This homeowner tends to her garden and dedicates her time to various landscaping projects that make her worthy of being a "Featured Homeowner" as part of HOK’s Mauka to Makai (M2M) Home Care and Landscaping Program
This Kāneʻohe Bay Drive family has lived in this house in Kaneohe for over 20 years and have worked hard to transform the property to include beautiful and functional landscaping features throughout this almost half acre property.
For a number of years, the family has been dealing storm water flooding along the foundation/base of their home, and even into their outdoor laundry room, but found a creative and beautiful solution to flooding problems by placing sandbags along one side of the property.
Additionally, the homeowner installed a rain barrel that is connected to two of the down spouts in the backyard. The homeowner attended the Honolulu Board of Water Supply Rain Barrel Workshop (http://www.hbws.org/cssweb/display.cfm?sid=2091) and learned how to properly install the rain barrel herself. She also utilized the free rain barrel and fixtures that were provided during the workshop. The top of the rain barrel is covered with mesh to keep out the bugs and mosquitoes, but the mesh still allows the water from the downspout to enter into the rain barrel. There is nozzle at the bottom of the rain barrel which can be connected to a hose or used to water the vegetables and flowers. The addition of a rain barrel in the back yard allows the homeowner to utilize the rain water for watering purposes rather than paying for city water from the hose or faucet.
With the beauty of our Kāneʻohe Bay’s turquoise waters viewed right out the front yard, it seems that this view would be a daily reminder of the importance of protecting this incredible natural landscape. Thankfully when the homeowner’s backs are turned to the view out their front door, they are still considering Hawaii’s fragile ecosystem and doing their part to protect ocean health by restoring the āina in their own back yard.