STRAUB HEALING GARDEN
Located in the heart of Honolulu, on the second floor, overlooking
Historical Thomas Square Park, will be a special healing garden. This
garden setting is filled with colorful flowers and soothing scents from
the fragrant plants and trees. It is a place for patients, staff,
family and friends to be together outside. This garden will be planted
with a specimen Madagascar Olive Tree, native Gardenia, ĎAkia, Fern,
Pepperomia and flowering plants such as Gingers to fill all of the
senses as patients visit with loved ones. MacArthur Palms will be
planted to help soften the tall building walls and coincidentally, their
leaves resemble the Bamboo leaves on the hospital logo.
The granite topped curved seat walls allow for intimate, peaceful family
gatherings under the shade of trees or an umbrella. The garden will
also be designed for a hospital bed to be rolled out so that patients
might enjoy the garden. The garden may also be viewed by patients from
their hospital beds through the windows that look out to the garden.
The trickling of the water from the eased ledges of the granite
waterfeature wall will add a tranquil sound to the gardens and, it too,
can be seen by the patients from their hospital beds. A glass rail
provides the protection required by the building department code and it
also serves both as a window to the Thomas Square Garden as well as a
much needed wind break. With the plan for landscape lighting to
up-light the trees, the gardens will become a nice gathering place for
future family events.
The Straub Healing garden has received a building department permit and
is currently waiting on funding.
The hospital staff is excited about their future new Straub Healing
Garden for their patients and they have been raising money for their
much anticipated garden to come to life.