Third work day helps prepare for two events

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens gathered with members of Moku `Aina, the East Hawaii Master Gardeners Association, and Moku Loa Sierra Club for gardening chores to prepare Shoroan, the Urasenke tea house, for a visit of the retired Grand Master Dr. Genshitso Sen and to clean around the stone lantern from Fukushima for the annual tanabata festival.

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Six large trash bags were filled with ironwood needles removed from the lawn and lava around the lantern from Fukushima prefecture

Tanabata or the Star Festival is a time of wishing for good things and peace, according to Walter Tachibana of Fukushima-Ken. Strings of colorful paper cranes are hung on bamboo branches placed beside the ishi-doro (stone lantern) from Fukushima. Traditionally the festival is held on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.

By the end of this recent work session, 17 trash bags were filled with green waste and trash from four different project areas.

The area to which the most attention was paid during the past three months was the Urasenke tea house, Shoroan. A total of 28 volunteers worked 112 hours in the tea house garden to help prepare for the visit of Dr. Genshitsu Sen, retired XV Grand Master of Urasenke, on July 22.

Shoroan July 2014

Before the third work day, a few wild hairs on the bushes indicate the need for a light trimming
photo by Bill Eger

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By the end of the work day, all the bushes were trimmed and all the weeds on the paths were pulled

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Dr. Genshitsu Sen, retired XV Grand Master of Urasenke, enjoys a bowl of tea with Russ Oda, Rev. Jeffrey Soga, Art Taniguchi and Hiroshi Suga in Shoroan

Dr. Sen congratulates Philippe Nault on four otemae (the artful performance of tea ceremony) outdoors in Lili`uokalani Gardens

Dr. Sen congratulates Kumiko Sugawara and Philippe Nault on four otemae (the artful performance of tea ceremony) outdoors in Lili`uokalani Gardens

The next volunteer day is scheduled for Saturday, August 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. The focus of the next chore list will be preparing for the annual Queen Lili`uokalani Festival held in early September.

To volunteer, please contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at 895-8130.

Volunteers gather to discuss the day's projects at 8 a.m. photo by Bill Eger

Volunteers gather to discuss the day’s projects at 8 a.m.
photo by Bill Eger

Additional projects worked on so far include pruning of small trees; fertilizing azalea and camellia throughout the park; beginning removal of weeds from the edges of the ponds; replacement of a dislodged stone in the stepping stone path that goes through the water; repainting of parking lot lines; removal of invasive pest species from the roofs of several shelters and from the arched stone bridge. In all, including the tea house projects, 54 volunteers put in a total of 216 hours in the first three work days at Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Donations of nearly $550 in plants, materials and tools were received from Home Mart-Keaau Ace Hardware, Mountain Meadows Nursery, Rozett’s Nursery, and members of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens. The tools were added to the County park’s tool shed for use in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

pond wide view

The cultural landscape of Lili`uokalani Gardens is nearly 100 years old. Plans are in the works for centennial celebrations in 2017
photo by Bill Eger

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Tours and Film Share History of World War II Detention Site at Kīlauea Military Camp

Many people do not know the history of internment in Hawai`i during World War II. Opportunities are offered Tuesday, July 29,  at Volcanoes National Park.

Please check out the details at the following Pacific Island National Parks web site.

Tours and Film Share History of World War II Detention Site at Kīlauea Military Camp.

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Niwaki with Jake Hobson

Here is a short (seven minutes) video from Jake Hobson, whose book Niwaki is also the name of his business in the United Kingdom.

This is a great thing to watch for those interested in learning a little more about pruning on garden trees.

Jake Hobson offers workshops on pruning. The next one is Tuesday, September 16. For more information, go to his web site and look in the Events category: http://www.niwaki.com/shows/

Another publication by Hobson is The Art of Creative Pruning: Inventive Ideas for Training and Shaping Trees and Shrubs.

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The cover photo from Jake Hobson’s book Creative Pruning, published in 2011 by Timber Press, is by GAP Photos/Fiona McLeod

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NAJGA conference set for Chicago

The second biennial conference of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) will be held October 16-18, 2014, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

The theme of this year’s conference is “New Pathways: The Role of the Japanese Garden for Society and Self.”

Hoichi Kurisu

Hoichi Kurisu will be the keynote speaker at the second biennial conference of the North American Japanese Garden Association. He will also offer workshops during the three-day conference.

Keynote speaker is Hoichi Kurisu who studied landscape design and construction under Kenzo Ogata in Tokyo, Japan. Kurisu was appointed Landscape Director for the Garden Society of Japan (Nihon Teien Kyokai 1968–1972), during which time he supervised construction of the Portland Japanese Garden.

In 1972 he founded Kurisu International, Inc., which has since designed and built a number of gardens including the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois, Roji-en Japanese Garden at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, the Japanese garden at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Iowa, and the a Japanese garden for Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, in Lebanon, Oregon, which was the winner of a 2006 Healthcare Environment Award for Landscape Design.

The Morikami Museum

The Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, is visible from Yamato across a large pond. Roji-en, a collection of Japanese gardens by Hoichi Kurisu is across the bridge and to the left

Kurisu firmly believes that encounters with nature are essential to mental, physical, and spiritual equilibrium. Each of his designs addresses a unique social purpose and reinforces the quality of humanity. By harmonizing light and shade, water and rock, and space with the senses, the Japanese gardens of Hoichi Kurisu restore peace of mind, physical health, and strong and compassionate communities.

His firm presently is at work constructing a new nine-acre Japanese garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden. The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden is scheduled to open in June 2015.

An extensive list of workshops covers the basic tracks of horticulture, business culture and human culture with topics such as: Keeping koi healthy, Updating traditional light in the Japanese garden, the new civic garden movement in Japan, Planning for long-term maintenance and renewal, Art of the thatched roof for Japanese garden structures, Art of bamboo, Significance of sukiya style in the Japanese garden, Frank Lloyd Wright and the influence of Japan, Archaeology of the Japanese gardens at Manzanar, Tea in the garden, The Adachi Museum’s operational philosophy, and Using technology to enhance the visitor experience, among other offerings.

The conference also offers pre- and post- conference extended sessions and tours.

The deadline for early registration is July 1. For more information and to register, please refer to the NAJGA web site events page: http://www.najga.org/EVENTS

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Second volunteer day completes planting tasks

The second volunteer day at Lili`uokalani Gardens was held Friday, June 13, with participation from Moku `Aina, East Hawaii Master Gardeners, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

The next work day is scheduled for Friday, July 11. Please contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at (808) 895-8130 if you would like to assist next time.

Thanks to a donation of dwarf mondo grass from Mountain Meadows landscape nursery, a bare patch near the entry path to Shoroan, the tea house, was completed. East Hawaii Master Gardeners Daniel Heitman and Diane Fournier finished the weeding and installed the new plants.

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Master Gardeners Daniel Heitman and Diane Fournier install new dwarf mondo grass to a bare spot near the tea house entry
(photo by Bill Eger)

Kenji Kuroshima and Keiji Ichikawa from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens tackled removal of small banyan trees and roots from the roof of the tea house. They are visible in the mondo grass photo in the background and in the following photo.

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banyan roots were causing damage to the shingles on the porch roof of the tea house (photo by Bill Eger)

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Kenji, K.T. Keiji and Yoshi celebrate the removal of several banyan roots from the tea house roof (photo by Bill Eger)

Thanks to Ace Hardware (Home Mart) in Kea`au for the donation of gloves, rakes, and trash bags.

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Members of Moku `Aina Stacey, Kawika and Bernie rake bamboo leaves off a path. Shortly after they left this area, a wedding party showed up and chose this spot for photographs (photo by Bill Eger)

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Master Gardeners and members of Moku `Aina, Urasenke Tea Society of Hilo, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens removed old dead stumps and replanted new mock orange bushes
(photo by Bill Eger)

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Yoshi Ota prunes a memorial pine planted in 2010 for Jiichi Kogure, Mayor of Shibukawa City
(photo by Bill Eger)

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Gratitude for the gift of the garden

The first volunteer clean-up day — Gratitude for the Gift of the Garden — was held in Lili`uokalani Gardens on the occasion of National Public Gardens Day, Friday May 9.

Joining County Parks Department maintenance workers were members of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, Moku Loa Sierra Club, and East Hawai`i Master Gardeners Association. The 17 volunteers assisted County maintenance personnel with chores ranging from stone masonry to painting, weeding to pruning, raking to replanting in three main locations, and fertilizing the azaleas and camellias throughout the gardens.

The next volunteer days are Friday, June 13, and Friday, July 11, from 8 a.m. until noon. Water and some tools will be provided.

For more information and to volunteer, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at (808) 895-8130.

Casey and Mel begin a project by Shoroan -- the tea house (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Casey and Mel begin a project by Shoroan — the Urasenke tea house
(photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Mel at the end of this job weeding and replanting dwarf mondo grass (K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Mel at the end of this job weeding and replanting dwarf mondo grass
(K.T. Cannon-Eger)

the pond edge after Keven from East Hawai`i Master Gardeners tackled the weeds  (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

the pond edge after Keven from East Hawai`i Master Gardeners tackled the weeds
(photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Ta Da! Jennifer Ho and piles of rubbish and weeds (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Jennifer Ho from Moku Loa

Jennifer Ho from Moku Loa Sierra Club tackles a troublesome banyan root on the bridge
(photo by Bill Eger)

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after weeds were removed (photo by Bill Eger)

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Michelle from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens giving “shaka” while bagging leaves
(photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Kenji raked

Kenji Kuroshima from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens raked the entire area around Shoroan
(photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

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Mike Brown from the County Parks Department renews the parking lot
(photo by Bill Eger)

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Kerri Marks from Moku Loa Sierra Club joins Mike Brown in painting new lines on the parking lot (photo by Bill Eger)

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Yoshi Ota from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens works on a podocarpus tree by the tea house
(photo by Bill Eger)

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Yoshi prunes overgrown hedges
(photo by Bill Eger)

an amazing amount of weedy material was removed from this ironwood tree (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

an amazing amount of weedy material was removed from this ironwood tree
(photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Master Gardener Keven removing Clusea and Ficus from an old ironwood (photo by Bill Eger)

Master Gardener Keven removing Clusea and Ficus from an old ironwood
(photo by Bill Eger)

 

 

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Delightful new videos shot in Lili`uokalani Gardens

Parker Ranch and UH-Hilo collaborated on this and produced a remake of the music video “Happy” by Pharrell Williams to showcase the uniqueness of Hilo and as a tribute to the university’s Spring 2014 graduating class.

As noted in the YouTube text, “Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch, was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2014 commencement. The overarching theme of his speech—happiness—is a reminder for all to live a life rooted in happiness because life is too precious to live otherwise.

“A special mahalo to the wonderful people of Hilo for dancing with incredible enthusiasm and to the video crew—Brett Wagner of Wagnervision (Director), George Russell (Cameraman), Ashley Kierkiewicz of Hastings & Pleadwell (Executive Producer) and Shawn Pila of ENA Media Hawaii (Assistant Producer) for making production awesome.”

The song used in this music video is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams—Courtesy of Universal Pictures & Columbia Records.

Happy: Pharrell Williams
http://www.24hoursofhappy.com

Parker Ranch
http://www.parkerranch.com

University of Hawaii at Hilo
http://www.hilo.hawaii.edu

Wagnervision
http://www.wagnervision.com

Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company
http://www.hastingsandpleadwell.com

ENA Media Hawaii
http://www.enamediahawaii.com

Mokuola, the bridge to “Coconut Island”, and Lili`uokalani Gardens are featured locations in and around town.

Another recent video is by Gabe Hanohano of Hawaii Drones and posted by Alistair Bostrom. Thanks to Galyn Williams for bringing it to our attention.

The nine+ minute video is shot from a DJI Phantom quad-copter, with a GoPro3 mounted on a ZenmuseH32D gimbal. Video feed is via a DJI58L 5.8GHz transmitter/receiver pair.

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National Public Gardens Day in Hawai`i County

In 2009, National Public Gardens Day began as a way to celebrate the nation’s public gardens and  “to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide,” according to the American Public Gardens Association.

This year, Lili`uokalani Gardens will participate in the national event for the first time with clean up activities and specialized tours organized by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens. With the direction of the County Parks and Recreation Department, clean up and painting projects are planned for Friday May 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Lili`uokalani Gardens is an ocean front public park begun in 1917 as a Japanese-style garden. It is popular with young and old, residents and visitors. photo by Bill F. Eger

The East Hawaii Master Gardeners Association is participating in the event along with Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Other public gardens in Hawaii County include the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden in Onomea, and the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook.

photo by Kenji Kuroshima

Mayor Billy Kenoi, K.T. Cannon-Eger and Clayton Honma are enthusiastic about public gardens. (photo by Kenji Kuroshima 2014)

Mayor Billy Kenoi declared Friday, May 9 as National Public Gardens Day in Hawaii County. National Public Garden Day

Mayor Billy Kenoi recognizes the importance of public gardens.

In Captain Cook, The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is joining in National Public Parks Day. According to manager Peter Van Dyke, “Mayor Kenoi’s proclamation urges us to celebrate and enjoy our public gardens. Mention National Public Gardens Day on May 9 at the garden and you will get in free! Come back on Saturday, May 10, and join community members and visitors in a Volunteer Garden Clean-Up work day. The work day lasts from 9:30 to noon. Bring a lunch and stay for the 1:00 pm tour.”

 

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Intensive garden seminar in Kyoto deadline to register end of March 2014

For all those interested in learning more in a hands-on learning environment, there is an intensive garden seminar in Kyoto in November 2014. Deadline for application is March 31, 2014.

Personally, I have not gone…but you can believe it is on my bucket list! Every friend I know who has gone to this seminar has raved about it.

Here are the details courtesy of Japanese Gardening . org:

Greetings;
The Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and Historical Heritage, in Kyoto, Japan, runs an annual English-language intensive seminar regarding the Japanese Garden. We are presently accepting applications for the 16th seminar to be held in November of 2014 here in Kyoto. The course is designed for the serious student, amateur or professional; it is not a garden tour. It will include many on-site lectures as well as some hands-on work experience. This course is a rare opportunity for English language speakers, giving broad access to Japanese gardens and gardeners.
Details about the Seminar can be found in the attached brochure and on the Seminar website: http://www.jghh.jp/center/
Beginning this year, all applications will be accepted via our web-based application form. The application deadline is March, 31st, 2014.
Application Form:  http://www.jghh.jp/center/semapply.html
Yours sincerely,
Hiromasa Amasaki, Director
Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and Historical Heritage

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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For 2014, I pledge to do as this report suggests — WRITE MORE!

Happy New Year!

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