Monthly Archives: October 2019

Fantastic Floral Designs Provide Backdrop for Marriage Vow Renewals

HFNA sponsored Wedding Celebrations 2019 throughout the state with sponsorship from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Hawaii County Department of Research & Development

For the third year, a floral design workshop with Hitomi Gilliam AIFD moved into Lili`uokalani Gardens to provide large examples of how to use locally grown flowers and foliage in contemporary arrangements.

This year, the emphasis was on weddings. The Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association organized workshops statewide with sessions on Kaua`i, `Oahu, and Maui before culminating in Hilo.

An ad in Ke Ola Magazine announced both the 20th annual He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani (Queen’s birthday festival) and the floral design event in early September

Sunday morning designers Hitomi Gilliam and Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers Hawaii moved into Lili`uokalani Gardens with truckloads of equipment and flowers. Three large arrangements were created by noon. This blog entry details the white pillars near the arched stone bridge.

Galyn Williams helps deliver flowers and materials to the white pillar design area (photo by Sarah Anderson)

K.T. Cannon-Eger carries podocarpus to the white pillar area (photo by Sarah Anderson)

The pillars started with bamboo poles held in place with forming stakes and wire. Oasis and chicken wire cages were strapped to the poles and filled with podocarpus foliage.

a team of florists begin work on the white pillars (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)


Lois Hiranaga AIFD of Maui and Hitomi Gilliam AIFD of Vancouver BC begin attaching wire supports to the bamboo (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

detail of the finished floral design

detail of the finished floral design

detail of the finished pillars

by noon, the white pillars were ready for use in marriage vow renewal ceremonies (photo by Sarah Anderson)

ready for celebrating 100 years of weddings in the gardens — here’s to 100 more (photo by Rita French)

Rev. Satoshi Kaimipono Tomioka of Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (photo by Rita French)

Ashtin and Brian Hart renew their vows with their children and Rev. Tomioka (photo by Rita French)

(photo by Eric Tanouye)

Yolanda and Gilbert Hesia and their family and Kumu Leilehua Yuen (photo by Sarah Anderson)

The next two blog entries will cover the other floral design sites: one in view of the red bridge and one int he bamboo patch.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens provided the site, ministers, and photographers. HFNA provided the floral designs, mechanics and product plus talent. The workshop participants also provided bouquets, head pieces, and lei to the ministers and couples.

At the end of the day, the structures were taken down and all the flowers were given away.

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Congratulations to Chicago Botanic Garden

map of the three islands of Sansho-en (Elizabeth Hubert Malott Garden) courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden

The United States Postal Service announced a set of 10 gardens to be issued on stamps in 2020.

Among the selection is the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese garden at Chicago Botanic Garden, the second time a U.S. Japanese garden has appeared on a stamp.

The first U.S. garden on a stamp was Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo on a Priority Mail stamp in 2017, marking the centennial of Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape.


Issued to mark the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, this also is the first time a Hilo locale appears on a U.S. postage stamp and the first time a Japanese garden appears on a U.S. postage stamp

Other gardens in the new Forever stamp set that also have Japanese gardens within their boundaries are Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (Ohio), Huntington Botanical Gardens (California), and Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York).

a viewing platform with cherry tree along the path to the main entry gate at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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October newsletter features September photos

So much happened in Lili`uokalani Gardens that it was a challenge to keep the monthly newsletter to four pages.

Here is a link to a PDF of that newsletter which includes a calendar of coming events on page two.

Newsletter October 2019

In subsequent blog entries, more photos of the 20th annual He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani will be published as well as more photos of the floral design workshop that provided three sites for wedding vow renewals in the gardens.


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Save the Date 12/3/2019

Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving to community and non-profit events and activities in the form of physical support or monetary donations.

This year, special events for young people have been added. Please share this with the young people and organizations you know.

Hello, Fellow Kids!

Announcing the Launch of #GivingTuesdayKids!

With youth shaking up and spearheading many of the major movements on key issues facing our world today, from climate change to healthcare to student debt, GivingTuesday is helping amplify the next generation of young leaders to be organizers, thought-leaders, and campaign managers for a more generous world. We’re so thrilled to announce the official launch of #GivingTuesdayKids

Led by 12-year-old Khloe Thompson and a team of youth ambassadors, #GivingTuesdayKids is all about encouraging young people to take action around the causes they care about most on GivingTuesday. On December 3, 2019, kids all over the world will lead volunteer projects, acts of kindness, and epic givebacks, proving that everyone has the power to make change in their communities and that everyone has something to give.
Join the Movement

Help Spread the Word!

Please share with the young people in your life, your clients, program participants, partner organizations and anyone you think might help us grow this movement!

  • Share our video on your personal and organization’s social media channels
  • Share in any relevant Facebook groups you’re a part of
  • Share with your local school district (there’s a toolkit and curriculum for teachers!)
  • Forward this email to colleagues and friends

Here are some sample tweets, social media posts, and logos and here’s the Participation Guide for Youth and Families.

We simply could not be more thrilled to help launch this movement for young changemakers! As always, we’d love to hear your ideas for how to get the word out and who we should be talking to – email us anytime (just hit reply on this email).

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