Full schedule of art exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment for Banyan Drive Art Stroll

UPDATE: Saturday morning, January 14, the skies are grey at 7:30 a.m. Here’s hoping for a little sun by noon. It’s Hilo and we are waterproof! Everything is set for a wonderful day of art. Be sure to stick around for the pupu (hors d’oeuvres) and live entertainment in the later part of the afternoon.

The first centennial event of 2017 to celebrate Lili`uokalani Gardens is the Banyan Drive Art Stroll set for Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m.

Art exhibits will be open the full time at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in the Palm Room on the lobby level, at Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in the Wai`oli Lounge on the lobby level, and at Banyan Gallery.

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Valentina Montoya, “Queen Lili`uokalani and her Gardens”, a watercolor, with pen and ink, was recognized with Juror’s First Choice

Free maps and a schedule to all events will be available at each Banyan Drive location.

Painters will gather inside Lili`uokalani Gardens from noon to 3 p.m. demonstrating painting “en plein air” — painting outdoors.

Special demonstrations will take place in the newest pavilion near the red bridge. Demonstration schedule is:

12 noon Valentina Montoya

12:45 p.m. William Wingert

1:30 p.m.  Peter Heineman

2:15 p.m.  F Scott Cahill

From noon to 1 p.m. Christy Lassiter Trio will perform at the Grand Naniloa Hotel. Lassiter’s CD Leale`a (Joy) will be available for sale.

At 2 p.m. Puna Taiko, will play in the old sumo ring area near the tea house in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Also at 2 p.m., Paradise Helicopters will present the grand prize in the photographers competition at Banyan Gallery. Copies of the photo calendar will be available at Banyan Gallery. A fund raising project, calendars sell for $20. Ask about shipping if you wish calendars mailed to you.

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90 images were entered in the first Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photo calendar competition — winners will be on display at Banyan Gallery Saturday, Jan. 14

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 3 to 4 p.m., Brandon Tengan will demonstrate gyotaku at Suisan Fish Market on the Lihiwai Street side of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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an exhibit of Brandon Tengan gyotaku

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3-4 p.m. Puna Taiko will play outside Banyan Gallery, pupu will be served.

4:00 p.m.  Ken Charon drawing demo at Grand Naniloa.

4-5 p.m. Desmon Haumea and Bambu will play at Hilo Hawaiian, pupu will be served. Copies of the CD “Des and BAMBU – Maui Style will be available for purchase.”

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5-6 p.m. Desmon Haumea and Bambu will play at Grand Naniloa, pupu will be served. Copies of the CD “Des and BAMBU – Maui  Style will be available for purchase.”

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Voting for People’s Choice awards continues all day at the Grand Naniloa until 6 p.m. Winners will be announced the following day.

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For further information, see the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook or contact K.T. Cannon-Eger by email kteger@hawaii.rr.com or cell phone (808) 895-8130.

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Tengan to demonstrate gyotaku at Suisan

Brandon Tengan has a love affair with the ocean as a surfer, fisherman, and fish print artist.

He will demonstrate gyotaku, the art of fish printing, at Suisan Fish Market on Lihiwai Street, Saturday January 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. as part of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Brandon Tengan and a tako catch

Brandon Tengan and a tako catch

As stated on his web site, Prior 2 Pupu Productions, “The Japanese Art of Gyotaku…most simply translated as “gyo”—fish, and “taku”—rubbing or impression; a technique developed to accurately record a fisherman’s prized catch, prior to eating it.  Fish are caught, painted with a non-toxic ink, and imprinted on shoji (rice) paper.  When peeled back, the paper is left with an impression yielding the exact size, shape and ultimately – the fisherman’s story.  The prints are then painted, remembered and shared.  Most importantly, the fish is then washed clean and prepared as a meal.”

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Tengan was raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii. He said his, “love and passion for the ocean first began with surfing.  However, when the surf got flat, he slowly took up diving and fishing and once he started…he got hooked.  Brandon considers himself blessed and fortunate to have been taught by many skilled fisherman and dive partners, continuing to learn each time he heads out.  Initially taught gyotaku by a family friend, what started as a small backyard hobby is now a fun business endeavor.”

Locally Tengan’s work is carried by Banyan Gallery, located near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Banyan Gallery will feature an exhibit of photographers’ images selected for a calendar of Lili`uokalani Gardens during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

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an exhibit of Brandon Tengan gyotaku

The event is free and open to the public, children welcome.

To learn more about Tengan, go to his web site: prior2pupuproductions.mycafecommerce.com

This is the first of a series of events to celebrate the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, which is bounded by Lihiwai Street and Banyan Drive on the Waiakea peninsula in Hilo.

Watch for news of the complete schedule of exhibits, demonstrations, and entertainment at the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

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Angel Crossing selected for Friends first photo calendar

An image by Kenneth Wendall Jackson of Hilo was selected by photography contest juror Alvis Upitis to appear on the cover of a 2017 calendar of images captured in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

“Every show distills out a single image that represents the body of work and draws the viewer in for more,” said Upitis. “Angel Crossing” was that iconic image for me. Like a movie still frame, it asks from me a soundtrack, perhaps “Aloha `Oe” played on grand piano.”

“Angel Crossing” appears on the cover of the first Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photo calendar and as the main image for the month of June. Another of Jackson’s images, “Winter Day 3,” was selected for the month of November.

Kenneth W. Jackson took his first photograph at the age of 8. He spent 37 years running a successful photography business on the mainland. His work experience is in the U.S. Navy as well as in utility services, soils and concrete testing, and sewer main inspection for several mainland companies. He moved to Hilo in May 2013.

Juror Alvis Upitis is a working commercial photographer with 40 years experience shooting for Fortune 500 companies and top advertising agencies worldwide. He has BS and MFA degrees in photography. He taught photo art and techniques at the college level for 10 years.

The contest attracted 90 entries for a 13-month calendar. Images not chosen for the main month page went through a second selection for potential inclusion as a thumbnail image. In all, 39 different views of the gardens are included in this first Friends of Lili`uokalani calendar competition.

“We are thrilled with the quality of images selected,” said Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens president K.T. Cannon-Eger. “So much so that a separate display of calendar contest winners will appear in the Banyan Gallery Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m. as part of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.”

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Banyan Gallery outside of the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel will display calendar winners on Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m.

“We owe deep gratitude to photo calendar juror Alvis Upitis for bringing his professional expertise to a difficult selection process,” said photographer and videographer Kenneth Goodrich of Volcano, who organized the competition.

Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat also is the calendar’s graphic designer. Printing and production was done locally by Hawaii Printing Corporation.

Jackson will receive the grand prize of a ride along with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori from Paradise Helicopters. Prize presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Banyan Gallery.

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

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

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)

Copies of the fund raising calendar will be sold to benefit projects in Lili`uokalani Gardens. For more information, please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.

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Montoya selected for juror’s first choice

Valentina Montoya’s art work was selected for Juror’s First Choice by art competition judge Dick Nelson of Kula Maui. The watercolor, pen and ink, image will appear in the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m.

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Valentina Montoya, “Queen Lili`uokalani and her Gardens”, a watercolor, with pen and ink, was recognized with Juror’s First Choice

Montoya is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz with a BA degree in visual Arts. She moved to Hawaii Island in August 2016 and, “I was struck by the beauty of Lili`uokalani Gardens. When I moved here, I connected with the art community through the UH-Hilo art club page on Facebook. I learned of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll competition through that connection.”

All art work that met the criteria of the theme “Celebrating Lili`uokalani: the Queen and her Legacy” will be on display at the Palm Room in the Grand Naniloa Hotel, lobby level, and will be available for voting for People’s Choice awards on Saturday.

Of Montoya’s art work “Queen Lili`uokalani and her Gardens,” Nelson said the artist depicted “a regal queen in a setting of unabashed color fitting for any garden celebration and created with aesthetic competence.”

Montoya remarked that she always was interested in art. “I wanted to study fashion design, but that course wasn’t on the schedule so I signed up for an art class at the community college. I ended up pursuing an art degree.”

“We really appreciate the time, effort, and expertise that it takes to create a beautiful work of art,” said Bonnie Sol of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll committee. “The great number of entries challenged the jurors of both the Banyan Drive Art Stroll and photographers’ calendar contest.”

Other exhibits will be in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and Banyan Gallery. Demonstrations of painting will be in Lili`uokalani Gardens from noon until 3 p.m. Gyotaku demonstration with Brandon Tengan will take place at Suisan from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is the first 2017 event in a series to celebrate the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens. The land was dedicated in honor of the Queen in early 1917 and construction on the Japanese-style landscape began in the fall of 1917.

For further information, see the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.

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Banyan Drive Art Stroll celebrates Lili`uokalani Gardens

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a post card promoting the variety of art and venues was created by Bonnie Sol — Artists featured on the card are K.T. Cannon-Eger, Ken Charon, Diane Renchler, Kornelius Schorle, and Ailana deHavilland

The first annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, sponsored by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, attracted more than 70 works of art in several media and 90 photographic images for a calendar competition.

“This is the first event of 2017, kicking off a three-year centennial celebration,” said Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens president K.T. Cannon-Eger. “Construction began on the gardens in the fall of 1917, continued through 1918, and the gardens were opened to the public in 1919.”

The free and open to the public event includes art exhibits, demonstrations, and entertainment in several venues in and near Lili`uokalani Gardens on Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m.

“We really appreciate the time, effort, and expertise that it takes to create a beautiful work of art,” said Bonnie Sol of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll committee. “The great number of entries challenged the jurors of both the Banyan Drive Art Stroll and photographers’ calendar contest.”

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll entrants eligible for People’s Choice voting are, in alphabetical order:

Christine Ahia for “Lili`uokalani me ma keiki o ka `aina”

Vivian Ursula Bratton for “Beneath Sunset Lights” and “One View of a Thousand, My `Aina”

K.T. Cannon-Eger for “Still Morning Reflected” and “Nagasaki Lion Picnic”

Ken Charon for “Hawaiian Lands in Hawaiian Hands”

Faith Cloud for “Lili`uokalani Gardens: Enchanted Rainscape” and “Lili`uokalani Gardens: Fisherman”

Alaina deHavilland for “Aloha ‘Oe”

Yumi Doi for “Cats in Lili`uokalani Garden” and “Young Queen Lili`uokalani.”

Bill Eger for “Peaceful Hiroshima”

Mary Goodrich for “Stone Steps”, “Moon Bridge”, “Line of Trees”, “Branches and Torii”, “Ironwood Reflection”, and “Tranquility”

Bonnie Sol Hahn for “High Tide” and “Garden Bridge”

Christa Kadarvsman for “Sunrise in Queen Lili`uokalani Gardens” and “Three Hula Dancers”

Alan Lakritz for “Bridge of Tides”, “Park Life”, “The Red Pavilion”, “Walk This Way”, and “Hilo Bay Serenity”

Marilyn Montgomery for “Lili`uokalani Park”

Valentina Montoya for “Queen Lili`uokalani and her Gardens”

Patti Pease-Johnson for “The Rain Clings Close to the Forest” [“Pipili Ka Ua I Ka Nahele”]

Jeffrey Pietrzak for “Aloha, Welcome to my Gardens”

Diane Renchler for “Pagoda at Lili`uokalani Park” and “Looking Out From Pagoda, Lili`uokalani”

Kornelius Schorle for “Colors of Autumn in Hawaii”, “Walk With Me”, “Cross Reflections” and “Nuptials Bridge”

Sunny Seal-LaPlante for “Mo`okuauhau” (Royal Lineage)

Sakiko Shinkai for “Kids at Coconut Island”

Diane Thornton for “Lili`uokalani Park”

Robert Weiss for “A Quiet Afternoon” and “The Tea House”

William Wingert for “Pagoda, Lili`uokalani Park” and “Hilo Colors”

The People’s Choice works will be displayed in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa Hotel, a DoubleTree by Hilton. Votes cast during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll will determine awarding of prizes from Akamai Art Supply and Cunningham Gallery.

Akamai Art Supply gift certificates are a highly prized award.

Akamai Art Supply gift certificates are highly prized awards

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Artists who were accepted to show in the Banyan Drive Art Stroll, but whose work did not meet the criteria for People’s Choice voting, are:

Rose Adare for “Within” (figurative)

Alan Fine for “King Kalakaua” and “Prince David & Jonah Kuhio”

Carol Froysland for “Single Turtle” and “Turtle on Reef”

Peter Heineman for “Keauhou Seawalls”, “Kona Heavens”, “Manini Snorkel”, “Old Airport Calm”, “South End Beach 68”, and “To The Beach”

Vijay Karai for “Lava Glow”

Kristen Luning for “Fern Fronds” and “Aloha ‘Oe”

Maria Macias for ” `Alala with `Ohi`a” and “I`iwi with Mamane”

Peggy McKinsey for “White Magic”, “Pua Melia”, “Azure Skies”, and “Good As Gold”

Sakiko Shinkai for “Gardenia” and “Red Rose”

William Wingert for “Grass Hat”, “Farm Road, Waimea”, and “Rodeo Rider, Waimea”

These works will be displayed in the Wai `Oli Lounge at Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Hours for the Banyan Drive Art Stroll are Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m. All art work must be picked up by 8 p.m.

“We are especially grateful to juror Dick Nelson from Kula Maui for bringing his professional expertise to a difficult selection process” said Jelena Clay of Banyan Gallery.

An esteemed watercolorist and instructor, Nelson studied with Joseph Albers at Yale and subsequently developed his own “Tri-hue” method of painting. During his Honolulu years, Nelson served on the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, was art consultant for Alexander & Baldwin for 10 years, and chaired the Punahou Art Department for 22 years. He was the designer and director for the Wailea Art Center on Maui and has been painting and teaching on Maui since 1978.

Juror Dick Nelson selected four artists for recognition. First juror’s choice is “Queen Lili`uokalani and her gardens,” by Valentina Montoya, an 11 x 14 pencil, ink, and watercolor piece Nelson described as “a regal queen in a setting of unabashed color fitting for any garden celebration and created with aesthetic competence.”

Second juror’s choice goes to Christine Ahia for an 11 x 14 pastel titled “Lili`uokalani me na keiki o ka `aina.” Nelson said the piece displays “the sense of calm majesty in a playful and colorful atmosphere. Color luminosity, the envy of any colorist, is exceptional.”

Third juror’s choice is for Jeffrey Pietrzak 34 x 28 watercolor “Aloha, Welcome to my gardens” set in the iconic red bridge of which Nelson said, “a fitting setting for a place of honor, (his work) brings both garden and queen together in a harmonious whole.”

Fourth juror’s choice is “Hilo Bay Serenity,” a photograph by Alan Lakritz, which Nelson described as “a formal composition of rich color harmonies which combine Hilo’s misty atmosphere with the intense hues of the foreground subject.”

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90 images were entered in the first Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photo calendar competition — winners will be on display at Banyan Gallery Saturday, Jan. 14, noon to 6 p.m. Photographers on the flyer from left to right: Kornelius Schorle, Kenneth Jackson, Alal Lakritz (2), and Debra Newbery

Another group of artists to be displayed during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll are the photographers selected by Alvis Upitis in a calendar competition. The following works will be displayed at Banyan Gallery:

Paul Miyasaki for his image “Lili`uokalani Nene” (January)

K.T. Cannon Eger for her image “Nagasaki Lion Picnic” (February)

Kornelius Schorle for his image “Walk With Me” (March)

Steve Godzsak for his image “Nature’s Shapes n Colors” (April)

Alan Lakritz for his image “The Bridge of Tides” (May)

Kenneth Jackson for his image “Angel Crossing” (June and cover)

Toby Hazel for her image “Tea Room View” (July)

Debra L Newbery for her image “Bamboo Pagoda” (August)

Steve Pollard for his image “Wahine Hula” (September)

Alan Lakritz “Hilo Bay Serenity” (October)

Kenneth Jackson for his image “Winter Day 3” (November)

Valerie A. Victorine for her image “Lili`uokalani Shrine” (December)

Vernon L. Enriques for his image “All the Park” (January 2018)

The calendar photography contest grand prize winner is Kenneth Jackson for his image “Angel Crossing” (June and cover). Jackson will ride with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori courtesy of Paradise Helicopters, sponsor of the grand prize.

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

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

“We owe deep gratitude to photo calendar juror Alvis Upitis for bringing his professional expertise to a difficult selection process,” said photographer and videographer Ken Goodrich of Volcano.

Alvis Upitis is a working commercial photographer with 40 years experience shooting for Fortune 500 companies and top advertising agencies worldwide. He has BS and MFA degrees in photography. He taught photo art and techniques at the college level for 10 years.

For further information on this and other events scheduled to celebrate the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, please contact K.T. Cannon-Eger of Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens at kteger@hawaii.rr.com or telephone (808) 895-8130.

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Second pond cleaning day set for Saturday, November 19

UH-Hilo students join in the fun at Waihonu to remove decades of accumulated muck and search for buried treasure.

UH-Hilo students join in the fun at Waihonu to remove decades of accumulated muck and search for buried treasure.

More hands are needed for continued pond cleaning.

More hands are needed for continued pond cleaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and community volunteers will continue cleaning Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens on Banyan Drive in Hilo, on Saturday, November 19 from 8 a.m. until noon.

People going in the pond will be provided with gloves and protective foot wear. Refreshments and lunch will be served to all volunteers.

For further information and to volunteer, contact Alton Okinaka at alton@hawaii.edu or telephone (808) 383-4917.

[photos courtesy of Gordon Heit]

To learn more about Hilo’s cultural landscape, listen to Island Issues with host Sherry Bracken who sent the following note.

Lili’uokalani Gardens in Hilo on the Waiakea Peninsula, towards downtown Hilo from the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, is a beautiful, tranquil Japanese-style garden created on land mostly donated to Hilo by Queen Lili’uokalani at the beginning of the last century. Learn about this treasure in a discussion with Island Issues host Sherry Bracken and two members of Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens, K. T. Cannon-Eger and Jane Hite…Sunday, November 13, 6:30 a.m. KKOA 107.7 fm, 8 a.m. LAVA 105.3 fm, or listen to the podcast any time at www.lava1053.com/podcast/island-issues

 

 

 

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North American Japanese Garden Association plans regional conferences in 2017

Descanso Gardens in Flintridge near Los Angeles will host the North American Japanese Garden Association regional conference in January 2017 Photo courtesy of Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens in Flintridge near Los Angeles will host the North American Japanese Garden Association regional conference in January 2017 Photo courtesy of Descanso Gardens

California and Texas will play host to regional conferences of the North American Japanese Garden Association in January and February 2017.

Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 2017 a regional conference will be held in Southern California at Descanso Gardens in Flintridge.

Marking the 50th anniversary of Descanso Gardens, the conference is designed to “explore the Japanese garden experience in Southern California in a two-day regional event featuring hands-on workshops, an exhibition, lectures on horticulture and history and expert-led tours of five Asian gardens,” said a release from the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA).

“Descanso Gardens, just northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is celebrating the 50th year of its Japanese garden. Descanso is embracing the garden’s evolving form, its identity as a focal point for a multi-cultural community and its role in inspiring new artistic creation. For lovers of camellia, a familiar plant in the Japanese garden, Descanso is home to the largest camellia collection in North America.

“The Japanese garden at the nearby Huntington boasts a history over 100 years as well as a legacy of evolution and renovation seen in its restored Japanese House and a new tea garden. Two other large gardens in the area — the SuiHoen (Garden of Water and Fragrance) in Van Nuys and the Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena — illustrate how Japanese gardens can demonstrate the sustainable use of water in even an arid climate. All of these gardens feature exceptional garden architecture that makes use of Southern California’s year-round warmth and indoor-outdoor lifestyle.”

For further information and to register, contact NAJGA at http://www.najga.org/Southern-California-2017

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In February — 10 through 12, the Japanese Garden at Fort Worth Botanical Garden and the Meiners garden in Grand Prairie will host a NAJGA regional conference.

Fort Worth Japanese garden, photo by K.T. and Bill Eger

Fort Worth Japanese garden

The following text is quoted from the NAJGA web site offering registration for Texas events.

“The diverse topography of the state of Texas contains elements associated with both the southern and southwestern parts of the United States, from the rolling prairies, grasslands, forests and coastlines in the east to the deserts of the southwest. As big as the land itself is the canvas of myriad possibilities for expressing the landscape-inspired artistry of a Japanese garden in the Lone Star State.

“The Japanese garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and a private garden located in the city of Grand Prairie illustrate the range of traditional and contemporary landscape artistry worked into that sprawling canvas. The 7.5-acre garden in Fort Worth incorporates both a traditional stroll garden with a water feature and two interpretations of the dry landscape style. The Meiners Garden in Grand Prairie is an example of the adaptability of the Japanese garden aesthetic, with its emphasis on responding to the environment in which the garden exists.  The tea garden and the hill-and-pond garden are seamlessly integrated with the residence in traditional Japanese manner.  A larger pond garden in the premises is a parallel ongoing project.

“These gardens illustrate how Japanese gardens are always a work in progress. On February 10, 11 and 12, the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) offers a rare opportunity for participants to both shape the future of these gardens and appreciate them through hands-on sessions. The sessions include the repair and maintenance of man-made and horticultural elements, the creation of a new water feature, and a day of learning with a focus on the tea garden tradition.

“This regional event is highly recommended for landscape and horticulture professionals in the south and southwestern US with an interest in Japanese garden design, construction and maintenance. For garden owners and other enthusiasts, the event provides an instructive inside view of two gardens in evolution that can relate to their own creation / maintenance concerns and garden study.”

Activities included in the workshops include: bamboo fence repair, shaping of wave-form foliage, preparing trees for transplant, head water and stream construction, tours and tea ceremony.

This event is eligible for CEUs (continuing education units) with professional organizations. See the NAJGA web site and registration form for more information.

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Memorial Service marks the beginning of a centennial year

When she was Princess, Lili`uokalani accompanied Queen Kapi`olani to London for Queen Victoria's Jubilee. The black ribbon gown shown here recently was reproduced as part of the Ali`i Gown Project of Friends of `Iolani Palace. The gown was on display in Sangha Hall following the memorial service.

When she was Princess, Lili`uokalani accompanied Queen Kapi`olani to London for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. The black ribbon gown shown here recently was reproduced as part of the Ali`i Gown Project of Friends of `Iolani Palace. The gown was on display in Sangha Hall following the memorial service. Photo: WikiCommons

 

Lili`uokalani, Queen of Hawai`i, passed away on 11 November 1917.

Because she was compassionate toward Japanese immigrant subjects of the Kingdom, because she attended a Hongwanji service in May of 1901, because she maintained a connection to Hilo throughout her life, and because Buddhist practice marks the 100th year a year earlier than Western practice, a 100th Memorial Service was held Sunday, October 30, at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin on Kilauea Avenue.

The first Hongwanji built in the island kingdom was this structure in Hilo, located on the ocean side of the intersection of Ponahawaii and Front Streets in 1889.

The first Hongwanji built in the island kingdom was this structure in Hilo, located on the ocean side of the intersection of Ponahawaii and Front Streets in 1889. Photo: Buddhism in Hawai`i

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The first Hongwanji Mission in Honolulu was located on Fort Lane. Lili`uokalani attended a Gotan-e service here in May 1901 at the invitation of her friend Mary Foster. Photo: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin web site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten months in planning, the memorial service Sunday was given by Rimban Jeffrey Soga. Emcee and planning committee chairperson was Barbara Fujimoto, who is active in the Buddhist Women’s Association. Ho`okani ka pu, the opening conch shell and chant by Kumu Kaho`okele Crabbe blended with kansho, the Buddhist temple bell ringing as 293 participants inside the temple rose in honor of the entrance of family descendants Keawe and Kaimi Keohokalole with the Royal Order of Kamehameha the First, Mamalahoa Chapter, `Ahahui Kaahumanu Helu `Ekolu, and Hale `O Na Ali`i `O Hawai`i.

Kumu Moses Kaho`okele sounds the conch shell followed by a chant to lead in a procession of family and royal societies

Kumu Moses Kaho`okele sounds the conch shell followed by a chant to lead in a procession of family and royal societies      Photo: K.T. Cannon-Eger

 

Special guests for the gathering included former First Lady of Hawai`i, Jean Ariyoshi, who spearheaded a movement to restore Washington Place, the Queen’s home that served as the Governor’s residence to several Hawaii leaders. The book Washington Place: A First Lady’s Story, published in 2004 by Belknap Publishing and Deign for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, documents the story.

Mrs. Ariyoshi and her husband former Governor George Ariyoshi also are deeply involved with Urasenke and helped bring the practice of tea to Hawaii in the 1970s. Tea houses are located on the campus of the University of Hawaii-Manoa behind the East-West Center, in Kepaniwai Park on Maui, and in Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo.

Accompanying Mrs. Ariyoshi were Russ Oda, president, and Art Taniguchi, vice president, of Urasenke Society of Hilo.

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Rimban Soga conducted the service at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin.     Photo: K.T. Cannon-Eger

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Bishop Eric Matsumoto came from Honolulu to deliver a message of peace.  Photo: K.T. Cannon-Eger

Bishop Eric Matsumoto offered a dharma message on the Queen’s life and dedication to peace, compassion and wisdom.

A “surprise” visit to the memorial service by the Queen, in the person of Jackie Pualani Johnson of UH-Hilo theatre department, brought the Queen’s recollections of the early 1900s to life.

The memorial service was followed by refreshments in Sangha Hall, based on the menu of the 1901 service the Queen attended. Displays were offered there from Lili`uokalani Trust, Friends of `Iolani Palace, Nelson Makua and Na Makua Designs, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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Recalling the story of “Paoakalani,” the Queen was presented with a bouquet wrapped in newspaper.  Photo: K.T. Cannon-Eger

black ribbon gown reproduction on display in Sangha Hall

black ribbon gown reproduction on display in Sangha Hall

black ribbon gown on display in Sangha Hall

black ribbon gown on display in Sangha Hall

presentation of the Ali`i Gown Project by Friends of `Iolani Palace

presentation of the Ali`i Gown Project by Friends of `Iolani Palace

The Buddhist memorial service marks the beginning of a year of centennial events for Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape, Lili`uokalani Gardens, a 24-acre public garden on Banyan Drive.

For further information and to help, contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens by email to kteger@hawaii.rr.com or phone (808) 895-8130.

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Big pond project starts with bucket brigade

Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens, will start getting a much needed cleaning Saturday, October 1, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Tsunami damage, bagasse from former sugar cane operations up the coast, invasive seaweed and normal silt have covered the floor of Waihonu.

Volunteers will gather at the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens tent near the tea house for instructions and to obtain tools. There also are land-based tasks for those not able to go in one of two shallow spring-fed ponds to the side of the larger pond.

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To the Banyan Drive side of the pond are two small spring-fed ponds choked with invasive seaweed, silt and weeds. The nearby lava outcroppings are covered with bamboo leaves.

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A previous cleaning effort uncovered a pahoehoe lava landing near the stone bridge

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Harvey Tajiri piles seaweed up.

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edging the sidewalk

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many thanks to UH-Hilo softball coaches and team

 

 

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Rotarian Wally Wong scoops seaweed out of the pond

Volunteers willing to go in the pond should come with protective foot gear. Some additional pairs of tabis and gloves will be available to borrow.

Additional chores on land include edging sidewalks, removing leaves from lava rock outcroppings, removing weeds from the stone bridge, and removing lichen from a rock bench.

For additional information or to volunteer for a future work day, contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens board members Alton Okinaka at UH-Hilo 932-7117 or K.T. Cannon-Eger 895-8130.

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Gratitude for the Gardens continues

For one year, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens has dedicated substantial volunteer resources to the task of thinning an overgrown bamboo thicket. Friday, August 5, 2016, we hope to finish the removing all dead stalks from the last two clumps. This will make continued maintenance of the area much easier.

“This will make the area much better for the annual Queen Lili`uokalani birthday festival,” said Kenji Kuroshima.

Come join Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens from 8 a.m. until noon. Refreshments will be provided and with advance notice lunch will be ordered.

Below are a series of photos showing progress during the past year.

Starting in July 2015, the bamboo contained innumerable dead stalks trapped tightly. Over time, a great deal of material has been removed. Some of it was offered to the public for any craft projects they might have. The Bamboo Society joined in and offered workshops showing how to utilize bamboo in a variety of ways. Two dump truck loads were given to a local nursery to chip into mulch. The rest went to Hilo’s green waste recycling area at the County landfill.

Slowly, workers opened up the thicket, re-establishing paths through the middle. The patch began to sing, according to Kenji Kuroshima of Kobe and Hilo, who directs the efforts. “Healthy bamboo sings. There is sun reaching inside. New views are opened up. And the breeze makes the bamboo sing.”

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Mayor Billy Kenoi (center shaka with white ball cap) and his department heads and staff joined Sierra Club, Lions, Fukushima Kenjin Kai, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens for spring cleaning at the bamboo patch.

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Kenji Kuroshima says healthy bamboo sings.

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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.

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Yoshihisa Matsushita and Winston Towata of the Fukushima Kenjin Kai and Wally Wong of the Rotary Club of Hilo worked on the July 1, 2016 cleanup to prepare the area for the Fourth of July weekend and the Tanabata Festival the following weekend.

The County removed a dump truck load of green waste from the bamboo patch following Tropical Storm Darby in July 2016.

At the end of the day, August 5, 2016, more air flowed through the bamboo patch and several views through were re-established. The County brought their chipper and the remaining pile was gone in no time.

All photos are by K.T. Cannon-Eger, except the one of Mayor Kenoi’s group. That photo is by Ilihia Gionson. If you share photos or this article, please be nice and give credit.

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