty. It's an exciting and unique place with a number of condominiums and mid-range hotel resorts. At night searchlights attract giant manta rays and swimming with them is a spectacular experience! The former Kona Fuku-Bonsai Center that closed in 1994 was in this area.|
|KTA SUPER STORE AT THE KONA COAST SHOPPING CENTER IN KAILUA TOWN. Following Alii Drive which runs along the shoreline between Keauhou and town of Kailua-Kona are a large number of condominiums, apartments and several large mid-range hotels. This is the older part of the original Kona that was once a sleepy fishing village. It's where the famous Billfish Tournament began over 50 years ago and the headquarters for the world famous Ironman Triathlon. The highlight of the year is the annual Kona Coffee Festival.|
|WAIKOLOA VILLAGE MARKET (KTA) AT WAIKOLOA HIGHLANDS SHOPPING CENTER. Waikoloa is the oldest of the "new Gold Coast" resorts. Waikoloa Village in the cooler hills a mile or so above the resort has a growing number of homes, condominiums, time-shares, and vacation rentals. As their staff becomes more knowledgeable about our products, we will be enlarging our exhibit and may be taking dropship orders of our entire product lines.|
KTA SUPER STORES AT THE WAIMEA CENTER. The cowboy upcountry town of Kamuela is famous for Parker Ranch, one of the largest in the United States. Here is a beautiful town where East meets West. The cool climate makes possible an annual spring cherry blossom festival that includes celebrations and cultural displays including bonsai. In this area it is possible to grow some temperate climate bonsai trees that would not survive in other warmer parts of the state.
On the island of OAHU, we supply
GREETERS OF HAWAII
with our popular pre-packaged and pre-certified HS8(M) small lava plantings with attractive melamine dish for hand carry back to all parts of the United States. They have several floral locations throughout the Honolulu International Airport.
While most of our accounts are in Hawaii, we also supply a limited number of accounts in the continental U.S. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT DAVID FUKUMOTO AT firstname.lastname@example.org
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