Category Archives: The Grotto Project

Spring Cleaning

In addition to getting a thorough cleaning this past month, the grotto also gained a new full-time resident.

Nearly a dozen KDOC members assembled between the buildings of the Daifukuji Soto Mission on March 29, as group two was scheduled for grotto maintenance. Rev. Jiko was there to greet the group, and a nomadic Buddha finally found a permanent home, resting peacefully amongst the orchids in the grotto.

“The orchid garden is beautiful and healthy because of the love and care it regularly receives from KDOC members,” said Rev. Jiko. “The new Buddha statue exudes an aura of tranquility. I also send a BIG mahalo to your group of volunteers.”
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Remember the Grotto

Remember the orchid grotto? Yeah, it’s still there, and it’s still as vibrant as ever. Big mahalos to Joyce Hancock, who took this picture of the grotto earlier in the month.

“The miltonia is just growing amazingly well in the ground,” Joyce said. “Look at those three flowering spikes. I also planted some of mine that were struggling in the ground and they have actually perked up!”
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Orchid Grotto wins Betty Crocker Landscape Award

WAIKIKI BEACH, HI – The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club was recognized by Scenic Hawai’i, Inc. at the 11th annual Betty Crocker Landscape Awards ceremony at the Outrigger Canoe Club on June 19 for its involvement with the Orchid Grotto. The KDOC won the Award of Appreciation under the volunteer/community garden category.
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A Garden Blessing

Today we are celebrating the completion of the orchid grotto created by the members of the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club and presented to Daifukuji Soto Mission as a centennial gift.  We receive this gift with deep gratitude. May this orchid …
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Mission: Accomplished

After months of hard work, the orchid grotto is finally complete.

Rev. Jiko gave a touching blessing the morning of May 25, officially dedicating the orchid grotto and adding an exclamation point to one of the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s most ambitious projects. The KDOC presented the grotto to the Daifukuji Soto Mission as a centennial gift in honor of Jim and Norma Lathrop.
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Lava rocks don’t move themselves

Saturday, April 13 – Frames were removed from Dick’s custom-designed stepping stones, which we had poured the week before. The steps had cured and already made access much, much easier. Any gaps around the stepping stones were filled with small …
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All’s well in the grotto

When I first heard there were problems and complaints with the grotto project, my heart sank … Here the grotto was less than 2 months old, and probably still didn’t look like much to the naked eye, yet it had …
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Grotto Update

Even though we didn’t make it to the grotto itself that first day, the progress was well worth it. By cleaning up that far side of the building it became not only easy to walk on, but a spot which could easily be planted out and made into a garden in its own right. We took something ugly and unused and made it usable, and with time and care it will grow more and more beautiful by the day.
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