Bamboo, Oahu, 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

2016-2017 Calendar of Events

Membership Luncheon  (Ed)                     Manoa Grand Ballroom at the

Sunday, September 11, 2016                        Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Exhibit Theme: Stars & Stripes, Honoring the Heroes of 9/11

Program: Exploring the Art of Ohara School with Sensei Elaine Arita (Horen). 


Workshop  (Ed)                                           Moiliili Community Center

The Art of Paper                                             Room 105

Sunday, October 16, 2016                             1:00-3:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Tim Donahue (Fuyutei)   

Learn to use hand-dyed paper to enhance line, space, color or mass in an arrangement.


Workshop  (Ed)                                            Moiliili Community Center

Working with Copper Mesh                            Room 105

Sunday, November 13, 2016                          1:00-3:00 p.m.

Instructors: Karen Kirk (Fukutei) and Earl Shimabukuro (Yutei)

Richly colored and finely woven construction grade copper mesh finds new use in ikebana arrangements.


New Year’s Luncheon  (Ed)                       Oahu Country Club

Sunday, January 22, 2017                             10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Exhibit Theme: Celebrating the Rooster

Program: Traditional Garments, Modern Inspiration

A presentation by Dr. Shu-Hwa Lin focusing on traditional .Japanese garments housed in the 11,000 piece Asian Costume Collection at UH Manoa as inspiration for current generation fashion design students.


Visit to Waimanalo Nurseries (Ed)

Saturday, March 11, 2017                             9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CANCELLED due to storm damage
 A visit to a Waimanalo garden followed by a stop at a senior Sensei’s Waimanalo home invites us to share conversation and fellowship.


Ikebana International 11th World Convention

April 12-15
    Demonstrations and Dinners
Several members and spouses attended the convention in Okinawa. 

Splendors of Ikebana   (Ed/CS)   Honolulu Museum of Art School (Linekona)

May 17-22, 2017

    Ikekomi & Opening Ceremony


    Obi Tying Demonstration

Membership Luncheon                              Honolulu Museum of Art School (Linekona)

Sunday, May 21, 2017                                   11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  

A special luncheon meeting and viewing of the Splendors of Ikebana Exhibit.  Come enjoy this special “Friendship Through Flowers” opportunity.

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  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 for more information.