Keauhou Store was teeming place at one time.

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Keauhou Store, formerly Sasaki Store, was started in 1919 by Yoshisuke Sasaki. Sasaki was a skilled carpenter from Japan who came to Kona in search of economic opportunity. He earned his first money making coffins out of redwood and then built redwood water tanks for prominent immigrant families.

Recognized as a capable designer, Sasaki built the archway for the Tong Wo Tong Cemetery and helped with the construction of the Daifukuji Soto Mission. After his carpenter’s shop in nearby Honalo burned down, he moved to the store site with his wife, Kuma, and their family. Besides building and opening his store, he farmed several acres of coffee and macadamia nuts and processed them. He invented a number of milling machines.

The store was also a Standard Oil service station. It pumped more gas than any other station in Kona. A gathering place for the community, the store’s large front lanai was a location to visit and talk story.

Yoshisuke’s son, Rikyo, began operating the store in the 1950s and selling the first Schwinn and Columbia bicycles in Kona. This establishment was truly the department store of the area, stocking musical goods and instruments, records, appliances, radios, jewelry, stationery, hardware, photographic supplies, sporting goods, sewing supplies, groceries and more. With its handy gas pump and assortment of merchandise, Keauhou Store was a popular place for local coffee farmers and nearby residents to shop. Poor roads and lack of transportation encouraged support of neighborhood stores.

With the extension of Highway 11, Kuakini Highway, in 1967, traffic that formerly passed by Keauhou Store’s front porch on Mamalahoa Highway was diverted. Keauhou Store struggled to survive as discount supermarkets lured customers to Kailua-Kona.

Yoshisuke lived a long life and died at age 88. Rikyo continued to run the store, but in 1995 he decided to remove the gas pumps and tanks rather than replace them as the Environmental Protection Agency required, further slowing business. He never married and passed away in 2009, when the store passed to his older brother, Gilbert, 90-plus and living on Oahu. No other family members wanted to take on the business, so it was put up for sale. That is where Kurt and Thea Brown came in. The Holualoa couple bought it, began renovations in 2010, and reopened Keauhou Store in 2011.

 

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Did You Know…?

Pink Orchid Shower VineCongea tomentosa.

In the Rainbow garden across the path (left) from the Cinnamon Tree one can see a large, vigorous vine as it twines around whatever it can find to climb on. It is almost always in bloom, with thousands of pink “flowers”. Close inspection will reveal that the four pink “petals” are actually pink-colored bracts that surround the usually five very small true flowers in the center. Thus what appears to be a pink-petaled flower is actually a small inflorescence. After several weeks of color, the bracts fade and the inflorescence falls from the plant in an interesting way. The four dry bracts act like miniature helicopter blades, and the whole small inflorescense slowly twirls its way down to earth, drifting away from the mother plant in the breeze. Thus this is the mechanism for seed dispersal by this plant.

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Explore Our Rainbow Walk…

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Adjacent to the gardens entrance is the Rainbow Walk, in which you can view a profusion of tropical trees, shrubs and perennial plants and even a cactus garden. More than a quarter mile of paved pathways wind through the acres of plants in the Rainbow Walk, but visitors are encouraged to meander off the walkways for a closer look or to take pictures.

In this area, you can see blooming anthuriums, azaleas, bougainvillea, bromeliads, crinums, gingers, heliconias, hibiscus, and many other tropical flowering perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees.

Many varieties of orchids festoon the plants in the Rainbow Walk or cling to the Orchid Wall with new blooms popping out almost every day. Orchids may be near your feet on a stump, peeping out from a pile of logs or hiding on a low-growing bush. They’re in almost every tree, living anywhere from a few feet off the ground to high in the canopy. The orchids come in almost every color from white to almost black. Many are very fragrant and one even smells like chocolate! See cattleyas, dendrobiums, phalaenopsis, vandas, and other species often with several varieties on the same tree. 

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November 26th is Thanksgiving Day in United States…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.

Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.

In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.

Most government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many offices and businesses allow staff to have a four-day weekend so these offices and businesses are also closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day.

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Discover Hawaii’s only Segway off road rainforest adventure!!

Segway2Segway in the Gardens is such a cool experience. When you Segway you know you are having fun, and when you do it in the rainforest — it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Start out with an introductory tour and learn the machine with your certified guide. Then step into the experience of riding on a longer trip where your guides will lead you all through the gardens, the rainforest and even a longer journey to Kamae’e Falls at the top of the gardens property.

See the 360 degree views that include Mauna Kea with its observatories, the paniolo cattle ranch, and the wide blue Pacific Ocean with whales occasionally breaching within view. This is the glide of a lifetime!

Explore the scenic Hawaiian countryside, visit historic areas where your guides will share stories, ride through the gardens and explore the rainforest – all this while effortlessly gliding on a Segway Personal Transporter (PT).

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Did You Know…?

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Sansevieria trifasciata.

This plant is familiar to many people as a very durable house-plant, in that it tolerates low light intensities and dry conditions, with the most serious threat to its health being over-watering.

Some say that it is called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue because of its sharp leaf tip; to that might be added, it is hard to get rid of once you have it. The variety with the yellow leaf margins is called ‘Laurentii’. It can only be propagated by dividing its rhizome, while the common variety mottled green and silvery white can also be propagated by making leaf cuttings. There are many other varieties of Sansevieria available as house-plants. In Africa the long leaves are used as a fiber source.

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