Tag 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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Appleman immortalizes orchid grotto on canvas

KDOC president Sarah Fogelstrom commissioned local artist Bob Appleman to do a painting of the newly-completed orchid grotto, which was presented to the club at this year’s orchid show.

“Up until the show I really wasn’t sure if he was going to do it or not,” Fogelstrom said. “Then he surprised me by bringing the painting. He did such a beautiful job!”
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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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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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Annual Show Name Announced

There was a somewhat low turnout for KDOC’s annual open house meeting on April 10, but members in attendance were treated to a feast fit for a New Year’s celebration. The biggest news stemming from April’s monthly meeting was the …
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Dry Grotto Pond Awaits Lava Pot

This attractive, sculpted lava pot is hand made in Mark Kimbell’s studio in Holualoa, Hawaii. This decorative container will be placed in the dry pond, just outside the back door of Kannon Hall. The pot will be filled with water, …
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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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KDOC meets with Temple Board

Turns out the grotto design was simply too enticing for its own good. Members from the KDOC met with the Temple Board on March 31 to address questions or concerns surrounding the orchid grotto, which was brought under fire at the monthly meeting earlier in March.
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