Sakura blossom at Volcano Golf Course

Seven years ago, the centennial of the gift of cherry blossom trees to Washington DC was celebrated with plantings of cherry trees in every state. Varieties were selected to succeed in several different climates.

Volcano Golf Course cherry trees bloomed in April in 2018 and 2019

Dr. Tetsuyo Koyama, retired botanist with the New York Botanical Garden and Kochi Makino Botanical Garden, currently is a resident of Hawaii. He did the research and provided assistance in obtaining seed for cherry trees deemed suitable for Hawaii’s climate, particularly at higher elevations such as Volcano and Waimea, Hawaii County, and Wahiawa, Honolulu County.

After the Cherry Tree Alley Committee completed its work for the 2012 centennial, the Hawaii Sakura Foundation was formed to continue efforts. Cherry blossom trees were planted along Piimauna Drive at the Volcano Golf Course in 2012. They started flowering in 2014 and have flowered again every year since that time.

In December 2017, Ms. Seiko Fujii, a sakura mori, visited Hilo to give a workshop on cherry trees followed by hands-on training on the Volcano trees.

Russell Kokubun, Seiko Fujii, and Prof. Honda celebrate finishing maintenance on the last cherry tree in the row, December 2017

To learn more about the Hawaii Sakura Foundation, please view a video on their website.

https://hawaiisakura.org/

in April 2019, after weeding, lichen removal, and light pruning, the trees were fertilized then mulched with a compost-steer manure-lime mix placed away from the trunk

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Entry deadline nears for Waza To Kokoro in Portland

Application Deadline: April 15

“The course was brilliant. I met some amazing people and learnt a lot, and it will leave a lasting impact on what I do in the future. I will be recommending it.”

–Jake Davies-Robertson, gardener, Kew Gardens

April 15 is the application deadline for the intermediate-level Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart seminar in Japanese garden arts. This unparalleled experience in hands-on landscape education has proven a transformative professional experience for gardeners, landscape architects, horticulturalists, stone masons and designers from five countries.   

The seminar, now in its fourth year, presents training in stone setting, bamboo fence construction, design, history, aesthetics, and other topics — all integrated into a holistic learning experience framed in the culture of tea.  The course takes place at Portland Japanese Garden and offsite venues, with faculty from Garden staff as well as visiting instructors from Japan. 

Explore images and stories from previous seminars in this Landscape Architecture Magazine article.

The intermediate level seminar takes place September 16 – 27, 2019.  The application deadline is April 15.

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Koi Nobori to fly at Waiakea Peninsula

This is the dream — some day there will be an abundance of koi nobori

Several years ago, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens board member Kenji Kuroshima had this dream of flying koi nobori in the park for Boy’s Day (May 5). We don’t have the abundance of his dream — yet. With your help, Friends hope to increase the number of koi nobori this year.

This was the reality last year — two koi nobori on each pole. More will fly this year from Tuesday, April 30, through Sunday, May 5.

In Japan, koi nobori fly from April through early May to celebrate Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi), a national holiday changed in 1948 to honor both boys and girls. Koi is a type of carp symbolizing courage and strength.

Bamboo poles are harvested near Hirano Store on the Volcano Highway and each year are donated to local fishermen at the end of the display through the assistance of Suisan Fish Market.

Koi nobori will be attached to freshly cut bamboo poles on Tuesday, April 30. Assembly area is adjacent to the parking lot at Mokuola, just off Lihiwai Street in Hilo.

Many hands are needed for this annual activity. If you have koi nobori to donate or wish to help with assembly and placement of the poles, please meet Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

koi nobori on the Mokuola bridge

Koi nobori may be viewed at Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Cafe, Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace, Shoroan, Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Resort, and across the bridge to Mokuola.

The bamboo poles remain in place through the annual Rotary Club of South Hilo fundraiser Hilo Huli on Sunday, May 5.

the annual Rotary Club of South Hilo event funds scholarships and grants in our island community

Here is a link to the Rotary Club of South Hilo page on Facebook and the event where you may order tickets.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2032112833571426/

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April news

Banyan Gallery has a few 2019 calendars left. Funds raised support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Last week, turning the page on the 2019 calendar, I was met with delight at the sight of one of my photos selected by photo contest judge Mary Goodrich. What a glorious morning that was. I was on the sixth floor of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and got up early to prepare for a garden workshop.

looking toward Mokuola from the 6th floor of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel around 6 a.m. (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Banyan Gallery carries the few remaining calendars and now has a limited edition Yoshirt with this photograph. Proceeds benefit Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Women’s shirt in medium or large; photo is embedded in the fabric and won’t wash out or fade; dries quickly, great for travel

The calendar was prepared late last summer. We tried to include as many dates of events in Hilo as we could find. Some dates have changed since the calendar was printed.

April calendar page featured photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger

Notable is the 8th annual AIDS Walk listed on the calendar as Saturday, April 13. The actual date of this fundraiser is Saturday, May 4, in Lili`uokalani Gardens. The registration table opens at 8 a.m.

Annual fundraising walk where all the money raised stays on this island.

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Training Opportunity in San Francisco

The North American Japanese Garden Association will hold a spring regional event at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in April.

“The Past Becomes Present: A Design Workshop” will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. Advance registration is necessary.

Please go to the NAJGA web site for more information and to register.

https://najga.org/events/

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Training opportunities in Portland, OR and Hilo, HI

Are you looking for an opportunity to enhance your Japanese landscape skills?

Portland Japanese Garden offers an amazing opportunity to learn stone setting, bamboo fence construction, and other skills including tools, aesthetics, and history.

Deadline for the beginner’s course is today (February 15) with the course set for June 3-9. Intermediate level deadline is in April with the course set for September 16-27. More details and registration at the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/341f7b900706/the-center-334425?e=d24afc77b0

Meanwhile, in Hilo a pruning class will be taught by Dennis Makishima in Lili`uokalani Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20. Advance registration is required. The course is geared toward public park maintenance personnel, Master Gardeners, and active landscape industry workers.

Registration for this workshop is closed with 50 registrants and a small waiting list. No more registrants can be accommodated.
More workshops will be held in the future. Register early.

UPDATE: As of Monday, February 25, class registration is full with 50 participants. There is a small waiting list.

Dennis demonstrates how to handle black pine in a tropical climate.
photo by Bill F. Eger 2011

Dennis is the founder of the Merritt College (Oakland, California) aesthetic tree pruning program. He is a past president of the Golden State Bonsai Federation. Dennis used to come to Hawaii annually to help with the bonsai show at the Okinawa Festival in Honolulu.

Now he says he’s retired, but Dennis is coming to Hawaii in March to work on clients’ trees over two weekends on Oahu. In between, Dennis will return to Hilo to teach pruning workshops to County park maintenance personnel, local landscapers, and Master Gardeners. Registration in advance is required for the two-day workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20.

“Several Sister City trees have been planted since the last time Dennis visited,” K.T. Cannon-Eger of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens noted. “They are in need of pruning so it’s a good time to share these skills with others.”

His pruning career started in 1980 when he was working for a produce store in Berkeley. He and a plumber friend traded labor and Dennis pruned his first black pine tree. Over the years, Dennis studied urban horticulture and developed multi-year plans to work on clients trees.

While taking a horticulture class at Merritt College, a team project tackled the pruning of a maple tree on campus. Student interest led to the formation of an aesthetic pruning series as well as a continuing organization that offers a certification program.

“His teaching and leadership made it possible for pruners to make a living at aesthetically pruning trees,” said Randall Lee, president of the Aesthetic Pruners Association. Lee said he learned under Makishima starting around 1988 and said he would not have been an aesthetic pruner without him. Lee said many pruners now advertise themselves as aesthetic pruners, and his organization, founded 10 years ago, was started to certify and support them. The association’s website lists 77 affiliated pruners throughout the United States.

“I was fortunate to meet Dennis at a North American Japanese Garden Association conference. He expressed an interest in Lili`uokalani Gardens and two years later he managed a side trip to Hilo during which 20 County maintenance personnel and Master Gardeners took hands-on workshops with Dennis.”

The two-day workshop will be held in Lili`uokalani Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. each day rain or shine. Lunch, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the $15 registration cost. Meet at the old sumo ring, a shelter near the tea house and parking lot off Banyan Drive.

To reserve a space, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at kteger@hawaii.rr.com or phone (808) 895-8130.

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Did you miss the music? Here’s a taste.

For those of you who missed the fantastic entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby during the recent annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, here are a few links to encourage you to seek out these award winning entertainers.

Desiree and Pepe visit with Irene during an afternoon of entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby

Special thanks to Desiree Moana Cruz for making arrangements with these performers and to Pepe Romero, for his experience and his sound equipment to help these professionals sound their best.

Christy Lena`ala Lassiter made her third appearance at Banyan Drive Art Stroll this year. Well known in Hawaiian music circles, her CD album Le`ale`a was nominated for 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Most Promising Artist, Hawaiian Music Album and Favorite Entertainer.  There are several well known Big Island musicians on this album, including producer JJ Ahuna,, Dwight Tokumoto, Victor Chock, Ikaika Marzo, Lono Kanakaole, and Rob Yamanoha.

Here is a link to “Hale Alani Swing” from Le`ale`a.

Kainani Kahaunaele garnered several  Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards including female vocalist of the year. Born on Kaua`i, she sailed from Hawai`i to Micronesia as a crewmember of the E Mau—Sailing the Master Home voyage in 1999, and now is a lecturer at UH-Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language.

“Sweet Makani” is her composition from her first CD Na’u ‘Oe.

Mark Yamanaka was recognized as Male Vocalist of the Year twice by Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards in 2011 and 2014. His albums “Lei Pua Kenikeni” and “Lei Maile” were recognized with more awards including each being named Album of the Year.

“Nani Ka Honua” is from his first album “Lei Pua Kenikeni.”

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is held on the second Saturday of January each year. This year, sponsors included Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Café, Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace, County of Hawai`i Parks and Recreation Department, Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Resort, Paradise Helicopters, Akamai Art Supply, and Cunningham Gallery.

Thanks also go to Puna Taiko who performed outside Banyan Gallery and Hilo Bay Cafe, and to Cymber Quinn who performed at Wai`oli Lounge in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

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Bright and Beautiful Day for Banyan Drive Art Stroll

Saturday, January 12, dawned with light rain and thick clouds, but by the time organizers arrived at Lili`uokalani Gardens to set up for the third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, the skies were clear and remained that way all day.

An estimated 1,200 people wandered through Lili`uokalani Gardens to watch plein air painters at work or take a tour from one of four photographers whose images were included in the 2019 calendar.

Plein air painters demonstrated throughout LIli`uokalani Gardens from noon through 3 p.m. and were available to answer questions. [photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger]

Kicking off the Art Stroll at noon was Puna Taiko performing outside Banyan Gallery where door prizes were awarded all day. Puna Taiko also performed outside Hilo Bay Cafe where the photography calendar exhibit was held.

Puna Taiko opened the day at noon outside Banyan Gallery.

Puna Taiko’s second performance was in the gardens across from Hilo Bay Cafe.

Kenji Kuroshima is a man of many talents among which is professional photographer at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Kenji gave a short talk on site selection and camera gear during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll. His image was selected as the featured calendar page for January 2020. Visible in the background are two sets of plein air painters.
[photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger]

Jay Takaaze was awarded Grand Prize from Paradise Helicopters for his image “Morning Moon” which was selected for the cover image as well as for the month of December. This image also was selected in People’s Choice balloting for an award from Cunningham Gallery. A few calendars remain for sale at the Banyan Gallery near Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Cover of the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar: “Morning Moon” by Jay Takaaze

morning setup

Rita French

afternoon crowd

Jay Takaaze and Jared Goodwin

The route included historic photos at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace and a family treasure of a painting of the iconic arched stone bridge.

A row of historic photos, in white mats arranged chronologically, tell the story of the Kushi Bridge, the iconic arched stone bridge from the 1920s through 1970s.

 

Les Takayamas grandfather built the Kushi Bridge in the 1930s. The family loaned a treasured painting of the scene to the Banyan Drive Art Stroll for the day.

Suisan Fish Market hosted Brandon Tengan of Oahu with a demonstration of fish printing.

Gyotaku was a way of documenting a fisherman’s catch. It evolved into an art form.

Silent Auction items, a pastel demonstration by Patti Pease Johnson, and music by harpist Cymber Quinn were featured in the Wai`oli Lounge of the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Nearby, door prizes were given away on the hour at Banyan Gallery.

At the east end of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll, a judged art exhibit was on display at the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort. Ken Charon demonstrated drawing during the afternoon.

K.T. Cannon-Eger and Jelena Clay presented awards to Jared Goodwin, Bonnie Sol Hahn, Jay Takaaze, and Stephen Davies

Jared Goodwin’s “Mokuola Sunset” took first place in the 3rd annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll judged entries.

“Red Bridge” by painter Bonnie Sol Hahn took second place in the judged competition.

“Good Morning” by Jay Takaaze, a frequent visitor to Lili`uokalani Gardens, took third place. Another Takaaze image “Morning Moon” was awarded grand prize in the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar contest.

People’s Choice award went to Ron Louie for his watercolor “Favorite Spot”. The award was a gift certificate from Akamai Art Supply in Kailua-Kona

Desiree Moana Cruz was mistress of ceremonies for live entertainment in the lobby lounge of the Grand Naniloa Resort.

Christy Lassiter and Friends opened the afternoon’s musical offerings at noon

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Kainani Kahaunaele filled the lobby and lanai with grace and joy

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Mark Yamakana closed the afternoon with crowd favorites

Many thanks to Desiree Moana Cruz for MC duties and Pepe Romero for professional sound

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to fostering Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape. The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is one of several e vents designed to celebrate the gardens centennial.

For more information and to stay up to date on planned volunteer days and special events, please visit the Facebook page of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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Banyan Drive Art Stroll schedule

The third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll features exhibits, awards, prizes, entertainment, and activities throughout the Banyan Drive area from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Jared Goodwin’s “Mokuola Sunset” took first place in the third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll judged entries. A senior at Hilo High School, Goodwin won last year’s photography contest with the cover for the 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar.

A judged art exhibit will be available for viewing and People’s Choice voting in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa Resort. Judge Emily Catey Weiss of the Volcano Art Center will be on hand to present awards to first place Jared Goodwin “Mokuola Sunset”, second place Bonnie Sol Hahn “Red Bridge”, and third place Jay Takaaze “Good Morning” with honorable mention to Stephen Davies “Just Walking the Dog”. The People’s Choice award will be presented after the event when votes are counted.

“Red Bridge” by painter Bonnie Sol Hahn took second place in the judged competition.

A photography exhibit will be held in Hilo Bay Café with voting for People’s Choice. The grand prize will be presented by Paradise Helicopters at 2 p.m. to Jay Takaaze whose image “Morning Moon” was selected for the cover of the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar. Judge for the calendar was Mary Goodrich.

Artists at work are a featured item of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll. Plein air artists will be in Lili`uokalani Gardens from noon to 3 p.m. including Marilyn Montgomery, Yumi Doi, William Wingert, Kevin Spitze, Peter Heinemann and the Hilo Plein Air Group. Photographers will give tours/talks at the sites of their calendar images during the same time frame. Patti Pease Johnson will demonstrate pastel painting at the Waioli Lounge in Hilo Hawaiian from 2 to 6 p.m. Brandon Tengan will demonstrate gyotaku (fish printing) at Suisan from 3 to 4 p.m. Ken Charon will demonstrate painting in the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort from 2 to 6 p.m.

“Good Morning” by Jay Takaaze, a frequent visitor to Lili`uokalani Gardens, took third place. Another Takaaze image “Morning Moon” was awarded grand prize in the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar contest.

Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day starting with Puna Taiko at noon near Banyan Gallery. Puna Taiko will move to an area outside Hilo Bay Café around 1 p.m. Harpist Cymber Quinn will play in the Wai`oli Lounge at Hilo Hawaiian from 2 to 3 p.m. Desiree Moana Cruz will be mistress of ceremonies at the lobby lounge of the Grand Naniloa Resort. Featured performers there are Christy Lassiter and Friends noon to 2 p.m., Kainani Kahaunaele 2 to 4 p.m., and Mark Yamanaka 4 to 6 p.m.

Puna Taiko has performed at every Banyan Drive Art Stroll. Shown here in an image by Alvis Upitis, their energy and original compositions always draw a crowd.

A complete schedule by venue follows. A printed map brochure with the schedule will be available at all sponsor locations along the stroll.

Sponsors for the third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll include: Banyan Gallery, Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Café, Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace, County of Hawai`i Parks and Recreation Department, Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Resort, Paradise Helicopters, Akamai Art Supply, Cunningham Gallery, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

UPDATE: a re-dedication blessing will be held for the recently restored stone lanterns from Okinawa and Yamanashi prefectures. Rev. Naoiro Hotta will conduct a short service at 9:30 a.m. on a flat lawn area near the stone bridge in between the two lanterns. Look for the grey canopy.
Kumu Kaho`okele Crabbe will offer an Hawaiian blessing at 10 a.m. to open the gardens for the new year, especially on this occasion of the first centennial event of 2019.

Suisan Fish Market
3-4 p.m.
Brandon Tengan
will demonstrate
GYOTAKU (fish printing)
pupus served
Any Kine Wontons will be available in the Suisan parking lot from noon until sold out or 6 p.m., whichever comes first.

Hilo Bay Café
Photography – Calendar Contest Exhibit
vote for People’s Choice photography award
noon – 5
Puna Taiko outside at 1 p.m.
Grand Prize award and pupu 2 p.m.

Lili`uokalani Gardens
Noon to 3 p.m. painters and photographers will be in the gardens
Pavilion #1 close to Red Bridge
Marilyn Montgomery
Yumi Doi
Pavilion #2 close to Stone Bridge
William Wingert
Kevin Spitze
Peter Heinemann
Hilo Plein Air Group
Photographers:
noon – 1 Rita French
1 – 1:30 Jared Goodwin
2:30 Kenji Kuroshima
others to be announced

Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Silent auction (ends 5 p.m.)
Patty Pease Johnson, pastel demonstration 2-6 p.m.
Music: Cymber Quinn 2 – 3 p.m.
Pupus 2-3 p.m.

Banyan Gallery
noon to 6 p.m.
register for door prizes
awarded every hour
12:15 p.m. Puna Taiko
performance and pupu served

Grand Naniloa Hotel
Noon to 6 p.m. Palm Room
Art exhibit and People’s Choice ballots
2 – 6 p.m. Ken Charon painting demonstration
pupus served 4-6 p.m.
judge’s art prizes awarded 5 p.m.

Entertainment, Grand Naniloa Lobby Lounge:
Emcee: Desiree Moana Cruz
noon – 2 Christy Lassiter and Friends
2 – 4 Kainani Kahaunaele
4 – 6 Mark Yamanaka

Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace
at Ali`i Ice
noon to 5 p.m.
old photos and paintings

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Art Entry Deadline and December Newsletter

The third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll is right around the corner on Saturday, January 12. Entry deadline for an art exhibition during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll is Friday, December 14.

Here is a link to the Call to Artists for those who may have missed it last month.

Call To Artists 2019

The third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll takes place at several locations on Waiakea peninsula in Hilo (image courtesy Stephen Davies, winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2018)

The following link will take readers to the December newsletter of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens with news, calendar items, history, and photos.

Newsletter December 2018

 

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