Hawaiian landscapes certainly have enough lava rock but may be lacking in water elements like streams, ponds, lakes and ocean frontage. In many other parts of the world, rock and water elements are used in the landscape to create a natural feeling and add interest to the design. Balinese gardens usually include not only naturalistic forms, but often, sculptured elements as well. In Japan the stone water basins that stand outside the teahouses are an example of rock and water used on a small scale. In almost any garden, the gentle sound and sight of water running over cool stones is refreshing.
Here on the Volcano Island, we have fantastic rock formations with which to work, and we have sufficient water to create outstanding landscapes. Many of the newer developments in West Hawaii are using the rough and rugged lava fields as part of the basic design. Unfortunately, many lots being developed are quickly cleared with no thought to the natural lay of the land.
If you are considering incorporating rock and water elements into your landscape, there are several ways to expand your imagination. Of course you could take a trip to Bali or Japan, but a less expensive way would be to get together with other creative folks who have similar interests. Another way to get ideas is to check out the numerous books on the subject at local libraries and bookstores. Many private and