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More Hanging Baskets

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This is for Armon!  Would you like to see more more hanging baskets with flowers and greenery in Downtown Hilo?  It’s in the EDH 2025 Plan – Action 2.55 Install Hanging Baskets. 
 
Where would you like to see more hanging baskets?
What kinds of flowers or foliage require minimum maintenance?
Would you like to Sponsor (buy) or Adopt (help maintain) a hanging basket?
 
 EDH 2025 Primary Focus Area:  Preserving Our Environment
Secondary Focus Area(s):  Creating Economic Vitality

Category: Public Places
Tagged: Flowers, Greenery, Hanging Baskets

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  • I second using native and kanu plants in the hanging baskets! I’ve noticed some beautiful plantings of uala in front of businesses. many colorsfo leaves, and graceful. They also make a pretty purple flower.

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    1. Aloha,
      Mahalo Manu for the pulley rig suggestion and encouragement to use native plants; Mahalo Leilehua for seconding Manu’s native plant idea and would you be interested in getting some appropriate plants for us?
       
      Armon: Mahalo for inspiring this project and Mahalo to Hilo Guitars and Ukuleles for offering to sponsor a basket!  RE your comment: This is something that could be paid for from the Vistor’s tax base I would hope.
       
      Baskets are pretty reasonable and we are trying to rely less on government to fund our efforts.  I believe the TAT (transient  accomodation tax) charged by lodging providers is collected by the State, then gets divided up between each County, which then determines best use of the money as part of the general fund.  I may not have this exactly right….but the point is, the baskets are inexpensive.
       
      The Hilo Downtown Improvement Association put up the first baskets and we are responsible for maintaining all the landscaping in the Downtown area (except for in the parks – that’s County Parks & Recreation and they maintain those areas).  Unfortunately we don’t really have a maintenance crew – we’ve got Chiko part-time two days a week for all of town and we don’t own and aren’t really in a position to own a truck with a bucket.  We haven’t been able to get him up a ladder, hense the raggedy condition of some of them.
       
      We could potentially ask the County to assist us with some of their crew and equipment, I just know they have a huge amount of work (Big Island) and limited staff to do it.  Our project is so small, can we devise a simple way to put the baskets up and bring them down without specialty manpower and big equipment?
       
      Sometimes it may seem we’re in the wrong century but we sure do the best we can with what we’ve got and we don’t give up!

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    2. Hilo Guitars and Ukuleles, thanks for the support, but I wouldn’t want to hang (pun intended) the cost on the merchants.  This is something that could be paid for from the Vistor’s tax base I would hope.

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    3. I love the support for this idea.  I come from a maintenance background and for those who worry about ladders….you’re in the wrong century.  Today maintenance crews can water remotely by truck (or cart) if needed, and for more serious plant maintenance, basket hanging/repair when needed, a truck with a personnal bucket (i.e.:  recycled electrical line repair truck) is far safer for all concerned.    
      Local , colorful, and low (almost no) maintenance for sure. 
      And thanks to the staff for adding the photo’s!  Perfect!

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    4. Would be wonderful.Lets ge it done.Why don,t we have local business sponser them.I will volunteer to be the first sponser.

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    5. I second using native and kanu plants in the hanging baskets! I’ve noticed some beautiful plantings of uala in front of businesses. many colorsfo leaves, and graceful. They also make a pretty purple flower.

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    6. If you could rig a pulley system so that the plants could be raised and lowered without using a ladder that might help with both liability and ease of maintenance. One other suggestion, please only plant native plants. We have enough invasive species plants, ferns and trees growing in and around Hilo.

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    7. Mahalo Susan for posting this and making the important point: minimum maintenance plantings are a MUST.
       
      Hilo rain is not so frequent these days so plants that don’t need a whole lot of water work the best.  Plus getting up to those baskets to clean, replant and/or water requires a ladder, which creates safety and liability issues.
       
      Mahalo also to BERT MUKAI and past DIA Beautification Committee members for helping put those first four baskets up and CHIKO for keeping up as best he can!
       
       

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