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Welcome to the Home Page of Ikebana International, Honolulu Chapter 56.

Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging.  Our motto is "Friendship through flowers."

Join us for our 60th Anniversary Celebration!

  See the congratulatory message and certificate received from II HQ!

President's Message

Aloha Everyone!

Welcome to the 2022-2224 calendar year of Honolulu Chapter 56 and its sixty-first year of membership with Ikebana International. I’m honored and humbled to become our chapter’s 30th president, not counting the two additional terms served by Ohara Sensei Reverend Theodore Chinen and Elaine Arita.

Friendship through Flowers, the motto and universal theme of Ikebana International is powerful in creating friendships not only on the international level, but locally as well. I am grateful for the friends I have made serving on the board and their kind support. I look forward to meeting more of you members and am grateful to be working with new faces on our incoming board.

Our 60th Anniversary Celebration has been rescheduled for October 30, 2022 with a demonstration by Ichiyo Iemoto Naohiro Kasuya followed by luncheon at the Ala Moana Hotel. Two workshops conducted by Kasuya Sensei are scheduled for October 31, 2022.

Hanakago, flower baskets is the theme of this year’s Splendors of Ikebana. This exhibition will be from October 28-29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ilima Room, Ala Moana Hotel.  Prior to the demonstration luncheon on October 30, members and guests may view the exhibits.

You might think you have nothing to offer to benefit our Chapter 56, but you’re wrong! The Iemoto Kasuya cannot rely on Lyon Arboretum alone to make his amazing stage displays. He will want to use local materials, so please be ready and willing to contribute anything you would normally cut back. We will be having a casual workshop conducted by Kasuya and Earl Sensei to prep bamboo.  Both strong and weak hands will be needed. The benefit is the chance to learn from masters.

Kasuya Sensei is fluent in English and attended college in Pennsylvania. Like his father, he is a humble creative spirit. Take advantage of this opportunity to help prep and meet this innovative sensei.

In the meantime, I look forward to working with our new board of directors and am so grateful for the perseverance of our past ‘pandemic’ board. Their determination was inspiring.

Blessings and Friendship through Flowers,