Liliuokalani Botanical Garden suffers from disrepair
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The City and County of Honolulu's website describes the Liliuokalani Botanical Garden as thus:
"Portions of this 7½ acre garden were once the property and favorite picnic grounds of Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawai`i. She later bequeathed her land to the City and County of Honolulu to be used for the public's enjoyment. This developing garden is devoted to native Hawaiian plants."
The main feature of the botanical garden is a long ambling stream.
"This stream goes a really long way, it's a beautiful hike, when it's not full of trash," said user Mary Ross.
Trash litters the stream itself and the banks. A mattress and several garbage bags are within site on the far bank to anyone using the pathway.
"Makes me embarrassed to be a human, to be a resident that people treat this that way," Ross said, choking back tears.
Doug Ostrem was enjoying a lunch to himself when he described the area.
"It's very peaceful, never felt threatened by anyone, it's nice. Not a lot of people around, which I like," he said.
However, he too noticed the blight.
"It's a shame, it's really sad," Ostrem said.
Garden visitors like Ostrem and Ross hope something is done to reclaim the grounds.
"Clean it up, just clean it up," Ross said. "If the trash and the clothes and the cans and the cigarette butts and everything else is picked up, nature will heal the rest of it if people just stay out of it."