Friends of Mukai

A nonprofit organization

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$5,000 Goal


The historic Mukai Farm & Garden interprets the impact of the Mukai family and the broader Japanese American immigrant community on 20th Century agriculture, business, and community life and celebrates the ongoing role of this historic landmark in our community.


Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Mukai Farm & Garden, as well as their historic Fruit Barreling Plant, offer a glimpse into the life of the Mukai Family - Japanese American strawberry farmers on Vashon Island from 1926 to 1942. 

The Mukai house and garden are a prime example of the blending of two cultures. B.D. Mukai's traditional American style house represents the Americanization of Japanese immigrants, while Kuni Mukai's Japanese garden reflects the retention of their Japanese cultural heritage and remains one of the only pre-WWII Japanese gardens designed by a woman in the United States. 

The Mukai Farm & Garden is the only public garden on Vashon Island and is free and open to the public 365 days of the year.

Your donation will help protect, restore and celebrate this historic and vibrant community gathering place that holds the stories of the Mukai Family, island agriculture, Kuni Mukai's garden, and the larger history of the Japanese Americans on Vashon Island. 

Thank you very much. ~ The Board of Directors, Friends of Mukai



  • Tom Alderson
  • Rita Brogan, President
  • Darin Brown
  • Annie Duggan
  • Asano Hayama
  • Stan Kitashima
  • Mike Kleer
  • Kay Longhi
  • Brit Myers
  • Meg Nelson
  • Mary Rabourn
  • Renee Roman
  • Interim Executive Director: Stacy Carkonen

Friends of Mukai is supported by the State of Washington, King County and 4Culture as well as many members of the community.
FoM has partnered with:
•The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
•The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
•The National Park Service
•The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association
•The King County Department of Historic Preservation
•King County Parks and Recreation
•Historic Seattle

Mukai Farm and Garden has also partnered with these local organization for programming:
Vashon Maury Island Land Trust
Vashon Maury Chamber of Commerce
Vashon Center for the Arts

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Organization Data


Organization name

Friends of Mukai

other names

Mukai Farm & Garden

Tax id (EIN)





P.O. Box 2603
Vashon, WA 98070

Service areas

King County, WA, US

Vashon, WA, US, 98070



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