A Mission for Orchids

Ted Dailey poses with an orchid in front of his home, a converted Honwanji Temple in HolualoaTed Dailey is not just a man on a mission. He’s a man IN a mission.

Well, sort of.

Twenty-seven years ago, Ted purchased the old Honwanji Temple in Holualoa and has been restoring it ever since.

“Our family’s house had sold and we were having a hard time house hunting here in Kona,” said Ted. “Every house was expensive and in not very good shape. So we decided to use the coconut wireless, and low and behold a friend suggested we speak to the Honwanji Temple Members and ask how they feel about us refurbishing the property and making it our home.

“The property had set empty for over 4 yrs with no care as the Hongwanji Members were using their new Temple in Kealakekua. So we spent over six weeks tearing down old buildings and hauling off the jungle that was crawling thru the buildings.”

Next came replacing rotton wood and a lot of repainting. Then he began building closests, installing showers, etc., and all the other things to transform it into a home.

“After a lot of sweat and energy we moved in and started on the gardens,” Ted added. “It’s been a lot of work but I truly Love this place and hope to be here another 27 years.”

On February 1, about a dozen Kona Daijukuji Orchid Club members visited Ted’s home on a club field trip. No one would argue that the picturesque landscape gives Ted an ideal place to grow his orchids. Members wandered around the grounds, around the koi ponds and over the bridges.

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