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            Hawaii’s top ikebana artists and students will welcome spring with “Splendors of Ikebana,” an exhibition of colorful floral arrangements in all shapes and sizes, at Honolulu Hale from March 24 to 28.


Ikebana is a traditional Japanese art of flower arranging that has been practiced for centuries.  Through the incorporation of tropical flowers and other indigenous plants, ikebana has become a part of Hawaii’s unique culture.


Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “For the third year in a row, Honolulu Hale will be transformed into one of the most beautiful landscapes on Oahu.  The beauty of the exhibition is a perfect complement to the spring season and should be appreciated by residents and visitors alike.  We’re very grateful to the ikebana artists for sharing their creativity with us.”


Ikebana arrangements from seven different schools will be on display: Ikenobo, Kado Sangetsu, MOA Sangetsu, Ohara, Shofu Ryu, Sogetsu, and Toin Misho.  The exhibition will also include arrangements crafted by children as young as 8.  The floral arrangements will feature a variety of exotic materials.  Some will be more than 10 feet tall.


“Splendors of Ikebana” will feature demonstrations on March 25 and 26 at 10:00 a.m., with instructors showing traditional and contemporary techniques and styles.  The March 25 demonstration will be led by Lillian Yano and Viva Inouye of the Toin Misho school.  The March 26 demonstration will be by Bessie Fooks of the Shofu Ryu.


“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 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Viewing is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 523-4674.



Dymian Racoma, 527-5288

Monday, March 03, 2008

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