Friends of Mukai

Friends of Mukai: This Place MattersFriends of Mukai is a Vashon Island based non-profit that operates the Mukai Farm & Garden.  Since 2012, FoM has worked to secure and preserve the Mukai house, garden, and Fruit Barreling Plant—all constructed almost 90 years ago. 

As stewards of the historic Mukai Farm & Garden, FoM works to interpret and celebrate the following: 

  • The history of Mukai, including the land, the structures, the people who shaped it, and the family’s prominent role in the island community 
  • Island Agriculture including the evolution and impact of strawberry farming and other forms of pre-World War Ii agriculture on Vashon Island 
  • Gardening in the Japanese tradition, with a focus on Kuni Mukai’s garden and its stylistic relationship to gardens in the Pacific Northwest 
  • Japanese American Presence on Vashon and the region including the experiences, contributions and culture of Japanese immigrants and their descendants including post-war Nikkei-Americans 
  • Social Justice and Human Rights, with a special focus on past and present day issues related to immigrants of ALL origins to the United States 

FoM has considerable amounts of money for capital improvements to the Mukai house and Japanese Garden from our amazing public partners.  We expect to finish restoration of these components by the end of 2018.  In 2019 going forward, the house and garden will be open to the public with featured events, parties, picnics, workshops, and general garden picnics and strolls. 

 We are in the process of raising restoration funds for the Fruit Barreling Plant.  Our goal is to secure phase one funds by mid-2019, stabilize the building, and begin a tenant selection process. 

 For more information on Friends of Mukai, our accomplishments, our goals, our programming, our events, and usage of the facility, please email us. 

2018-19 Board and staff

Friends of Mukai
2018-19 Board and Staff members

Bottom row, left to right: Joe Okimoto, Flo Lentz, Barbara Thal Schroeder, Akiko Leonard (staff), Tina Shattuck, Mary Rabourn, Dan Connolly

Top row: Kathy Farner, Erik Mortenson, Mary Bergman, Stephen Jeung, Kay Longhi, J. F. Mannina

Not shown: Steve Brown


From 2012 up to the present

King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks — public capital budget funding

Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation – public capital money

King County 4 Culture — capital funding for structural restoration

Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association

Vashon Maury Island Land Trust


Colonial Dames – funding for staff support in 2018

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Historic Seattle

Artifacts Consulting