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Hawaii’s Plantation Village volunteer Yoshiko Yamauchi tends to plants traditionally used for medicinal purposes

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                                Yoshiko Yamauchi, a retired teacher and longtime volunteer at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu, is affectionately known as “the plant lady.” She helped plan the gardens surrounding several homes representing each ethnic group.

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    Yoshiko Yamauchi, a retired teacher and longtime volunteer at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu, is affectionately known as “the plant lady.” She helped plan the gardens surrounding several homes representing each ethnic group.

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                                Jatropha podagrica, commonly known as gout plant, Buddha’s belly bush or Coral plant. The succulent gets the name of gout plant from its bulbous base or caudex. It was used in liniment to relieve pain.

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    Jatropha podagrica, commonly known as gout plant, Buddha’s belly bush or Coral plant. The succulent gets the name of gout plant from its bulbous base or caudex. It was used in liniment to relieve pain.

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                                Pictured is the Haowi plant.

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    Pictured is the Haowi plant.

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                                During the plantation era, many plants were prepared in traditional ways by various ethnic groups. These decades-old jars of preserved ­lemons in the Chinese cooking house are one example.

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    During the plantation era, many plants were prepared in traditional ways by various ethnic groups. These decades-old jars of preserved ­lemons in the Chinese cooking house are one example.

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                                Awapuhi kuahiwi is native to India and related to ginger. This plant is common in damp, open forests forming a continuous ground cover.

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    Awapuhi kuahiwi is native to India and related to ginger. This plant is common in damp, open forests forming a continuous ground cover.

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                                Pictured are leaves of bitter cabbage in the Okinawan garden.

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    Pictured are leaves of bitter cabbage in the Okinawan garden.

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                                Jatropha podagrica, commonly known as gout plant, Buddha’s belly bush or Coral plant. The succulent gets the name of gout plant from its bulbous base or caudex. It was used in liniment to relieve pain.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Jatropha podagrica, commonly known as gout plant, Buddha’s belly bush or Coral plant. The succulent gets the name of gout plant from its bulbous base or caudex. It was used in liniment to relieve pain.

Tours of the historic houses are the highlight of Hawaii’s Plantation Village museum in Waipahu, but garden lovers would have a field day just learning about the backyard plants that were important to the well-being of different ethnic groups. Read more

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