The Outdoor Circle honors landscape projects

A Lahaina home steeped in history and the peaceful garden of a Honolulu senior living center have been awarded the 2007 Beautification Awards by The Outdoor Circle. The awards are presented annually to recognize special landscaping projects that enhance the beauty of Hawai‘i.

“For nearly 100 years The Outdoor Circle has protected and fostered the beauty of our islands,” said CEO Mary Steiner, in a press release. “This year’s winning projects beautify their neighborhoods and demonstrate the kind of community pride that helps make Hawai‘i such a unique, special place.”

The nominations were judged by a panel of landscape experts and Outdoor Circle board members. Awards were presented in two categories:

• Residential Landscape — Tom and Chris Brayton, Lahaina, for the meticulous restoration and landscaping of the 80-year-old Kaluakini home on Lahaina’s Front Street. The judges said the beautiful plantings and water features make the property a model for the owners of other historic homes to follow.

• Corporate, Business or Government Landscape — One Kalakaua Senior Living, Honolulu. The Jane Uemura Friendship Garden at this Honolulu senior citizen tower consists of several landscaped sections that are designed to distinctly reflect the cultures of the residents of the building. The gardens were designed and planted exclusively by the residents and staff.

Steiner says The Outdoor Circle created the awards to recognize outstanding contributions to the scenic environment of the state and to encourage businesses, government and residents to invest in making Hawai‘i a more beautiful place to live, work and visit.

The Beautification Awards were presented Saturday at The Outdoor Circle annual meeting at Wahiawa Botanical Garden.

Betsy Connors of Kailua was sworn-in as the new president of the organization’s board of directors and Chipper Wichman, CEO and Director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden with locations on Kaua‘i and Maui delivered the keynote address.

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