One of the stolen bonsai trees returned

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It’s been two weeks since a thief broke into a Waimanalo nursery and stole 16 bonsai trees valued at more than $100,000.

It’s a story KHON2 News first reported on Sunday.

On Tuesday, one of the bonsai trees was recovered and returned.

Walter Liew is passionate about bonsai. In fact, he considers all of his bonsai trees his babies.

“Because every day I take care,” Liew said.

Two weeks ago, someone as he puts it, “kidnapped” some of his bonsai trees.

“My son said you see the empty table and you cry,” Liew said.

But tears of sadness have since turned into tears of joy.

“I looked and was so happy,” Liew said.

One of his “kidnapped” bonsai trees is now back home.

“If you have a child missing or kidnapped then returned in healthy condition, you’re very happy,” Liew said.

Liew says this one is worth about $1,200.

“It is called a fukien tea.  This is about 35 years old. I had been training this one for 20 years,” Liew said.

It’s one of 16 bonsai stolen from Liew’s Waimanalo nursery.

“I’m so happy, he took care of my baby,” Liew said.

It was found in Waianae.

“Policeman says early this morning somebody called the station said we found a tree in my back door street, on the back door street,” Liew said.  “They don’t have a suspect yet.”

But he has a message for the suspect.

“If I know who he is, I pardon him. I would tell him anything you want. I give to you, so do not steal,” Liew said.

He’s also hopeful for the safe recovery of his other bonsai.

“Main thing I want to recover the best pieces. The best pieces I can sell for $35,000 each,” Liew said.

For now, though, he’s just thankful that he got this one back.

He credits it in part to the story KHON2 aired on Sunday.

“So I’m very happy and I want to thank you and Channel 2, all the people so much,” Liew said.

Liew is now offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of his remaining bonsai trees.

Anyone with information is asked to call Honolulu police.

Related story: Bonsai master’s trees are stolen from his nursery

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