Posts Tagged With: Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens

Lions tackle special project

East Hawaii Lions joined with the North American Japanese Garden Association regional and Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens to create a new stone viewing area 2017-2018. Lions Clubs return to the area for regular maintenance and improvement projects.

In July, Winston Towata and Clyde Yoshida tended the white stone stream at the Lions Legacy Project

Cleaning and weeding of the area will take place under the leadership of Crescent City Lions on Saturday, October 10.

Later in July 2020, Lions replaced the roof on a small shelter in the Lions Legacy Project area

Volunteer efforts during a public health crisis require protocols to be followed. Masks must be worn. Physical distance should be observed. Pre-registration is necessary as the size of any one group is limited to 10 people.

Bring your own tools and water bottle. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

For registration, contact hilocrescentcitylions@gmail.com

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Re-opening Public Gardens with Caution

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

Since late March, much of our beloved community treasure has been closed. Even Lihiwai Street was off limits to walkers for several weeks.

morning walkers observe social distancing rules (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga)

Slowly and carefully, our County is re-opening. There are new rules for volunteers to observe as we once again enter Lili`uokalani Gardens to assist with special projects.

The first volunteer day since March will be Saturday, July 11, under the direction of Fukushima Kenjinkai. Annualy, members gather to clean the large stone lantern gifted by the prefecture of Fukushima in 1968 to celebrate the centennial of Gannenmono (the first organized group of Japanese immigrants). The Tanabata Festival is observed.

The star festival is observed in July or August, depending on the prefecture. Wishes or poetry are written on small pieces of paper and tied to bamboo.

This year, pre-registration is necessary as group size is limited. Other rules in effect through July 31 include: Wearing of masks and observing physical distancing is required. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Sharing of tools will not be allowed. Bring your own tools from home. Also bring your water bottle.

Fukushima Kenjinkai will gather by the large stone lantern on Saturday, July 11, at 8 a.m. Advance registration must be done with Winston Towata. Please contact him at wwtowata@hawaiiantel.net or phone 959-0425.

The result of a year-long joint effort, the Lions Legacy Project was dedicated Friday, May 4 2018

A second volunteer day is set for the following week. East Hawaii Lions will gather at the Lions Legacy Project in the southern shaded corner of the park on Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is necessary. Please contact Clyde Yoshida cjrw100@gmail.com or phone 640-4625 or Melissa Chong easthawaiilions@gmail.com or phone 640-0225.

For more information on Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens news and calendar events, please use this link to see the June/July 2020 newsletter:

Newsletter June July 2020

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Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Mailing address is P.O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.

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Stay Safe, Be Well

All over the world, people are staying home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Museums, public parks and gardens (and much more) are closed some indefinitely, some through the end of April at least.

one more look – vantage point near the old sumo ring pavilion

one more look before lockdown goes into effect – overview

Throughout Hawai`i, preparations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were made in advance of Wednesday, March 25, when County parks closed. Overview photos posted above were taken Tuesday, March 24. One exception is exercise, but social distance should be observed.

official park closure notice on a barrier at the intersection of Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga, 28 March 2020)

Closed Indefinitely sign posted on the bridge to Mokuola (photo credit Ohelo Brown, 23 March 2020)

Thank you to our County Parks personnel for keeping tables and restrooms disinfected daily and for maintaining the parks. All Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens volunteer days are suspended pending reopening of the gardens.

one good thing: with all the emphasis on washing one’s hands with soap and water, we now have soap in the restroom at Lili`uokalani Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

barriers signal the small parking lot by the tea house, Okinawa boats, and old sumo ring is closed (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)

unusual morning view of Lihiwai Street (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)

morning walkers observe social distancing rules (photo credit: Ku`ehu Mauga 28 March 2020)

A message from Hawai`i County Civil Defense on Wednesday, 1 April 2020:

“All must adhere to social distancing and wear protective face mask.

“Your involvement is needed to follow all policies to stop the spread of the virus.  Do Call Civil Defense at 935-0031 for any clarification on these matters.

“Coronavirus is no April Fool’s joke, please follow all preventive measures and observe social distancing of at least 6 feet and keep groups less than 10 people.

“Thank you for listening and be well.”

For additional information, here is a link to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens newsletter for April 2020. Articles and photographs by Ku`ehu Mauga, Amy Nishiura, Walter Imahara, Bill & K.T. Eger.

Newsletter April 2020

UPDATE: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Visitors who do not observe the 14-day quarantine are subject to arrest, fines, and a trip back to where they came from.

Three Visitors Arrested After Breaking Quarantine On Banyan Drive

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January Memories

As the February newsletter for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens was undergoing proofreading, the thought struck that there were way more photos than we could fit on one page from the 4th annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Here are memories of January 11, 2020, plus those that wouldn’t fit.

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

Thank you to all who participated in the 4th annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll. The anticipated storm held off and all indoor events proceeded. What great talent we have in this community!

Morning blessing under overcast skies by Pua Brown, photos by Joe Kamelamela

Plein air painters in Lili`uokalani Gardens dodged occasional showers. The only activity that had to be cancelled was Puna Taiko as we could not locate enough shelter to guarantee the safety of their drums.

Kris Hawkins, grand prize winner with the cover image, received a Paradise Helicopters tour from K.T. Cannon-Eger and judge Charles Wood

Enjoying pupu at Hilo Bay Café

 

Brandon Tengan demonstrated gyotaku at Suisan.where the poke bombs were enjoyed by all.

Mokuhanga block printing was demonstrated by Bob Douglas

Fresh fruit paletas were enjoyed at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace in Ali`i Ice Company

Ronni Barbula demonstrated fused glass in the Wai`oli Lounge at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Raleigh Timmons of Lahaina scored at the silent auction in the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

The museum quality origami piece was created by Mitchell Noll, a great grand nephew of Laura V. Kennedy, an original benefactor of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Dinnie Kysar won a drawing to have her portrait painted by Sakiko Shinkai in the Palm Room where the judged art works were displayed.

Ron Louie’s watercolor “Under the Banyan” took first place from judge Harry Wishard, People’s Choice award, and it sold during the show

“Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver

“Garden of Love” by Stephen Davies

Kalapana Awa Band rocked the lobby lounge at the Grand Naniloa Resort

emcees Holly K and Ku`ehu Mauga kept things moving in the lobby lounge at the Grand Naniloa Resort

And when everything was over, the lei were delivered to Homelani Cemetery and placed on the graves of Charles C. Kennedy and his second wife Laura.

If you are interested in more news and calendar items, here is a link to the February newsletter:

Newsletter February 2020

For those of you who missed it, here is a link to the January newsletter:

Newsletter January 2020

 

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Learning Lessons from other Events

A long time ago, we remember having pins to support the Aloha Festivals The pins were bought in advance as well as at the activities and entitled one to admission to events.

a few Aloha Festivals pins

More recently, we noticed pins sold in public garden gift shops as a collectible item. In another case, pins were given as a membership memento.

left to right: Pacific Tsunami Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, North American Japanese Garden Association, Ro-Ho-En in Phoenix Arizona

Hilo Orchid Society pin

A year ago, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens began efforts to have a pin made based on our logo. That pin went on sale in the fall at the Queen’s birthday festival, He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani.

Produced by Hawaii Printing Center, this $5 pin serves as one admission to pupu at six locations throughout the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Pins are available for sale in advance of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll at Banyan Gallery. During Saturday’s event, pins will be available at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lobby lounge where the silent auction will be set up, at the photo exhibit in Hilo Bay Cafe, and in the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort.

Please help support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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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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Light the Gardens

calendar item in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald

A modest illumination of Lili`uokalani Gardens will take place on Christmas eve from sundown until 9:00 p.m.

helper Bill with a selection of lights 2018

If you wish to help with placement of lights, come to the old sumo ring pavilion near the tea house at 4:00 p.m.

helper ties LED lights to Kushi Bridge

helper Amy Nishiura ties bamboo pole with solar-powered star to large square roof pavilion on the Lihiwai Street side of the gardens

firefly lights in Mason jars

solar lanterns by LuminAid light the stone lanterns around Waihonu

rechargeable light at the Prince Hitachi black pine 2018

view across Waihonu from the large square roof pavilion

a 2018 view across Waihonu toward the Kushi Bridge and small square roof pavilion

interior of small square roof pavilion, rebuilt by County carpenters last year

front of Shoroan illuminated in 2018

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Rake the Park

leaf rakers

Six large trash bags were filled with ironwood needles removed from the lawn and lava around the lantern from Fukushima prefecture

“Rake The Park”

a year-end, whole park cleanup
Tuesday, December 10, 8 a.m. to noon

Bring your rake and gloves to the old sumo ring
to get trash bags and your section of the gardens.
Additional chores available.
Refreshments and lunch provided.

P.O. Box 5147
Hilo Hawai`i 96720

Share this blog entry or this link to the PDF of the flyer with your friends and colleagues.

Rake the Park flyer single

A few additional pairs of gloves, rakes, pruners, lawn edgers, etc. will be available for use by those who who do not have their own tools.

On a previous visit, Takuhiro Yamada directed resetting of the stones and basin at the Shoroan tsukubai. Yamada is president of Hanatoyo Landscape in Kyoto.

Visiting Hilo for the day will be Takuhiro Yamada of Hanatoyo Landscape in Kyoto. Yamada has been helping Lili`uokalani Gardens since fall of 2014.

Special projects in the garden will happen under his direction again on Tuesday, December 10. Some advanced skills needed.

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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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