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Banyan Drive Art Stroll set for Saturday, January 11

The fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 11.

(Thursday 1/9) UPDATE: rain or shine, the indoor events will be held. Stormy weather may impact the plein air artist demonstration in Lili`uokalani Gardens, but all other events will continue.

“Favorite Spot” watercolor by Ron Louie received People’s Choice award in 2019. Mahalo to Aaron Miyasato and 4digital Inc. for graphic art and printing

Harry Wishard of the Wishard Gallery in North Kohala, was the judge for the fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll competition on the theme of “Joy in the Gardens.”

Taking first place is “Under the Banyan Tree” a watercolor by Ron Louie. “Favorite Spot” Louie’s work in 2019 took People’s Choice and is featured on the 2020 brochure and flyer.

“Under the Banyan Tree” showed a mastery of the quick, unforgiving execution of watercolors,” said Wishard.

Second place goes to “Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver and third to “Garden of Love” by Stephen Davies.

Works selected for the judged exhibit will be on display in the Palm Room on the lobby level of the Grand Naniloa Resort Saturday, January 11. Voting for People’s Choice will take place there from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Harry Wishard was born and raised on the island of Hawai`i. His uncle Lloyd Sexton led him into the life of an artist at an early age. He has painted daily for more than 50 years.

Wishard spoke of several factors in making his decision from the entries. “First was their adherence to the theme. Then there was their skill level in their chosen medium.”

Puna Taiko will open the day at noon outside Banyan Gallery.

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is organized by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and The Banyan Gallery. Held on the second Saturday in January, the noon to 6 p.m. event features plein air demonstrations in the gardens from noon to 3 p.m., a judged photographers exhibit at Hilo Bay Café through 4:30 p.m., gyotaku presentation at Suisan Fish Market at 3 p.m., block printing demonstration with Bob Douglas at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace in Ali`i Ice, live entertainment, a silent auction, and additional indoor art demonstrations.

Grand prize presentation for the photographer’s exhibit will be at 1:30 p.m. The grand prize is a doors-off helicopter ride with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori aboard Paradise Helicopters. Voting for People’s Choice Award in the photographer’s section will continue until 4:30 p.m.

Featured plein air artists in Lili`uokalani Gardens include Marilyn Montgomery, Crystal Nylin, William Wingert, Kevin Spitze, Amy Markham, Bonnie Sol, Abbie Rabb, Christine Ahia, and  others.

Sakiko Shinkai, who studied at the Studio Incamminati Fine Art in Philadelphia and Kyoto Tachibana Women’s University, will demonstrate portrait painting in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa from 3 to 5 p.m. Patti Pease Johnson will demonstrate pastels in the same space from 1 to 3 p.m.

Featured artists in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa Resort include: Ron Louie, Craig Allen Lawver, Stephen Davies, Faith Cloud, Kornelius Schorle, Rodney Rauch, Raleigh Timmins, Patti Pease Johnson, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Bonnie Sol, Vivian Ursula Bratton, Suzanne Hutchins, and Melanie Pruitt.

Award presentation for judged works will take place in The Palm Room at 4 p.m. People’s Choice ballots may be cast until 6 p.m.

“Painting with Light” a fused glass demonstration by Ronni Barbula will take place in the Wai`oli Lounge on the lobby level of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel from noon to 5 p.m. A Silent Auction will be held in the same space.

Live entertainment includes outdoor performances by Puna Taiko, opening the event at noon. Hawaiian music is featured at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby lounge starting with Randy Lorenzo and Friends at noon followed by the Kalapana Awa Band at 2 p.m. Closing the event with the 4 to 6 p.m. time slot will be Christy Lassiter. Emcees are Ku`ehu Mauga and Holly K with sound by Pepe Romero. (UPDATED 1/9)

Produced by Hawaii Printing Corporation, this $5.00 pin serves as one person’s admission to six pupu stations throughout the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Appetizers will be served at different times at each location to patrons of the event wearing the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens logo pin. Pins are available for $5 at Banyan Gallery, Hilo Bay Café, the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and the Grand Naniloa Resort. Door prize registration is at Banyan Gallery where a wall of the gallery will feature art from Lili`uokalani Gardens.

A brochure listing all events and times with a map to all sites will be available throughout the peninsula.

For up to date information on the schedule, please see the 4th annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll event on the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.


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2020 Photography Contest Calendar Released

The grand prize — a helicopter ride with Paradise Helicopters — for this year’s cover shot goes to Kris Hawkins.

The fourth annual photographers contest to create a Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens 13-month calendar for 2020 received digital entries from professional and hobbyist photographers.

Judging was Charles Wood, a semi-retired landscape, nature, and travel photographer.

Wood remarked, “For a photographer, joy is simply being there, even if the light doesn’t work to his or her advantage. Those who develop a passion for photography will tell of their joy in the actual capture of an image they have pre-visualized.”

Chairman Vijay Karai said, “Thirteen images from eight photographers will appear as featured images for each month. In addition, 26 thumbnail size images, two images to each calendar page, will round out the total view of the gardens.”

The back cover features small views of each month, contact information for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, the logo for Paradise Helicopters, sponsor of the grand prize, and the bar code used by KTA SuperStores

Taking Grand Prize is Kris Hawkins of Opihikao. His “Bridge at Sunrise” was chosen by the judge as the cover image and the featured photograph for the month of August. Charles Wood also selected three additional images by Hawkins for the featured images for the months of January, May, and July. In addition thumbnail images by Hawkins will appear in March and July. Grand prize is a doors-off helicopter ride with professionals Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber courtesy of Paradise Helicopters.

“I picked up photography in high school, back in the days of film. Just recently, I got back into it while backpacking and camping,” Hawkins said. “I love Lili`uokalani Gardens. It is such a surprise to have so many images accepted.”

Photographers whose work will be featured in the calendar and the months include: Jay Takaaze (February and April), Alan Kubota (November and December), Rita French (June), Kenneth Jackson (March), Faith Cloud (September), Lisa Schwenneker (October), and Lucy Fischer (January 2021). Takaaze was the cover winner for 2019 and Jackson for 2017. Fischer is a fifth grader who entered for the first time. Her thumbnail images appear in March, June, and July.

“Early Morning Stroll” by Jay Takaaze was selected as the image for April

Additional thumbnail images, two to a calendar grid page, are from photographers Faith Cloud (September), Diane Koerner (October), Darrin Carlson (August), K.T. Cannon-Eger (October and January 2021), Alan Kubota (May and June), Eh Cuz (December), Kenneth Jackson (January 2020), Lisa Schwenneker (January 2020, April, and November), Lee Schechtman (April, May, September, and November), and Eileen Tredway (February and December).

Graphic design by Ken Goodrich of Volcano, a well-known photographer and videographer, also brings a wealth of east Hawaii events to calendar production. Dates for every known activity from Merrie Monarch Festival to the KWXX Ho`olaulea are included.

In this sample of a month’s grid, Hilo and state-wide events are listed along with two thumbnail images selected by judge Charles Wood

Printing by Hawaii Printing Corporation keeps all the work on Hawaii Island. Copies of the fund raising calendar may be purchased from KTA SuperStores at Puainako and Downtown in Hilo, Banyan Gallery on Banyan Drive near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, or Basically Books.  Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens will have copies available at the annual Na Makua Christmas Gift Fair at the Afook-Chinen Civic Center Friday and Saturday December 6 and 7.

The first of two pages of historic photos encourages the public to look through family scrapbooks

Also included in the 2020 calendar are two pages of historical photos with an invitation to the public to review their family scrapbooks and share images from Lili`uokalani Gardens.

A photographer’s exhibit will be part of the fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens may be contacted through the organization’s Facebook page or by writing to P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

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Annual Photography Contest

Call to Photographers_2020

UPDATE: The original entry form was found to contain an error. The deadline is extended to Monday September 30, 2019 not 2018. A corrected entry form link is immediately above this paragraph. Mahalo.

Joy in the Gardens is the theme for the fourth annual Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photography contest. The link above will provide you with a printable entry form and further details.

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.

Selected Photographs of the Gardens will be featured in the 4th Annual Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Photo Calendar.

Jelena Clay holds the 2018 calendar at Banyan Gallery

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. Number of entries is limited to six (6).

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

April 2019 calendar page featured photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger
The calendar contains dates of Hilo events for 13 months

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 2020 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 //

The entries will be selected by professional photographer, Charles Wood.

Charles Wood is a commercial photographer with more than 30 years in the field.

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. Wednesday September 25, 2018

Notification of Acceptance:  Thursday October 3, 2018

Submission of hi-resolution images by Monday October 7, 2018

Calendar printed by early November, 2019

Fourth Annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll with photographers’ exhibition

Saturday January 11, 2020 noon to 6 p.m.

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Board Members Feature: Kenji Kuroshima

Some people dream in color. Kenji Kuroshima is one of those people. In his daily life, Kenji is a photographer with a deep and abiding love for hula.

Kenji at the annual Kamehameha Day Festival on Mokuola in Hilo

He and his wife host many guests, particularly from Japan, and provide guide services to Hawai`i Island locations. Kenji and Michelle are tea practitioners and are deeply involved with Urasenke of Hilo at Shoroan, the tea house in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Kenji gave a tour of photo locations in Lili`uokalani Gardens for the annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll

Kenji’s “Walking with Poliahu,” a photo of Waihonu reflections with snow-capped Mauna Kea in the background, was selected for inclusion in the 2019 calendar of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens

Kenji also is a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens. His ideas have guided several events and activities.

It was Kenji’s idea to fly koinobori for Children’s Day, for example. That idea grew this year to include all of Banyan Drive from Suisan Fish Market to Seaside Hotel with the most impressive display on the bridge from Kainehe to Mokuola. This year, Hawaiian fish were included with the Japanese carp windsocks.

Koinobori (carp windsocks) fly from late April to Children’s Day in early May

His guidance for proper maintenance is essential to the restoration of the bamboo thicket. The next volunteer day is Saturday, August 24. Please meet at the bamboo thicket at 8 a.m. and wear closed toe shoes and eye protection. Bring your own gloves. Other tools will be provided.

If you have a home project requiring bamboo poles, you may stop by Banyan Drive starting at 9 a.m. Bring your own saw to cut the poles to size.

Kenji is our bamboo maven who guides the volunteer days in the bamboo thicket, resulting in a healthy patch that sings

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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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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:

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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2018 Photographers Contest Calendar Available

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and Paradise Helicopters extend congratulations to photographer Jared Goodwin, a student at Hilo High School, on selection of his image “Path of Reflections” as the cover image on the 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photographers contest calendar.

(c) Jared Goodwin, 2018 grand prize winner

Speaking of photography, Goodwin said, “Beginning at the age of 13, I found a way to capture the love I have for the uniqueness and beauty of our `aina…one frame at a time. Photography is the window to my mind inspired by Madame Pele’s journeys and our beautiful shorelines.”

The grand prize winner’s award of a helicopter tour on Paradise Helicopters with Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber will be presented during the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll Saturday, January 13.

“Paradise Helicopters is honored to support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens who have dedicated so much effort to this worthy cultural and community cause,” said Cal Dorn, president of Paradise Helicopters. “Our employees, many of whom were born and live in Hilo, use and appreciate Lili`uokalani Gardens and what this organization has done to maintain and improve the park.  Congratulations to Jared Goodwin on his winning photograph which will grace the cover of the 2018 calendar on this historic centennial anniversary of this treasured park.”

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

All featured photographs in the 2018 calendar will be on exhibit during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Copies of the 2018 calendar were printed at Hawaii Printing Corporation and are for sale at Banyan Gallery, near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Jelena Clay holds the 2018 calendar, available at Banyan Gallery

“Lili’uokalani Gardens are a community treasure. I am excited to see what our artist community will produce this year in honor of its beauty and history,” said gallery owner Jelena Clay. “Banyan Gallery will always support the revitalization efforts of Banyan Drive and the Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens because they play a major role in the garden upkeep and improvement. ”

Copies also are available at Basically Books and on line from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

The 2018 photographers contest was chaired by Vijay Karai, who remarked: “I had the pleasure of curating the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens second annual calendar. To say merely that I received 111 entries from 24 photographers is limiting in the scope of work. What I saw in those images is limitless talent and artistic expression. Charles Wood did an excellent job at selecting those images to the calendar needs. Thank you photographers for working with the limited time frame.”

The calendar was designed by Ken Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat.  “I have a special appreciation for the artistic and technical skills required to create an image that celebrates the beauty of our environment and moves people to protect our natural treasures,” Goodrich said. “Hilo is lucky to be blessed with Lili`uokalani Gardens and each photograph in this calendar reminds us just how lucky we are!  Thanks to all the photographer/artists who contributed to the imagery herein.”

In addition to Goodwin, featured photographers include: Debi Buck, Chris Butcher, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Rita French, Daghild Rich, Kornelius Schorle, and Allison T. Yano.

The 13-month calendar also features 26 small thumbnail images from Hawaii Island photographers, a message from Mayor Harry Kim, messages from juror Charles Wood and Friends president K.T. Cannon-Eger, short biographies of each featured photographer, and a history page.

For further information, contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens through their Facebook page or phone K.T. Cannon-Eger at (808) 895-8130.

Please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook for current information on centennial events and scheduling of volunteer work days.


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

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2017 photo calendar raises funds for Lili`uokalani Gardens

The first photo contest for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens produced a fund raising 13-month calendar for the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to maintenance, improvement, and centennial celebrations for Hilo’s oceanfront cultural landscape.

“We were delighted with the overwhelming number of entries (90) on short notice,” said contest organizer and calendar designer Ken Goodrich. “And equally delighted with selections made by the judge, Alvis Upitis.”

During the recent Banyan Drive Art Stroll, Banyan Gallery featured an exhibit of calendar contest winners. The grand prize for the photograph selected for the cover was presented at the gallery that day by Cal Dorn of Paradise Helicopters to Kenneth W. Jackson for his image “Angel Crossing.”

January 2018

sample page from January 2018 featuring photography by Vernon L. Enriques and Valerie A. Victorine

Other photographers featured in the calendar and the month of their image are: Paul Miyasaki for “Lili`uokalani Nene” (January), K.T. Canon Eger for “Nagasaki Lion Picnic” (February), Kornelius Schorle for “Walk With Me” (March), Steve Godzsak for “Nature’s Shapes n Colors” (April), Alan Lakritz for “The Bridge of Tides” (May), Toby Hazel for “Tea Room View” (July), Debra L Newbery for “Bamboo Pagoda” (August), Steve Pollard for “Wahine Hula” (September), Alan Lakritz “Hilo Bay Serenity” (October), Valerie A. Victorine for “Lili`uokalani Shrine” (December), and Vernon L. Enriques for “All the Park” (January 2018).

The calendar includes a judge’s message, gratitude from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, biographies of each photographer, and a short history section. The calendar was printed locally by Hawaii Printing Corporation.

history snaps

sample pages featuring historical snapshots

Copies of the fund raising calendar are sold to benefit projects in Lili`uokalani Gardens. Price is $20. If you are in Hilo, please go to Banyan Gallery for your calendars. If you are in Volcano, please go to the Volcano Art Center in the village.

If you need calendars mailed to you, the new Priority Mail postage stamp featuring Lili`uokalani Gardens add $6.65 to the cost. Up to five calendars will fit in one Priority Mail flat rate envelope for the same postage cost. Send checks to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.


Issued to mark the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens, this also is the first time a Hilo locale appears on a U.S. postage stamp and the first time a Japanese garden appears on a U.S. postage stamp

For more information, please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page or additional articles on the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on this blog.


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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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