United States of America, Hawaii, Honolulu County, Honolulu
Pu'u Panini (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Pu'u Panini means "hill of cactus," an apt description of the arid landscape (less than 10 inches of rainfall annually) of coral outcroppings, cactus, and kiawe trees that is the natural environment of this three-acre garden. Despite its lack of water, the property has a dramatic view of the ocean and Koko Head. A house was first built on the site in the early 1930s and was renovated and modernized many times in the 1950s and 1960s under the direction of architect Vladimir Ossipoff. Landscape architects James C. Hubbard and Paul Weissich were retained to help plan the gardens. Maintenance was a concern and planting was limited to lawns and large trees to control winds and yet maintain the views. The current owner acquired the property in 1983 and at that time the grounds began to evolve into what they are today. A pavilion, tennis court, and new swimming pool (to replace an old one) were built. In the 1990s landscape architect Stephen F. Mechler was retained to direct the landscaping of the grounds and he continues to refine and maintain the property under the supervision of the owners. In addition to the views and sculpture that provide the garden's visual elements, large trees are another highlight. Specimens include Chilean mesquite (Prosopis chilensis), Banyan fig (Ficus retusa), monkey pod or rain tree (Samanea saman), and autograph tree (Clusia rosea). Of additional interest is the collection of Walter Lamb outdoor furniture.
Persons associated with the garden include James C. Hubbard (landscape architect,1960-1970), Paul Weissich (landscape architect, 1960-1970), Stephen F. Mechler (landscape architect, 1975 to date), Boyd MacNaughton (former owner, 1945-1975), and Roberta MacNaughton (former owner, 1975-1983).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, narrative histories of the site and Walter Lamb furniture, and other information.
Garden has been featured in House & Garden (July 1964), p. 57
Garden has been featured in Horace F. Clay and James C. Hubbard, Trees for Hawaiian Gardens (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, 1962)
Garden has been featured in David Cheever and Scott Cheever, Pohaku: The Art & Architecture of Stonework in Hawai'i (Honolulu: Editions Ltd., 2003)