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Help Clean the Pond and Search for Buried Treasure

Help Clean Waihonu at Lili`uokalani Gardens

& search for buried treasure

While visiting the port of Hilo, sailors from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut helped remove 150 gallons of mud from Waihonu before lunch. They also spread five tons of gravel and accomplished other maintenance tasks.

Saturday, November 17, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Tools and protective gear provided.
Refreshments and lunch for all volunteers.
[ Land-based chores too for those who don’t want
to go in the pond. 😉 ]

Contact Alton Okinaka to volunteer (808) 383-4917, alton@hawaii.edu

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November newsletter features maintenance, calendar

Several school groups are helping with maintenance projects in Lili`uokalani Gardens during the month of November.

“Clean the Pond and search for Buried Treasure has been the theme of pond cleaning efforts for two years,” said Friends president K.T. Cannon-Eger. More than 4,000 gallons of mud have been removed from the pond as well as old fishing poles, rubber slippers and the occasional treasure of a carved stone.”

Saturday, November 17, from 8 to noon is this month’s volunteer day. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring your own gloves. Tools and some protective footwear are available for those going in the pond. There are land based tasks for those not wishing to get wet and muddy.

Refreshments will be provided.

While visiting the port of Hilo, sailors from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Walnut helped remove 150 gallons of mud from Waihonu before lunch. They also spread five tons of gravel and accomplished other maintenance tasks.

Other groups involved in November include: the Board of Student Publications at UH-Hilo, Halau LeiManu, and Kamehameha Schools sixth graders.

UH-Hilo Board of Student Publicationscleaned around significant stones, planted a replacement bush, pruned azalea bushes, pulled weeds, and scattered fertilizer

Halau LeiManu dedicates two hours on the first Sunday of every month to maintaining two areas: a green ti patch at the north corner and the lauae fern patch under loulu palms along Banyan Drive

A stone bench overlooking the pond and stone bridge has been covered with lichen for years

Kamehameha Schools sixth graders made Lili`uokalani Gardens a class project. Here they clean off a lichen covered bench under the direction of Master Gardener Daghild Rich

bench after all the cleaning efforts uncovered remarkable stone work both in the bench and at the base

For more information, please see the November newsletter. Here is a link:

Newsletter November 2018

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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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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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Pond Cleaning Continues

Waihonu, the traditional fish pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens, continues to have mud removed by hand thanks to the dedication of UH-Hilo students. They will be on hand again Saturday, September 22, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Some protective gear is available for those going into the pond. Footwear and gloves are a must. Muck is removed from the walls edging the pond and three feet out into the pond to help protect the walls from damage should pumping or dredging be done in the future.

September 22 volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in the old sumo ring near the small parking lot off Banyan Drive marked in this photo (aerial photo courtesy of 2017 calendar contest grand prize winner Kenneth W. Jackson and Paradise Helicopters)

An invasive seaweed known as gorilla ogo also is removed. The seaweed is available to gardeners who wish to add it to their compost. The muck is de-watered on site then carried in buckets to a farm.

There are land based chores also for those who do not wish to go into the water.

Here is a link to a flyer on the pond cleaning effort. Mahalo!

PondCleanFlyer-8

Volunteers from UH-Hilo will be joined by officers and crew of the visiting US Coast Guard Cutter Walnut, a 225-foot sea going buoy tender home ported in Honolulu. Among recent tasks accomplished by USCGC Walnut was a joint mission with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and USCGC KUKUI in the recovery of more than 22,000 lbs of high seas drift net from the northwest Hawaiian Islands.

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Annual Queen’s Birthday Festival coming to the gardens

Many thanks to Aaron Miyasato of 4digitalinc for design and production of this year’s poster

He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani is the major event for September.

More happenings in the future plus photographs of events in August are included in the September newsletter. To see all four pages of the newsletter, just click on the PDF link.

Newsletter September 2018

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AARP and Ali`i Ice to enjoy paletas and tour

Bring this postcard with you Saturday, 8/11 or bring your AARP membership card

What could be more fun on a summer day than sharing an icy treat made from fresh fruit? Well, add that to meeting other members of AARP and touring historic Lili`uokalani Gardens.

One of four torii, this gate leads to the southern side of Lili`uokalani Gardens where the new Lions Legacy Project was dedicated May 4, 2018.

Pleasse follow the directions on the AARP card. The second side is reproduced below.

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Volunteer day at Lions Legacy Project

Volunteer Day at Lili`uokalani Gardens

Friday, July 27 – 8 a.m. to noon

at the Lions Legacy Project

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

Please wear gardening clothes and closed toe shoes. Some tools and gloves will be available for loan. There are weeds to pull, gravel to be swept, stones to be cleaned, leaves to be raked. All from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 27. Refreshments provided. Meet in the southern shaded corner near Alii Ice and diagonally across from Suisan Fish Market.

 

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Clean the Pond

UPDATE: The next pond cleaning day is Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to noon. The current tally on muck removed is 2,875 gallons.

Cleaning Waihonu, the pond at the heart of Lili`uokalani Gardens, is top of the maintenance priority list for Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens. Starting in October 2016, Friends and volunteers under the direction of board member Alton Okinaka have removed more than 2,700 gallons of mud, muck, and debris.

The next volunteer day is Saturday, January 27, from 8 a.m. to noon. There also are land-based chores for those who do not want to get in the pond. Some protective gear (gloves, tabi) are provided. Participants are advised to wear gardening clothes and closed-toe shoes.

debris from demolished homes and businesses ended up in Waihonu during the 1960 tsunami along with tons of mud (photo from the Pacific Tsunami Museum collection on the wall at Coqui’s restaurant Tsunami Room)

The effort has concentrated on removing muck immediately adjacent to the stone edging the pond and three feet from the edge into the pond. This will better enable future mechanized cleaning of the entire pond without further damaging the stone edge.

University of Hawaii-Hilo students, Hilo Y’s Men, and Representative Chris Todd join in the pond cleaning effort where the mud is de-watered before hauling to a nearby farm

Also on the removal list is an invasive seaweed called gorilla ogo (Gracilaria salicornia). As the invasive is removed, native seaweed growth is restored.

Repair of the stone edge around the pond including restoration of a suhama (smooth stone beach) on the bay side goes hand in hand with pond remediation. Having a healthy pond is part of restoring the more desirable fish populations.

Fourth graders from a pond science class in Keaukaha form a bucket brigade to help remove mud

To volunteer for this or future garden work days, please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook or contact Alton Okinaka at alton@hawaii.edu or telephone (808) 383-4917.

More information on gorilla ogo is available here:
https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info/invasive-species-profiles/gorilla-ogo/

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating on a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Hawaii Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends work to provide maintenance on special projects, raise funds for capital improvements, and plan events to celebrate the centennial of the gardens 2017-2019.

 

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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.

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