Sakyadhita Hawai‘i enters into an agreement to purchase five acres of undeveloped land in rural Waialua on the North Shore of Oahu.
Sakyadhita Hawai‘i completes the purchase of the land but is unable to develop it due to a lack of funding. The seasons pass and the grass grows higher and higher.
Tackling the Grass
Volunteers begin the enormous task of clearing the 10-foot-high guinea grass that covers the land.
Dedicated volunteers begin planting trees on the property, including banana, mango, and avocado.
Building a Shed
The Huynh family donates a prefab shed and an international volunteer team constructs it, led by Bill and Melodee Metzger, Bhiksuni Tam Hanh, and Crocker the fireman.
Clearing and Planting
Teams of volunteers, including martial artists, families, and monastics continue the gigantic task of clearing five acres of guinea grass.
More Clearing and Planting
A new mower and two weed whackers make it much easier to clear the grass. Volunteers plant many different varieties of trees, vegetables, and medicinal plants: ulu, taro, noni, olena, mango, guava, avocado, ice cream bean, and more.
Bodhi Tree Ceremony
Over sixty people gather to celebrate the planting of a bodhi tree, a descendent of the tree under which the Buddha achieved awakening 2,500 years ago in India. Prayers and blessings are offered by practitioners of eight different religions.
Japanese Tea House
A small tea house is built to process herbs and share tea with volunteers and visitors. Nikola Carouso redesigns the Sakyadhita Hawai‘i logo and letterhead. Everyone joins in planting new trees, vegetables, flowers, and medicinal plants.
Art and Furry Friends
A stunning mural by artist Thomas Chung is installed at the tea house. A cute puppy named TinTin arrives from Maui on Christmas Day, joined by a sweet kitten named NaLa (Swahili for Lion Queen).
Papaya and Plumeria
Over 75 plumeria and 100 papaya trees begin to flower and fruit. Danica Sy redesigns the Sakyadhita Hawai‘i website. The first lotus flower and Bird of Paradise blossom. Volunteers share delightful meals straight from the garden.