Here is a link to the flyer for Obon in the Gardens on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here is a link to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens newsletter for June:
For those of you who may have missed the May newsletter, here is a link:
The Hilo workshop on Monday, June 10, will feature Lili`uokalani Gardens as one of three case studies.
The lifeblood of any successful non-profit community organization is volunteer participation.
With Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo Hawai`i, we are blessed with supportive residents who feel a kinship to the County park as well as interested visitors, some of whom desire a deeper connection to places they visit.
In a big garden with maintenance and capital improvements as well as centennial events, there’s always something to do.
Some chores involve getting down and dirty, sweating up a storm, and exercising every muscle in your body.
Other activities require more artistic skill.
Some activities, such as installing a display at a public library or sitting an information table, are slightly more sedate.
No matter what your skill or energy level, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens can use your help.
Coming up soon are the annual koi nobori event (April 30 through May 5 putting up and taking down fish windsocks on bamboo poles); the annual Hilo Lei Day Festival at Kalakaua Park (Wednesday May 1, information table); the annual AIDS Walk (Saturday May 4, information table); and the annual Hilo Huli sponsored by Rotary Club of South Hilo (Sunday May 5, information table). If you are able to help with any of these events, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In June, the annual Obon in the Gardens (Saturday June 1) could use set up and craft help. Contact chairman Jane Heit by email at email@example.com
Several years ago, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens board member Kenji Kuroshima had this dream of flying koi nobori in the park for Boy’s Day (May 5). We don’t have the abundance of his dream — yet. With your help, Friends hope to increase the number of koi nobori this year.
In Japan, koi nobori fly from April through early May to celebrate Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi), a national holiday changed in 1948 to honor both boys and girls. Koi is a type of carp symbolizing courage and strength.
Koi nobori will be attached to freshly cut bamboo poles on Tuesday, April 30. Assembly area is adjacent to the parking lot at Mokuola, just off Lihiwai Street in Hilo.
Many hands are needed for this annual activity. If you have koi nobori to donate or wish to help with assembly and placement of the poles, please meet Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30.
Koi nobori may be viewed at Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Cafe, Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace, Shoroan, Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Resort, and across the bridge to Mokuola.
The bamboo poles remain in place through the annual Rotary Club of South Hilo fundraiser Hilo Huli on Sunday, May 5.
Here is a link to the Rotary Club of South Hilo page on Facebook and the event where you may order tickets.
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.
Banyan Gallery carries the few remaining calendars and now has a limited edition Yoshirt with this photograph. Proceeds benefit Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.
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.
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.
Are you looking for an opportunity to enhance your Japanese landscape skills?
Portland Japanese Garden offers an amazing opportunity to learn stone setting, bamboo fence construction, and other skills including tools, aesthetics, and history.
Deadline for the beginner’s course is today (February 15) with the course set for June 3-9. Intermediate level deadline is in April with the course set for September 16-27. More details and registration at the link below:
Meanwhile, in Hilo a pruning class will be taught by Dennis Makishima in Lili`uokalani Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20. Advance registration is required. The course is geared toward public park maintenance personnel, Master Gardeners, and active landscape industry workers.
UPDATE: As of Monday, February 25, class registration is full with 50 participants. There is a small waiting list.
Dennis is the founder of the Merritt College (Oakland, California) aesthetic tree pruning program. He is a past president of the Golden State Bonsai Federation. Dennis used to come to Hawaii annually to help with the bonsai show at the Okinawa Festival in Honolulu.
Now he says he’s retired, but Dennis is coming to Hawaii in March to work on clients’ trees over two weekends on Oahu. In between, Dennis will return to Hilo to teach pruning workshops to County park maintenance personnel, local landscapers, and Master Gardeners. Registration in advance is required for the two-day workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20.
“Several Sister City trees have been planted since the last time Dennis visited,” K.T. Cannon-Eger of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens noted. “They are in need of pruning so it’s a good time to share these skills with others.”
His pruning career started in 1980 when he was working for a produce store in Berkeley. He and a plumber friend traded labor and Dennis pruned his first black pine tree. Over the years, Dennis studied urban horticulture and developed multi-year plans to work on clients trees.
While taking a horticulture class at Merritt College, a team project tackled the pruning of a maple tree on campus. Student interest led to the formation of an aesthetic pruning series as well as a continuing organization that offers a certification program.
“His teaching and leadership made it possible for pruners to make a living at aesthetically pruning trees,” said Randall Lee, president of the Aesthetic Pruners Association. Lee said he learned under Makishima starting around 1988 and said he would not have been an aesthetic pruner without him. Lee said many pruners now advertise themselves as aesthetic pruners, and his organization, founded 10 years ago, was started to certify and support them. The association’s website lists 77 affiliated pruners throughout the United States.
“I was fortunate to meet Dennis at a North American Japanese Garden Association conference. He expressed an interest in Lili`uokalani Gardens and two years later he managed a side trip to Hilo during which 20 County maintenance personnel and Master Gardeners took hands-on workshops with Dennis.”
The two-day workshop will be held in Lili`uokalani Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. each day rain or shine. Lunch, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the $15 registration cost. Meet at the old sumo ring, a shelter near the tea house and parking lot off Banyan Drive.
To reserve a space, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (808) 895-8130.
The third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll is right around the corner on Saturday, January 12. Entry deadline for an art exhibition during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll is Friday, December 14.
Here is a link to the Call to Artists for those who may have missed it last month.
The following link will take readers to the December newsletter of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens with news, calendar items, history, and photos.
Here is a link to our appeal.
And here’s a link to Facebook:
Thank you, Mahalo Nui Loa, Arigato Gozaimasu
Help Clean Waihonu at Lili`uokalani Gardens
& search for buried treasure
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, email@example.com
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.
Other groups involved in November include: the Board of Student Publications at UH-Hilo, Halau LeiManu, and Kamehameha Schools sixth graders.
For more information, please see the November newsletter. Here is a link: