Kadomatsu fuels scholarship

LIHUE — Adam Clark is in the process of accepting a job with the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor.

He and his father Ralph Clark were among the volunteers at the HGEA offices assembling kadomatsu Saturday.

“I was a recipient of the Charles Kendall Scholarship that helped me get to this point,” Adam Clark said.

Proceeds from donations for the kadomatsu fund the Kendall Scholarship which is awarded to HGEA members and dependents.

Kadomatsu, the traditional Japanese bamboo floral arrangement that welcomes in the New Year, is available at the HGEA offices now through Dec. 30 or until supplies run out.

Known as “gate pine,” the arrangements are usually placed at both sides of the entrance to the home.

It usually consists of bamboo stems and two pine tree branches.

A plum tree branch is added to create a combination of three lucky symbols — longevity, gentleness, and fidelity.

Kadomatsu is placed at a home’s gate before New Year’s Eve and displayed until Jan. 7, after which time it is disposed of by burning.

Gerald Ako of the HGEA said they get the help of volunteers, and the Grove Farm Company for the bamboo, in getting this scholarship fundraiser going.

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