Banyan Drive Art Stroll schedule

The third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll features exhibits, awards, prizes, entertainment, and activities throughout the Banyan Drive area from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Jared Goodwin’s “Mokuola Sunset” took first place in the third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll judged entries. A senior at Hilo High School, Goodwin won last year’s photography contest with the cover for the 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar.

A judged art exhibit will be available for viewing and People’s Choice voting in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa Resort. Judge Emily Catey Weiss of the Volcano Art Center will be on hand to present awards to first place Jared Goodwin “Mokuola Sunset”, second place Bonnie Sol Hahn “Red Bridge”, and third place Jay Takaaze “Good Morning” with honorable mention to Stephen Davies “Just Walking the Dog”. The People’s Choice award will be presented after the event when votes are counted.

“Red Bridge” by painter Bonnie Sol Hahn took second place in the judged competition.

A photography exhibit will be held in Hilo Bay Café with voting for People’s Choice. The grand prize will be presented by Paradise Helicopters at 2 p.m. to Jay Takaaze whose image “Morning Moon” was selected for the cover of the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar. Judge for the calendar was Mary Goodrich.

Artists at work are a featured item of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll. Plein air artists will be in Lili`uokalani Gardens from noon to 3 p.m. including Marilyn Montgomery, Yumi Doi, William Wingert, Kevin Spitze, Peter Heinemann and the Hilo Plein Air Group. Photographers will give tours/talks at the sites of their calendar images during the same time frame. Patti Pease Johnson will demonstrate pastel painting at the Waioli Lounge in Hilo Hawaiian from 2 to 6 p.m. Brandon Tengan will demonstrate gyotaku (fish printing) at Suisan from 3 to 4 p.m. Ken Charon will demonstrate painting in the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort from 2 to 6 p.m.

“Good Morning” by Jay Takaaze, a frequent visitor to Lili`uokalani Gardens, took third place. Another Takaaze image “Morning Moon” was awarded grand prize in the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar contest.

Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day starting with Puna Taiko at noon near Banyan Gallery. Puna Taiko will move to an area outside Hilo Bay Café around 1 p.m. Harpist Cymber Quinn will play in the Wai`oli Lounge at Hilo Hawaiian from 2 to 3 p.m. Desiree Moana Cruz will be mistress of ceremonies at the lobby lounge of the Grand Naniloa Resort. Featured performers there are Christy Lassiter and Friends noon to 2 p.m., Kainani Kahaunaele 2 to 4 p.m., and Mark Yamanaka 4 to 6 p.m.

Puna Taiko has performed at every Banyan Drive Art Stroll. Shown here in an image by Alvis Upitis, their energy and original compositions always draw a crowd.

A complete schedule by venue follows. A printed map brochure with the schedule will be available at all sponsor locations along the stroll.

Sponsors for the third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll include: 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, Cunningham Gallery, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

UPDATE: a re-dedication blessing will be held for the recently restored stone lanterns from Okinawa and Yamanashi prefectures. Rev. Naoiro Hotta will conduct a short service at 9:30 a.m. on a flat lawn area near the stone bridge in between the two lanterns. Look for the grey canopy.
Kumu Kaho`okele Crabbe will offer an Hawaiian blessing at 10 a.m. to open the gardens for the new year, especially on this occasion of the first centennial event of 2019.

Suisan Fish Market
3-4 p.m.
Brandon Tengan
will demonstrate
GYOTAKU (fish printing)
pupus served
Any Kine Wontons will be available in the Suisan parking lot from noon until sold out or 6 p.m., whichever comes first.

Hilo Bay Café
Photography – Calendar Contest Exhibit
vote for People’s Choice photography award
noon – 5
Puna Taiko outside at 1 p.m.
Grand Prize award and pupu 2 p.m.

Lili`uokalani Gardens
Noon to 3 p.m. painters and photographers will be in the gardens
Pavilion #1 close to Red Bridge
Marilyn Montgomery
Yumi Doi
Pavilion #2 close to Stone Bridge
William Wingert
Kevin Spitze
Peter Heinemann
Hilo Plein Air Group
noon – 1 Rita French
1 – 1:30 Jared Goodwin
2:30 Kenji Kuroshima
others to be announced

Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Silent auction (ends 5 p.m.)
Patty Pease Johnson, pastel demonstration 2-6 p.m.
Music: Cymber Quinn 2 – 3 p.m.
Pupus 2-3 p.m.

Banyan Gallery
noon to 6 p.m.
register for door prizes
awarded every hour
12:15 p.m. Puna Taiko
performance and pupu served

Grand Naniloa Hotel
Noon to 6 p.m. Palm Room
Art exhibit and People’s Choice ballots
2 – 6 p.m. Ken Charon painting demonstration
pupus served 4-6 p.m.
judge’s art prizes awarded 5 p.m.

Entertainment, Grand Naniloa Lobby Lounge:
Emcee: Desiree Moana Cruz
noon – 2 Christy Lassiter and Friends
2 – 4 Kainani Kahaunaele
4 – 6 Mark Yamanaka

Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace
at Ali`i Ice
noon to 5 p.m.
old photos and paintings

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Art Entry Deadline and December Newsletter

The third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll is right around the corner on Saturday, January 12. Entry deadline for an art exhibition during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll is Friday, December 14.

Here is a link to the Call to Artists for those who may have missed it last month.

Call To Artists 2019

The third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll takes place at several locations on Waiakea peninsula in Hilo (image courtesy Stephen Davies, winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2018)

The following link will take readers to the December newsletter of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens with news, calendar items, history, and photos.

Newsletter December 2018


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#GivingTuesday can benefit Lili`uokalani Gardens

a world-wide effort to assist non-profits

Here is a link to our appeal.


And here’s a link to Facebook:

Thank you, Mahalo Nui Loa, Arigato Gozaimasu

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Help Clean the Pond and Search for Buried Treasure

Help Clean Waihonu at Lili`uokalani Gardens

& search for buried treasure

While visiting the port of Hilo, sailors from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut helped remove 150 gallons of mud from Waihonu before lunch. They also spread five tons of gravel and accomplished other maintenance tasks.

Saturday, November 17, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Tools and protective gear provided.
Refreshments and lunch for all volunteers.
[ Land-based chores too for those who don’t want
to go in the pond. 😉 ]

Contact Alton Okinaka to volunteer (808) 383-4917, alton@hawaii.edu

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November newsletter features maintenance, calendar

Several school groups are helping with maintenance projects in Lili`uokalani Gardens during the month of November.

“Clean the Pond and search for Buried Treasure has been the theme of pond cleaning efforts for two years,” said Friends president K.T. Cannon-Eger. More than 4,000 gallons of mud have been removed from the pond as well as old fishing poles, rubber slippers and the occasional treasure of a carved stone.”

Saturday, November 17, from 8 to noon is this month’s volunteer day. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring your own gloves. Tools and some protective footwear are available for those going in the pond. There are land based tasks for those not wishing to get wet and muddy.

Refreshments will be provided.

While visiting the port of Hilo, sailors from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut helped remove 150 gallons of mud from Waihonu before lunch. They also spread five tons of gravel and accomplished other maintenance tasks.

Other groups involved in November include: the Board of Student Publications at UH-Hilo, Halau LeiManu, and Kamehameha Schools sixth graders.

UH-Hilo Board of Student Publicationscleaned around significant stones, planted a replacement bush, pruned azalea bushes, pulled weeds, and scattered fertilizer

Halau LeiManu dedicates two hours on the first Sunday of every month to maintaining two areas: a green ti patch at the north corner and the lauae fern patch under loulu palms along Banyan Drive

A stone bench overlooking the pond and stone bridge has been covered with lichen for years

Kamehameha Schools sixth graders made Lili`uokalani Gardens a class project. Here they clean off a lichen covered bench under the direction of Master Gardener Daghild Rich

bench after all the cleaning efforts uncovered remarkable stone work both in the bench and at the base

For more information, please see the November newsletter. Here is a link:

Newsletter November 2018

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Call to Artists issued for 3rd annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll

A Call to Artists has been issued to artists for entry of works related to Lili`uokalani Gardens, “the crown jewel of the Crescent City.”

Call To Artists 2019

Printed copies are available at Banyan Gallery on Banyan Drive near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and at Cunningham Gallery in Hilo.

Deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Friday, December 14.

For further details, contact Jelena Clay at Banyan Gallery.

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October newsletter features floral event

The October newsletter of Friends of Lili`uokalnai Gardens featured a story on the second annual floral design workshops and competition with visiting Canadian designer Hitomi Gilliam.

Here are a couple of photos from last year’s event as well as a link to the newsletter PDF.

Come to Lili`uokalani Gardens Sunday, October 28, to view the designs and vote for the People’s Choice Award. The designs will remain in place Monday, October 29, until 4 p.m.

Newsletter October 2018

under construction 2017 with Carol and Julie

completed design on an island near the square roof pavilion and the Isemoto bridge

Celebration 2018 is sponsored by the Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens with support from the County of Hawaii Department of Research & Development and the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture



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Photography Contest open

Path of Reflections (c) Jared Goodwin, 2018 grand prize winner in the calendar contest plus People’s Choice winner in the photographers’ exhibit

The third annual photographers contest now is open. Deadline for entry is Thursday, September 20, 2018.

calendar winner

photo by Alvis Upitis 2017
Photographers Bruce Omori and Ken Goodrich join Cal Dorn of Paradise Helicopters to present the grand prize in the 2017 calendar contest to Kenneth W. Jackson

a promotional post card for the second annual photographers exhibit features the work of Al Yano, Jared Goodwin, K.T. Cannon-Eger and Rita French

Special exhibits of the winning images are held each year during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll, held the second Saturday of January.

photo contest

90 images were entered in the first Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photo calendar competition — winners will be on display at Banyan Gallery Saturday, Jan. 14

Details for entry:

Call to Photographers

Inviting Photographers to enter their images in the 3rd Annual Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Photo Calendar 2019 Contest that celebrates the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo Hawai`i.

Theme: Celebrating the Crown Jewel of the Crescent City

Lili`uokalani Gardens is composed of four parks: the original Japanese-style landscape nicknamed Nihon Koen bounded by Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street, Moku Ola (Coconut Island), Rakuen, and Isles. When the garden around Waihonu was built a hundred years ago, Hilo was known as The Crescent City.

Selected Photographs of the Gardens will be featured in the 3rd Annual Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Photo Calendar.

Proceeds from calendar sales will help fund the work of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens to improve and beautify the park. There is no entry fee for this contest.

The photographer whose image is chosen for the calendar cover will receive a free flight on Paradise Helicopters with Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber, award winning volcano photographers.

New work is encouraged. Images accepted in previous years are not eligible.

A photo credit will appear with each selected calendar image. Photographers featured in the Calendar will receive 2 free calendars for full page or 1 free calendar for side image.

Simple digital entry process:

Send your entry form along your jpeg image file(s) to contest chairman Vijay Karai // Vijaykarai1953@gmail.com

Images should be JPEG sized to 2000 pixels on the longest side. Name the image file with the name of your entry and your initials. Example: Title_of_your_work _HL.jpg

Photographers whose images are selected for inclusion in the calendar will be asked to provide a full resolution file for printing and a signed release that grants the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens one time use of the image in the 2019 calendar and any current or future use for promotion of calendar.

Photographers retain all rights to their images.

Questions about the contest can be emailed to contest chairman Vijay Karai // Vijaykarai1953@gmail.com

The entries will be selected by professional photographer, Mary Goodrich.
Mary Goodrich of Volcano is a self-taught photographer.  Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and purchased by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Her photographic experience ranges from multiple projection slideshows, B&W darkroom printing and hand painted silver prints, Polaroid transfer, and Photoshop. She currently is exploring iPhoneography.

Entry Form

Send this form & your JPG files to Vijay Karai Vijaykarai1953@gmail.com






Title of Entry #1

File Name of Entry #1


Title of Entry #2

File Name of Entry #2


Title of Entry #3

File Name of Entry #3


Title of Entry #4

File Name of Entry #4


Title of Entry #5

File Name of Entry #5


Title of Entry #6

File Name of Entry #6


Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. Thursday September 20, 2018

Notification of Acceptance:  Thursday October 4, 2018

Submission of hi-resolution images by Monday October 8, 2018

Calendar printed by Monday November 22, 2018

Third Annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll with photographers’ exhibition

Saturday January 12, 2019 noon to 6 p.m.

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Pond Cleaning Continues

Waihonu, the traditional fish pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens, continues to have mud removed by hand thanks to the dedication of UH-Hilo students. They will be on hand again Saturday, September 22, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Some protective gear is available for those going into the pond. Footwear and gloves are a must. Muck is removed from the walls edging the pond and three feet out into the pond to help protect the walls from damage should pumping or dredging be done in the future.

September 22 volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in the old sumo ring near the small parking lot off Banyan Drive marked in this photo (aerial photo courtesy of 2017 calendar contest grand prize winner Kenneth W. Jackson and Paradise Helicopters)

An invasive seaweed known as gorilla ogo also is removed. The seaweed is available to gardeners who wish to add it to their compost. The muck is de-watered on site then carried in buckets to a farm.

There are land based chores also for those who do not wish to go into the water.

Here is a link to a flyer on the pond cleaning effort. Mahalo!


Volunteers from UH-Hilo will be joined by officers and crew of the visiting US Coast Guard Cutter Walnut, a 225-foot sea going buoy tender home ported in Honolulu. Among recent tasks accomplished by USCGC Walnut was a joint mission with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and USCGC KUKUI in the recovery of more than 22,000 lbs of high seas drift net from the northwest Hawaiian Islands.

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Annual Queen’s Birthday Festival coming to the gardens

Many thanks to Aaron Miyasato of 4digitalinc for design and production of this year’s poster

He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani is the major event for September.

More happenings in the future plus photographs of events in August are included in the September newsletter. To see all four pages of the newsletter, just click on the PDF link.

Newsletter September 2018

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