On this page, please scroll down to find: ~ Current LKOC Beautification Projects Updates ~ LKOC/WCCC Partnership - Overview ~ Preservation Advocacy - Ka Iwi Coast, Kawainui Marsh ~ Sign Control ~ Fourth of July Parade ~ Landscape Projects - Kailua Post Office, Traffic Triangles, Mokapu Boulevard ~ Cleanup Projects - Kalama Beach Park, Kailua Rec Center Arbor Day Mulching ~ Exceptional Tree Maintenance at WCCC ~ Holiday House and Garden Tour
*** CURRENT LKOC BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS UPDATE ***
LKOC continues its commitment to many beautification and landscaping projects in Kailua.
ALALA POINT LKOC’s has started 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 will be upgrading the current landscaping in the upper parking lot area, adding new wax ficus hedging and an upgraded irrigation system. As part of our project, we asked the City & County to resurface the coral parking lot and replace some of the damaged bollards, which they have done.
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 27 years ago. The landscape architect, Steve Mechler, at right below, and the landscape installer, Steve Dewald, at left, who implemented the original landscaping in 1994, are once again spearheading 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 photo below shows staking of some of the areas to be renovated.
KALAPAWAI TRIANGLE 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 late this year. Once installed, we hope to continue are long-standing landscape maintenance of the area, where work is performed under LKOC auspices by Hele Mai Lawn and Garden Service.
PALI PALMS TRIANGLE LKOC continues to maintain 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 Under LKOC auspices, the WCCC Community Service Workline women continue their long-standing 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 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 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 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 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.
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 three 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!
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.
The event also had lovely vintage hand-tinted photo reprints for sale, samples of which are shown here. These are one-of-a-kind reproductions from a book published by The Outdoor Circle in 1944, “Trees and Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands”, and are beautifully matted and framed in two sizes, 12x15 and 17x21. There are 14 available. A description from the original book, describing each photo, is included on the back of each frame, a sample of which is shown here. If you are interested in purchasing any of these, click <here> to contact us for more information on all the pictures available.