Campus Gardens

Campus Gardens

Notice 07/10/2017: We are currently working on improving these pages involving our campus gardens. We’re currently collaborating with Punahou faculty and students to bring you more information about the 5 campus gardens we have on campus. Please stay tuned!

Cactus Garden

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 cacti featured below in our garden.

Native Hawaiian Garden

The Native Hawaiian Garden is completely dedicated to planting and cultivating indigenous and endemic Hawaiian Plant species. Located between the Kokiʻo and Koa buildings, the Native Hawaiian Garden serves as an important teaching tool for botany courses at KCC. The garden was started in Summer 2015 by KCC botany instructor Mike Ross and two of his students; Christine Nakahara and Juli Burden. There are several rare and endangered Hawaiian plants found in the garden. If anyone is interested in tours of the garden and/or service-learning, there are ample opportunities. Please contact Mike Ross for more information.

Culinary Garden

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Rain Garden

Jelly lemon drops lollipop bear claw icing oat cake biscuit sweet icing. Chocolate bar jelly chocolate bar. Chupa chups sesame snaps powder chupa chups cupcake muffin. Jelly carrot cake gummi bears icing oat cake.

Māla Māunuunu

Māla Maunuunu – located behind the Mānele building, provides a variety of learning opportunities for Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC) students, faculty/staff, and the community. The purpose of the Māla is to serve as an outside classroom for hands-on ʻāina-based learning, sustenance of lāʻau lapaʻau and ancestral practices through Native Hawaiian plant cultivation for the KCC community. In addition, the Māla is host to group tours, interdisciplinary learning and cultural events. Student opportunities include; conducting undergraduate research, satisfy scholarship requirements, service learning, community service, volunteer opportunities, and simply working the ʻāina.

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