Lions tackle special project

East Hawaii Lions joined with the North American Japanese Garden Association regional and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens to create a new stone viewing area 2017-2018. Lions Clubs return to the area for regular maintenance and improvement projects.

In July, Winston Towata and Clyde Yoshida tended the white stone stream at the Lions Legacy Project

Cleaning and weeding of the area will take place under the leadership of Crescent City Lions on Saturday, October 10.

Later in July 2020, Lions replaced the roof on a small shelter in the Lions Legacy Project area

Volunteer efforts during a public health crisis require protocols to be followed. Masks must be worn. Physical distance should be observed. Pre-registration is necessary as the size of any one group is limited to 10 people.

Bring your own tools and water bottle. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

For registration, contact hilocrescentcitylions@gmail.com

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Re-opening Public Gardens with Caution

Historic photos inform present-day decisions: some carpentry details in the railings were missing in recent years. 2019 repairs restored some details

Since late March, much of our beloved community treasure has been closed. Even Lihiwai Street was off limits to walkers for several weeks.

morning walkers observe social distancing rules (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga)

Slowly and carefully, our County is re-opening. There are new rules for volunteers to observe as we once again enter Lili`uokalani Gardens to assist with special projects.

The first volunteer day since March will be Saturday, July 11, under the direction of Fukushima Kenjinkai. Annualy, members gather to clean the large stone lantern gifted by the prefecture of Fukushima in 1968 to celebrate the centennial of Gannenmono (the first organized group of Japanese immigrants). The Tanabata Festival is observed.

The star festival is observed in July or August, depending on the prefecture. Wishes or poetry are written on small pieces of paper and tied to bamboo.

This year, pre-registration is necessary as group size is limited. Other rules in effect through July 31 include: Wearing of masks and observing physical distancing is required. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Sharing of tools will not be allowed. Bring your own tools from home. Also bring your water bottle.

Fukushima Kenjinkai will gather by the large stone lantern on Saturday, July 11, at 8 a.m. Advance registration must be done with Winston Towata. Please contact him at wwtowata@hawaiiantel.net or phone 959-0425.

The result of a year-long joint effort, the Lions Legacy Project was dedicated Friday, May 4 2018

A second volunteer day is set for the following week. East Hawaii Lions will gather at the Lions Legacy Project in the southern shaded corner of the park on Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is necessary. Please contact Clyde Yoshida cjrw100@gmail.com or phone 640-4625 or Melissa Chong easthawaiilions@gmail.com or phone 640-0225.

For more information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens news and calendar events, please use this link to see the June/July 2020 newsletter:

Newsletter June July 2020

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Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Mailing address is P.O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

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Meijer Gardens a must see place in Grand Rapids

For several years after the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1995 my parents adopted the plan during visits of picking me up at the airport and driving to Meijer Gardens for lunch then a stroll.

entry to Frederik Meijer Gardens in 2014

“In 1990, Fred and Lena Meijer were asked for their support, and they embraced the concept of a major cultural attraction centering around horticulture and sculpture. The original vision has turned into a top cultural destination in the Midwest region, known internationally for the quality of the art and gardens.” [from the Meijer Gardens web site]

Over the years, I have visited with family and friends several times, always delighted by old plant friends and new exhibits.

The main campus covers 158 acres. There is a large amphitheater, tropical conservatory, desert plant collection, a model farm, a children’s garden that was added in 2004, and throughout all the gardens, stunning sculpture is to be found.

Nina Akamus sculpture “American Horse” based on Leonardo DaVinci Horse [more about this sculpture at http://www.ninaakamu.com/story.html ]

Special events add to the visitor appeal for residents and travelers. We attended the Dale Chihuly exhibit that was extended from April 30 through October 31, 2010.

The Dale Chihuly exhibit throughout Meijer Gardens attracted so many people, it was extended to the end of October

 

The addition of an 8.5 acre Japanese garden on former swamp land was a particular delight to watch.

The wetlands before

view of the Japanese garden under construction in 2014

In 2009, plans began for a Japanese garden designed and constructed by Hoichi Kurisu and the firm Kurisu International. “His work ranks among the finest Japanese gardens outside of Japan, including Portland Japanese Garden (Oregon), Anderson Gardens (Rockford, IL), Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden (Delray Beach, Florida).”

Hoichi Kurisu looks at what still needs to be done in 2014

walking around the fence in fall 2014 to view construction

during construction

looking over the fence during construction 2014

enjoying a peaceful moment in 2016 a year after the Japanese garden opened

The main gate was opened to visitors June 13, 2015. The garden has proved to be a top attraction within Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. More may be found here https://www.meijergardens.org/attractions/japanese-garden/

Meijer Gardens re-opens to the public Monday, June 8 2020. Advance reservations are necessary. https://www.meijergardens.org/plan/

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October conference postponed until next year

Promoting the Art, Craft and Heart of Japanese gardens in the USA and Canada.

2020 Conference Postponed

Dear NAJGA Community, 

This year’s conference was going to focus on adaptability and resilience. These themes couldn’t be more appropriate during our uncertain times. In the challenges of the current situation, each of us as well as our affiliated organizations have adapted to discover the resilience needed to sustain our missions.

Given the circumstances, our Planning Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s conference. The conference will be rescheduled to take place in the fall of 2021.

In lieu of this October’s conference, and to put adaptability and resilience into action, we would like to organize a series of live and recorded webinars (lectures, demonstrations, etc.) on various topics. We plan to begin these webinars in the summer of this year.

Our first webinars will focus on Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens’ Stroll for Well-Being program on June 17th and June 24th. We will send a call for additional proposals within the next month, but if you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to share them with us.

We wish you health and happiness in the coming months.
Warm regards,

Marisa Rodriguez
NAJGA Manager

*The photo above is of the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego.

Article re-posted from North American Japanese Garden Association news. For further information, see the NAJGA web site NAJGA

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Enjoy gardens (from a distance) during stay-home order

Stay Home orders have been issued by several states in addition to the closure of even more public places such as museums and public parks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

During “stay home” orders, several public gardens have devised ways to allow the public inside through postings on social media, video tours, and online classes.

The North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) encourages support of one’s local garden during and after this public health crisis. In addition, NAJGA prepared a list of resources and links to a few children’s activities, which follows.

Enjoy Japanese Gardens from Home

As most gardens have temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we encourage you to support and follow your favorite gardens online- and explore new ones.

We have created this resource page for virtual tours, books, videos, websites and other content you may enjoy. If you would like to contribute content, please email info@najga.org. We’d love the opportunity to share your garden through our network.

Please check back periodically as we will update this page regularly.

We hope you will continue to enjoy the beauty and calm of Japanese gardens from home.

Facebook Live Streams
RoHoEn– Daily at 10am MST

Virtual Visits/Tours:
1. Montreal Botanical Garden
2. Portland Japanese Garden
3. Japanese Tea Garden 
4. Missouri Botanical Garden 
5. Virtual Tours of Japan’s Gardens by Professor Clifton Olds 
6. Better Homes & Gardens: Virtual Stroll of US Botanical Gardens
7. 7 Places to See Japanese Gardens in the U.S. (featuring many member gardens)

Instagram Pages with Photos of Japanese Gardens:
Craig Westland’s Rockford Tai Chi & Tai Chi for Gardeners 

Books:
1. Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design by Marc Keane
2. Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens by David A. Slawson
3. The Art of the Japanese Garden by David and Michiko Young
4. Professor Clifton Olds Bibliography– A great list of resources!

5. The Kyoto Journal also has a wealth of information including this article on the art of stone setting.

Videos:
1. Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden

Websites:
1. Japanese Gardening Organization
2. Japanese Gardening Society of the UK

Home Gardening Links:
1. 10 Ways to Garden During Self-Isolation
2. Cultivate Something Good- Your Garden and Your Well-Being
3. Victory Garden 2.0- Ten Steps for Planning Your Own
4. Kids Gardening Made Easy

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Stay Safe, Be Well

All over the world, people are staying home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Museums, public parks and gardens (and much more) are closed some indefinitely, some through the end of April at least.

one more look – vantage point near the old sumo ring pavilion

one more look before lockdown goes into effect – overview

Throughout Hawai`i, preparations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were made in advance of Wednesday, March 25, when County parks closed. Overview photos posted above were taken Tuesday, March 24. One exception is exercise, but social distance should be observed.

official park closure notice on a barrier at the intersection of Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga, 28 March 2020)

Closed Indefinitely sign posted on the bridge to Mokuola (photo credit Ohelo Brown, 23 March 2020)

Thank you to our County Parks personnel for keeping tables and restrooms disinfected daily and for maintaining the parks. All Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens volunteer days are suspended pending reopening of the gardens.

one good thing: with all the emphasis on washing one’s hands with soap and water, we now have soap in the restroom at Lili`uokalani Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

barriers signal the small parking lot by the tea house, Okinawa boats, and old sumo ring is closed (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)

unusual morning view of Lihiwai Street (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)

morning walkers observe social distancing rules (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)

A message from Hawai`i County Civil Defense on Wednesday, 1 April 2020:

“All must adhere to social distancing and wear protective face mask.

“Your involvement is needed to follow all policies to stop the spread of the virus.  Do Call Civil Defense at 935-0031 for any clarification on these matters.

“Coronavirus is no April Fool’s joke, please follow all preventive measures and observe social distancing of at least 6 feet and keep groups less than 10 people.

“Thank you for listening and be well.”

For additional information, here is a link to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens newsletter for April 2020. Articles and photographs by Ku`ehu Mauga, Amy Nishiura, Walter Imahara, Bill & K.T. Eger.

Newsletter April 2020

UPDATE: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Visitors who do not observe the 14-day quarantine are subject to arrest, fines, and a trip back to where they came from.

Three Visitors Arrested After Breaking Quarantine On Banyan Drive

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Chanticleer — a pleasure garden

In the fall of 2013, we were traveling to the east coast. When a garden friend in Denver heard we would be in Philadelphia, he insisted we take time to visit Chanticleer. We are ever so glad he did.

Chanticleer17

a meadow planted with autumn crocus

A short train ride along the Main Line brings one to the Rosengartens family estate, which was landscaped more than a century ago and opened to the public in 1993. According to the web site, “Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural.

(click on photos to see captions)

“There are seven Horticulturalists, each responsible for the design, planting, and maintenance of an area. The areas are constantly evolving, each with its own feel, yet joined together as one complete unit.”

Run by the Chanticleer Foundation, 35 acres of the total 47 are open to the public. The remainder is service area, in agriculture, woodland, and staff housing.

The woman who showed us around came to Chanticleer after an internship with Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter in Sussex, England. Among her daily duties at Chanticleer were care for the vegetable and cut flower garden, and floral arrangements for the visitor reception area and home.

The New York Times noted in December 2015: “As one of Adolph Rosengarten’s descendants puts it in the gorgeous book by R. William Thomas and the Chanticleer gardeners, THE ART OF GARDENING: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer (Timber Press, $34.95), “To create a garden is to search for a better world.” Yes, these grounds arose from the passions of a wealthy family, but they’re now accessible to anyone. In this delightful book, the staff gardeners are full of advice — on using small evergreens for screens, deploying bursts of color, choosing plants for dry shade — that will be useful in any size garden, even one where you’re the only gardener on staff.”

For further information, please see the garden’s web site.

Chanticleer Garden

 

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January Memories

As the February newsletter for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens was undergoing proofreading, the thought struck that there were way more photos than we could fit on one page from the 4th annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Here are memories of January 11, 2020, plus those that wouldn’t fit.

“Favorite Spot” watercolor by Ron Louie received People’s Choice award in 2019. Mahalo to Aaron Miyasato and 4digital Printing for graphic art and printing

Thank you to all who participated in the 4th annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll. The anticipated storm held off and all indoor events proceeded. What great talent we have in this community!

Morning blessing under overcast skies by Pua Brown, photos by Joe Kamelamela

Plein air painters in Lili`uokalani Gardens dodged occasional showers. The only activity that had to be cancelled was Puna Taiko as we could not locate enough shelter to guarantee the safety of their drums.

Kris Hawkins, grand prize winner with the cover image, received a Paradise Helicopters tour from K.T. Cannon-Eger and judge Charles Wood

Enjoying pupu at Hilo Bay Café

 

Brandon Tengan demonstrated gyotaku at Suisan.where the poke bombs were enjoyed by all.

Mokuhanga block printing was demonstrated by Bob Douglas

Fresh fruit paletas were enjoyed at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace in Ali`i Ice Company

Ronni Barbula demonstrated fused glass in the Wai`oli Lounge at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Raleigh Timmons of Lahaina scored at the silent auction in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

The museum quality origami piece was created by Mitchell Noll, a great grand nephew of Laura V. Kennedy, an original benefactor of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Dinnie Kysar won a drawing to have her portrait painted by Sakiko Shinkai in the Palm Room where the judged art works were displayed.

Ron Louie’s watercolor “Under the Banyan” took first place from judge Harry Wishard, People’s Choice award, and it sold during the show

“Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver

“Garden of Love” by Stephen Davies

Kalapana Awa Band rocked the lobby lounge at the Grand Naniloa Resort

emcees Holly K and Ku`ehu Mauga kept things moving in the lobby lounge at the Grand Naniloa Resort

And when everything was over, the lei were delivered to Homelani Cemetery and placed on the graves of Charles C. Kennedy and his second wife Laura.

If you are interested in more news and calendar items, here is a link to the February newsletter:

Newsletter February 2020

For those of you who missed it, here is a link to the January newsletter:

Newsletter January 2020

 

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Cherry Botanical Art at UH-Hilo

A rare opportunity has arrived at the UH-Hilo Mo`okini Library: a botanical art exhibit that will remain until April 4.

Thirty-two pieces are in the display, which previously was exhibited in New York and at RBG Kew Gardens in London.

Ten of the illustrations are by Mieko Ishikawa, who received the Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art from the American Society of Botanical Artists in 2017. Many of the illustrations feature various varieties of cherry blossoms

Prunus pendula Plema-rosea (c) 2001 Mieko Ishikawa

For more on Mieko Ishikawa, please see:

https://www.asba-art.org/article/mieko-ishikawa

or

https://www.jonathancooper.co.uk/artists/89-mieko-ishikawa/biography/

Other featured artists are Fumiko Sugisaki, Michiko Morita, Yoko Kadota, Mieko Konishi, Kumiko Kosuda, Yoko Yokoyama, Hidenari Kobayashi, Akiko Enokido, Machiko Taketa, Miwa Saeki, Takeko Yamamoto, Ryoko Taki, Keiko Nakane, Keiko Fujita, and Tetsuo Koyama.

Paulownia tomentosa (c) 2015 Mieko Ishikawa from the Flora Japonica Exhibition

Camellia japonica var. decumbens ‘Yuki Tsubaki’ (c) Akiko Enokido

Dr. Koyama is a botanist who retired to Hawaii after a career at the New York Botanical Garden and Makino Botanical Garden. He is president of the Hawaii Sakura Foundation, which brought this exhibit to Hilo with the assistance of Professor Masafumi Honda of the UH-Hilo Japanese Studies Program and the library.

Consul General Ito introduced Dr. and Mrs. Tetsuo Koyama at the UH-Hilo library. Dr. Koyama gave a brief history of botanical art

Dr. Koyama was responsible for selecting a variety of cherry tree to be planted in Waimea in 2012 on the occasion of the centennial of cherry tree plantings at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC.

Show sponsors are Tokio Marine Group, First Insurance Company, First Hawaiian Bank, Tony Group Autoplex and the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu.

Mitch Roth and Russell Kokubun enjoy the exhibit

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Louie and Takaaze win in People’s Choice Ballots

Ron Louie’s watercolor “Under the Banyan” was selected by art exhibit judge Harry Wishard for first prize. This painting also took People’s Choice award.

The fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll organized by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and Banyan Gallery offered the viewing public opportunities to select their favorite works both at the judged art exhibit and in the photography contest display.

“Under the Banyan” by Ron Louie took the People’s Choice award in the art exhibit. Ballots were cast until 6:00 p.m. in The Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort.

“There was no question,” said organizer Jelena Clay, of The Banyan Gallery. “Ron’s work was far and away the crowd favorite this year with Under the Banyan getting the most People’s Choice votes and his watercolor of walkers hand in hand at the park  — Morning Ritual — taking second.”

Both watercolors sold during the show.

“Morning Ritual” by Ron Louie

Ron Louie’s biography (from his web site): Self-taught and strongly influenced by his father’s avid painting, Ron started working in watercolors when he was 13. Outings with his father to sketch and paint while growing up in Idaho developed Ron’s keen sense of lighting and composition. Ron continued painting and exhibiting his watercolors while in college, but it wasn’t until after a career in advertising did he begin to paint full-time. Since then, Ron’s work has been selected and juried into major watercolor competitions and exhibitions on both the East and West coasts. Ron and his wife live on the Big Island in Hawaii.

In selecting Louie’s work for first prize in the judged exhibit, Wishard remarked “Under the Banyan” showed a mastery of the quick, unforgiving execution of watercolors.”

Akamai Art Supply gift certificates are a highly prized award.

Louie received a $200 gift certificate to Akamai Art Supply in Kona for People’s Choice and a $125 gift certificate to Cunningham Gallery and Picture Frame Shop in Hilo for first place.

Cunningham Gallery and framing service in Hilo is a long established and trusted firm in east Hawaii

In the photography exhibit at Hilo Bay Cafe, all winning images selected for the 2020 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar by judge Charles Wood were displayed.

People’s Choice vote goes to Jay Takaaze for his April image “Early Morning Stroll.” This was another “no doubt about it” vote, said event organizer K.T. Cannon-Eger. “More votes were cast for April than for any three images combined.”

“Early Morning Stroll” by Jay Takaaze

Takaaze is familiar to Hilo residents for his portrait photography with his brother Reed. Now retired from that enterprise, Jay’s work may be seen in Takaaze Art Gallery at 1420 Kilauea Avenue.

The month’s grid features national and local holidays as well as special events such as Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo DIA First Friday, and the weekly Hilo Hula Tuesday sponsored by Destination Hilo.

Jay says he finds landscape photography and grand kids to be his passion. “It is such a joy to provide local wall decor for homes and businesses.”

Takaaze received a gift certificate to Cunningham Gallery in Hilo.

Louie’s work may be found at Banyan Gallery. Additional copies of the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens 2020 calendar also are available there as well as at KTA SuperStores and Basically Books.

Other prizes awarded at the Banyan Drive Art Stroll were:

Grand prize in the photography calendar contest went to Kris Hawkins. Paradise Helicopters sponsors the grand prize of a doors off helicopter ride with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori.

Kris Hawkins, K.T. Cannon-Eger, judge Charles Wood

Second prize in the art exhibit went to “Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver, a $100 gift certificate from Akamai Art Supplies in Kona.

“Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver

Third prize in the art exhibit went to Stephen Davies, a $75 gift certificate from Cunningham Gallery.

“Garden of Love” by Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Jelena Clay, Craig Allen Lawver
First prize winner Ron Louie was not available for the photograph

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