United States of America, Hawaii, Honolulu County, Honolulu
ʻĀhuimanu (Honolulu, Hawaii)
"Ahuimanu" is the name of this home and means "gathering of birds" in Hawaiian. Designed in 1921 by noted designer Hart Wood, the home maintains Hawaiian plant material, which attracts an assortment of tropical birds. The garden blooms with lei materials, including palapalai fern. An ancient 'auwai, or irrigation stream, flows through the front of the garden and is surrounded by mondo grass, strawberry guava trees, and specimens of Bromiliaecea which are grown in abundance throughout the garden. The stream is shaded by monkey pod trees and is lined with pink impatiens and various ferns. Soft shades of pink are found throughout the garden in different material ranging from Cordyline fruticosa to over 40 varieties of Begoniaceae. Leading from the 'auwai are Indonesian lava pavers which border he owners' favorite area of walking iris. On the opposite side of the property from the 'auwai is the Nu'u'anu stream that has cascading waterfalls and large natural swimming ponds. The old stone path leading to the stream is surrounded by many varieties of the Begoniaceae. The stream flows through a tropical forest of Monstera and bamboo. Garden lighting highlights the waterfalls and bamboo at night.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: Dr. and Mrs. G. M. Poole (former owner, 1924); Mrs. Eva Rose Trexler (former owner, ?); Hart Wood (Architect, 1924); Phillip K. White (Architect for renovation, 1995); Mary Philpotts McGrath (Interior Design, 1995); and Stephen Haus (Landscape Architect, 1995).
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, and narrative histories/descriptions of the garden (1983), Historic Resources Inventory, and copies of articles.
Garden has been featured in "Weaving the Tapestry," Honolulu, August 2001, p. 79; and Stephen Haus, Gardens of Hawaii ( Haus Association, 2000), pp, 140-143