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  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Gardener Sharon Okuda shows off the colorful flowering part of a large bromeliad in her Wahiawa backyard garden. “Ever since I was a kid, I always loved plants and wanted to have my own botanical garden,” said Okuda.
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    Near the front door of Sharon Okuda’s home is a pair of antique wagon wheels, on display with bromeliads including pineapple.
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    A 200-pound mochi pounding stone, or “usu,” has been re-purposed as a water feature in Okuda’s garden. A solar-powered pump circulates the water in the bowl.
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    Polka dot begonias have a place in Okuda's landscape.
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    Okuda also includes cosmos flowers in her garden.
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    One of Okuda's flowers includes a large double bird of paradise.

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