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            More than 50 of Hawaii’s top ikebana practitioners will be creating their best floral arrangements to welcome the spring season at the “Splendors of Ikebana” showcase at Honolulu Hale.  The exhibition will take place from March 23 to 27.


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 include arrangements crafted by children as young as 8.  The floral arrangements will feature a variety of exotic materials.  Several exhibitors will create arrangements that are more than 10 feet tall through the incorporation of bamboo and palm trees.


“For the fourth year in a row, the beauty of the exhibition will be the perfect complement to the spring season.  I am always amazed to see how, through the incorporation of tropical flowers, a traditional Japanese art form has become a part of Hawaii’s unique culture,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.  “We are very grateful to the ikebana artists for presenting and sharing their work for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors.”


Also featured at the exhibition will be demonstrations by ikebana instructors on March 24 and 26, at 10:00 a.m.  Headmaster Toho Minami from Osaka will be a special guest presenter on March 24 to share techniques of the Toin Misho Ryu School of ikebana.  The March 26 demonstration will be delivered by Keiko Fukuda.  Seasoned with more than 50 years of experience, Fukuda will share techniques utilized by the Ikenobo School of ikebana.


“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 768-6622.


The Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56 was established in 1961 and is one of more than 170 Ikebana International chapters throughout the world.  For more information about Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56, visit




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