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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               February 21, 2007

Release No. M-17-07




            The “Splendors of Ikebana” exhibition will herald spring’s arrival with colorful flower displays in all shapes and sizes at  Honolulu Hale from March 27 to 30.

             For the second year in a row, Hawaii’s top ikebana artists and students will display their works in the courtyard of Honolulu Hale.

Ikebana is a traditional Japanese art of flower arranging that has been practiced for centuries. The exhibition will demonstrate that ikebana is far more than flower arranging; it is an expression of human emotion and connection with nature.

“Once again the serene beauty of the ikebana exhibition can be appreciated by the residents and visitors of Honolulu,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “The exhibition is a true complement to the spring season and we thank the participants for sharing these works of art.”

Ikebana arrangements from seven different schools will be part of the exhibition. They include Ikenobo, Kado Sangetsu, MOA Sangetsu, Ohara, Shofu Ryu, Sogetsu, and Toin Misho. The exhibition will also include a special section of arrangements by children as young as 8.

“Splendors of Ikebana” will also include demonstrations of traditional and contemporary techniques of ikebana arranging on March 28 and 30 at 10 a.m. The March 28 demonstration will be led by Elaine Arita, president of Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56. The March 30 demonstration will be delivered by Karen Bowman-Kirk, an instructor from the Sogetsu School.

 “Splendors of Ikebana” is presented by the Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56 with support from the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts.

 Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, call 523-4674.



            Dymian Racoma, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts,


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

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