On this page, please scroll down to find: ~ Current LKOC Beautification Projects Updates ~ LKOC/WCCC Partnership - Overview ~ Ka Iwi Coast Preservation ~ Sign Control ~ Fourth of July Parade ~ Kailua Library Courtyard ~ Kalama Beach Park Workdays ~ Landscape Projects - Mokapu Road, Kalapawai and Pali Palms Triangles ~ Kailua Rec Center Arbor Day Mulching ~ Exceptional Tree Maintenance at WCCC ~ LKOC Holiday House and Garden Tour
For details on our landscaping and beautification projects, please visit our History page. For a video of our tree planting projects, please visit our Tree Planting page. For more information on our tree preservation efforts, please visit our Tree Preservation page.
*** CURRENT LKOC BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS UPDATE ***
LKOC continues its commitment to many beautification and landscaping projects in Kailua.
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!
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. Below is a before and after photo of our recent landscape renovation project.
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 the 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.
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.
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.
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 both permitted and illegal signage.
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. Anti Litter and Mr. Mynah march with us to remind everyone not to litter.
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 1952. 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.
KAILUA LIBRARY COURTYARD
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.
In 2017, LKOC adopted Kalama Beach Park through the City and County Hoa Paka program.
We held a work day on June 24, 2017, where truckloads of green waste were collected and removed from the property, including invasive ground cover and Christmas berry, overgrown naupaka, seagrape, and carrissa, and existing piles green waste debris. We also pruned several trees.
We held a work day on February 22, 2020, where we spent several hours working on the parking lot side of the beach park, and then trimming the large heliotrope tree along the path leading to the restrooms. The heliotrope had lots of undergrowth shoots that were chain-sawed away. It looks beautiful now. (As we were doing that, a beach goer came by and hugged the tree, saying she just loves that tree!)
We exposed the low lava rock wall along Kalaheo, which been overgrown with grass, weeds, and hale koa, as well as cleared the asphalt sidewalk and grass along the road. We trimmed the small ironwood bushes inside the wall, weed whacked the two parking lot entrance areas around the gates, and hauled away all our debris. See photos below. To get involved, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities Page for details. We’d love to have you join us!
MOKAPU ROAD 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. (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/Road median since 1967!
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 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 $33,000 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!
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.