On ten beautiful, sloping acres above Kane'ohe Bay on Windward O'ahu, Friendship Garden is, in the words
of Honolulu's leading newspaper, "a gem," with "the best views of Kane'ohe Bay, with only birdsong and bamboo
One kilometer (0.6 miles) of non-strenuous hiking trails takes visitors through groves of
macadamia, banyan, mahogany, strawberry guava and eucalyptus trees in a well thought-out, but "non-manicured," natural
setting. A tea house, stone lantern, pavilion, lava stone platform steps and the replica of a large ornamental stone basin
donated by a Japanese university add to the garden's natural attractions.
The Garden is ideal for meditation, and
for family and small group hikes.
Friendship Garden is part of what began in the 1920s as Hawai'i's first multi-racial
community, called Kokokahi ("of one blood"), a place where people of all ethnic backgrounds would come
together to live, work and play. It was the inspiration of the Rev. Theodore Richards, who together with his wife, Mary Atherton,
acquired the land and built the community.
Jack Gillmar and his wife, Janet, continue the tradition today. Together
with Kane'ohe resident Ted Talbott and other volunteers, the Gillmars maintain the trails and the garden's non-profit foundation.
Entrance to Friendship Garden is FREE, and the garden is open every day during daylight hours only.
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