LKOC'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WOMEN'S COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER
In 2001, LKOC members were helping with landscaping at the Women's Community Correctional Center in Kailua when someone noticed the derelict remains of a plant nursery on the grounds. In return for refurbishing the overgrown facility and paying for materials and tools for classes in horticulture, LKOC was able to establish a partnership with the Department of Public Safety and the Correctional Center. The DPS would provide the teachers to teach the women gardening and nursery work, providing them with job skills when they are released. The Community Service Work Line (10 of the most-trusted women under the direction of a very skilled woman officer) would take over the maintenance of several of LKOC's public plantings.
The program has thrived; and we have, through grants, donations from community businesses and other contributions as well as our own LKOC funds, contributed more than $90,000 toward the program at the nursery, now called "Learning to Grow". At the same time, the Community Service Work Line has saved LKOC funds, while the women maintain the public plantings better than the commercial firms we had been paying.
The women are greatly appreciated in the community, their self-esteem grows, and we have had reports of the beneficial impact from what they learned through the program helping them after their release. Please visit our "LKOC/WCCC Partnership” page for more information on the program and its history.
KA IWI COAST
Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle is proud to be able to help the cause of completing the Ka Iwi coastline park. The Outdoor Circle has been a long-time supporter of an open-space passive park from the Makapuu Lighthouse to Sandy Beach. The Save Sandy Beach group that worked to halt development mauka of Sandy Beach decades ago remained vigilant and seized the opportunity to secure clear views for this area. They never stopped watching and working toward preservation through all the years of plans by developers to force private use that would forever change this unique eco-system. Our LKOC branch was able to contribute $1,000 to the successful effort to purchase the remaining parcels to complete the park.
THE DE-SIGN TEAM
Our deSign team is tasked with taking down expired garage sale, party and other temporary-type signs on Monday afternoons.
Signs on public property (such as along roadways, on telephone or electrical poles, or on street sign poles) are illegal. This team removes them and any expired signs ("Sale Saturday"...now it's Monday) and makes Kailua a more beautiful place.
Motto: If you see an illegal or expired sign, take it down on Monday. Visit our Signs page for more information on permitted signs
KAILUA POST OFFICE CLEAN-UP CREW
This happy work crew beautified the Kailua Post Office with new plants and clean-up of plants damaged by cars, 2010. Thanks, guys.
EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE!
At the annual Kailua Fourth of July parade, Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle showed Kailua we are still working to keep Kailua clean, green and beautiful. Aunti Litter and Mr. Mynah marched with us to remind everyone not to "trash our town" with rubbish.
In the float depicted here, we had lettuce seeds from our hydroponic program at The Women's Community Correctional Center to share with residents. Thanks for all the friendly cheers when we went by!
This year our “Statue of Liber-Tree” proudly marched with watering can ‘tablet’ and spade ‘torch’ upraised!
LKOC was happy to partner with the "Friends of Kailua Library" to refurbish the courtyard at Kailua Library. It turned into a delightful place to enjoy a book or meet with friends. Stop by to enjoy the surprise of finding this beautiful, secluded spot in the heart of Kailua. Note that back in 1991, LKOC helped facilitate a massive re-landscaping and tree planting of the entire Kailua Library exterior grounds and parking lot.
KALAMA BEACH PARK WORKDAYS
Since 2016, LKOC and volunteers from the Pali Lions Club have been out in force at Kalama Beach Park to remove invasive species that had overrun parts of the landscaping there. The naupaka, which LKOC had replanted 10 years ago, was being strangled by ivy gourd and other vines, and invaded by Christmas berry and other unwanted shrubbery.
Thanks to Paula Ress for coordinating the events with City and County officials, and to Jay Floan from Pali Lions for generously offering the services of their crew of volunteer members.
In 2017, LKOC adopted Kalama Beach Park through the City and County Hoa Paka program. To get involved, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities Page for details. We’d love to have you join us!
MOKAPU BOULEVARD MEDIAN
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. (Mokapu Boulevard from North Kalaheo Avenue to Oneawa is a state road.) The median had been planted with wiliwili trees, but those beautiful trees were devastated by the gall wasp introduced to Hawaii. LKOC funded the trees (over $15,000), and C&C donated use of their equipment and manpower to plant the trees. 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/Road median since 1967!
Please visit our History of LKOC page to see all the beautification and planting projects we have done in Kailua since 1948.
KAILUA TRAFFIC TRIANGLES
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!
ARBOR DAY MULCHING AT KAILUA REC CENTER
For Arbor Day, 2013, LKOC held a mulching day at the Kailua Rec Center, where volunteers mulched over fifty trees on the property. It was an educational event as well, where our keiki and kupuna learned the value of mulching, as well as techniques on how to do it properly, from landscape expert (and current Outdoor Circle President) Steve Mechler.
LKOC WORKING IN KAWAINUI MARSH
In 2015, LKOC ‘adopted’ Kawainui Marsh's Army Corps of Engineers' Pond 11, to help maintain the foraging and nesting habitat of endangered and migratory waterbirds. We worked alongside the Audubon Society, Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, and others, and in partnership with the DLNR/Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW).
A wildlife biologist was there to update us on the ‘alae’ula (Hawaiian moorhen), the ‘alae ke’oke’o (Hawaiian coot), the ae’o (Hawaiian stilt), the koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck) and other birds who use the marsh as a stopover on their migratory routes. The volunteer work program has since been discontinued, but we still work to preserve this national treasure!
“Restoring the wetland in Kawainui Marsh is of vital importance. Kawainui is one of the last large remaining wetland complexes in the state. Restoring its ecological functions to provide productive habitat for our four endangered waterbirds will help ensure we have these populations of endangered native birds in the future." Paul Conry, (DOFAW) at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pond groundbreaking, 2012.
Please visit our Kawainui Marsh Page for more information on our marsh preservation efforts over the years.
LKOC AND EXCEPTIONAL TREE MAINTENANCE
WCCC Exceptional Monkeypod Tree trimming in 2014, above, and 2017 below
Since 2004, LKOC has been funding the professional pruning and maintenance of four magnificent “Exceptional MonkeypodTrees” on the grounds of the Women’s Community Correctional Center along Kalanianaole Highway, spending over $25,000 to date. Thanks to noted local arborist Abner Undan, and his expert staff from Trees of Hawaii, these spectacular trees are trimmed beautifully, and are truly something to behold!