HONOLULU (KHON2) — In efforts to help strengthen Japan-United States relations at the grassroots level, four landscape architects from Japan worked on the restoration of the Japanese garden at Lili’uokalani Park in Hilo.

The project was originally scheduled to happen in 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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From Friday, June 3, 2022 to Tuesday, June 7 the restoration project was finally able to kick off and be completed.

These four architects from Japan worked on the restoration:

  • Mr. Hiroshi Terashita (Shiga Prefecture): Master landscaper
  • Mr. Yasumasa Imada (Kagawa Prefecture): Leader
  • Mr. Takahiro Senuma (Tokyo)
  • Mr. Taiki Saito (Nagano Prefecture)

The restoration of the Hilo Japanese garden was selected from the Overseas Japanese Garden Restoration Project which is sponsored by the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu said restoring Japanese gardens showcases the charm of Japanese culture worldwide.