Hawaii

Send Aloha to Deployed Soldiers

Donated aloha shirts, forever lei, playing cards, and other care package items will be collected by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Thursday, July 4, from 7 to 11 a.m. in Lili`uokalani Gardens at the Salute to Veterans fun run.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens will join the Salute to Veterans on Thursday, July 4, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. During the annual Hilo Bay 5 K sponsored by VFW Post 3830, Friends will accept donations of new or gently used Hawaiian shirts and care package items. These will be sent to the Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers non-profit effort that already has sent more than 13,000 shirts in the two years since the mission started.

This is how Gwen Pollard ships out weekly. In two years, the non-profit mission “Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers” has sent more than 13,000 shirts.

Any size, men’s or women’s shirt, clean and in good condition will get a thank you note in the pocket and be “Army rolled” for packaging.

Other items of interest to this effort are: thank you notes, packing tape, lip balm, playing cards, forever lei, non-perishable snacks such as macadamia nuts or trail mix, party supplies.

Thank you notes will be available to sign and slip in the pocket of each donated shirt.

If you are unable to deliver your donation to Friends on Lili`uokalani Gardens on Thursday, July 4, from 7 to 11 a.m. then please mail directly to: Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers, attn: Gwen Pollard, 217 High Ridge Court, Easley SC 29642.

UPDATE: On July 5, 11 Priority Mail boxes were sent containing 88 shirts, 34 lei, several decks of playing cards, copies of Ke Ola magazine, and packages of macadamia nuts. Another box of freshly laundered shirts was mailed July 6 bringing the donation total from this effort to 94 shirts.

For more information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and future calendar events, please see the July 2019 newsletter.

Newsletter July 2019

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Obon in the Gardens

Here is a link to the flyer for Obon in the Gardens on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2019 Obon in the Garden

Here is a link to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens newsletter for June:

Newsletter June 2019

For those of you who may have missed the May newsletter, here is a link:

Newsletter May 2019

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Historic Hawai`i Foundation workshops coming soon

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The Hilo workshop on Monday, June 10, will feature Lili`uokalani Gardens as one of three case studies.

 

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How may I help?

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

pau hana

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.

PondCleaning

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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Help assemble koi nobori for Waiakea peninsula

These happy helpers found the koi nobori assembly event through Facebook last year

Many helping hands are needed Tuesday, April 30, to assemble koi nobori and bamboo poles.

This indicates the quantity of bamboo poles used in the annual koi nobori project

Please meet in the parking lot of Mokuola at 9 a.m. 4/30 if you are able to help.

Meet at the parking lot for Mokuola

Koi is an ornamental variety of carp introduced to the rest of the world from Niigata at a World’s Fair in Tokyo in 1914. The fish is a symbol of strength and overcoming adversity. It expresses a wish for health and success.

Koi nobori (colorful koi windsocks) are flown in Japan from April through early May in honor of Childern’s Day (May 5) known as Kodomo No Hi, which formerly was known as Boys’ Festival (Tango No Sekku). Children’s Day has been a national holiday in Japan since 1948. It is the last day of Golden Week.

The tradition of flying koi nobori came to Hawaii with Japanese immigrants. The first group (Gannen Mono) arrived in 1868. The biggest waves of immigration from Japan started at the behest of King David Kalakaua.

King David Kalakaua in Japan, 1881

The first ship of Kanyaku Imin arrived in Honolulu on 8 February 1885. By the U.S. Federal Census of 1910, Japanese immigrants and their families accounted for 43% of the population of Hawaii.

2017 – the first of a three-year centennial celebration of Lili`uokalani Gardens – marked a return to flying koi in the Waiakea area. Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens wishes to honor the tradition and bring attention to community events happening this week.

Held annually in Kalakaua Park on May 1

Hilo Lei Day Festival will be held in Kalakaua Park on Wednesday, May 1, starting at 10 a.m.

Held annually, the AIDS Walk raises funds that stay on this island to help build a healthier community

The 8th annual AIDS Walk fund raising for the Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation will be held in Lili`uokalani Gardens on Saturday, May 4, starting with registration at 8:00 a.m.

Held the first Sunday in May, this year’s Hilo Huli falls on Sunday, May 5

The Rotary Club of South Hilo annual fundraiser “Hilo Huli” will be held on Mokuola Sunday, May 5, starting at 11 a.m. Koi will fly until Hilo Huli is over.

Koi nobori may be seen at Suisan Fish Market, Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace at Ali`i Ice, Lili`uokalani Gardens, Hilo Bay Cafe, Shoroan (the Urasenke tea house), Banyan Gallery, Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and the Grand Naniloa Resort among other Banyan Drive locations. The most colorful and abundant display will be on the bridge to Mokuola.

For more information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, please take a look at our monthly electronic newsletter for April.

Newsletter April 2019

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Sakura blossom at Volcano Golf Course

Seven years ago, the centennial of the gift of cherry blossom trees to Washington DC was celebrated with plantings of cherry trees in every state. Varieties were selected to succeed in several different climates.

Volcano Golf Course cherry trees bloomed in April in 2018 and 2019

Dr. Tetsuyo Koyama, retired botanist with the New York Botanical Garden and Kochi Makino Botanical Garden, currently is a resident of Hawaii. He did the research and provided assistance in obtaining seed for cherry trees deemed suitable for Hawaii’s climate, particularly at higher elevations such as Volcano and Waimea, Hawaii County, and Wahiawa, Honolulu County.

After the Cherry Tree Alley Committee completed its work for the 2012 centennial, the Hawaii Sakura Foundation was formed to continue efforts. Cherry blossom trees were planted along Piimauna Drive at the Volcano Golf Course in 2012. They started flowering in 2014 and have flowered again every year since that time.

In December 2017, Ms. Seiko Fujii, a sakura mori, visited Hilo to give a workshop on cherry trees followed by hands-on training on the Volcano trees.

Russell Kokubun, Seiko Fujii, and Prof. Honda celebrate finishing maintenance on the last cherry tree in the row, December 2017

To learn more about the Hawaii Sakura Foundation, please view a video on their website.

https://hawaiisakura.org/

in April 2019, after weeding, lichen removal, and light pruning, the trees were fertilized then mulched with a compost-steer manure-lime mix placed away from the trunk

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Koi Nobori to fly at Waiakea Peninsula

This is the dream — some day there will be an abundance of koi nobori

Several years ago, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens board member Kenji Kuroshima had this dream of flying koi nobori in the park for Boy’s Day (May 5). We don’t have the abundance of his dream — yet. With your help, Friends hope to increase the number of koi nobori this year.

This was the reality last year — two koi nobori on each pole. More will fly this year from Tuesday, April 30, through Sunday, May 5.

In Japan, koi nobori fly from April through early May to celebrate Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi), a national holiday changed in 1948 to honor both boys and girls. Koi is a type of carp symbolizing courage and strength.

Bamboo poles are harvested near Hirano Store on the Volcano Highway and each year are donated to local fishermen at the end of the display through the assistance of Suisan Fish Market.

Koi nobori will be attached to freshly cut bamboo poles on Tuesday, April 30. Assembly area is adjacent to the parking lot at Mokuola, just off Lihiwai Street in Hilo.

Many hands are needed for this annual activity. If you have koi nobori to donate or wish to help with assembly and placement of the poles, please meet Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

koi nobori on the Mokuola bridge

Koi nobori may be viewed at Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Cafe, Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace, Shoroan, Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Resort, and across the bridge to Mokuola.

The bamboo poles remain in place through the annual Rotary Club of South Hilo fundraiser Hilo Huli on Sunday, May 5.

the annual Rotary Club of South Hilo event funds scholarships and grants in our island community

Here is a link to the Rotary Club of South Hilo page on Facebook and the event where you may order tickets.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2032112833571426/

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April news

Banyan Gallery has a few 2019 calendars left. Funds raised support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Last week, turning the page on the 2019 calendar, I was met with delight at the sight of one of my photos selected by photo contest judge Mary Goodrich. What a glorious morning that was. I was on the sixth floor of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and got up early to prepare for a garden workshop.

looking toward Mokuola from the 6th floor of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel around 6 a.m. (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

Banyan Gallery carries the few remaining calendars and now has a limited edition Yoshirt with this photograph. Proceeds benefit Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Women’s shirt in medium or large; photo is embedded in the fabric and won’t wash out or fade; dries quickly, great for travel

The calendar was prepared late last summer. We tried to include as many dates of events in Hilo as we could find. Some dates have changed since the calendar was printed.

April calendar page featured photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger

Notable is the 8th annual AIDS Walk listed on the calendar as Saturday, April 13. The actual date of this fundraiser is Saturday, May 4, in Lili`uokalani Gardens. The registration table opens at 8 a.m.

Annual fundraising walk where all the money raised stays on this island.

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Training opportunities in Portland, OR and Hilo, HI

Are you looking for an opportunity to enhance your Japanese landscape skills?

Portland Japanese Garden offers an amazing opportunity to learn stone setting, bamboo fence construction, and other skills including tools, aesthetics, and history.

Deadline for the beginner’s course is today (February 15) with the course set for June 3-9. Intermediate level deadline is in April with the course set for September 16-27. More details and registration at the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/341f7b900706/the-center-334425?e=d24afc77b0

Meanwhile, in Hilo a pruning class will be taught by Dennis Makishima in Lili`uokalani Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20. Advance registration is required. The course is geared toward public park maintenance personnel, Master Gardeners, and active landscape industry workers.

Registration for this workshop is closed with 50 registrants and a small waiting list. No more registrants can be accommodated.
More workshops will be held in the future. Register early.

UPDATE: As of Monday, February 25, class registration is full with 50 participants. There is a small waiting list.

Dennis demonstrates how to handle black pine in a tropical climate.
photo by Bill F. Eger 2011

Dennis is the founder of the Merritt College (Oakland, California) aesthetic tree pruning program. He is a past president of the Golden State Bonsai Federation. Dennis used to come to Hawaii annually to help with the bonsai show at the Okinawa Festival in Honolulu.

Now he says he’s retired, but Dennis is coming to Hawaii in March to work on clients’ trees over two weekends on Oahu. In between, Dennis will return to Hilo to teach pruning workshops to County park maintenance personnel, local landscapers, and Master Gardeners. Registration in advance is required for the two-day workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20.

“Several Sister City trees have been planted since the last time Dennis visited,” K.T. Cannon-Eger of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens noted. “They are in need of pruning so it’s a good time to share these skills with others.”

His pruning career started in 1980 when he was working for a produce store in Berkeley. He and a plumber friend traded labor and Dennis pruned his first black pine tree. Over the years, Dennis studied urban horticulture and developed multi-year plans to work on clients trees.

While taking a horticulture class at Merritt College, a team project tackled the pruning of a maple tree on campus. Student interest led to the formation of an aesthetic pruning series as well as a continuing organization that offers a certification program.

“His teaching and leadership made it possible for pruners to make a living at aesthetically pruning trees,” said Randall Lee, president of the Aesthetic Pruners Association. Lee said he learned under Makishima starting around 1988 and said he would not have been an aesthetic pruner without him. Lee said many pruners now advertise themselves as aesthetic pruners, and his organization, founded 10 years ago, was started to certify and support them. The association’s website lists 77 affiliated pruners throughout the United States.

“I was fortunate to meet Dennis at a North American Japanese Garden Association conference. He expressed an interest in Lili`uokalani Gardens and two years later he managed a side trip to Hilo during which 20 County maintenance personnel and Master Gardeners took hands-on workshops with Dennis.”

The two-day workshop will be held in Lili`uokalani Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. each day rain or shine. Lunch, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the $15 registration cost. Meet at the old sumo ring, a shelter near the tea house and parking lot off Banyan Drive.

To reserve a space, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at kteger@hawaii.rr.com or phone (808) 895-8130.

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Did you miss the music? Here’s a taste.

For those of you who missed the fantastic entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby during the recent annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, here are a few links to encourage you to seek out these award winning entertainers.

Desiree and Pepe visit with Irene during an afternoon of entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby

Special thanks to Desiree Moana Cruz for making arrangements with these performers and to Pepe Romero, for his experience and his sound equipment to help these professionals sound their best.

Christy Lena`ala Lassiter made her third appearance at Banyan Drive Art Stroll this year. Well known in Hawaiian music circles, her CD album Le`ale`a was nominated for 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Most Promising Artist, Hawaiian Music Album and Favorite Entertainer.  There are several well known Big Island musicians on this album, including producer JJ Ahuna,, Dwight Tokumoto, Victor Chock, Ikaika Marzo, Lono Kanakaole, and Rob Yamanoha.

Here is a link to “Hale Alani Swing” from Le`ale`a.

Kainani Kahaunaele garnered several  Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards including female vocalist of the year. Born on Kaua`i, she sailed from Hawai`i to Micronesia as a crewmember of the E Mau—Sailing the Master Home voyage in 1999, and now is a lecturer at UH-Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language.

“Sweet Makani” is her composition from her first CD Na’u ‘Oe.

Mark Yamanaka was recognized as Male Vocalist of the Year twice by Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards in 2011 and 2014. His albums “Lei Pua Kenikeni” and “Lei Maile” were recognized with more awards including each being named Album of the Year.

“Nani Ka Honua” is from his first album “Lei Pua Kenikeni.”

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is held on the second Saturday of January each year. This year, sponsors included Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Café, Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace, County of Hawai`i Parks and Recreation Department, Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Resort, Paradise Helicopters, Akamai Art Supply, and Cunningham Gallery.

Thanks also go to Puna Taiko who performed outside Banyan Gallery and Hilo Bay Cafe, and to Cymber Quinn who performed at Wai`oli Lounge in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

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