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Fabulous Florals, part 3: A Moon Gate at the Edge of the Pond

a completed moon gate awaits couples who wanted to renew their marriage vows (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger appears as a thumbnail in the 2020 photo calendar of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens)

This is the third in a series on the floral design event in September that marked the conclusion of a state-wide series of workshops geared to wedding arrangements.

detail of a flyer and ad prepared for the state-wide floral design series of workshops (graphic design by Colin Gilliam)

Sponsored by the Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, the Hilo workshop moved from Nani Mau Gardens into Lili`uokalani Gardens on Sunday morning, September 8. By noon there were three major locations for couples to use in renewing their marriage vows.

Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers Hawaii in Honoka`a (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Locations were scouted months in advance. This spot was chosen by Hitomi Gilliam AIFD of Vancouver BC Canada and Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers Hawaii in Honoka`a. Higgins provided the structure and her team worked on installing the design.

barrels full of flowers and foliage were needed to fill this design (photo by Rita French)

the design filled the structure front and back, top to bottom (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Tony and Judy Graaf were participants in the floral design workshop and the first couple to register for wedding vow renewal with Rev. Katlin McCallister of Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Brenna Quan, Judy Graaf, Hitomi Gilliam, Tony Graff, and Alison Higgins by the moon gate (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Cathey and Roger Kizey celebrate 50 years of marriage by heading across the Isemoto Bridge toward the moon gate where they renewed their vows with Rev. Katlin McCallister (photo by Rita French)

Cathey and Roger Kizey (photo by Rita French)

People passing by also made use of the floral structures.

The previous blog entries covered the white pillars set up near the arched stone bridge and a floral chandelier in the bamboo patch. The next blog entry will cover the background effort necessary to bring all of this beauty to the gardens.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens provided the registration tent, site, security, ministers, and photographers. Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association provided the floral designs, mechanics and product plus talent. The workshop participants also provided bouquets, head pieces, and lei to the ministers and couples.

At the end of the day, the structures were taken down and all the flowers were given away.

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Fabulous Florals, Part 2: Chandelier in the Bamboo Patch

HFNA sponsored Wedding Celebrations June through September 2019 throughout the state with sponsorship from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Hawaii County Department of Research & Development
(flyer design by Colin Gilliam)

Floral design workshops held at Nani Mau Gardens in Panaewa moved into Lili`uokalani Gardens on Sunday morning, September 8. When the floral design teams were done at noon, three decorated sites were utilized for wedding vow renewal ceremonies.

Galyn Williams, Brenna Quan, and Alison Higgins plot a plan for a floral chandelier in the bamboo patch (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

 

Brenna Quan deeply involved in the creation (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Phoebe Anderson with Galyn Williams and Brenna Quan (photo by Rita French)

Phoebe Anderson (photo by Rita French)

Brenna Quan of Victoria BC (see the legs!) is almost done with the bamboo chandelier (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

finished bamboo chandelier detail (photo by Sarah Anderson)

The first couple gets their first look at the chandelier (photo by Rita French)

Yuka and Dennis Blinn renew their vows with Rev. Satoshi Tomioka of Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (photo by Sarah Anderson)

Yuka and Dennis Blinn with Rev. Satoshi Tomioka (photo by Sarah Anderson)

LaRonde and Adrian DeMello II renew their vows with Rev. Katlin McCallister of Church of the Holy Apostles (photo by Rita French)

LaRonde and Adrian DeMello II with Rev. Katlin McCallister (photo by Sarah Anderson)

LaRonde and Adrian DeMello II (photo by Sarah Anderson)

The previous blog entry covered the white pillars set up near the arched stone bridge. The next blog entry will cover the moon gate set up in view of the red bridge.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens provided the registration tent, site, ministers, and photographers. Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association provided the floral designs, mechanics and product plus talent. The workshop participants also provided bouquets, head pieces, and lei to the ministers and couples.

At the end of the day, the structures were taken down and all the flowers were given away.

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Fantastic Floral Designs Provide Backdrop for Marriage Vow Renewals

HFNA sponsored Wedding Celebrations 2019 throughout the state with sponsorship from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Hawaii County Department of Research & Development

For the third year, a floral design workshop with Hitomi Gilliam AIFD moved into Lili`uokalani Gardens to provide large examples of how to use locally grown flowers and foliage in contemporary arrangements.

This year, the emphasis was on weddings. The Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association organized workshops statewide with sessions on Kaua`i, `Oahu, and Maui before culminating in Hilo.

An ad in Ke Ola Magazine announced both the 20th annual He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani (Queen’s birthday festival) and the floral design event in early September

Sunday morning designers Hitomi Gilliam and Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers Hawaii moved into Lili`uokalani Gardens with truckloads of equipment and flowers. Three large arrangements were created by noon. This blog entry details the white pillars near the arched stone bridge.

Galyn Williams helps deliver flowers and materials to the white pillar design area (photo by Sarah Anderson)

K.T. Cannon-Eger carries podocarpus to the white pillar area (photo by Sarah Anderson)

The pillars started with bamboo poles held in place with forming stakes and wire. Oasis and chicken wire cages were strapped to the poles and filled with podocarpus foliage.

a team of florists begin work on the white pillars (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

teamwork!

Lois Hiranaga AIFD of Maui and Hitomi Gilliam AIFD of Vancouver BC begin attaching wire supports to the bamboo (photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger)

detail of the finished floral design

detail of the finished floral design

detail of the finished pillars

by noon, the white pillars were ready for use in marriage vow renewal ceremonies (photo by Sarah Anderson)

ready for celebrating 100 years of weddings in the gardens — here’s to 100 more (photo by Rita French)

Rev. Satoshi Kaimipono Tomioka of Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (photo by Rita French)

Ashtin and Brian Hart renew their vows with their children and Rev. Tomioka (photo by Rita French)

(photo by Eric Tanouye)

Yolanda and Gilbert Hesia and their family and Kumu Leilehua Yuen (photo by Sarah Anderson)

The next two blog entries will cover the other floral design sites: one in view of the red bridge and one int he bamboo patch.

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens provided the site, ministers, and photographers. HFNA provided the floral designs, mechanics and product plus talent. The workshop participants also provided bouquets, head pieces, and lei to the ministers and couples.

At the end of the day, the structures were taken down and all the flowers were given away.

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October newsletter features September photos

So much happened in Lili`uokalani Gardens that it was a challenge to keep the monthly newsletter to four pages.

Here is a link to a PDF of that newsletter which includes a calendar of coming events on page two.

Newsletter October 2019

In subsequent blog entries, more photos of the 20th annual He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani will be published as well as more photos of the floral design workshop that provided three sites for wedding vow renewals in the gardens.

 

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Finding the Right Color

A mistake in paint color in February 2014 and a passing remark by a visiting Japanese garden designer from Kyoto lead to a five year effort by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens to find the right paint color for the wooden bridge.

Historic photos inform present-day decisions: some carpentry details in the railings were missing in recent years. 2019 repairs restored some details

The wooden bridge is an  iconic feature in the century-old tropical Japanese public garden in Hilo Hawaii. It may have been the garden’s first successful fundraising effort.

Charles C. and Laura Kennedy in their yard, Pueo, Hilo, HI circa 1908
(McKay family album, Hawaii State Archives)

Garden booster Laura Kennedy went to her husband C.C. Kennedy in 1917 when he was retired as manager of Waiakea Sugar Mill, and received $1,000.

One source credits a Hilo contractor and landscape designer Mr. Yamamoto with the design and construction of the wooden bridge using that first $1,000. Other stories have the bridge built in Kyoto and shipped over to Hilo to be assembled by Mr. Yamamoto, who came to Hawai`i from Kyoto at the behest of the Kennedys following their tour of Japan in 1914. Yamamoto did the landscaping at Bide-A-Wee, the Kennedy “mountain home” in Volcano village.

unidentified gardener during construction of Lili`uokalani Gardens, possibly Mr. Yamamoto, square roof pavilion at left is to one side of the wooden bridge
(courtesy Lyman Museum archives)

In any event, a wooden bridge has been at that location since Lili`uokalani Gardens was first built.

The railing details still existed during WWII (photo taken 17 December 1944, collection of Hawaii Historic Society)

The tsunami of 1946 brought destruction to the gardens. Restoration went on for several years, mainly in and after 1949 when some funding was obtained from the Territorial Legislature.

Obana family collection courtesy Hawai`i Japanese Center in Hilo

late 1940s postcard, collection of the author

George Mattos in the mid-1970s (courtesy of Eric Mattos)

Up to this point, the bridge had been through several colors including tan, green, brown, and red. When the bridge was painted red, it was a tone of red more toward the orange end of the scale. The stairs were not painted, but the landing was a dark green with a dark red mon inscribed in the center.

Then in 2014, this happened.

February 2014 a very glossy, very bright red was applied to the bridge and pale green to the stairs — note the missing boards in the railing

That fall, a fifth generation Japanese garden designer visited from Kyoto. During a walk through Lili`uokalani Gardens, Takuhiro Yamada of Hanatoyo Landscape crossed this bridge, looked from side to side, shook his head and muttered “Chinese colors.” The hunt was on to find a tone of paint that would be “Shuiro” more suitable for this structure.

Board member Kenji Kuroshima solicited a color sample from one of his guests. They brought calligraphy ink. It couldn’t be matched by any local paint store. A Honolulu Buddhist minister while traveling in Kyoto asked friends to provide a paint sample or formula and Takuhiro Yamada of Hanatoyo Landscape sent a paint formula. No one here could make heads or tails out of the Munsell color system or the formula. Photographs were provided. No paint store can make paint from a photograph. A paint chip was needed.

Shurio paint color formula, courtesy Takuhiro Yamada

Last year Yamada-san provided a paint sample book. Sherwin-Williams in Hilo had a new scanner, which we were tipped to by County painter Alton Nosaka. Everything fell together and the five year search for shuiro was at an end.

A small arrow points to Shuiro, the color of Kenji’s dreams and Takuhiro’s experience

Carpentry repairs were made to include the missing pieces in the railings and primer was applied thanks to Riki Nakano-Domen and Moses Alani Hauanio.

Top image circa 1920, bottom image 16 August 2019 with carpentry complete and primer applied

The barge arrived Friday late afternoon with the paint, which will be mixed and applied Monday — all in time for the 20th annual He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani, the Queen’s Birthday Festival.

Please come to Lili`uokalani Gardens Saturday, September 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Live entertainment, mass hula, orchid drop, children’s games and activities, cultural demonstrators, tea ceremony, taiko and more are planned for this free family fun day.

Overflow parking is at Afook-Chinen Civic Center with a shuttle bus running all day.

UPDATE: The finished bridge with dark green steps:

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photo courtesy of Kenji Kuroshima

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Moon Gate floral design by Alison Higgins of Grace Flowers Hawai`​i in Honoka`a for a wedding vow renewal event 8 September 2019; photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger

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October newsletter features floral event

The October newsletter of Friends of Lili`uokalnai Gardens featured a story on the second annual floral design workshops and competition with visiting Canadian designer Hitomi Gilliam.

Here are a couple of photos from last year’s event as well as a link to the newsletter PDF.

Come to Lili`uokalani Gardens Sunday, October 28, to view the designs and vote for the People’s Choice Award. The designs will remain in place Monday, October 29, until 4 p.m.

Newsletter October 2018

under construction 2017 with Carol and Julie

completed design on an island near the square roof pavilion and the Isemoto bridge

Celebration 2018 is sponsored by the Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens with support from the County of Hawaii Department of Research & Development and the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture

 

 

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Floral Design Workshop & Installation a success in August — Plans made for Celebrate 18

A floral design workshop with Hitomi Gilliam, world renown AIFD designer and educator, started in the planning stage more than six years ago. The results of a regional floral design effort in western Michigan — Nature’s Creative Edge — were seen in September 2011 and samples of the event brochures were brought home to Hawaii.

The Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association arranged for Hitomi to offer a design class to florists, professional and hobbyist, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Saturday, August 19, 2017 after which designers moved in teams to 16 sites in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

The designs remained in place throughout the weekend, were judged by professionals in the floral and landscape industries, and also were voted on by the public for People’s Choice Award.

site scouting at Lili`uokalani Gardens with Amy Nishiura, Hitomi Gilliam, Eric Tanouye, and Judy Schilling

At the end of the installation day, floral design judges selected their choices. First went to Phoebe Anderson and her team for a culturally significant design near the bamboo thicket. Judges noted that the three-dimensional design made good use of the surrounding features, even to having a window through which the stone lantern might be enjoyed.

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Phoebe Anderson and her team had site #5 by the bamboo patch (photo by Bill F. Eger)

Second place went to Susanne Law AIFD from Vancouver, B.C. whose design made use of the zip-ties used to attach flowers to the frame.

Susanne Law’s design in the bicentennial garden
(photo by Greg Lum)

Third place went to Shelley Hanaoka in site #12 near a niwaki pruned black pine with the Oshima sister island monument in the background.

The following day, the public was able to vote for a People’s Choice award, which went to Michelle Gamble and team.

Here are a few images of the other floral designs at the balance of the 16 sites in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

In a follow up meeting, Hitomi Gilliam, the Hawaii Floraiculture and Nursery Association, and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens agreed to plan for a larger event to be held next year in mid-October.

To keep in touch with Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, please visit our page on Facebook.

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

 

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a registered non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. The organization follows three paths: organizing volunteer maintenance, raising funds for capital improvements, and planning centennial events.

Mailing address is: Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

 

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