2018 Photographers Contest Calendar Available

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and Paradise Helicopters extend congratulations to photographer Jared Goodwin, a student at Hilo High School, on selection of his image “Path of Reflections” as the cover image on the 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photographers contest calendar.

(c) Jared Goodwin, 2018 grand prize winner

Speaking of photography, Goodwin said, “Beginning at the age of 13, I found a way to capture the love I have for the uniqueness and beauty of our `aina…one frame at a time. Photography is the window to my mind inspired by Madame Pele’s journeys and our beautiful shorelines.”

The grand prize winner’s award of a helicopter tour on Paradise Helicopters with Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber will be presented during the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll Saturday, January 13.

“Paradise Helicopters is honored to support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens who have dedicated so much effort to this worthy cultural and community cause,” said Cal Dorn, president of Paradise Helicopters. “Our employees, many of whom were born and live in Hilo, use and appreciate Lili`uokalani Gardens and what this organization has done to maintain and improve the park.  Congratulations to Jared Goodwin on his winning photograph which will grace the cover of the 2018 calendar on this historic centennial anniversary of this treasured park.”

Grand Prize in the photo calendar contest is a ride along with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori courtesy of Paradise Helicopters

All featured photographs in the 2018 calendar will be on exhibit during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Copies of the 2018 calendar were printed at Hawaii Printing Corporation and are for sale at Banyan Gallery, near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Jelena Clay holds the 2018 calendar, available at Banyan Gallery

“Lili’uokalani Gardens are a community treasure. I am excited to see what our artist community will produce this year in honor of its beauty and history,” said gallery owner Jelena Clay. “Banyan Gallery will always support the revitalization efforts of Banyan Drive and the Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens because they play a major role in the garden upkeep and improvement. ”

Copies also are available at Basically Books and on line from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

The 2018 photographers contest was chaired by Vijay Karai, who remarked: “I had the pleasure of curating the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens second annual calendar. To say merely that I received 111 entries from 24 photographers is limiting in the scope of work. What I saw in those images is limitless talent and artistic expression. Charles Wood did an excellent job at selecting those images to the calendar needs. Thank you photographers for working with the limited time frame.”

The calendar was designed by Ken Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat.  “I have a special appreciation for the artistic and technical skills required to create an image that celebrates the beauty of our environment and moves people to protect our natural treasures,” Goodrich said. “Hilo is lucky to be blessed with Lili`uokalani Gardens and each photograph in this calendar reminds us just how lucky we are!  Thanks to all the photographer/artists who contributed to the imagery herein.”

In addition to Goodwin, featured photographers include: Debi Buck, Chris Butcher, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Rita French, Daghild Rich, Kornelius Schorle, and Allison T. Yano.

The 13-month calendar also features 26 small thumbnail images from Hawaii Island photographers, a message from Mayor Harry Kim, messages from juror Charles Woods and Friends president K.T. Cannon-Eger, short biographies of each featured photographer, and a history page.

For further information, contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens through their Facebook page or phone K.T. Cannon-Eger at (808) 895-8130.

Please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook for current information on centennial events and scheduling of volunteer work days.

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Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720

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Floral Design Workshop & Installation a success in August — Plans made for Celebrate 18

A floral design workshop with Hitomi Gilliam, world renown AIFD designer and educator, started in the planning stage more than six years ago. The results of a regional floral design effort in western Michigan — Nature’s Creative Edge — were seen in September 2011 and samples of the event brochures were brought home to Hawaii.

The Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association arranged for Hitomi to offer a design class to florists, professional and hobbyist, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Saturday, August 19, 2017 after which designers moved in teams to 16 sites in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

The designs remained in place throughout the weekend, were judged by professionals in the floral and landscape industries, and also were voted on by the public for People’s Choice Award.

site scouting at Lili`uokalani Gardens with Amy Nishiura, Hitomi Gilliam, Eric Tanouye, and Judy Schilling

At the end of the installation day, floral design judges selected their choices. First went to Phoebe Anderson and her team for a culturally significant design near the bamboo thicket. Judges noted that the three-dimensional design made good use of the surrounding features, even to having a window through which the stone lantern might be enjoyed.

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Phoebe Anderson and her team had site #5 by the bamboo patch (photo by Bill F. Eger)

Second place went to Susanne Law AIFD from Vancouver, B.C. whose design made use of the zip-ties used to attach flowers to the frame.

Susanne Law’s design in the bicentennial garden
(photo by Greg Lum)

Third place went to Shelley Hanaoka in site #12 near a niwaki pruned black pine with the Oshima sister island monument in the background.

The following day, the public was able to vote for a People’s Choice award, which went to Michelle Gamble and team.

Here are a few images of the other floral designs at the balance of the 16 sites in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

In a follow up meeting, Hitomi Gilliam, the Hawaii Floraiculture and Nursery Association, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens agreed to plan for a larger event to be held next year in mid-October.

To keep in touch with Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, please visit our page on Facebook.

Please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook for current information on centennial events and volunteer work days.

 

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a registered non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. The organization follows three paths: organizing volunteer maintenance, raising funds for capital improvements, and planning centennial events.

Mailing address is: Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

 

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Bamboo patch one area for maintenance Saturday, December 9

Volunteers are an essential part of maintaining and improving Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape, Lili`uokalani Gardens. The volunteer day for December is Saturday 12/9. Time is 8 a.m. to noon.

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Mel and Casey Jones assist with bagging bamboo leaves. Now the lantern is visible as is the gravel pathway on the other side.

Please wear gardening clothes and closed toe shoes. A few pairs of gloves are on hand, but if you have gloves, please bring them. Contact Alton Okinaka with any questions: K.T. Cannon-Eger <kteger@hawaii.rr.com> or (808) 895-8130.

Refreshments and lunch will be served to all volunteers.

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Help maintain and improve Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo

Volunteers are an essential part of maintaining and improving Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape, Lili`uokalani Gardens. The volunteer day for November is Saturday 11/18. Time is 8 a.m. to noon.

Lions Clubs will work in the shaded southern corner planting ground cover at the new stone setting near the Bicentennial Garden. Clyde Yoshida is overseeing that effort.

Workers from Pineback Landscaping, Hilton’s Crane Services, Fred’s Nursery, Mountain Meadows Nursery, Tamura Landscaping, and Hanatoyo Landscaping donated time and equipment and Jas. W. Glover Ltd. donated stones to a new stone setting project at the Southern corner of Lili`uokalani Gardens

Alton Okinaka will oversee continued efforts to remove muck from Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens. Much of the muck was deposited in the pond by the 1960 tsunami. More than 2,650 gallons were removed in the past year and were given to a nearby farm.

Please wear gardening clothes and closed toe shoes. A few pairs of gloves are on hand, but if you have gloves, please bring them. Contact Alton Okinaka with any questions: Alton Okinaka <alton@hawaii.edu> or (808) 383-4917.

Refreshments and lunch will be served to all volunteers.

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November 2017 work areas: pond edge is on the ocean side of the red bridge

To keep in touch with Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, please visit our page on Facebook.

Please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook for current information on centennial events and volunteer work days.

 

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a registered non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. The organization follows three paths: organizing volunteer maintenance, raising funds for capital improvements, and planning centennial events.

Lili`uokalani Gardens is composed of four parks in the Waiakea peninsula: Rakuen, Isles, Moku Ola (Coconut Island), and the 100-year-old Japanese-style landscape known to old timers as Nihon Koen and named in honor of the late Queen in 1917. The Gardens are under the care of the County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation Department, with which Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens has a written Memorandum of Understanding.

Any arrangements to rent park facilities or use the area for events such as weddings should be made directly with the County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation Department.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens welcome helpful comments. Scammers and spamers — don’t waste your time. All comments are moderated before posting.

 

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Volunteer work days for October & November

Volunteers join Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens at least once a month for specialized chores in the County’s treasured cultural landscape.

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October 2017 work areas: bamboo is center left, pond edge is on the ocean side of the red bridge (Photo by Kenneth Jackson)

Saturday, October 7, from 8 a.m. to noon the concentration will be on the bamboo patch and the edge of Waihonu (pond) toward Lihiwai Street.

Please wear closed-toe shoes and gardening clothes. Some gloves and tools are available, but if you have your own gloves and a favorite garden tool, please bring them.

Look for the registration tent (10 x 10 silver canopy) near the intersection of Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street at 8 a.m.

Volunteers help clear the pond edge of overgrown sod and decades of muck

Additional tasks will be added depending on the number of volunteers. Those tasks include removing invasive ferns from sago plams and treating cycad scale with coffee grounds, cleaning lava outcroppings to be free of grass clippings and weeds, edging significant stones, scattering fertilizer to azalea and camellia bushes, removing invasive gorilla seaweed, etc.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Pau hana is at noon.

To keep in touch with Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, please visit our page on Facebook.

Please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook for current information on centennial events.

The volunteer day for November is Saturday 11/18. Time is 8 a.m. to noon.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a registered non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. The organization follows three paths: organizing volunteer maintenance, raising funds for capital improvements, and planning centennial events.

Lili`uokalani Gardens is composed of four parks in the Waiakea peninsula: Rakuen, Isles, Moku Ola (Coconut Island), and the 100-year-old Japanese-style landscape known to old timers as Nihon Koen and named in honor of the late Queen in 1917. The Gardens are under the care of the County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation Department, with which Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens has a written Memorandum of Understanding.

Any arrangements to rent park facilities or use the area for events such as weddings should be made directly with the County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation Department.

We welcome helpful comments. Scammers and spamers — don’t waste your time. All comments are moderated before posting.

 

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s centennial Japanese Garden

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a viewing platform with cherry tree along the path to the main entry gate

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informational sign at main entry gate

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second sign at main entry gate

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window in the main viewing deck

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strolling path around the pond

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resting shelter along the path

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torii in the pond

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looking across the pond to viewing shelter

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stone lantern

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pond and heron

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back gate

 

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King Tides in May, June, and July

Sea Grant of the University of Hawaii-Manoa is tracking high water events in May, June and July known as King Tide.

Dates and times of predicted high water by town and island may be found at the following link.

http://ccsr.seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/sites/default/files/ccsr/KingTides/2017summerhawaiikingtidepredictionsmainhawaiianislands-final.pdf

King Tide in Hawaii 

In May, high water covered all of the rock walls edging Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens bounded by Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street. Many paths were underwater. Stone lanterns appeared to be floating. And the fishermen were out in force.

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high tide rose to the bottom of the Isemoto Bridge and covered all the rock walls edging Waihonu photo by Bill F. Eger

June King Tide dates are Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24.

In May, more than 3,000 images were submitted to the Sea Grant by 1,300 photographers statewide to a free and publicly accessible database. Here are instructions for how to submit photographs during June and July high tide events.

How To Participate

Your images and data are significant contributions to the community efforts to understand and adapt to rising seas.

We are currently using the free Liquid Mobile Data Collection smartphone application: Apple and Android.

STEP 1: JOIN THE HAWAII AND PACIFIC ISLANDS KING TIDES DATA SET

  • Go to: https://getliquid.io/home
  • Go to search bar, type in “King Tide”:
  • Click on the box you see that says “Hawaii and Pacific Islands King Tides Project”:
  • Click “Join this Dataset” (upper right hand blue box)

STEP 2: DOWNLOAD THE APP

  • Go to App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android)
  • The name of the app for iPhone is “liquid mobile data collection” for Android “Liquid Field Notes”. Both versions are free
  • Once you download and open the app, it will take you to a login page
  • Use the login you just created for the Liquid website

STEP 3: ENTER DATA

  • Select “new record”
  • Press the arrow icon to access latitude and longitude from your smartphone’s GPS
  • Take a photo using the camera icon on the data entry form
  • Fill in all required data
  • Press “Submit”
  • No smartphone? No problem! You can easily take photos using a digital camera and upload them to the dataset from your computer. After you set up your Liquid account and join the “Hawaii and Pacific Islands King Tides Project” dataset (see Step 1), select the option “add record.” You can then use the camera icon to upload each photo from your computer, fill in all required data, and press “submit”

Please follow the instructions in the linked PDF here and view this video tutorial to learn how to register for the data set and submit records.

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Hilo’s stamp of approval

Today’s entry will share a few photographs from the stamp dedication event held at Shoroan Monday, January 23, sponsored by the USPS, County of Hawaii, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.
Since the official First Day of Issue was Sunday, January 22, in Kansas City, Missouri, the best we could do was make the cake into a first day cover, complete with Hilo postmark.

Short N Sweet Bakery and Cafe on Kino`ole Street in Hilo created the tasty cake photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger

Short N Sweet Bakery and Cafe on Kino`ole Street in Hilo created the tasty cake
photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger

Dedication remarks were offered by Rose Bautista on behalf of Mayor Harry Kim.

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Rose Bautista of the County of Hawaii read a message from Mayor Harry Kim
photo by Don Scott

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Alton Uyetake, Postmaster of Hilo, gave background on the stamp selection process
photo by George Applegate

The stamp committee that made the proposal was recognized with lei from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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Board member Jane Heit presents a lei to Art Smith
photo by Don Scott

Jane gives a lei to Anthony Kassel, author of a book on Hawaiian Missionary stamps photo by Don Scott

Jane gives a lei to Anthony Kassel, author of a book on Hawaiian Missionary stamps
photo by Don Scott

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Jane presents a lei to photographer Bill Eger
photo by Don Scott

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the stamp committee that made the proposal
photo by George Applegate

Rose Bautista, K.T. Cannon-Eger and Alton Uyetake sign programs for collectors photo by Barbara Fujimoto

Rose Bautista, K.T. Cannon-Eger and Alton Uyetake sign programs for collectors
photo by Barbara Fujimoto

a line to purchase the new stamp and get a hand postmark from Hilo photo by Bill Eger

a line to purchase the new stamp and get a hand postmark from Hilo
photo by Bill Eger

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Mr. and Mrs. George Ito point out the Niigata lantern
photo by Jeff Burton

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standing on the zig-zag path, holding an enlargement of the stamp are Rose Bautista, Alton Uyetake, and K.T. Cannon-Eger
Photo by USPS Duke Gonzales

Priority Mail stamps last until rates change. Lili`uokalani Gardens is the first Hilo locale to be featured on a U.S. stamp as well as the first Japanese-style garden to be featured on a U.S. stamp.

Stamps are available at Post Offices across the nation and online.

Approximately 50,000 stamp proposals are made each year, subject to review by the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee. Final decision rests with the U.S. Postmaster.

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New Priority Mail stamp a first for Hilo

The new United States Postal Service Priority Mail postage stamp is a centennial project of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens four years in the making.

Lili`uokalani Gardens joins a select group of iconic features on the American Landmark series of Priority Mail and Express Mail stamps, which began in 2008. Previous stamps in the series include the Columbia River Gorge, Mackinac Bridge, Mount Rushmore, Hoover Dam, Old Faithful, and Grand Central Terminal to name a few. The other Hawaii image in the series was USS Arizona Memorial, an Express Mail stamp released in 2014.

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Issued to mark the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, this also is the first time a Hilo locale appears on a U.S. postage stamp and the first time a Japanese garden appears on a U.S. postage stamp

The Lili`uokalani Gardens Priority Mail stamp marks the centennial of the beginning of this well-known and heavily used cultural landscape. It is the first time a Hilo locale appears on a U.S. stamp and the first time a Japanese garden is featured on a U.S. stamp.

“Art Smith and Tony Kassel came up with the idea in 2013,” said past president Bill Eger. “Four of us met and hammered out a one-page proposal that was submitted to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee in August. Two months later we heard that the proposal made it through the first round and the proposal would be heard by the Committee.”

A recent sunny day in Hilo at the zig-zag path leading to the red bridge... photo by Bill F. Eger 2012

A sunny day in Hilo at the zig-zag path leading to the red bridge…
photo by Bill F. Eger April 2012

Two years passed before the next word was received in August 2015 that a company was researching possible designs and wished to use one of Mr. Eger’s photographs from 2012 of the iconic red bridge and three lanterns.

Detailed research behind every U.S. postage stamp issue is lengthy and precise.

“We are grateful to one of our board members, Kenji Kuroshima, and his wife Michelle for a detailed new map of all the lanterns and monuments in Lili`uokalani Gardens,” said K.T. Cannon-Eger. “Additional research was done with Pat Okamura and Professor Masafumi Honda at the Hawaii Japanese Center. Another board member Glenn Miyao helped locate an old map in County Parks & Recreation Department files.

“This research helped answer questions from PhotoAssist Inc. such as: Where did these lanterns come from? How long have they been there? Who designed the lanterns? Was the red bridge shelter original to the garden? What happened in the tsunami of 1946? 1960?

“The process of answering research questions, proofreading draft text, and providing local contact information went on nearly a year,” Cannon-Eger said.

“On December 28, 2016, we heard the news. It was official at last. The stamp would be issued in 2017. What a great New Year’s present for Hilo, for Lili`uokalani Gardens’ centennial, and for Japanese gardens everywhere.”

In early January, 2017, we received a phone call from Duke Gonzales of the U.S. Postal Service in Honolulu telling us the date for first release of the stamp. Planning began immediately for the dedication event Monday, January 23.

Stamps are available for sale online and at Post Offices across the nation. The USPS will have stamps and hand postmarking available in Lili`uokalani Gardens Monday, January 23, following dedication ceremonies.

First day of issue was Sunday, January 22, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri, for both the Lili`uokalani Gardens Priority Mail stamp and a St. Louis Arch Express Mail stamp.

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2017 photo calendar raises funds for Lili`uokalani Gardens

The first photo contest for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens produced a fund raising 13-month calendar for the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to maintenance, improvement, and centennial celebrations for Hilo’s oceanfront cultural landscape.

“We were delighted with the overwhelming number of entries (90) on short notice,” said contest organizer and calendar designer Ken Goodrich. “And equally delighted with selections made by the judge, Alvis Upitis.”

During the recent Banyan Drive Art Stroll, Banyan Gallery featured an exhibit of calendar contest winners. The grand prize for the photograph selected for the cover was presented at the gallery that day by Cal Dorn of Paradise Helicopters to Kenneth W. Jackson for his image “Angel Crossing.”

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sample page from January 2018 featuring photography by Vernon L. Enriques and Valerie A. Victorine

Other photographers featured in the calendar and the month of their image are: Paul Miyasaki for “Lili`uokalani Nene” (January), K.T. Canon Eger for “Nagasaki Lion Picnic” (February), Kornelius Schorle for “Walk With Me” (March), Steve Godzsak for “Nature’s Shapes n Colors” (April), Alan Lakritz for “The Bridge of Tides” (May), Toby Hazel for “Tea Room View” (July), Debra L Newbery for “Bamboo Pagoda” (August), Steve Pollard for “Wahine Hula” (September), Alan Lakritz “Hilo Bay Serenity” (October), Valerie A. Victorine for “Lili`uokalani Shrine” (December), and Vernon L. Enriques for “All the Park” (January 2018).

The calendar includes a judge’s message, gratitude from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, biographies of each photographer, and a short history section. The calendar was printed locally by Hawaii Printing Corporation.

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sample pages featuring historical snapshots

Copies of the fund raising calendar are sold to benefit projects in Lili`uokalani Gardens. Price is $20. If you are in Hilo, please go to Banyan Gallery for your calendars. If you are in Volcano, please go to the Volcano Art Center in the village.

If you need calendars mailed to you, the new Priority Mail postage stamp featuring Lili`uokalani Gardens add $6.65 to the cost. Up to five calendars will fit in one Priority Mail flat rate envelope for the same postage cost. Send checks to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

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Issued to mark the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, this also is the first time a Hilo locale appears on a U.S. postage stamp and the first time a Japanese garden appears on a U.S. postage stamp

For more information, please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page or additional articles on the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on this blog.

 

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