United States of America, Hawaii, Honolulu County, Honolulu
Pu'u Makani (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Established in 1944, this 1.45 acre property in Oahu's rainforest is located on Round Top Drive at an elevation of 1350 feet on the flank of the extinct volcano, Mount Konahuanui. Round Top Drive was added to the State Register of Historic Places in 2007 and the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. The property was built on a cinder cone named by the early Hawaiians Pu'u Makani, "Hill of the Wind." The architect, Valdamir Ossipoff, levelled off the top of the cinder cone creating two levels for the garden and house. The lower entrance level from Round Top Drive is lined with Case avocado, Australian red cedar, hao and melaleuca trees. A 15 foot traveler's palm is in the center of the lower lawn and a 30 foot magnolia stands beside the garage.
A toon tree (Australian red cedar) stands at the foot of the curved stairway leading to the upper lawn. Native hao creates a dense thicket to the right of the upper lawn which gives a view of the city and ocean with Diamond Head in the distance. Begonias, tree fern, ferns, citrus, native gardenia, and native hibiscus are also present. The lawn is edged with libularia. There are more than 15 native koa trees. The sickle shaped leaves of the koa were the inspiration for Ossipoff's use of curves in the entry steps, the terrace and walkways and in the curve of the small lawn. The grass path from the front lawn to the lower area behind the home leads to a vegetable garden, flower beds, and planting shed.
Persons associated with the garden include: W. A. Ramsay (former owner, -1944), Leroy and Octavia Bush (former owners, 1944-1965), and Vladimir Ossipoff (architect, 1944-1951).
The folder includes worksheets, features plan, and a copy of a poem written about the property.
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