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(Wed., March 10, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann invites the public to welcome the onset of spring by visiting Honolulu Hale for the “Splendors of Ikebana” exhibition on display in the courtyard. Hawaii’s top ikebana artists will gather to create their best awe-inspiring floral displays with a local flair, from March 22 to 26.


            “For the fifth consecutive year, the City is blessed to be able to present a wonderful collection of colorful flower arrangements that strike the imagination,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “I’m always amazed by the creativity and the uniquely island blend these ikebana artists incorporate into their works. The City is honored to have such remarkably talented floral artists share their art for our cultural enrichment.”


The art of ikebana is a centuries-old tradition in Japan. Through the incorporation of tropical flowers and other indigenous plants, ikebana has become part of Hawaii’s unique island culture. More than 40 arrangements will express this year’s theme, “Traditional to Modern Ikebana” in recognition of the development and evolution of this art. A special section by island youths will also be exhibited.


The exhibition will also feature ikebana-making demonstration by master instructors of the art. Mitsuko Taura, seasoned with more than 20 years of teaching experience, will lead a demonstration on the floral-arrangement methods used by the Sogetsu School of ikebana on March 22. On March 23, Elain Arita will share ikebana-making techniques used by the Ohara School. A past-president of Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56, Elaine has been teaching ikebana since 1980. In 1993, Elaine was honored as a “Living Treasure of Hawaii” for her work in ikebana by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. Both demonstrations start at 10:00 a.m.


“Splendors of Ikebana” is presented by the Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56, with support from the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Exhibit hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts at 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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