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Did you miss the music? Here’s a taste.

For those of you who missed the fantastic entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby during the recent annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, here are a few links to encourage you to seek out these award winning entertainers.

Desiree and Pepe visit with Irene during an afternoon of entertainment at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby

Special thanks to Desiree Moana Cruz for making arrangements with these performers and to Pepe Romero, for his experience and his sound equipment to help these professionals sound their best.

Christy Lena`ala Lassiter made her third appearance at Banyan Drive Art Stroll this year. Well known in Hawaiian music circles, her CD album Le`ale`a was nominated for 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Most Promising Artist, Hawaiian Music Album and Favorite Entertainer.  There are several well known Big Island musicians on this album, including producer JJ Ahuna,, Dwight Tokumoto, Victor Chock, Ikaika Marzo, Lono Kanakaole, and Rob Yamanoha.

Here is a link to “Hale Alani Swing” from Le`ale`a.

Kainani Kahaunaele garnered several  Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards including female vocalist of the year. Born on Kaua`i, she sailed from Hawai`i to Micronesia as a crewmember of the E Mau—Sailing the Master Home voyage in 1999, and now is a lecturer at UH-Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language.

“Sweet Makani” is her composition from her first CD Na’u ‘Oe.

Mark Yamanaka was recognized as Male Vocalist of the Year twice by Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards in 2011 and 2014. His albums “Lei Pua Kenikeni” and “Lei Maile” were recognized with more awards including each being named Album of the Year.

“Nani Ka Honua” is from his first album “Lei Pua Kenikeni.”

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is held on the second Saturday of January each year. This year, sponsors included Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, 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, and Cunningham Gallery.

Thanks also go to Puna Taiko who performed outside Banyan Gallery and Hilo Bay Cafe, and to Cymber Quinn who performed at Wai`oli Lounge in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

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Bright and Beautiful Day for Banyan Drive Art Stroll

Saturday, January 12, dawned with light rain and thick clouds, but by the time organizers arrived at Lili`uokalani Gardens to set up for the third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, the skies were clear and remained that way all day.

An estimated 1,200 people wandered through Lili`uokalani Gardens to watch plein air painters at work or take a tour from one of four photographers whose images were included in the 2019 calendar.

Plein air painters demonstrated throughout LIli`uokalani Gardens from noon through 3 p.m. and were available to answer questions. [photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger]

Kicking off the Art Stroll at noon was Puna Taiko performing outside Banyan Gallery where door prizes were awarded all day. Puna Taiko also performed outside Hilo Bay Cafe where the photography calendar exhibit was held.

Puna Taiko opened the day at noon outside Banyan Gallery.

Puna Taiko’s second performance was in the gardens across from Hilo Bay Cafe.

Kenji Kuroshima is a man of many talents among which is professional photographer at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Kenji gave a short talk on site selection and camera gear during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll. His image was selected as the featured calendar page for January 2020. Visible in the background are two sets of plein air painters.
[photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger]

Jay Takaaze was awarded Grand Prize from Paradise Helicopters for his image “Morning Moon” which was selected for the cover image as well as for the month of December. This image also was selected in People’s Choice balloting for an award from Cunningham Gallery. A few calendars remain for sale at the Banyan Gallery near Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Cover of the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar: “Morning Moon” by Jay Takaaze

morning setup

Rita French

afternoon crowd

Jay Takaaze and Jared Goodwin

The route included historic photos at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace and a family treasure of a painting of the iconic arched stone bridge.

A row of historic photos, in white mats arranged chronologically, tell the story of the Kushi Bridge, the iconic arched stone bridge from the 1920s through 1970s.

 

Les Takayamas grandfather built the Kushi Bridge in the 1930s. The family loaned a treasured painting of the scene to the Banyan Drive Art Stroll for the day.

Suisan Fish Market hosted Brandon Tengan of Oahu with a demonstration of fish printing.

Gyotaku was a way of documenting a fisherman’s catch. It evolved into an art form.

Silent Auction items, a pastel demonstration by Patti Pease Johnson, and music by harpist Cymber Quinn were featured in the Wai`oli Lounge of the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Nearby, door prizes were given away on the hour at Banyan Gallery.

At the east end of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll, a judged art exhibit was on display at the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort. Ken Charon demonstrated drawing during the afternoon.

K.T. Cannon-Eger and Jelena Clay presented awards to Jared Goodwin, Bonnie Sol Hahn, Jay Takaaze, and Stephen Davies

Jared Goodwin’s “Mokuola Sunset” took first place in the 3rd annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll judged entries.

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

“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.

People’s Choice award went to Ron Louie for his watercolor “Favorite Spot”. The award was a gift certificate from Akamai Art Supply in Kailua-Kona

Desiree Moana Cruz was mistress of ceremonies for live entertainment in the lobby lounge of the Grand Naniloa Resort.

Christy Lassiter and Friends opened the afternoon’s musical offerings at noon

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Kainani Kahaunaele filled the lobby and lanai with grace and joy

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Mark Yamakana closed the afternoon with crowd favorites

Many thanks to Desiree Moana Cruz for MC duties and Pepe Romero for professional sound

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to fostering Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape. The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is one of several e vents designed to celebrate the gardens centennial.

For more information and to stay up to date on planned volunteer days and special events, please visit the Facebook page of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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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
Photographers:
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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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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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

Name

Address

Phone

Email

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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

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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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People’s Choice awards selected by ballot

Two photographers have taken top honors in the People’s Choice category during the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll held Saturday, January 13.

In the “Beauty of Lili`uokalani Gardens” art exhibit at the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Stephen Davies returned to photography after a 30 year absence. This is the first contest he has entered.

Davies photo on canvas “Queen’s Bridge IV” now hangs at the Banyan Gallery

“My first camera was a Nikon F,” Davies said. “I worked with Michael Janis in Honolulu doing commercial fashion photography in the 1970s.”

After a career in the mental health field, Davies moved to Hawai`i Island in 1998.

“I shoot with micro four-thirds cameras made by Olympus and Panasonic. Most of my work is colorful close-up abstract nature shots. I have a love for Lili`uokalani Gardens and kept returning to this bridge.”

An addition this year was a separate ballot box in the photographers’ exhibit located at the Hilo Bay Café. “Path of Reflections” by Jared Goodwin won People’s Choice in the photography category. This image graces the cover of the 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar, a competition judged by professional photographer Charles Wood.

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

The same image was recognized by art judge Darrell Orwig for first honorable mention in the art competition. Goodwin’s work is on display at Banyan Gallery.

For People’s Choice, Davies was awarded a $300 gift certificate from Akamai Art Supply in Kailua-Kona. Godwin took home a $100 certificate from Cunningham Gallery and Picture Framing in Hilo.

The second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll attracted an audience of 1,000 to six venues throughout Waiakea peninsula. The event is sponsored by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Cafe, Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Hotel, Akamai Art Supply, Cummingham Gallery, and Paradise Helicopters.

To keep current with news, events, and volunteer days, please like Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens on Facebook.

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Capturing light and moments in time

second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll map/brochure contains a schedule of events for the entire day

The second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll features events at several locations in Makaoku, the old name for Waiakea peninsula.

Featured on the cover of this year’s brochure/map/schedule is the award-winning work of William Wingert, a painter who will demonstrate from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Lili`uokalani Gardens in the square-roof pavilion close to the red bridge.

Wingert’s home is Hawaii Island where he lives and  paints outdoors, and in his Kealakekua studio. He also teaches painting at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, along with an outdoor painting class in Waimea, and drawing and master copy workshops in his studio.

Working in oils and charcoal, William produces landscape, portrait, and figurative work.

Darrell Orwig, artist educator and this year’s judge of the art entries, said of Wingert’s painting: “The artist has rendered smooth, velvety reflections. The overall composition pleases the eye.”

Art on the theme of “The Beauty of Lili`uokalani Gradens” will be on display at the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and available for voting for the People’s Choice Award from noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13.

“This is a very competent collection of work,” Orwig said. “Judging is never easy. Any one of the entries could have been chosen for an award. What I have selected is based on the appeal of the subject matter, craftsmanship, and concept of the piece relative to the theme of the exhibit.

Orwig selected four pieces for honorable mention: Jared Goodwin’s photograph “Path of Reflections,” Diane Renchler’s painting “Looking out from within,” and Marilyn Montgomery’s “Lili`uokalani Portrait” and “Curved Bridge.”

(c) Jared Goodwin, 2018 grand prize winner in photographers calendar contest

“My first honorable mention is a photograph titled ‘The Path of Reflections’ by Jared Goodwin,” Orwig said. “It is a handsome piece and exhibits a clear perspective and a well-balanced composition.” Goodwin’s photograph also was selected by photographers contest judge Charles Wood as the grand prize winner in the calendar contest.

Goodwin is among photographers who will give tours through the gardens. Meet him at 1:45 p.m. near the stone path featured in his award-winning image.

Diane Renchler’s piece “Looking Out from Within” won honors from art exhibit judge Darrell Orwig

“The Red Pagoda Looking Out from Within” by Diane Renchler also received honorable mention from Orwig. “The artist has formalized the space by using a very symmetrical design. The repetition of the palm trees with their reflections in the water produces an almost musical quality to the piece.”

Marilyn Montgomery’s portrait of the Queen was selected for honors by judge Darrell Orwig

“Several artists chose to render a portrait of Queen Lili`uokalani, the namesake of the gardens,” said Orwig. “I chose the pastel painting by Marilyn Montgomery. It combines a feeling of a hand-colored photograph that gives the impression of a snapshot of a moment in time gone by. There also is a sense of a strong woman willing and ready to face her adversaries head on.”

Orwig also selected Montgomery’s “Curved Bridge” for honorable mention. “What I see in this piece is reminiscent of classic impressionism. The treatment of the water reflections and composition are a joy to look at.”

Montgomery is among plein air painters who will be in the newly restored small shelter near the arched stone bridge. Her time slot is noon to 1:30.

Retired now from editorial and advertising illustration, Montgomery worked some in the animation film industry. She says her last real job was as a digital imager and color specialist.

Winners will receive gift certificates from Akamai Art Supply, Cunningham Gallery and Framing, and Ben Franklin.

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll, set for Saturday, January 13, will hold events and exhibits throughout the Waiakea peninsula. Photographers whose images were selected for the second annual Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar will be on display at Hilo Bay Café with grand prize presentation by Paradise Helicopters at 1:00 p.m. Artists will demonstrate en plein air in Lili`uokalnai Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Brandon Tengan will demonstrate fish printing (gyotaku) at Suisan Fish Market at 3 p.m.

An invitational art exhibit and silent auction plus entertainment are scheduled for the Grand Naniloa lobby and lounge. Registration for door prizes will be at Banyan Gallery.

Sponsors include Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Paradise Helicopters, Akamai Art Supply, Cunningham Gallery, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Hotel, Hilo Bay Café, the County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation Department and Suisan Fish Market.

The outside of the map/brochure features Wingert’s winning image plus recognition of sponsors

This is the first event of 2018 to continue celebrating the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens (2017-2019).

The inside of the map/brochure features a schedule of events organized by location

For more information, see the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.

Darrell Orwig retired from the Maui Arts and Cultural Center where he set up the Schaeffer International Gallery and was its director. He has juried many exhibitions on Maui, Kaua`I and Hawai`i Island. Orwig has a retrospective exhibit at Hui Noeau in 2011, a one-man exhibit at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in 2016, and participated in a group exhibit at the Wailoa Center in Fall 2017.

 

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Silent Auction at Grand Naniloa to benefit Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens

An invitational art exhibit, a silent auction, entertainment, and appetizers are among the offerings at the Grand Naniloa Hotel during Saturday’s second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

The invitational art exhibit will include both works for sale and prized family possessions not for sale.

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Kenji Kuroshima of Hilo and Kobe is known for his photographs of hula, especially Merrie Monarch Festival. He serves on the board of directors of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens

Works are coming from 2017 Grand Prize winner in the photography contest Kenneth W. Jackson, featured calendar photographers Paul Miyasaki and Kornelius Schorle, 2017 First Place artist Valentina Montoya, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens board member and professional photographer Kenji Kuroshima, and Les Takayama, to name a few.

“Love of Nature” has been donated to the silent auction by artist Kristin Luning

A silent auction has been added to the program to help raise funds for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Items donated include a two-night stay with breakfasts at the Palms Cliff House in Honomu, a hand-crafted necklace with custom case by Tad Sewell created in honor of the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, a custom tour of Lili`uokalani Gardens for four with lunch from Suisan, chiropractic service certificate from James Clear in Keaau, gift certificates from Big Island Delights, a mosaic mirror from Paradise Plants, a boxed collection of cookies from Big Island Candies, “Love of Nature” painting by Kristin Luning, gift certificate from Basically Books, plus other items.

Mosaic mirror from Paradise Plants

“The Monarch’s Butterfly” by Tad Sewell

detail of “The Monarch’s Butterfly” by Tad Sewell

Silent auction bidding will be done by assigned numbers. Instructions  will be on a bidding sheet near each item. Bidding ends at 5 p.m. and successful bidders will be announced by 6 p.m. at which time items may be picked up.

Entertainment begins at noon with Cymber Lily Quinn followed by guitarist Ben Kaili at 1 p.m. Miss Holly K. from KAPA Radio will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The Christy Lassiter Trio will perform at 2 p.m. Slack key guitarist Ira Varize appears at 3 p.m.

Bambu, a trio featuring Desmon Haumea, Doug Espejo, and Conrad Giminiz, will wrap things up from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

More details on all aspects of the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll will be in a map/brochure available at Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Cafe, Banyan Gallery, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and Grand Naniloa Hotel.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens maintains a Facebook page where information on events and volunteer work days is posted.

Please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook for current information on centennial events.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Spammers and con artists, don’t waste your time. All comments are are reviewed before posting.

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Photographers at Banyan Drive Art Stroll

The second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll will take place in several venues throughout the Waiakea peninsula on Saturday, January 13, from noon until 6 p.m.

(c) Jared Goodwin, 2018 grand prize winner, photographers calendar contest

Winners of the photographers contest will be featured in an exhibit at Hilo Bay Cafe. Puna Taiko will kick off the event with a performance outside the restaurant at noon.

Hilo Bay Cafe on Lihiwai Street across from Lili`uokalani Gardens will host the photographers exhibit

Grand Prize presentation will take place at 1 p.m. of a doors-off helicopter tour with professional photographers Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori. The grand prize will be presented by Cal Dorn, president of Paradise Helicopters and sponsor of the grand prize, Charles Wood, judge of this year’s calendar, and Vijay Karai, chairman of this year’s contest.

During the day, visitors to the calendar exhibit will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for “People’s Choice.” That award will be announced when the ballots are counted after the end of the exhibit.

Calendars will be available for sale at the exhibit and at Banyan Gallery. This is the second year for this fund raising effort for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Photographers will sit the show and will be available to answer questions. Some photographers will be available for short tours through Lili`uokalani Gardens from noon to 3 p.m.

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

Rita French has images featured in May and December as well as a thumbnail in June. She will meet people interested in touring Lili`uokalani Gardens near the red bridge at noon.

Jared  Goodwin, whose image “Path of Reflections” is featured on the cover, also has a thumbnail image featured on the December page. He will meet interested photographers near the floating stone path featured in his cover shot at 1:45 p.m.

“Sunlight through the Canopy” (c) Debi Buck is the image for July

Professional Debi Buck has featured images for the months of January, July, and September, as well as a thumbnail image in October will meet interested folks by the Hiroshima lantern under the monkeypod tree at the east torii gate at 2:00 p.m.

“Sheltering Arms” is an expansive view of Lili`uokalani Gardens (c) Cheri Groom

Professional Cheri Groom will meet people near her featured image for November at 2:30 p.m. “Sheltering Arms” is taken from a viewpoint near the east torii gate along Banyan Drive near the large monkeypod tree and overlooking the entrance through the two Nagasaki lion-dogs.

Professional Charles Wood judged 111 entries in this competition, selecting 13 featured images and 26 thumbnail images.

Wood and his wife Kathleen moved to Utah from the Pacific Northwest in 1986 and quickly fell in love with the red rock and desert climate of the Colorado Plateau. Over the last twenty-five years Charles has created a portfolio of fine art and documentary images from the American Southwest and his world travels.

Charles Wood served as judge for the 2018 photographers calendar contest. Image and information from his web site: http://cdwood.zenfolio.com/

In February, 2015, Charles and Kathy moved to Hawaii and now make the Big Island their home. Charles continues to photograph both the mainland southwest and Hawaii.

The 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar also is available for sale at Basically Books, Cunningham Gallery, Paradise Plants, and Hilo Coffee Roasters.

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