Cactus Garden King

Cactus Garden King

During the summer of 1988, while walking past Sean Browne’s “Spirits’ Way” statue — a symbol of spiritual change — Moriso Teraoka had a vision to surround the sculpture with sustainable plants.

Teraoka, a World War II veteran who served with the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Infantry Battalion, had retired after 38 years at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base and was spending his retirement taking culinary classes so he could cook for his friends and family. On his way to his morning botony class, Teraoka would pass the massive silicon bronze statue near Parking Lot B.

“Every time I passed there, I said, ‘Ah, this is just the place to plant my succulents,’” Teraoka said. “And that’s how I got started.”  Read more >> 

(Author: Kevin Deneen)

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