• Held a Volunteer Appreciation & Cherry Tree Planting event
  • Held a public program with Dr. Barbara Johns about her book “The Hope of Another Spring”
  • Sponsored a children’s Japanese cultural immersion week long summer day camp
  • Held a Day of Remembrance ceremony
  • Held a public program about Densho with the Executive Director Tom Dean
  • Sponsored three Japanese cultural half day workshops
  • Held a public program with Mayumi Tsutakawa from Washington Humanities


Education and Research

  • Held 18 open houses
  • Conducted house and grounds tour for 140 McMurray 7th grade students
  • Developed five storylines to support our interpretation programming and communications
  • Conducted research on items to archive as well as historical facts and stories
  • Progressed on creation of a collections policy and Past Perfect software usage


  • Hired a part-time administrative assistant
  • Reduced our past property tax liability as well as our future payments
  • Completed the transition to Quickbooks and a new bank
  • Adopted historic preservation guidelines for interpretation and rehabilitation
  • Contracted with an archeologist to monitor digging on our historic grounds
  • Contributed to the County’s purchase of the fruit barreling plant
  • Disposed of a large amount of non-historic materiel left by the previous board


  • Updated our logo, tag line, branding, webpage, and social media platforms
  • Grants
  • Submitted a significant capital grant request to the State for FBP renovation funding
  • Received grant fund from Colonial Dames for staff support
  • Awaiting decisions on three grant applications to 4Culture and the National Trust

Fund Raising

  • Received $250,000 appropriation from the State legislature and over $60,000 in major gifts

House & Garden

  • Completed a pedestrian and vehicle circulation plan; contracted for work to start in August
  • Complete electrical upgrade; front porch significantly stabilized; replaced furnace
  • Contracted with a construction company to restore the north garden water feature this August

Friends of Mukai
2019-20 Board members

Bottom row, left to right: Rita Brogan, Meg Nelson,, Kay Longhi, Nancy Wolff, Steve Brown

Top row: Tina Shattuck, Stephen Jeong, Mary Rabourn, Mary Bergman, J. F. Mannina, Dan Connolly

Not shown: Joe Okimoto, Erik Mortenson


From 2012 to the present

Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

Washington State Department of Commerce

King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

King County 4 Culture

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation


Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association

Vashon Maury Island Land Trust

Historic Seattle

Artifacts Consulting