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Chanticleer — a pleasure garden

In the fall of 2013, we were traveling to the east coast. When a garden friend in Denver heard we would be in Philadelphia, he insisted we take time to visit Chanticleer. We are ever so glad he did.


a meadow planted with autumn crocus

A short train ride along the Main Line brings one to the Rosengartens family estate, which was landscaped more than a century ago and opened to the public in 1993. According to the web site, “Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural.

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“There are seven Horticulturalists, each responsible for the design, planting, and maintenance of an area. The areas are constantly evolving, each with its own feel, yet joined together as one complete unit.”

Run by the Chanticleer Foundation, 35 acres of the total 47 are open to the public. The remainder is service area, in agriculture, woodland, and staff housing.

The woman who showed us around came to Chanticleer after an internship with Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter in Sussex, England. Among her daily duties at Chanticleer were care for the vegetable and cut flower garden, and floral arrangements for the visitor reception area and home.

The New York Times noted in December 2015: “As one of Adolph Rosengarten’s descendants puts it in the gorgeous book by R. William Thomas and the Chanticleer gardeners, THE ART OF GARDENING: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer (Timber Press, $34.95), “To create a garden is to search for a better world.” Yes, these grounds arose from the passions of a wealthy family, but they’re now accessible to anyone. In this delightful book, the staff gardeners are full of advice — on using small evergreens for screens, deploying bursts of color, choosing plants for dry shade — that will be useful in any size garden, even one where you’re the only gardener on staff.”

For further information, please see the garden’s web site.

Chanticleer Garden


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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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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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Banyan Drive Art Stroll celebrates Lili`uokalani Gardens

a post card

a post card promoting the variety of art and venues was created by Bonnie Sol — Artists featured on the card are K.T. Cannon-Eger, Ken Charon, Diane Renchler, Kornelius Schorle, and Ailana deHavilland

The first annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, sponsored by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, attracted more than 70 works of art in several media and 90 photographic images for a calendar competition.

“This is the first event of 2017, kicking off a three-year centennial celebration,” said Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens president K.T. Cannon-Eger. “Construction began on the gardens in the fall of 1917, continued through 1918, and the gardens were opened to the public in 1919.”

The free and open to the public event includes art exhibits, demonstrations, and entertainment in several venues in and near Lili`uokalani Gardens on Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m.

“We really appreciate the time, effort, and expertise that it takes to create a beautiful work of art,” said Bonnie Sol of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll committee. “The great number of entries challenged the jurors of both the Banyan Drive Art Stroll and photographers’ calendar contest.”

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll entrants eligible for People’s Choice voting are, in alphabetical order:

Christine Ahia for “Lili`uokalani me ma keiki o ka `aina”

Vivian Ursula Bratton for “Beneath Sunset Lights” and “One View of a Thousand, My `Aina”

K.T. Cannon-Eger for “Still Morning Reflected” and “Nagasaki Lion Picnic”

Ken Charon for “Hawaiian Lands in Hawaiian Hands”

Faith Cloud for “Lili`uokalani Gardens: Enchanted Rainscape” and “Lili`uokalani Gardens: Fisherman”

Alaina deHavilland for “Aloha ‘Oe”

Yumi Doi for “Cats in Lili`uokalani Garden” and “Young Queen Lili`uokalani.”

Bill Eger for “Peaceful Hiroshima”

Mary Goodrich for “Stone Steps”, “Moon Bridge”, “Line of Trees”, “Branches and Torii”, “Ironwood Reflection”, and “Tranquility”

Bonnie Sol Hahn for “High Tide” and “Garden Bridge”

Christa Kadarvsman for “Sunrise in Queen Lili`uokalani Gardens” and “Three Hula Dancers”

Alan Lakritz for “Bridge of Tides”, “Park Life”, “The Red Pavilion”, “Walk This Way”, and “Hilo Bay Serenity”

Marilyn Montgomery for “Lili`uokalani Park”

Valentina Montoya for “Queen Lili`uokalani and her Gardens”

Patti Pease-Johnson for “The Rain Clings Close to the Forest” [“Pipili Ka Ua I Ka Nahele”]

Jeffrey Pietrzak for “Aloha, Welcome to my Gardens”

Diane Renchler for “Pagoda at Lili`uokalani Park” and “Looking Out From Pagoda, Lili`uokalani”

Kornelius Schorle for “Colors of Autumn in Hawaii”, “Walk With Me”, “Cross Reflections” and “Nuptials Bridge”

Sunny Seal-LaPlante for “Mo`okuauhau” (Royal Lineage)

Sakiko Shinkai for “Kids at Coconut Island”

Diane Thornton for “Lili`uokalani Park”

Robert Weiss for “A Quiet Afternoon” and “The Tea House”

William Wingert for “Pagoda, Lili`uokalani Park” and “Hilo Colors”

The People’s Choice works will be displayed in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa Hotel, a DoubleTree by Hilton. Votes cast during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll will determine awarding of prizes from Akamai Art Supply and Cunningham Gallery.

Akamai Art Supply gift certificates are a highly prized award.

Akamai Art Supply gift certificates are highly prized awards

Cunningham Gallery Hilo

Cunningham Gallery and framing service in Hilo is a long established and trusted firm






Artists who were accepted to show in the Banyan Drive Art Stroll, but whose work did not meet the criteria for People’s Choice voting, are:

Rose Adare for “Within” (figurative)

Alan Fine for “King Kalakaua” and “Prince David & Jonah Kuhio”

Carol Froysland for “Single Turtle” and “Turtle on Reef”

Peter Heineman for “Keauhou Seawalls”, “Kona Heavens”, “Manini Snorkel”, “Old Airport Calm”, “South End Beach 68”, and “To The Beach”

Vijay Karai for “Lava Glow”

Kristen Luning for “Fern Fronds” and “Aloha ‘Oe”

Maria Macias for ” `Alala with `Ohi`a” and “I`iwi with Mamane”

Peggy McKinsey for “White Magic”, “Pua Melia”, “Azure Skies”, and “Good As Gold”

Sakiko Shinkai for “Gardenia” and “Red Rose”

William Wingert for “Grass Hat”, “Farm Road, Waimea”, and “Rodeo Rider, Waimea”

These works will be displayed in the Wai `Oli Lounge at Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Hours for the Banyan Drive Art Stroll are Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m. All art work must be picked up by 8 p.m.

“We are especially grateful to juror Dick Nelson from Kula Maui for bringing his professional expertise to a difficult selection process” said Jelena Clay of Banyan Gallery.

An esteemed watercolorist and instructor, Nelson studied with Joseph Albers at Yale and subsequently developed his own “Tri-hue” method of painting. During his Honolulu years, Nelson served on the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, was art consultant for Alexander & Baldwin for 10 years, and chaired the Punahou Art Department for 22 years. He was the designer and director for the Wailea Art Center on Maui and has been painting and teaching on Maui since 1978.

Juror Dick Nelson selected four artists for recognition. First juror’s choice is “Queen Lili`uokalani and her gardens,” by Valentina Montoya, an 11 x 14 pencil, ink, and watercolor piece Nelson described as “a regal queen in a setting of unabashed color fitting for any garden celebration and created with aesthetic competence.”

Second juror’s choice goes to Christine Ahia for an 11 x 14 pastel titled “Lili`uokalani me na keiki o ka `aina.” Nelson said the piece displays “the sense of calm majesty in a playful and colorful atmosphere. Color luminosity, the envy of any colorist, is exceptional.”

Third juror’s choice is for Jeffrey Pietrzak 34 x 28 watercolor “Aloha, Welcome to my gardens” set in the iconic red bridge of which Nelson said, “a fitting setting for a place of honor, (his work) brings both garden and queen together in a harmonious whole.”

Fourth juror’s choice is “Hilo Bay Serenity,” a photograph by Alan Lakritz, which Nelson described as “a formal composition of rich color harmonies which combine Hilo’s misty atmosphere with the intense hues of the foreground subject.”

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, noon to 6 p.m. Photographers on the flyer from left to right: Kornelius Schorle, Kenneth Jackson, Alal Lakritz (2), and Debra Newbery

Another group of artists to be displayed during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll are the photographers selected by Alvis Upitis in a calendar competition. The following works will be displayed at Banyan Gallery:

Paul Miyasaki for his image “Lili`uokalani Nene” (January)

K.T. Cannon Eger for her image “Nagasaki Lion Picnic” (February)

Kornelius Schorle for his image “Walk With Me” (March)

Steve Godzsak for his image “Nature’s Shapes n Colors” (April)

Alan Lakritz for his image “The Bridge of Tides” (May)

Kenneth Jackson for his image “Angel Crossing” (June and cover)

Toby Hazel for her image “Tea Room View” (July)

Debra L Newbery for her image “Bamboo Pagoda” (August)

Steve Pollard for his image “Wahine Hula” (September)

Alan Lakritz “Hilo Bay Serenity” (October)

Kenneth Jackson for his image “Winter Day 3” (November)

Valerie A. Victorine for her image “Lili`uokalani Shrine” (December)

Vernon L. Enriques for his image “All the Park” (January 2018)

The calendar photography contest grand prize winner is Kenneth Jackson for his image “Angel Crossing” (June and cover). Jackson will ride with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori courtesy of Paradise Helicopters, sponsor of the grand prize.

Grand Prize in the photo calendar contest is a ride along with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori courtesy of Paradise Helicopters

Grand Prize in the photo calendar contest is a ride along with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori courtesy of Paradise Helicopters

“We owe deep gratitude to photo calendar juror Alvis Upitis for bringing his professional expertise to a difficult selection process,” said photographer and videographer Ken Goodrich of Volcano.

Alvis Upitis is a working commercial photographer with 40 years experience shooting for Fortune 500 companies and top advertising agencies worldwide. He has BS and MFA degrees in photography. He taught photo art and techniques at the college level for 10 years.

For further information on this and other events scheduled to celebrate the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, please contact K.T. Cannon-Eger of Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens at or telephone (808) 895-8130.


Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720

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