*** CURRENT LKOC BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS UPDATE ***
LKOC continues its commitment to many beautification and landscaping projects in Kailua.
PROJECT 1: PROPOSED ONEAWA STREET TREE PLANTING PROJECT - 2020 LKOC is excited to embark on a new Street Tree Planting Project in Kailua for 2020!
The area of interest is Oneawa Street, from Kawainui Street to Kuulei Road, a three block long area in downtown Kailua’s central business district. As many of you may know, in the early 2000’s, LKOC spearheaded the city’s effort in planting 21 Tecoma street trees along that stretch of Oneawa, with 14 on the mauka side and 7 on the makai side. This produced an attractive arbor of trees on both sides of the street, providing much needed shade, and an inviting atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.
Of those 21 original trees, now, 20 years later, 13 have failed and been removed, and only 8 remain standing. The loss of these 13 trees leaves this central area quite barren and out of character with the adjacent well-treed Kuulei and Kailua Roads.
In keeping with our mission to follow through with our planting projects, LKOC is happy to announce that we are actively working, in coordination with the city, to have these 13 tree locations replanted with new trees in 2020!
We are only able to pursue projects like this through our fundraising efforts, and the generous support received from our community. Mahalo for your commitment to keeping Kailua clean, green and beautiful!
PROJECT 2: ALALA POINT - UPDATE LKOC’s has completed the refurbishment of the landscaping at Alala Point, across the street from the Lanikai Monument overlooking Kailua Bay. The iconic monument, installed in 1926, is a simple stone pillar and was designed by Hart Wood. We have upgraded the current landscaping in the upper parking lot area, adding new wax ficus hedging and an upgraded irrigation system. We have also repaired 32 of the existing wooden bollards that encircle the parking area. As part of our project, we asked the City & County to resurface the coral parking lot and add some additional metal bollards to prevent vehicular access, which they have done.
Here’s a Kailua Calabash Facebook post from Mary Zanakis about the Alala Point Project.
https://www.facebook.com/236992487007574/posts/370758200297668?s=100004594471471&v=e&sfns=mo The original landscaping of the entire Alala Point area, from the boat ramp to the monument, including the upper and lower parking lots on the mauka side of the road, was installed by LKOC in 1994, with proceeds from their first “I Love Kailua” Town Party, held in 1993. The landscape architect, Steve Mechler, at right below, and the landscape installer, Steve Dewald, at left, who implemented the original landscaping in 1994, have once again spearheaded this current effort.
Our WCCC Community Service Workline women will continue their long-standing landscape maintenance of the entire Alala Point area, under LKOC auspices. The Lanikai Association contributes regularly to pay for their lunch on the days they work at Alala. Below is a before and after photo of our recent landscape renovation project, showing the beautiful new lawn.
PROJECT 3: KALAPAWAI TRIANGLE - UPDATE Our continued commitment to the landscape maintenance of the Kalapawai Triangle (now a rotary), includes collaboration with the City on the redesign of the entire area, with additional bioswale (rain garden) areas to be added on the roadway edges, to catch storm water runoff and pollutants before they reach Kailua Bay and Kaelepulu Stream. The redesign of the central rotary itself, and installation of the new landscaping in the abutting road areas, is expected to begin in 2020. Once installed, we hope to continue are long-standing (since 2010) landscape maintenance of the area, where work is performed under LKOC auspices by Hele Mai Lawn and Garden Service.
PROJECT 4: PALI PALMS TRIANGLE - UPDATE LKOC continues its long-standing maintenance (since 2011) of the landscaping in the traffic triangle opposite Pali Palms Plaza on Kalaheo Avenue. Work is performed under LKOC auspices by Hele Mai Lawn and Garden Service.
PROJECT 5: KAILUA ROAD MEDIAN - UPDATE Under LKOC auspices, the WCCC Community Service Workline women continue their long-standing (since 1999) landscape maintenance of the Kailua Road median at the entrance to Kailua.
EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE!
LKOC has been participating in the Kailua Fourth of July Parade since 1949!
At the annual Kailua Fourth of July Parade in 2017, Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle shows Kailua we are still working to keep Kailua clean, green and beautiful. Mr. Mynah and Anti Litter march with us to remind everyone not to litter. In the 1960’s, The Outdoor Circle started a statewide anti-litter campaign, resulting in the establishment of the first recycling plant on Oahu, on Sand Island in 1967, as well as the establishment of mascots for the program, Mr. Mynah and Anti Litter, created for us by noted local cartoonist Harry Lyons. Now, 50 years later, these two mascots still continue to promote awareness of environmental issues and the importance of trees through our educational outreach and community activities.
In the float depicted above, we had lettuce seeds from our hydroponic program at The Women's Community Correctional Center (WCCC) to share with residents. Thanks for all the friendly cheers when we went by!
Our LKOC Partnership with WCCC supports the Community Service Workline, who maintain the landscaping at Alala Point at the entrance to Lanikai. In 2018, the women marched with us in the parade, in which our float depicted a replica of the stone marker at Alala Point. Out float won an award for "Best Use of Theme". LKOC Beautification Chair, Steve Mechler, accepted the award from Kailua Chamber of Commerce Vice President Mike Fry.
In 2019, our parade float (shown below) depicted the Kalapawai Triangle Banyan, planted by LKOC in 1954. Over the decades, LKOC has installed and renovated the triangle landscaping several times (in 1970, 1978, and 2010), and continues to maintain the landscaping and irrigation at the triangle, now a rotary, to this day. This is just one of the many planting projects that LKOC has been proud to sponsor over the years.
MOKAPU ROAD MEDIAN LANDSCAPING
In 2007, in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu, Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle took on the project of replanting the median on Mokapu Road between North Kalaheo Avenue and Marine Corp Base Hawaii. (Note that the mauka portion of Mokapu Boulevard from North Kalaheo Avenue to Oneawa Street is a state road, not under C&C jurisdiction.) The makai median had been planted with wiliwili trees, but those beautiful trees were devastated by the gall wasp introduced to Hawaii. LKOC funded the new trees (over $15,000), and C&C donated use of their equipment and manpower to plant them. Now, shower trees adorn both ends of the planting, and narra trees fill the center sections. We look forward to driving in the shade of these trees as they grow and fill out to create a canopy where the wiliwili trees once stood.
Note also that LKOC has been involved with planting trees along the entire Mokapu Boulevard/Mokapu Road median since 1967!
KAILUA TRAFFIC TRIANGLE LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Kalapawai Triangle Landscaping
Since 2010, LKOC has maintained the two traffic triangles at the ends of Kalaheo Avenue, one at Pali Palms, and the other at Kalapawai Market. Not only did LKOC fund the design and construction of the landscaping, it currently pays for the on-going professional maintenance of those plantings, including all irrigation repair, by Hele Mai Lawn and Garden Service.
Below is a split screen view of Pali Palms Triangle, with the current landscaping shown on top, compared to the what was there in the past. What a beautiful difference!
HOLIDAY HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR
In December, LKOC hosts its “Holiday House and Garden Tour” for our members, and their families and friends. The event includes self guided tours of 5-6 unique private homes and gardens in Kailua, each festively decorated for the holidays, as well as a luncheon following the tour.
This year, our volunteers created lovely wreaths, garlands and baskets as decorations for the luncheon, as shown here. These, as well as unique plants and baked goods and various local crafters’ artwork, were available to purchase.
One of the homes had lovely painted wall art where the home owner had used natural fronds and leaves as the stencil templates, as shown below. If you are interested in duplicating this technique in your own home, click <here> to find instructions on how to do so.
Another lovely home had local artists displaying their artwork, and others had beautiful gardens with eclectic and unique art pieces and plantings, a sampling of which is shown below.