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35th Pua Plantasia Plant Sale (Feb. 9)


Kona Outdoor Circle host its 35th Pua Plantasia Plant Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Old Kona Airport’s Makaeo Events Pavilion.

More than 20 vendors will offer plants including landscape plants — Native Hawaiian and drought and wind tolerant, potted flowers and ground cover, fruit trees, herbs, bedding plants, seedlings, a large variety of orchids, bamboo, water plants, ti plants, bromeliads, protea, day lilies, palms, and much more.

There will also be a collectibles booth, with some outstanding large and small items for sale. Many have come from the attics and garage of longtime members of Kona Outdoor Circle and are true treasures. There are vases, and shells of all kinds, and a host of fun and interesting collectible items.

Classes include an 8:30 a.m. worm composting workshop and a 10 a.m. flower arranging demonstration by noted landscape designer Scott Seymour, who is also the son of KOC’s founding president, Sadie Seymour. At 11:30 a.m., learn about growing and preparing tropical edibles.

The nonprofit organization’s first Pua Plantasia Plant Sale was in 1985. It has held the event almost annually as a means to raise funds, have a fun community event, and increase awareness of the work of Kona Outdoor Circle.

KOC was established in 1948, with a mission of helping keep Kona clean, green, and beautiful. In past years it has organized community cleanups, done public area plantings, and worked on public policy issues that support the mission. Funds raised at Pua Plantasia support the ongoing KOC work.

2012 was the 100th anniversary of KOC’s parent organization, The Outdoor Circle of Honolulu. The Outdoor Circle is known for its advocacy, most notably getting laws passed by the Hawaii Territorial Legislature in 1927 banning billboards in the state to protect viewplanes and the scenic beauty of the state. Prior to The Outdoor Circle’s advocacy in this area, Waikiki and downtown Honolulu were covered with billboards. The prohibition applies statewide.

The Outdoor Circle has 10 branches statewide. On Hawaii Island, branches include the Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle and Waimea Outdoor Circle, in addition to the Kona Outdoor Circle.

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