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NOGUCHI TALKS

Marc Keane and Matthew Kirsch on Japanese Gardens

Saturday, May 11, 3 pm

The Japanese Garden is made from a collaboration with nature … Man’s hands are hidden by time and the many effects of nature, moss and so forth, so you are hidden. I don’t want to be hidden. I want to show. Therefore I am modern. ISAMU NOGUCHI*

Join Marc Keane, landscape architect and garden scholar, and Matthew Kirsch, Curator of Research at The Noguchi Museum, for a discussion about the Japanese garden as both inspiration and point of departure for Isamu Noguchi in the later decades of his career. In 1950, nineteen years after his first visits to temples in Kyoto and Nara, Noguchi traveled to each again, with artist and writer Saburo Hasegawa guiding his visits to Zen temples and to the Katsura Imperial Villa. Their experiences were framed by their shared search for inspiration in Japan’s cultural past, which they hoped could be reinterpreted in modern practice. The Japanese garden exemplified this promise: an aesthetic culture with its own set of guidelines and precepts which, rather than stifling creativity and innovation, extended possibilities within a tradition.

Following the talk, please join us in the Museum Shop for a book signing featuring Marc Keane’s Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design (Stone Bridge Press, 2016).

This event coincides with Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan (on view through July 14), a major traveling exhibition that traces influences of the dialogue between Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa through their respective works.

Free with admission. RSVP recommended to publicprograms@noguchi.org.

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IMAGES, FROM TOP
Shisen-do Temple, Kyoto. Photograph by Marc Peter Keane; from Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design (Stone Bridge Press, 2016). Courtesy of the author.Saburo Hasegawa and Isamu Noguchi at Shisen-do Temple, 1950. Photograph by Michio Noguchi. The Noguchi Museum Archive. ©INFGM/ARSHojo garden at Tofuku-ji Temple, Kyoto, by Mirei Shigemori. Photograph by Marc Peter Keane; from Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design (Stone Bridge Press, 2016). Courtesy of the author.

Isamu Noguchi, Round Square Space, 1970. Indian granite. Photograph by Kevin Noble. ©INFGM/ARS

*Rhony Alhalel, “A Conversation with Isamu Noguchi,” Kyoto Journal 10, Spring 1989, p 35.

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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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Deadline extended for Portland training

Apply by May 1

“My personal goals were exceeded as the seminar immersed us in Japanese culture and explained the reasons behind techniques and ideas used in Japanese gardens.”

– Ayse Pogue, Senior Horticulturalist, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, Chicago Botanical Garden, 2016 seminar participant

The deadline has been extended for application to the Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart hands-on seminar in Japanese garden arts. An immersive, professional-level course unparalleled in the world, Waza to Kokoro is acclaimed by  gardeners, landscape architects and designers, aesthetic pruners, horticulturalists, and stonemasons alike.

Learn stone setting, bamboo fence construction, design, history, aesthetics, and other topics, all integrated into a holistic learning experience framed in the culture of tea.  The course takes place at Portland Japanese Garden and offsite venues, with faculty from Garden staff as well as visiting instructors from Japan.

Explore images and stories from previous seminars in this Landscape Architecture Magazine article.

The intermediate level seminar takes place September 16 – 27, 2019.  The application deadline is May 1.

Scholarships and payment plans are available to make the seminar more affordable. 

Questions? Contact us at thecenter@japanesegarden.org

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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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Entry deadline nears for Waza To Kokoro in Portland

Application Deadline: April 15

“The course was brilliant. I met some amazing people and learnt a lot, and it will leave a lasting impact on what I do in the future. I will be recommending it.”

–Jake Davies-Robertson, gardener, Kew Gardens

April 15 is the application deadline for the intermediate-level Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart seminar in Japanese garden arts. This unparalleled experience in hands-on landscape education has proven a transformative professional experience for gardeners, landscape architects, horticulturalists, stone masons and designers from five countries.   

The seminar, now in its fourth year, presents training in stone setting, bamboo fence construction, design, history, aesthetics, and other topics — all integrated into a holistic learning experience framed in the culture of tea.  The course takes place at Portland Japanese Garden and offsite venues, with faculty from Garden staff as well as visiting instructors from Japan. 

Explore images and stories from previous seminars in this Landscape Architecture Magazine article.

The intermediate level seminar takes place September 16 – 27, 2019.  The application deadline is April 15.

Questions? Contact us at thecenter@japanesegarden.org

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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 Opportunity in San Francisco

The North American Japanese Garden Association will hold a spring regional event at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in April.

“The Past Becomes Present: A Design Workshop” will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. Advance registration is necessary.

Please go to the NAJGA web site for more information and to register.

https://najga.org/events/

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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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