Friendship Garden






On the Trails




Enjoy a variety of photos taken in the Garden





Garden Entrance Improvement Project




The utility lines fronting Friendship Garden imposed a major safety and aesthetic problem.  Families with children parked their cars under high voltage wires with trees towering over them – trees HECO refused to trim – posing a major safety issue.  The clear-cut road frontage was ugly.  Starting in 2011 the Garden started on a project to place the wires underground.

Our project was funded by:


Friendship Garden’s Scudder Gillmar Endowment


With additional support from:


The Strong Foundation

The Atherton Family Foundation

The H. K. L. Castle Foundation

The Robert R. Midkiff Fund and the Midkiff Family

The Garden’s Board of Directors

Donations from the Community


The people who made it happen:


Francis Hirakami, Electrical Engineer

Mike Beason, Civil Engineer

Ed Farwell, Garden’s representative during construction

Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC

Paul Adachi

Neal Adachi

Ray Kunishige


The men on the job:


Keith Pongasi, construction foreman

Garen Fergerstrom

Kirtwood Manoha, Jr.

Rolando Dacuycuy

Timothy Low

Nolie Rasay

Joselito Tecson

Ernesto Bantolina

Richard Wessel

Duaine Park

Dustin Tollefsen

Kunitomo Pule

Ben Taliulu


The undergrounding of the utility lines was completed in 2017, the planting improvements will grow into view in the years ahead.


Mahalo to all who participated in this project.


Eagle Scouts Project




Friendship Garden has hosted and benefited from six Kailua and Kaneohe Boy Scout - Eagle Scout Projects since 2008.  The projects include: 1) Identifying and labeling garden plants, 2) Painting the garden's historic "campers' cabin", now the garden's tool shed and entry information center, 3) Improvements to the seating area under the tool shed at the garden's entrance. 4) creating a lovely stone channel at the stream crossing on the lower loop trail, 5) Shoring up the trail embankment at the intersection of the lower and upper loop trails, 6) Rebuilding a retaining wall at the side of the historic tea house.




Tea House Re-Construction




The original Chinese style tea house concrete bridge dates from the late 1920s.  The original wooden structure was destroyed by vandals in the 1960s.


From photographs of the original tea house structure, Janet Gillmar designed the wooden second structure.  Walter Ishikawa and Masaru Okamura constructed it in 1984 with material supplied by Ruth Scudder Gillmar.

In early December 2015 an ironwood tree fell onto the tea house roof, severely damaging the roof. The structure was stabilized by Craig Short on December 29 and the roof was reconstructed between July and September of 2016,  Volunteer contractor and coordinator Mark Mench, who grew up playing in the garden, was assisted by his father, Ralph, his brothers, Alex and Karl and friend, Sean Knox.  Neighbor Bobby Flores obtained building materials from Honsador Lumber Company thanks to Lisa Cain and he obtained roofing material from RSI Allied Building Materials, thanks to Scott Madden.  On October 8 volunteer roofers finished the job.  Pictured are, left to right, are Mark Villegas, Maika Flores, Bobby Flores, Pridel Buenafe, Oren Saloman.  Missing from the photo are Nate Dalpiaz and Kim Villegas.


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"The Possible Dream" Pamphlet




This pamphlet was published by the Trustees of Kokokahi Community Trust to tell how Dr. Theodore Richards successfully accomplished his dream of creating a Christian inter-racial community - where the people of Hawaii could live and play together.


The view on this pamphlet cover is from the tea house in the 1920s.


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PO Box 2902 - Honolulu, HI 96802