Awards and Recognition

  • Washington State Register of Historic Places (1993)
  • National Register of Historic Places (1994)
  • John D. Spellman award for Exemplary Achievement for Garden Restoration (2020)


House & Garden

  • House restoration including electrical upgrade; front porch significantly stabilized; replaced furnace (2018)
  • Restoration of Kuni’s Garden (2019)
  • Implemented a pedestrian and vehicle circulation plan (2018)
  • Cherry Tree Planting (2018)
  • Stabilization of historic Fruit Barreling Plant (2020, 2021)
  • Developed ADA compliant wheelchair lift and bathroom (2019, 2021)



  • Annual Haiku Festival (ongoing)
  • Annual Japan Festival (ongoing)
  • Children’s Japanese cultural immersion day camp (2018)
  • Day of Remembrance ceremonies (ongoing)
  • Master Class cooking and craft series (ongoing)
  • Research and Education Symposia (ongoing)
  • Asian American Film Watch Parties (ongoing_
  • Sponsorship of speakers on historic and cultural topics (ongoing)
  • Japanese cultural workshops (ongoing)
  • Participation in Vashon Maury Heritage Museum awarding winning exhibit “Joy and Heartache” about the Japanese American experience on Vashon Island (2018-2019)
  • Development of rental program for community organizations and event


Education and Research

  • Open houses for youth, cultural organizations and general public (ongoing)
  • Conducted house and grounds tour for 140 McMurray 7th grade students(ongoing)
  • Conducted research on Mukai and Vashon history(ongoing)
  • Creation of a collections policy (ongoing)
  • Installed interpretive exhibit on Vashon Japanese American and Mukai family history (2018)



  • Hired a part-time Executive Director
  • Adopted historic preservation guidelines for interpretation and rehabilitation
  • Archeological oversight during constructure (ongoing)



  • Updated our logo, tag line, branding, webpage, and social media platforms
  • Membership drive (2020)
  • Implementation of monthly newsletter (ongoing)
  • Developed videos on Mukai history and on Kuni’s garden

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