On this page, you will find interesting individual historical facts about The Outdoor Circle and our Lani-Kailua Branch. It will be updated monthly. ENJOY!
For a more complete description of LKOC’s many accomplishments, we invite you to visit our History Page.
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Fact of the Month for June 2019
In 1949, 70 years ago this month, LKOC began planting trees in the Kailua Road median as shown in the photo below. Tecoma trees were planted at the time. In 1959, a major upgrade to the roadway occurred, and other trees, including Kamani, were planted. At that time, LKOC planted dozens of trees on Oneawa, Kainehe, Uluniu, Maluniu, Kihapai, and Hoolai Streets, with crews of LKOC volunteers out digging the holes, planting, and staking the trees. Many of these street trees are still there today, as exemplified by the beautiful elaeodendrons on Maluniu Street.
Fact of the Month for May 2019
In 1912, the Outdoor Circle planted the 231 Royal Palms around Palm Circle at Fort Shafter. The Palm Circle was strafed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the trees survived. During Hurricane Iwa, in 1983, 100 fronds were snapped off, but not one tree fell. Royal Palms (Palmea Roystonea Regia) are named for Brevet Brigadier General Roy Stone, Battle of Gettysburg, who later became an engineer in Puerto Rico.
In the recent photo below, Tripler Hospital can be seen in the distance. When Palm Circle was originally built, Tripler Hospital was located as Quarters #1 along Palm Drive. While the configuration of the surrounding quarters has changed over the years, the stately palms remain to this day!