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Okinawan cherry from Waihiawa, O'ahu, Hawai'i  Honolulu Chapter 56
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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."
II56 was featured on PBS Hawaii's Home is Here.  You can view it on . The ikebana interview is the 2nd feature and starts at about 9:30 minutes in. Karen Kirk's demo that he mentions is available at . Enjoy!

Membership dues are due June 1st and be sure to keep an eye on the newsletters and Calendar of Events page to see when new events get scheduled...

Photos from our 60th Anniversary Celebration have been posted.

  See the congratulatory message and certificate received from II HQ!

President's Message

Aloha Everyone!

Welcome to the 2022-2024 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 Ohara Sensei 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 thankful to be working with new faces on our incoming board.

I’m so grateful to those 60th anniversary committee members who have faithfully served these past 22 months. Their dedication and perseverance has paid off.  Nearly 750 people attended Hanakago Splendors of Ikebana. Our 60th anniversary luncheon and demonstration conducted by Ichiyo Iemoto Naohiro Kasuya was attended by 200 members, guests, and Ala Moana Hotel staff.

Many members worked behind the scenes to prep materials gathered from Lyon Arboretum for Iemoto’s demonstration. Those who made any contribution can appreciate how their part added to a highly successful celebration.

It was such a blessing to see each other at Splendors and our 60th celebration. I hope that you members continue to contribute your time, talents, and participation to our future luncheons and workshops.

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,