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Resuming celebratory events: Koinobori will fly April 24 to May 6

Koinobori — those colorful fish windsocks flown for Children’s Day to emphasize strength and good health — will fly again on the Waiakea Peninsula from Saturday, April 24 to Thursday morning, May 6.

tall, thin poles are cut by Hirano Store
sorting by size (photo by Angelica Covington
Craig Shimoda was among the assembly crew, attaching koinobori to bamboo poles (photo by Angelica Covington)
completed poles are attached to the bridge with zip ties (photo by Yoshihisa Matsushita)
Hawaiian fish were added in 2019. They were created by students at three charter schools, This year, mano kites or Na Wela Lau Lama, the `aumakua of the Keliipio family and guardians of Kuhio Bay, will join the display
Shark kite — Na Wela Lau Lama — from the Keliipio family
The bridge to Mokuola (photo by Jay Takaaze)

Businesses and restaurants all along Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street also fly koinobori, continuing an ancient tradition. Locally, it used to be the grandparents who put up the annual display.

In 2020, when the parks closed and we all were in “stay home” mode, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens loaned the collection of koinobori to the County Building.

2020 display; a smaller display will be put up in the County Building this year
(Sudo Bridge: from 100 Famous Views of Edo by Hiroshige 1857; Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

The koinobori symbolize courage and strength, qualities desired in everyone and especially in children at this festival time of year. Come see the display on your own time between April 24 and May 5. The display will be packed away for another year the morning of May 6.

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Banyan Drive Art Stroll showed Hawai`i talent

The first in a series of centennial events to celebrate Lili`uokalani Gardens was held Saturday, January 14, from noon to 6 p.m. Events were scheduled throughout the afternoon at various locations on Banyan Drive (Makaoku) in Hilo.

Although the day dawned with rain, by noon the skies cleared and perfect weather for strolling the area was afforded to hundreds of residents and visitors.

CL Trio

Christy Lassiter Trio plus enthusiastic hula dancer
photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger

Kicking off the day was the Christy Lassiter Trio at the Grand Naniloa while nearby, en plein air artists gathered in Lili`uokalani Gardens to demonstrate their talents and speak to people pausing to watch.

Wm. Wingert

William Wingert begins a painting in the reconstructed pavilion at Lili`uokalani Gardens
photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger

At 2 p.m. presentation of the grand prize of a helicopter ride over an active lava flow was made in the photo calendar contest at Banyan Gallery. Nearby, Puna Taiko set up in the old sumo ring adjacent to Shoroan, an Urasenke tea house in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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 calendar contest to Kenneth W. Jackson


photo by Alvis Upitis 2017 Puna Taiko performs in Lili`uokalani Gardens

At 3 p.m., Brandon Tengan demonstrated gyotaku (fish printing) to a crowd of more than 70 at Suisan Fish Market.

Throughout the day, exhibits were open at Banyan Gallery, Hilo Hawaiian Wai`oli Lounge, and the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa, a DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton.

A crowd of 100 gathered at the old sumo ring for Puna Taiko’s first performance. A different crowd, slightly larger, gathered for their second performance at Banyan Gallery. Every dining venue was filled all day long. Nearly 430 people were counted going through the exhibit at the Naniloa to cast People’s Choice ballots.

Bambu closed the day with two performances at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and Grand Naniloa with selections composed by Lili`uokalani, continuing the theme “Celebrate Lili`uokalani: the Queen and her Legacy.”


Doug Espejo (left) and Desmon Haumea (right) are BAMBU

Residents and visitors strolled from one location to the next holding their map/schedules.

Brochure cover

a map brochure of the event: front cover features the juror Dick Nelson’s first choice “Queen Lili`uokalani and her Gardens” by Valentina Montoya


created by Derek at Hawaii Printing Corporation, the map gave clear directions and a schedule to all attending


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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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