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Ikebana Class at the Honolulu Museum

Ikebana class with Shimabukuro and Tottoriat sensei at the Honolulu Museum
February 18 – April 14
Thu 6-8pm
Cost: $115.00 plus materials fee


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Fashion and Flowers

Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibit at Neiman Marcus until September 22, 2013 Enjoy.

On the News. KITV4, SunRise Hawaii


For more information on Classes.  See link below.

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Book on Proteas in Hawaii

Awesome book about protea flower in Hawaii. I’ve got mine for $7.99 at Waikiki Ross’s.


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Lei and Everything

On March 26-27, 10am-3pm, at the at the Academy Art Center at Linekona, you will have a chance to see lei demonstrations, hula, and talk story with lei maker. In addition, come to the panel discussion and learn more about planting and maintaining a lei garden on March 26 at 2:15pm. For more information, call 808-523-8741.

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Free Kadomatsu Demonstration

11,500 Kadomatsu later, TEMARI Kadomatsu Veterans and Kuhio Lions Club will be holding its Kadomatsu Demonstration at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii on December 28, Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Free and Open to the Public.  More Info

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February 23, 2010 Tuesday (9am -11am)
Beyond the Vase Blossom in this floral design and flower-arranging class. Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Rd. $15 + $25 supply fee. Ph. 988-0456. Source: Honolulu Weekly

February 27, 2010 Wednesday (9:30am-12pm)
Lei Making Workshops Brian Choy, repeat winner sweeping most categories annually at the Lei Day Celebration, shows you some of his tricks of the trade in this demonstration workshop. Limited to 40 people. Call 373-2722 or visit Aina Hina Park, 827 West Hind Dr. Source: Honolulu Weekly

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Splendors of Ikebana at Honolulu Hale

“More than 50 of Hawaii’s top ikebana practitioners will be creating their best floral arrangements to welcome the spring season at the “Splendors of Ikebana” showcase at Honolulu Hale.”

Exhibit, March 23 - 27, 2009 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Demonstrations, March 24 and 26, at 10:00 a.m.
For more information, call 768-6622

More information on Splendors of Ikebana

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Jade Crown Rose Lei

It’s jade lei season again. Check it out at the store. It is out of this world both in color and shape. Some special occasions deserve something different from the ordinary.


Another good combination is the rose and crown flower lei. Pleasant texture. Gentle color combination. Crown and rose are available year round.


Lei making demonstration this coming weekend

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 20 to 22
Academy Art Center at Linekona
1111 Victoria St. 532-8700
Honolulu Advertiser article

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Flower Photography

We photograph our flowers arrangement with a few point and shoot digital cameras.  We use mostly natural day light and white background. With white flowers, we use darker background.


Soon we will try some of the tips from Table Top Studio  and learn to use artificial light, use a light box to diffuse light and provide a cluster-free background (unless it is mood driven arrangement where the background is also important; wedding flowers is a good example.) Switch your digital camera from the default average focus mode to spot focus mode.  This will give you more control over what you want to focus.  Use a tripod to steady your shots for sharp images.  Use daylight balanced compact fluorescent bulbs so you don’t have to compensate for off white balance shots.  Use two to three source of soft light to eliminate harsh shadows.  Rotate arrangement for the best angle. Shooting down on the arrangments will show more flowers and less vase, which will usually resulted in more dramatic photos.

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Making an Orchid Arrangement

It’s not easy to make a round orchid arrangement.  Each orchid blossom has to be wired and taped – creating an artificial stem, so to speak.


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