Suisan Fish Market newsletter features Gyotaku with Brandon Tengan at the Banyan Drive Art Stroll
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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)
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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!
Light the Gardens
A modest illumination of Lili`uokalani Gardens will take place on Christmas eve from sundown until 9:00 p.m.
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.
Na Makua Christmas Gift Fair
The annual Na Makua Christmas Gift Fair starts today (Friday, December 6) at 3 p.m. and continues through 8 p.m. at the Afook-Chinen Civic Center on Manono Street in Hilo.
Items offered by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens include the last of our centennial Tee shirts and tote bags.
New items include the 2020 photography calendar, collector pin, and limited edition ornament.
Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit, mailing address: P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.
Now that the annual Na Makua Christmas Gift Fair is over, those of you interested in pins, ornaments, calendars, tee shirts and tote bags may find them at Banyan Gallery on Banyan Drive in Hilo. Calendars are available at KTA Superstores in downtown Hilo and at Puainako as well as at Basically Books.
Rake the Park
“Rake The Park”
a year-end, whole park cleanup
Tuesday, December 10, 8 a.m. to noon
Bring your rake and gloves to the old sumo ring
to get trash bags and your section of the gardens.
Additional chores available.
Refreshments and lunch provided.
P.O. Box 5147
Hilo Hawai`i 96720
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A few additional pairs of gloves, rakes, pruners, lawn edgers, etc. will be available for use by those who who do not have their own tools.
Visiting Hilo for the day will be Takuhiro Yamada of Hanatoyo Landscape in Kyoto. Yamada has been helping Lili`uokalani Gardens since fall of 2014.
Special projects in the garden will happen under his direction again on Tuesday, December 10. Some advanced skills needed.
“Joy in the Gardens” theme for Artists
The fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll is set for the second Saturday in January — 11 January 2020 — from noon until 6 p.m. Events and activities will be held throughout the Banyan Drive area from Suisan Fish Market to Hilo Bay Cafe and Alii Ice, across Lili`uokalani Gardens to Banyan Gallery, to Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and the Grand Naniloa Resort.
Artists are invited to enter works in the annual judged competition. Theme is “Joy in the Gardens.”
Here is a link to the entry form. Deadline for entry is Friday, December 20, 2019. Please refer to the form for details.
BDAS Call To Artists 2020 approved
For more information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, here is a link to a copy of our November 2019 newsletter:
Fabulous Florals, part 3: A Moon Gate at the Edge of the Pond
This is the third in a series on the floral design event in September that marked the conclusion of a state-wide series of workshops geared to wedding arrangements.
Sponsored by the Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, the Hilo workshop moved from Nani Mau Gardens into Lili`uokalani Gardens on Sunday morning, September 8. By noon there were three major locations for couples to use in renewing their marriage vows.
Locations were scouted months in advance. This spot was chosen by Hitomi Gilliam AIFD of Vancouver BC Canada and Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers Hawaii in Honoka`a. Higgins provided the structure and her team worked on installing the design.
The previous blog entries covered the white pillars set up near the arched stone bridge and a floral chandelier in the bamboo patch. The next blog entry will cover the background effort necessary to bring all of this beauty to the gardens.
Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens provided the registration tent, site, security, ministers, and photographers. Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association 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.
Fabulous Florals, Part 2: Chandelier in the Bamboo Patch
Floral design workshops held at Nani Mau Gardens in Panaewa moved into Lili`uokalani Gardens on Sunday morning, September 8. When the floral design teams were done at noon, three decorated sites were utilized for wedding vow renewal ceremonies.
The previous blog entry covered the white pillars set up near the arched stone bridge. The next blog entry will cover the moon gate set up in view of the red bridge.
Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens provided the registration tent, site, ministers, and photographers. Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association 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.