With a little help from Japan: Stone beaches rebuilt in Liliuokalani Park

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Rev. Sohko Kuki performs a blessing in front of the Japanese landscaping team and other attendees for the new suhama, or stone beaches, at Liliuokalani Park and Gardens in Hilo on Tuesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Master gardener Hiromu Terashita sprinkles sake over the new suhama, or stone beaches, at Liliuokalani Park and Gardens in Hilo on Tuesday. Terashita led a Japanese landscaping crew in building the suhama at the park.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Roanne Nip walks down the path past the new suhama, or stone beach, at Liliuokalani Park and Gardens in Hilo on Tuesday. Nip shared a photograph of her grandmother at a stone beach in Liliuokalani Park in the 1930s, which prompted Friends of Liliuokalani Park to work to restore the original stone beaches.

After over two years of planning, four gardeners from Japan traveled to Hilo and built two suhama, or stone beaches, at Liliuokalani Park and Gardens.