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 showed Kailua we are still working to keep Kailua clean, green and beautiful. Mr. Mynah and Anti Litter marched 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.
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.
For 2018, 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.
LKOC’S “THIRD FRIDAY” SPRING ~ SUMMER SPECIAL EVENTS VIA ZOOM
LKOC is hosting several events for Spring and Summer 2021 via Zoom, for your participation and viewing pleasure. To join these events, visit our Upcoming Events page for details.
POT ET FLEURS Our first event, held March 19, 2021, was a tutorial on creating your own “Pot et Fleurs” Easter basket, presented by Pam Ross. To view the video, click <HERE>.
HAKU WRISTLET Our second event, held April 16, 2021, was a tutorial on creating your own “Haku Lei Wristlet”, presented by Jean Kellerman. To view the video, click <HERE>.
One of our creative participants added her Haku wristlet to her Pot et Fleurs basket. How beautiful!
HAWAII GREEN GROWTH Our third event, held May 21, 2021, was a presentation by Celeste Connors, Executive Director of Hawaii Green Growth. This extremely informative talk on their Aloha+ Challenge’s sustainability and conservation efforts here in Hawaii, and how our island home has been recognized as a model for global initiatives, is a must see! Through their efforts, and your participation, we can all play a part in saving Island Earth! To view the video, click <HERE>.
HE’E BERRY LEI
Our fourth event, held June 17, was a delightful demonstration on how to make a beautiful He’e Berry lei, given by noted Kumu Hula Hillary Aipa. In addition to describing the history and care that must be taken when using this berry, she gave a wonderful background and ‘talk story’ presentation of her experiences growing up in Hawaii, and the special significance of what lei making means. Each item you put on a lei, whether a flower, shell, berry, or leaf, represents a thought of aloha and love, for both the lei maker and the lei recipient. To view a video of this delightful demonstration, click <HERE>.
Here is a sample of the beautiful lei that were created.
FOSTER BOTANICAL GARDEN TOUR
Our last “3rd Friday” series event was an in person gathering for a guided tour of Foster Botanical Gardens on July 16, 2021. It was a lovely stroll through the Gardens lead by Joshlyn Sand, Director of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. She provided a wealth of information about the trees and plantings as well as background information and humorous asides relative to the work that goes on in our Botanical Gardens. After the tour, attendees gathered for a picnic lunch, with desert provided by LKOC’s Programs Committee. Here are snapshots of the event.