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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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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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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.

stalwart volunteers Amy Nishiura and her mother Gladys and Paula Wasson will be there to help you find what you need from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Items offered by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens include the last of our centennial Tee shirts and tote bags.

Amy Nishiura accepts delivery of centennial tote bags from Kainoa Makua. The design is by his father Nelson Makua.

New items include the 2020 photography calendar, collector pin, and limited edition ornament.

The grand prize — a helicopter ride with Paradise Helicopters — for this year’s cover shot goes to Kris Hawkins.

The back cover features small views of each month, contact information for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, the logo for Paradise Helicopters, sponsor of the grand prize, and the bar code used by KTA SuperStores

Designed by Tiffany Prose and produced by The Makery

Produced by Hawaii Printing Center, this pin serves as one admission to pupu throughout the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

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.

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Rake the Park

leaf rakers

Six large trash bags were filled with ironwood needles removed from the lawn and lava around the lantern from Fukushima prefecture

“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

Share this blog entry or this link to the PDF of the flyer with your friends and colleagues.

Rake the Park flyer single

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.

On a previous visit, Takuhiro Yamada directed resetting of the stones and basin at the Shoroan tsukubai. Yamada is president of Hanatoyo Landscape in Kyoto.

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.

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“Joy in the Gardens” theme for Artists

Puna Taiko opened the day at noon outside Banyan Gallery, January 2019

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.

Ken Charon demonstrated during the 3rd annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll

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:

Newsletter November 2019

 

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Fabulous Florals, part 3: A Moon Gate at the Edge of the Pond

a completed moon gate awaits couples who wanted to renew their marriage vows (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger appears as a thumbnail in the 2020 photo calendar of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens)

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.

detail of a flyer and ad prepared for the state-wide floral design series of workshops (graphic design by Colin Gilliam)

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.

Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers Hawaii in Honoka`a (photo by Sarah Anderson)

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.

barrels full of flowers and foliage were needed to fill this design (photo by Rita French)

the design filled the structure front and back, top to bottom (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Tony and Judy Graaf were participants in the floral design workshop and the first couple to register for wedding vow renewal with Rev. Katlin McCallister of Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Brenna Quan, Judy Graaf, Hitomi Gilliam, Tony Graff, and Alison Higgins by the moon gate (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Cathey and Roger Kizey celebrate 50 years of marriage by heading across the Isemoto Bridge toward the moon gate where they renewed their vows with Rev. Katlin McCallister (photo by Rita French)

Cathey and Roger Kizey (photo by Rita French)

People passing by also made use of the floral structures.

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.

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Fabulous Florals, Part 2: Chandelier in the Bamboo Patch

HFNA sponsored Wedding Celebrations June through September 2019 throughout the state with sponsorship from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Hawaii County Department of Research & Development
(flyer design by Colin Gilliam)

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.

Galyn Williams, Brenna Quan, and Alison Higgins plot a plan for a floral chandelier in the bamboo patch (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

 

Brenna Quan deeply involved in the creation (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Phoebe Anderson with Galyn Williams and Brenna Quan (photo by Rita French)

Phoebe Anderson (photo by Rita French)

Brenna Quan of Victoria BC (see the legs!) is almost done with the bamboo chandelier (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

finished bamboo chandelier detail (photo by Sarah Anderson)

The first couple gets their first look at the chandelier (photo by Rita French)

Yuka and Dennis Blinn renew their vows with Rev. Satoshi Tomioka of Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Yuka and Dennis Blinn with Rev. Satoshi Tomioka (photo by Sarah Anderson)

LaRonde and Adrian DeMello II renew their vows with Rev. Katlin McCallister of Church of the Holy Apostles (photo by Rita French)

LaRonde and Adrian DeMello II with Rev. Katlin McCallister (photo by Sarah Anderson)

LaRonde and Adrian DeMello II (photo by Sarah Anderson)

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.

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2020 Photography Contest Calendar Released

The grand prize — a helicopter ride with Paradise Helicopters — for this year’s cover shot goes to Kris Hawkins.

The fourth annual photographers contest to create a Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens 13-month calendar for 2020 received digital entries from professional and hobbyist photographers.

Judging was Charles Wood, a semi-retired landscape, nature, and travel photographer.

Wood remarked, “For a photographer, joy is simply being there, even if the light doesn’t work to his or her advantage. Those who develop a passion for photography will tell of their joy in the actual capture of an image they have pre-visualized.”

Chairman Vijay Karai said, “Thirteen images from eight photographers will appear as featured images for each month. In addition, 26 thumbnail size images, two images to each calendar page, will round out the total view of the gardens.”

The back cover features small views of each month, contact information for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, the logo for Paradise Helicopters, sponsor of the grand prize, and the bar code used by KTA SuperStores

Taking Grand Prize is Kris Hawkins of Opihikao. His “Bridge at Sunrise” was chosen by the judge as the cover image and the featured photograph for the month of August. Charles Wood also selected three additional images by Hawkins for the featured images for the months of January, May, and July. In addition thumbnail images by Hawkins will appear in March and July. Grand prize is a doors-off helicopter ride with professionals Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber courtesy of Paradise Helicopters.

“I picked up photography in high school, back in the days of film. Just recently, I got back into it while backpacking and camping,” Hawkins said. “I love Lili`uokalani Gardens. It is such a surprise to have so many images accepted.”

Photographers whose work will be featured in the calendar and the months include: Jay Takaaze (February and April), Alan Kubota (November and December), Rita French (June), Kenneth Jackson (March), Faith Cloud (September), Lisa Schwenneker (October), and Lucy Fischer (January 2021). Takaaze was the cover winner for 2019 and Jackson for 2017. Fischer is a fifth grader who entered for the first time. Her thumbnail images appear in March, June, and July.

“Early Morning Stroll” by Jay Takaaze was selected as the image for April

Additional thumbnail images, two to a calendar grid page, are from photographers Faith Cloud (September), Diane Koerner (October), Darrin Carlson (August), K.T. Cannon-Eger (October and January 2021), Alan Kubota (May and June), Eh Cuz (December), Kenneth Jackson (January 2020), Lisa Schwenneker (January 2020, April, and November), Lee Schechtman (April, May, September, and November), and Eileen Tredway (February and December).

Graphic design by Ken Goodrich of Volcano, a well-known photographer and videographer, also brings a wealth of east Hawaii events to calendar production. Dates for every known activity from Merrie Monarch Festival to the KWXX Ho`olaulea are included.

In this sample of a month’s grid, Hilo and state-wide events are listed along with two thumbnail images selected by judge Charles Wood

Printing by Hawaii Printing Corporation keeps all the work on Hawaii Island. Copies of the fund raising calendar may be purchased from KTA SuperStores at Puainako and Downtown in Hilo, Banyan Gallery on Banyan Drive near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, or Basically Books.  Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens will have copies available at the annual Na Makua Christmas Gift Fair at the Afook-Chinen Civic Center Friday and Saturday December 6 and 7.

The first of two pages of historic photos encourages the public to look through family scrapbooks

Also included in the 2020 calendar are two pages of historical photos with an invitation to the public to review their family scrapbooks and share images from Lili`uokalani Gardens.

A photographer’s exhibit will be part of the fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens may be contacted through the organization’s Facebook page or by writing to P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

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