Moriso Teraoka: My Grandfather

By Marissa Teraoka
September 2005

Plants have surrounded my grandfather, Moriso Teraoka, throughout his entire life. He was born on a plantation in Wainaku, Hilo, full of luscious greenery and the subtle sounds of the sugar cane whispering in the wind. He was acquainted with the value of nature and its gifts from a very young age, and has remained close to his heart ever since. He has taught, or attempted to teach, his grandchildren the art of nature.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to master the skills required to be a gardener. Every Saturday, my brother, my grandparents, and I would go to KCC to help maintain the cactus garden. I always thought of those outings as a way to play with water or pick pretty flowers for my grandmother. Now that I am older, I realize the meaning of those special times, and the bonds we created. Those are some of the memories that create who I am as a person today. I want to learn to be as patient, and good with plants as he is. Almost any plant that crosses his hands can be assured a long and comfortable life. He has mastered the skills required for nurturing nature through experience and his continuous exposure to the outside world. Through working with plants, he has gained self and creative satisfaction while using it as a relief to escape from the turmoil of everyday life. Gardening gives him the satisfaction of watching his efforts and grows everyday, step-by-step. The outcome of his efforts is very unpredictable, but he continues to persevere. No matter what, good or bad, he learns from his successes and failures, improving as life goes on.

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