The second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll will take place in several venues throughout the Waiakea peninsula on Saturday, January 13, from noon until 6 p.m.
Winners of the photographers contest will be featured in an exhibit at Hilo Bay Cafe. Puna Taiko will kick off the event with a performance outside the restaurant at noon.
Grand Prize presentation will take place at 1 p.m. of a doors-off helicopter tour with professional photographers Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori. The grand prize will be presented by Cal Dorn, president of Paradise Helicopters and sponsor of the grand prize, Charles Wood, judge of this year’s calendar, and Vijay Karai, chairman of this year’s contest.
During the day, visitors to the calendar exhibit will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for “People’s Choice.” That award will be announced when the ballots are counted after the end of the exhibit.
Calendars will be available for sale at the exhibit and at Banyan Gallery. This is the second year for this fund raising effort for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.
Photographers will sit the show and will be available to answer questions. Some photographers will be available for short tours through Lili`uokalani Gardens from noon to 3 p.m.
Rita French has images featured in May and December as well as a thumbnail in June. She will meet people interested in touring Lili`uokalani Gardens near the red bridge at noon.
Jared Goodwin, whose image “Path of Reflections” is featured on the cover, also has a thumbnail image featured on the December page. He will meet interested photographers near the floating stone path featured in his cover shot at 1:45 p.m.
“Sunlight through the Canopy” (c) Debi Buck is the image for July
Professional Debi Buck has featured images for the months of January, July, and September, as well as a thumbnail image in October will meet interested folks by the Hiroshima lantern under the monkeypod tree at the east torii gate at 2:00 p.m.
Professional Cheri Groom will meet people near her featured image for November at 2:30 p.m. “Sheltering Arms” is taken from a viewpoint near the east torii gate along Banyan Drive near the large monkeypod tree and overlooking the entrance through the two Nagasaki lion-dogs.
Professional Charles Wood judged 111 entries in this competition, selecting 13 featured images and 26 thumbnail images.
Wood and his wife Kathleen moved to Utah from the Pacific Northwest in 1986 and quickly fell in love with the red rock and desert climate of the Colorado Plateau. Over the last twenty-five years Charles has created a portfolio of fine art and documentary images from the American Southwest and his world travels.
In February, 2015, Charles and Kathy moved to Hawaii and now make the Big Island their home. Charles continues to photograph both the mainland southwest and Hawaii.
The 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar also is available for sale at Basically Books, Cunningham Gallery, Paradise Plants, and Hilo Coffee Roasters.