Pothos, Allerton National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawai'i  Honolulu Chapter 56

Calendar of Events and Community Service

Honolulu Chapter 56* schedules events based on our fiscal calendar, which begins on June 1 and ends on May 31.  Officers serve for two year terms.  Therefore, you will see our Membership luncheon meetings in September and our Aloha luncheon meetings in May.  The luncheons include a brief business meeting and activity. 

Events that are community service are designated with a CS and those that are educational have an Ed after the title.  Our calendar lists the many events that are scheduled for the year.  All events are open to members and the public.  If you are interested in a specific activity, please contact us for more information at

2018-2019 Calendar of Events

September 16, 2018


Membership Luncheon (Ed)

Yoshiya Restaurant, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, 2nd floor

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Theme:  Otsukimi (Moon viewing)


We will celebrate early autumn by having a moon-viewing party!  Come in your yukata and be ready to learn about the customs, foods, and traditions associated with otsukimi in Japan.  Don’t have a yukata?  We will have some ready for you to borrow for the day.


Theme for arrangements:  autumn, the moon, seasonal florals and produce



October 28, 2018


Ikenobo Workshop (Ed)

MCC Room 105

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Developed in the Muromachi period over 550 years ago, this is the oldest school of ikebana.  Come discover the Ikenobo style; find out why this style has provided peace and harmony to its artisans over time and learn how it has evolved.  Create your own arrangement utilizing this style of ikebana.


Instructor:  May Tomita, assisted by Darryl Tagami



November 18, 2018

The Art of Japanese Department Store-style Gift Wrapping (Ed)

MCC Room 105

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


If you have ever shopped at a Japanese department store, you’ve seen the clerk deftly wrap your purchase in the blink of an eye, using just one piece of tape at the end.  You too can master this technique during this hands-on session!  Polish your gift-wrapping skills, just in time for the holidays. 


Instructor:  Dr. Emi Murayama, Instructor in Japanese, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa



January 20, 2019


New Year Luncheon (Ed)

Pearl Country Club

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Theme:  New Year – Year of the Boar


Enter the inoshishi.  This Year of the Pig promises to bring joy, abundance and lots of luck to all.  Learn new ways of looking at “old things.”


Guest speaker:  Professor Gaye Chan, Department Chair, Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawaii, Manoa, will present Eating in Public.



February 17, 2019 


Girls’ Day Workshop (Ed)

MCC Room 105

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Hinamatsuri or Girls’ Day is celebrated on March 3rd. Charmaine Yee-Hollison will hold a special ikebana workshop to prepare for this fun occasion.


Instructor:  Charmaine Yee-Hollison



March 16, 2019


Docent-led tour of Wahiawa Botanical Garden (Ed)

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (including lunch at the garden)



May 19, 2019

May Luncheon (Ed)New

Natsunoya Tea House

1935 Makanani Dr.


10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Theme:  May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

Come and celebrate a belated May Day in your best muumuu or Aloha attire!


Guest Demonstrator:  Riji Karen Kirk   “Tropical Hanabi

Sky’s the limit!  Karen will share her vision and artistry in creating a large installation using tall, exotic tropical flowers.


Theme for table centerpieces: Exotic tropical flowers in the round



Aug 1-3, 2019


Splendors of Ikebana (CS/Ed)New

Hawaii State Library

Community Service

Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56’s mission is to perpetuate the Japanese art of Ikebana through education and community service.  Chapter 56 is comprised of several active ikebana schools who come together to share friendships through flowers and engage in the art of flower arranging and Japanese culture.

We actively plan and engage in community service projects throughout the year.  Educational workshops are held on ikebana and various related arts.  If your school or organization wishes to have a member or a group from Ikebana International provide a demonstration or hands-on workshop, please submit the following. 

All requests must be in writing and submitted at least two months prior to the event.  Please indicate the date, time and place, as well as organization/school, contact person, budget available for the project and the approximate number of people involved.   Please contact us for more information at information@ikebana-hawaii.org.  Some projects we have undertaken are shown below:

Liliha Library floral arrangements CS

Moiliili Community Center florals for fundraiser dinners  CS

Tokai University teachers’ demonstrations and workshops CS/Ed

Japanese Consulate special floral arrangements CS

East West Center Nippon Culture Day demonstrations and workshop CS/Ed

State Library demonstration CS/Ed

School Outreach - demonstrations and hands-on sessions for Japanese Language classes CS/Ed

Hawaii State Museum - Children's classes Ed

  CS = Community Service

  Ed = Educational

High School class

* II Chapter 56 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Tax-deductible contributions, including new or gently used items, are gratefully accepted. . It's as easy as submitting this form with your donation payment or contact information@ikebana-hawaii.org for more information.