Industry News: Litigation

Bonsai tree stolen after owner raised it for decades

Monday, October 29, 2018  
Posted by: Dana Walker

HONOLULU — Hawaii police are trying to find a rare bonsai tree that was stolen from a


nursery owner who says he spent 56 years caring for it.

The tree was taken in September from David Fukumoto’s nursery in the Big Island community of Mountain View, he said.

Fukumoto began growing the tree in 1962 to spruce up the bare-bones Honolulu apartment he and his wife lived in as newlyweds, he said Tuesday.

“I ended up getting hooked on growing bonsai,” Fukumoto, 78, said, describing how he took it with him when he moved to the Big Island where he runs a nursery called Fuku-Bonsai. “I feel as if they kidnapped my daughter. This is my first bonsai.”

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