Family Day Picnic

Moanalua Gardens

Saturday, July 14

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

RSVP to Heather MacGregor at 526-1559

Please join us for a potluck Family Day Picnic. We will have tables for the food you bring to share, but please bring either a chair to sit on, or a blanket to spread on the grass. There will be music, and fun and games for the children.

Please let Heather MacGregor (526-1559) know the number of people who will be attending and their age-groups by July 11, so we can have appropriate games for everyone.

The Gardens are located just off Puuloa Rd. near Tripler Army Medical Center. Look for the Caledonian Society banner.

Once owned and operated by the estate of local businessman and landowner Samuel Mills Damon (18411924), the Garden was bought by Kaimana Ventures, whose president John Philip Damon is a great-grandson of Samuel Damon.

The Kamehameha V Cottage, located at the western end of the garden, was originally built in the 1850s by Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who would later become King Kamehameha V. The three separate units of the cottage (a kitchen and dining room unit, a living room/bedroom unit, and an entertainment unit) are connected via a series of roofed porches.

Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop willed the cottage, along with the rest of the ahupua*a (traditional land division) of Moanalua to Damon when she died in 1884. Damon renovated the cottage and used it as a residence. The cottage was moved to its present location in 1960.

The Hitachi tree, a large monkeypod tree with a distinctive umbrella-shaped canopy, grows in a grassy area in the middle of the park. The tree is registered as an exceptional tree by the City and County of Honolulu and cannot be removed or destroyed without City Council approval.

 

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