Walking barefoot on soft grass is one of life’s sweetest and most simple pleasures.

Even more than that, it’s actually good for you.

Research shows that walking barefoot on grass can help decrease stress levels by as much as 62%. It also strengthens the tendons, muscles and ligaments in the feet, and improves flexor strength.

“A barefoot-friendly lawn encourages kids to play outdoors and adds both to a home’s value and its curb appeal,” says Sean Fong, owner of Hawaiian Turfgrass.


In late 2023, Fong’s Mililani farm became the exclusive seller of one of the softest, most durable turfgrasses ever developed: gorgeous Stadium Zoysia.

Like all of the varieties offered by Hawaiian Turfgrass, Stadium Zoysia was bred to require less water, fertilizer and overall maintenance than other grasses.

“But Stadium Zoysia is really special,” Fong says. “Its deep emerald shade and extraordinary hardiness make it the perfect grass for Oahu’s residential lawns.”

Hardy, beautiful

Developed by Bladerunner Farms, the world’s largest privately owned zoysiagrass research facility, Stadium Zoysia rapidly became the talk of the industry for its brilliant, deep dark green color. With a rapid rate of lateral spread and density, known for its deep root system and extensive rhizomes, Stadium Zoysia has demonstrated spectacular wear tolerance and recovery.

“Families love it because it’s so soft, but it can handle plenty of foot traffic,” Fong says. “It tolerates a wide range of mowing heights and low fertilizer inputs.”

Maintenance of a lawn planted with Stadium Zoysia is fairly easy. Fong recommends weekly mowing with a reel mower.


“This grass can be cut at different mower heights, from a quarter inch to one inch,” he says. “The longer the leaf blade, the darker it will appear.”

Full sun is ideal for this variety, but it is both heat and drought tolerant, and can tolerate temperatures in a variety of climates, from low desert to coastal regions.

“Speaking of temperatures,” Fong says, “a lawn planted with Stadium Zoysia, or any good turfgrass, can help cool your home through evapotranspiration. This can actually reduce indoor temperatures from 7 to 14 degrees.”

Turf varieties

Stadium Zoysia is sold exclusively by Hawaiian Turfgrass, now celebrating its 15th year as Oahu’s premier turfgrass producer. Learn more about Stadium Zoysia and the company’s other turf varieties — all selected specifically for Hawaii — at hawaiianturfgrass.com.

“We do our best to offer a variety of turfgrasses for every budget,” Fong says. “Whether you need a full lawn or a spot rehab, we can help!”

If you intend to do your own prep and installation, place your order online and arrange for pickup or curbside delivery. The website’s area calculator uses satellite mapping to determine your lawn’s square footage, taking the guesswork out of the calculation.


Prefer to let professionals handle the job? Hawaiian Turfgrass offers complete turnkey lawn services (site prep, irrigation, delivery and installation) that you can arrange with a quick phone call. Call 808-371-0527 to schedule turnkey installation (minimum 400 square feet) by April 30 for a $500 discount.

By appointment only
94-840 Lanikuhana Ave., Mililani