Daily Archives: April 26, 2019

How may I help?

The lifeblood of any successful non-profit community organization is volunteer participation.

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With Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo Hawai`i, we are blessed with supportive residents who feel a kinship to the County park as well as interested visitors, some of whom desire a deeper connection to places they visit.


Volunteers help clear the pond edge of overgrown sod and decades of muck

In a big garden with maintenance and capital improvements as well as centennial events, there’s always something to do.

Some chores involve getting down and dirty, sweating up a storm, and exercising every muscle in your body.

Other activities require more artistic skill.

Some activities, such as installing a display at a public library or sitting an information table, are slightly more sedate.

No matter what your skill or energy level, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens can use your help.

Coming up soon are the annual koi nobori event (April 30 through May 5 putting up and taking down fish windsocks on bamboo poles); the annual Hilo Lei Day Festival at Kalakaua Park (Wednesday May 1, information table); the annual AIDS Walk (Saturday May 4, information table); and the annual Hilo Huli sponsored by Rotary Club of South Hilo (Sunday May 5, information table). If you are able to help with any of these events, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger by email at kteger@hawaii.rr.com

In June, the annual Obon in the Gardens (Saturday June 1) could use set up and craft help. Contact chairman Jane Heit by email at bonqueen@gmail.com


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Deadline extended for Portland training

Apply by May 1

“My personal goals were exceeded as the seminar immersed us in Japanese culture and explained the reasons behind techniques and ideas used in Japanese gardens.”

– Ayse Pogue, Senior Horticulturalist, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, Chicago Botanical Garden, 2016 seminar participant

The deadline has been extended for application to the Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart hands-on seminar in Japanese garden arts. An immersive, professional-level course unparalleled in the world, Waza to Kokoro is acclaimed by  gardeners, landscape architects and designers, aesthetic pruners, horticulturalists, and stonemasons alike.

Learn 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 May 1.

Scholarships and payment plans are available to make the seminar more affordable. 

Questions? Contact us at thecenter@japanesegarden.org

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