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Louie and Takaaze win in People’s Choice Ballots

Ron Louie’s watercolor “Under the Banyan” was selected by art exhibit judge Harry Wishard for first prize. This painting also took People’s Choice award.

The fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll organized by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and Banyan Gallery offered the viewing public opportunities to select their favorite works both at the judged art exhibit and in the photography contest display.

“Under the Banyan” by Ron Louie took the People’s Choice award in the art exhibit. Ballots were cast until 6:00 p.m. in The Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort.

“There was no question,” said organizer Jelena Clay, of The Banyan Gallery. “Ron’s work was far and away the crowd favorite this year with Under the Banyan getting the most People’s Choice votes and his watercolor of walkers hand in hand at the park  — Morning Ritual — taking second.”

Both watercolors sold during the show.

“Morning Ritual” by Ron Louie

Ron Louie’s biography (from his web site): Self-taught and strongly influenced by his father’s avid painting, Ron started working in watercolors when he was 13. Outings with his father to sketch and paint while growing up in Idaho developed Ron’s keen sense of lighting and composition. Ron continued painting and exhibiting his watercolors while in college, but it wasn’t until after a career in advertising did he begin to paint full-time. Since then, Ron’s work has been selected and juried into major watercolor competitions and exhibitions on both the East and West coasts. Ron and his wife live on the Big Island in Hawaii.

In selecting Louie’s work for first prize in the judged exhibit, Wishard remarked “Under the Banyan” showed a mastery of the quick, unforgiving execution of watercolors.”

Akamai Art Supply gift certificates are a highly prized award.

Louie received a $200 gift certificate to Akamai Art Supply in Kona for People’s Choice and a $125 gift certificate to Cunningham Gallery and Picture Frame Shop in Hilo for first place.

Cunningham Gallery and framing service in Hilo is a long established and trusted firm in east Hawaii

In the photography exhibit at Hilo Bay Cafe, all winning images selected for the 2020 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar by judge Charles Wood were displayed.

People’s Choice vote goes to Jay Takaaze for his April image “Early Morning Stroll.” This was another “no doubt about it” vote, said event organizer K.T. Cannon-Eger. “More votes were cast for April than for any three images combined.”

“Early Morning Stroll” by Jay Takaaze

Takaaze is familiar to Hilo residents for his portrait photography with his brother Reed. Now retired from that enterprise, Jay’s work may be seen in Takaaze Art Gallery at 1420 Kilauea Avenue.

The month’s grid features national and local holidays as well as special events such as Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo DIA First Friday, and the weekly Hilo Hula Tuesday sponsored by Destination Hilo.

Jay says he finds landscape photography and grand kids to be his passion. “It is such a joy to provide local wall decor for homes and businesses.”

Takaaze received a gift certificate to Cunningham Gallery in Hilo.

Louie’s work may be found at Banyan Gallery. Additional copies of the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens 2020 calendar also are available there as well as at KTA SuperStores and Basically Books.

Other prizes awarded at the Banyan Drive Art Stroll were:

Grand prize in the photography calendar contest went to Kris Hawkins. Paradise Helicopters sponsors the grand prize of a doors off helicopter ride with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori.

Kris Hawkins, K.T. Cannon-Eger, judge Charles Wood

Second prize in the art exhibit went to “Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver, a $100 gift certificate from Akamai Art Supplies in Kona.

“Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver

Third prize in the art exhibit went to Stephen Davies, a $75 gift certificate from Cunningham Gallery.

“Garden of Love” by Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Jelena Clay, Craig Allen Lawver
First prize winner Ron Louie was not available for the photograph

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Suisan Fish Market newsletter features Gyotaku with Brandon Tengan at the Banyan Drive Art Stroll

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Jan 9, 2020

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AHI POKE  22.00 OPELU 6.00
1 CHOICE POKE BOWL 11.50  
2 CHOICE POKE BOWL 13.50    
POKE PLATE 16.50    
“SMALL KINE” BOWL 9.50    
HAMACHI FILLET 16.00    
BLUE MARLIN 14.00
ORA KING SALMON 18.00
KAUAI PRAWNS 13.00
 
 
   
   
   
 
   
 
   
   
BLUE MARLIN $14/LB
HAMACHI SKIN $2.99/LB
HAMACHI COLLAR $13.99/LB
HONEY SPICY GARLIC MARLIN $16/LB
WARABI SALAD $12/LB
SALMON FILLET $18/LB
KAUAI PRAWNS $13/LB
KIMCHEE TRIPE $10/LB
LIHING MANGO $12/LB
GARLIC BUTTER PRAWNS $18/LB 
HAMACHI HAWAIIAN $18/LB
JAPAN HAMACHI FILLET $16/LB 
AHI CALI ROLL $22/LB 
LEMON SHOYU SCALLOPS $18/LB
KAZUNOKO $36.99/LB
BRANDON TENGAN WILL BE BACK AGAIN AT THE FISH MARKET FOR HIS GYOTAKU ART
SATURDAY JANUARY 11, 2020 FROM 3PM – 4PM 
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Learning Lessons from other Events

A long time ago, we remember having pins to support the Aloha Festivals The pins were bought in advance as well as at the activities and entitled one to admission to events.

a few Aloha Festivals pins

More recently, we noticed pins sold in public garden gift shops as a collectible item. In another case, pins were given as a membership memento.

left to right: Pacific Tsunami Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, North American Japanese Garden Association, Ro-Ho-En in Phoenix Arizona

Hilo Orchid Society pin

A year ago, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens began efforts to have a pin made based on our logo. That pin went on sale in the fall at the Queen’s birthday festival, He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani.

Produced by Hawaii Printing Center, this $5 pin serves as one admission to pupu at six locations throughout the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Pins are available for sale in advance of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll at Banyan Gallery. During Saturday’s event, pins will be available at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lobby lounge where the silent auction will be set up, at the photo exhibit in Hilo Bay Cafe, and in the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort.

Please help support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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Banyan Drive Art Stroll set for Saturday, January 11

The fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 11.

(Thursday 1/9) UPDATE: rain or shine, the indoor events will be held. Stormy weather may impact the plein air artist demonstration in Lili`uokalani Gardens, but all other events will continue.

“Favorite Spot” watercolor by Ron Louie received People’s Choice award in 2019. Mahalo to Aaron Miyasato and 4digital Inc. for graphic art and printing

Harry Wishard of the Wishard Gallery in North Kohala, was the judge for the fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll competition on the theme of “Joy in the Gardens.”

Taking first place is “Under the Banyan Tree” a watercolor by Ron Louie. “Favorite Spot” Louie’s work in 2019 took People’s Choice and is featured on the 2020 brochure and flyer.

“Under the Banyan Tree” showed a mastery of the quick, unforgiving execution of watercolors,” said Wishard.

Second place goes to “Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver and third to “Garden of Love” by Stephen Davies.

Works selected for the judged exhibit will be on display in the Palm Room on the lobby level of the Grand Naniloa Resort Saturday, January 11. Voting for People’s Choice will take place there from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Harry Wishard was born and raised on the island of Hawai`i. His uncle Lloyd Sexton led him into the life of an artist at an early age. He has painted daily for more than 50 years.

Wishard spoke of several factors in making his decision from the entries. “First was their adherence to the theme. Then there was their skill level in their chosen medium.”

Puna Taiko will open the day at noon outside Banyan Gallery.

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is organized by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and The Banyan Gallery. Held on the second Saturday in January, the noon to 6 p.m. event features plein air demonstrations in the gardens from noon to 3 p.m., a judged photographers exhibit at Hilo Bay Café through 4:30 p.m., gyotaku presentation at Suisan Fish Market at 3 p.m., block printing demonstration with Bob Douglas at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace in Ali`i Ice, live entertainment, a silent auction, and additional indoor art demonstrations.

Grand prize presentation for the photographer’s exhibit will be at 1:30 p.m. The grand prize is a doors-off helicopter ride with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori aboard Paradise Helicopters. Voting for People’s Choice Award in the photographer’s section will continue until 4:30 p.m.

Featured plein air artists in Lili`uokalani Gardens include Marilyn Montgomery, Crystal Nylin, William Wingert, Kevin Spitze, Amy Markham, Bonnie Sol, Abbie Rabb, Christine Ahia, and  others.

Sakiko Shinkai, who studied at the Studio Incamminati Fine Art in Philadelphia and Kyoto Tachibana Women’s University, will demonstrate portrait painting in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa from 3 to 5 p.m. Patti Pease Johnson will demonstrate pastels in the same space from 1 to 3 p.m.

Featured artists in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa Resort include: Ron Louie, Craig Allen Lawver, Stephen Davies, Faith Cloud, Kornelius Schorle, Rodney Rauch, Raleigh Timmins, Patti Pease Johnson, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Bonnie Sol, Vivian Ursula Bratton, Suzanne Hutchins, and Melanie Pruitt.

Award presentation for judged works will take place in The Palm Room at 4 p.m. People’s Choice ballots may be cast until 6 p.m.

“Painting with Light” a fused glass demonstration by Ronni Barbula will take place in the Wai`oli Lounge on the lobby level of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel from noon to 5 p.m. A Silent Auction will be held in the same space.

Live entertainment includes outdoor performances by Puna Taiko, opening the event at noon. Hawaiian music is featured at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby lounge starting with Randy Lorenzo and Friends at noon followed by the Kalapana Awa Band at 2 p.m. Closing the event with the 4 to 6 p.m. time slot will be Christy Lassiter. Emcees are Ku`ehu Mauga and Holly K with sound by Pepe Romero. (UPDATED 1/9)

Produced by Hawaii Printing Corporation, this $5.00 pin serves as one person’s admission to six pupu stations throughout the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Appetizers will be served at different times at each location to patrons of the event wearing the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens logo pin. Pins are available for $5 at Banyan Gallery, Hilo Bay Café, the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and the Grand Naniloa Resort. Door prize registration is at Banyan Gallery where a wall of the gallery will feature art from Lili`uokalani Gardens.

A brochure listing all events and times with a map to all sites will be available throughout the peninsula.

For up to date information on the schedule, please see the 4th annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll event on the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.

 

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Do You Really Need A Sign?

The other evening, after a long day cleaning the gardens, we were loading up the truck when a car of young people pulled in to the space next to us. They exited their car holding adult beverages and lit cigarettes.

three buckets of litter collected one morning by sixth grade girls from Kamehameha Schools

As they headed toward the large picnic table at the old sumo ring pavilion in Lili`uokalani Gardens, I said, “Excuse me. You might like to know that this is a no smoking park.”

“Oh, sorry,” they replied. “I never saw a sign.”

this bucket was mainly caps from beer bottles

Lili`uokalani Gardens also is an alcohol-free park as is true of many other public areas. For example, a total of 19 areas in North and South Kona either require a permit or prohibit all consumption of alcohol outright. According to an article in West Hawaii Today, “People found drinking in parks and beaches in violation of the county code can be cited for a petty misdemeanor, which is punishable with up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.”

this bucket was miscellaneous litter including a drink container, plastic straws, and a rubber slipper

 

this bucket contained approximately 600 cigarette butts, most of which were picked up around the old sumo ring pavilion near the small parking lot

Here is the sign people drive past in order to get to the picnic table in the old sumo ring pavilion. $100 for each smoking offense and $1,000 for littering.

sign at the entry to the small parking lot off Banyan Drive near the tea house

Do you really need a sign to tell you how to behave in a public park? Here is one from another district.

Do you really need a sign to tell you to pick up after your dog?

Do you really need a sign to tell you carving or painting on public property isn’t a good idea?

Come on people!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a “This Place Matters” campaign to celebrate places of meaning and importance to communities

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Coming soon: hands-on learning in Arizona

Promoting the Art, Craft and Heart of Japanese gardens in the USA and Canada.

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL

at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

Register for NAJGA’s next Regional workshop and enjoy Phoenix in the winter! With average temperatures in the 70’s, Phoenix is an ideal place to spend President’s Day weekend. Our two-day Regional (February 14 & 15), hosted by the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Ro Ho En, will feature hands-on learning as well as the opportunity to learn about several traditional Japanese arts. Learn to build a stepping stone path, a sleeve fence and water basin, plant pines and place stones. The program will also include ikebana, tea ceremony, and taiko demonstrations. Lunch is included on both days and will be served in the Garden. Saturday dinner in the Garden and a Sunday tour of Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden and Taliesin West at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will be offered as optional add-ons.

Register today at www.najga.org/events

Phoenix, Arizona’s Japanese Friendship Garden has strengthened ties with their Sister City Himeji. Adjacent to the famous Himeji castle is Koko-en, a collection of nine gardens built in 1992 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the municipality. The walled gardens cover approximately 8.65 acres. Koko-en was designed by Professor Makoto Nakamura of Kyoto University. The garden was built by Hanatoyo Landscape of Kyoto.

Ro Ho En was a cooperative effort between Himeji and Phoenix.

1987: Delegation from Himeji, Japan proposed that a Japanese Friendship Garden be constructed in the Central City.

1990: City of Himeji Landscape Architects visited Phoenix to present the design for the Japanese Friendship Garden.

2000: Completion of construction of the Japanese Friendship Garden.

2002: Garden opened to Public.

[information from the Ro Ho En web site ]
https://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/

 

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Light the Gardens

calendar item in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald

A modest illumination of Lili`uokalani Gardens will take place on Christmas eve from sundown until 9:00 p.m.

helper Bill with a selection of lights 2018

If you wish to help with placement of lights, come to the old sumo ring pavilion near the tea house at 4:00 p.m.

helper ties LED lights to Kushi Bridge

helper Amy Nishiura ties bamboo pole with solar-powered star to large square roof pavilion on the Lihiwai Street side of the gardens

firefly lights in Mason jars

solar lanterns by LuminAid light the stone lanterns around Waihonu

rechargeable light at the Prince Hitachi black pine 2018

view across Waihonu from the large square roof pavilion

a 2018 view across Waihonu toward the Kushi Bridge and small square roof pavilion

interior of small square roof pavilion, rebuilt by County carpenters last year

front of Shoroan illuminated in 2018

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Hillwood – Marjorie Merriweather Post’s estate in Washington DC

well-appointed gift shop at Hillwood

Purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1955, following divorce from her third husband, Hillwood is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue in NW Washington, D.C. During her lifetime, Hillwood became a place to showcase her collections, particularly Russian imperial art, and became a legendary social venue.

Marjorie Merriweather Post’s collection of shoes

Surrounding the Georgian mansion are several gardens: a cutting garden, a four seasons garden, a putting green, French parterre, lunar lawn, and a Japanese-style garden.

Hillwood in 2013, one of the few gardens open during a government shut-down

“She hired prominent landscape architects Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel to expand the existing gardens,” the web site notes. “Thirteen acres of formal gardens extend from the house’s terraces and porches in a progression of outdoor rooms.” (from the Hillwood web site)

“Designed by Shogo Myaida and clearly reflecting Marjorie Post’s love of collecting decorative objects, this non-traditional Japanese garden offers action and intrigue instead of opportunities for contemplative meditation found in other Japanese gardens. ”

Marjorie Merriweather Post shows students the Japanese style garden in 1963 (Hillwood collection)

restored wooden bridge

“Myaida began his career working in an architectural firm in New York and soon began to build a network of influential people who were able to help him to find bigger and better jobs. A friend at the New York Botanical Garden helped him to get a job rehabilitating the grounds of a girls college in Georgia. Later, he went to Florida and worked for several well known architects in Palm Beach, where he first met Marjorie Merriweather Post, the cereal heiress, whose magnificent homes in Palm Beach and Washington D.C. were legendary. Myaida went back to Long Island in 1926 where he worked for a large landscape contractor, creating and improving many private gardens.

“During the Great Depression he scraped by, gardening and, in the winter, selling manure for mulch and sharing rent and food with fellow workers. “For many days,” he remembered, “we had rice and a big iron pot full of split pea soup on a big old coal stove in the kitchen.”

“In 1938, recovered from the depression years, he supervised the landscape design for the New York World’s Fair Japanese Garden and was in charge of its maintenance during the run of the fair. He married his young American secretary and bookkeeper in 1941, “and shortly after Japanese started to fight with America. We had quite a time. The FBI came over and check all my house and everything I had and they said that as long as I stayed in Albertson (New York) I do not need to go to Ellis Island.” He found jobs working in greenhouses during the war, and “then when the war was over, and get freer so I started designing gardens all around again.

“In 1952, Myaida read in a newspaper that Japanese-born people could become American citizens, and he applied for and received American citizenship. Shortly afterward Mrs. Post’s landscape architect contacted him about doing a Japanese garden at Hillwood, Mrs. Post’s 25 acre estate in Washington D.C. Myaida modestly remembered that the garden was “quite good,” and then added, “supposed to be one of the best on the East Coast.” Today the estate is a museum and garden, open to the public, and Myaida’s beautiful garden is in the process of restoration.”

*Much of information in this article, and all of the direct quotes, are from the transcript of an interview conducted with Shogo Myaida on July 10, 1988 by Dorothy Rony, New York Chinatown History Project; Lorie Kitazano, Queens college, Asian History Studies; and Lily Y. Kiyasu, Garden City, New York.

(from “A Trunk Full of Stories” by the Japanese American National Museum)

Shogo Myaida papers are housed in the collection of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt9n39s11w/entire_text/

Ann Stevens photo from Hillwood: during restoration, all the stones were carefully mapped using GPS and marked before being removed

gate at the lower end of the restored garden

For more information, go to the estate web site or phone 202.686.5807.

https://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/

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Maymont in Richmond, Virginia

Continuing tales of travel to Japanese-style gardens outside of Japan.

Maymont House in Richmond Virginia, an American country estate of the Gilded Age

Down path, through a gate and into a century-old Japanese garden.

minimal signage with maximum information

waterfall cascades from Italian garden up top into the shaded paths through the Japanese garden below

Bill at work

water crossing path and koi

gift azumaia for the centennial

centennial gift iris patch is weeded by volunteers

old concrete paths were replaced with gravel — the concrete rubble was used to create a more rolling landscape in one section

For more information, visit the Maymont web site.

https://maymont.org/estate/

 

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Learning opportunities in Phoenix and Portland

NEXT NAJGA REGIONAL
The next North American Japanese Garden Association Regional has been scheduled!
It will be held Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 at
the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Ro Ho En.

More information will soon be available.

2020 SAVE THE DATES

FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN JAPANESE GARDEN ARTS
AT PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN

Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart, Level 1

This intensive, hands-on educational seminar is an immersive learning experience in Japanese garden arts, framed in the Culture of Tea and the art form of the tea garden. Come to Portland to learn stone setting, plant care, design, history and other related subjects directly from Japanese garden masters.  The course is designed for landscape practitioners from all disciplines.

Location:
Portland Japanese Garden and offsites

Dates:

June 8-14 (application opens Jan. 10, 2020)

Aug. 24-30, 2020 (application opens March 10, 2020)

With an Eye Towards Nature: A Japanese Garden Design Intensive

This three-day course created for design professionals focuses on the Japanese tradition of designing with nature, using the spectacular landscape of the Columbia Gorge as an outdoor classroom. Marc Treib, professor of architecture emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a noted landscape and architectural historian and critic, takes part in the last day’s design critique and gives a public talk the next day.

Dates: April 25-27 (application opens Feb. 1, 2020)

Tuition, conditions, program content and other details at japanesegarden.org/thecenter or from  kfaurest@japanesegarden.org
The Training Center is a recipient of the 2018 American Public Gardens Association award for program excellence.

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