In 1988, retiree and former member of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd RCT sought and received permission to landscape a small portion of unused space at the Kapiʻolani Community College with the intention of planting and cultivating a cactus and succulent garden. Working seven days a week with seeds and plants ordered from catalogs, he crafted a small but beautiful garden. Since that time, Moriso and an ever-changing team of volunteers have cultivated the original space and expanded the garden to expand an immense space running along the lower edge of the campus. The garden is a famous tourist spot and botanical site, attracting many thousands of visitors since its creation. The cactus garden won the Outdoor Circle Beautification Award in 1990 and 1998. And after all these years, Moriso Teraoka still works in the garden he began as a work of passion. You will find some of the cactuses featured below in our garden.
This is a tree-like cactus species which can grow to be over 70 feet tall. Saguaros have a relatively long life span of anywhere from 15-25 years. It is a native plant to the Sonoran Desert in the state of Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora and certain areas of California.
Agave victoria-reginae is a small species of succulent flowering perennial plant, noted for its streaks of white on sculpted geometrical leaves. While it has remained endangered in its native habitat , it has become very common in cultivation.
Popularly known as Golden Barrel Cactus, it is rare and endangered in the wild. There may be up to 35 pronounced ribs in mature plants with long, sharp spines that are either straight or slightly curved.It is considered to be one of easiest and fastest growing cactus in warmer climates.