Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

Silent Auction at Grand Naniloa to benefit Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens

An invitational art exhibit, a silent auction, entertainment, and appetizers are among the offerings at the Grand Naniloa Hotel during Saturday’s second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

The invitational art exhibit will include both works for sale and prized family possessions not for sale.


Kenji Kuroshima of Hilo and Kobe is known for his photographs of hula, especially Merrie Monarch Festival. He serves on the board of directors of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens

Works are coming from 2017 Grand Prize winner in the photography contest Kenneth W. Jackson, featured calendar photographers Paul Miyasaki and Kornelius Schorle, 2017 First Place artist Valentina Montoya, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens board member and professional photographer Kenji Kuroshima, and Les Takayama, to name a few.

“Love of Nature” has been donated to the silent auction by artist Kristin Luning

A silent auction has been added to the program to help raise funds for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Items donated include a two-night stay with breakfasts at the Palms Cliff House in Honomu, a hand-crafted necklace with custom case by Tad Sewell created in honor of the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, a custom tour of Lili`uokalani Gardens for four with lunch from Suisan, chiropractic service certificate from James Clear in Keaau, gift certificates from Big Island Delights, a mosaic mirror from Paradise Plants, a boxed collection of cookies from Big Island Candies, “Love of Nature” painting by Kristin Luning, gift certificate from Basically Books, plus other items.

Mosaic mirror from Paradise Plants

“The Monarch’s Butterfly” by Tad Sewell

detail of “The Monarch’s Butterfly” by Tad Sewell

Silent auction bidding will be done by assigned numbers. Instructions  will be on a bidding sheet near each item. Bidding ends at 5 p.m. and successful bidders will be announced by 6 p.m. at which time items may be picked up.

Entertainment begins at noon with Cymber Lily Quinn followed by guitarist Ben Kaili at 1 p.m. Miss Holly K. from KAPA Radio will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The Christy Lassiter Trio will perform at 2 p.m. Slack key guitarist Ira Varize appears at 3 p.m.

Bambu, a trio featuring Desmon Haumea, Doug Espejo, and Conrad Giminiz, will wrap things up from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

More details on all aspects of the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll will be in a map/brochure available at Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Cafe, Banyan Gallery, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and Grand Naniloa Hotel.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens maintains a Facebook page where information on events and volunteer work days is posted.

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

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