Although the purchase of the facility went according to plan, the planned infrastructure and funding absolutely necessary for proper maintenance did not materialize. An inexperienced board, in the project’s first year, failed to raise any funds at all for the site’s future. Matthews and her husband then stepped in and over the next 12 years supplied thousands of dollars of critical funding needed to keep Island Landmark’s vision for a revitalized Mukai Farm & Garden from simply disappearing into history.

Above: This is what the bank to the south of the main island looked like, circa 1936. The famous Masa Mukai maple can be seen at the far left. Below: Bird’s-Eye view of the south island; paradise among the strawberry fields. Again, taken by dare-devil Masa Mukai in his airplane. Around 1932. Photo courtesy of Dan Brown

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