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Bright and Beautiful Day for Banyan Drive Art Stroll

Saturday, January 12, dawned with light rain and thick clouds, but by the time organizers arrived at Lili`uokalani Gardens to set up for the third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, the skies were clear and remained that way all day.

An estimated 1,200 people wandered through Lili`uokalani Gardens to watch plein air painters at work or take a tour from one of four photographers whose images were included in the 2019 calendar.

Plein air painters demonstrated throughout LIli`uokalani Gardens from noon through 3 p.m. and were available to answer questions. [photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger]

Kicking off the Art Stroll at noon was Puna Taiko performing outside Banyan Gallery where door prizes were awarded all day. Puna Taiko also performed outside Hilo Bay Cafe where the photography calendar exhibit was held.

Puna Taiko opened the day at noon outside Banyan Gallery.

Puna Taiko’s second performance was in the gardens across from Hilo Bay Cafe.

Kenji Kuroshima is a man of many talents among which is professional photographer at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Kenji gave a short talk on site selection and camera gear during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll. His image was selected as the featured calendar page for January 2020. Visible in the background are two sets of plein air painters.
[photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger]

Jay Takaaze was awarded Grand Prize from Paradise Helicopters for his image “Morning Moon” which was selected for the cover image as well as for the month of December. This image also was selected in People’s Choice balloting for an award from Cunningham Gallery. A few calendars remain for sale at the Banyan Gallery near Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Cover of the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar: “Morning Moon” by Jay Takaaze

morning setup

Rita French

afternoon crowd

Jay Takaaze and Jared Goodwin

The route included historic photos at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace and a family treasure of a painting of the iconic arched stone bridge.

A row of historic photos, in white mats arranged chronologically, tell the story of the Kushi Bridge, the iconic arched stone bridge from the 1920s through 1970s.

 

Les Takayamas grandfather built the Kushi Bridge in the 1930s. The family loaned a treasured painting of the scene to the Banyan Drive Art Stroll for the day.

Suisan Fish Market hosted Brandon Tengan of Oahu with a demonstration of fish printing.

Gyotaku was a way of documenting a fisherman’s catch. It evolved into an art form.

Silent Auction items, a pastel demonstration by Patti Pease Johnson, and music by harpist Cymber Quinn were featured in the Wai`oli Lounge of the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Nearby, door prizes were given away on the hour at Banyan Gallery.

At the east end of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll, a judged art exhibit was on display at the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort. Ken Charon demonstrated drawing during the afternoon.

K.T. Cannon-Eger and Jelena Clay presented awards to Jared Goodwin, Bonnie Sol Hahn, Jay Takaaze, and Stephen Davies

Jared Goodwin’s “Mokuola Sunset” took first place in the 3rd annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll judged entries.

“Red Bridge” by painter Bonnie Sol Hahn took second place in the judged competition.

“Good Morning” by Jay Takaaze, a frequent visitor to Lili`uokalani Gardens, took third place. Another Takaaze image “Morning Moon” was awarded grand prize in the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar contest.

People’s Choice award went to Ron Louie for his watercolor “Favorite Spot”. The award was a gift certificate from Akamai Art Supply in Kailua-Kona

Desiree Moana Cruz was mistress of ceremonies for live entertainment in the lobby lounge of the Grand Naniloa Resort.

Christy Lassiter and Friends opened the afternoon’s musical offerings at noon

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Kainani Kahaunaele filled the lobby and lanai with grace and joy

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Mark Yamakana closed the afternoon with crowd favorites

Many thanks to Desiree Moana Cruz for MC duties and Pepe Romero for professional sound

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to fostering Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape. The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is one of several e vents designed to celebrate the gardens centennial.

For more information and to stay up to date on planned volunteer days and special events, please visit the Facebook page of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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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: http://cdwood.zenfolio.com/

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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