Dana Anne Yee, Landscape Architect, LLC.


Project Name:Kahe Farrington Hwy Roadside Landscaping
Location:Kahe Point, Hawaiʻi
Client:Hawaiian Electric Company

It was with the combined efforts of Matt Kapaliku Schirman, Hui Ku Maoli Ola and John Luʻuwai, Hawaiian Electric Company who worked together with Dana Anne Yee, Dana Anne Yee, Landscape Architect, LLC that a restoration of Leeward Oʻahu's native Hawaiian Dryland Planting project became a reality. A schematic landscape planting plan that covers an area of approximately 20' wide and one mile long with many species of native Hawaiian plants were planted along the roadside fronting Kahe Power Plant.

Enhancing the roadside landscape with native Hawaiian plants served as a natural accent to the strikingly beautiful surroundings Waianae Mountain Range.

With the support and involvement of the Waiʻanae community and a Waiʻanae school, John Luʻuwai spearheaded this ambitious roadside project. Matt provided his expertise and planted the native Hawaiian plants and plants used in the Hawaiian culture.

The Medicinal Garden/Laʻau Lapaʻau, LawaiĆ­a for Fishing and Canoe Garden, and Kumulipo for Source of Life for the Dyeing and Kapa Garden were the three special Hawaiian cultural garden areas that make up this one mile stretch of planting.

This area includes two large drainage areas which are dotted with natural coral outcroppings. The coral outcroppings and the natural undulating terrain were used in the design of this interesting educational walk. The design was started with Coconut Palms which were planted in dense groups (with both field stock and young seedlings) so that the Coconut Palms would be growing for many generations into the future. The three main areas were designed to accent the trees and plant materials that make up the special uses of medicinal purposing, for making dyes, and for fishing. The types of trees were grouped so that each section would be recognized by the three special Hawaiian cultural areas that they are in.

The pathway would not be made of any manmade material, but would be a natural pathway created by people experiencing the garden walk and the three gardens, Laʻau Lapaʻau Garden, Fishing, and Dyeing Garden.

Restoring the Leeward coast with native Hawaiian Dryland Planting has been accomplished with many plants now brought back to their native place of growth to help create an awareness and appreciation of the preservation of our natural environment.

The Kahe Farrington Hwy Roadside Landscaping was recognized by Scenic Hawaii for a Betty Crocker Landscape Award of Excellence in 2014.