View from Popoia
View from Popoia, O'ahu, Hawai'i  Honolulu Chapter 56


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."

Our Honolulu Chapter includes members from the following ikebana schools:

Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Ishida, Ikebana Sangetsu, Kin Sen, MOA Sangetsu, Ohara, Saga Goryu, Sogetsu, Toin Misho, and Wafu.

See pictures from Splendors 2016  -- our 55th Anniversary Exhibition and Demonstration here!

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President's Message

Aloha Ka Kou!

Greetings from paradise! The mission of Ikebana International, Honolulu Chapter 56, is to promote the study and enjoyment of ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, and related Japanese arts. The I.I. organization, today with over 200 chapters globally, was founded in Tokyo in 1956 by Ellen Gordon Allen, a U.S. Army General's wife stationed in Japan. By living its motto, 'Friendship through Flowers', I.I. has kept alive and vibrant the teachings of this ancient art throughout the world for nearly 60 years.

In Hawaii, our chapter uses workshops, demonstrations, and public exhibitions to fulfill our educational and community service mission. Additionally, through the vision of our past two presidents, Honolulu Chapter 56 has begun in earnest to offer ikebana instruction to children and youth. We offer children’s ikebana instruction at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. With the help of a charitable grant, we demonstrated and oversaw hands-on ikebana at four public high schools on Oahu. We want to do so much more to ensure this artistic legacy is passed on to future generations.

In the meantime, we continue our educational outreach by working cooperatively with the City and County of Honolulu, Honolulu Museum of Art, and organizations like the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Japanese Consulate, Lyon Arboretum and Tokai University. We are committed to sharing our ikebana with any organization dedicated to improving the lives of members of our community.

Take a spin around our website. Find past activities in Archived Events. Current and upcoming chapter events are featured in the Newsletter and the Calendar of Events/ Community Service. You can even join I.I. Honolulu Chapter 56 by simply clicking on Membership to find a membership application form. Keep visiting our website as we continually feature the many ways we are eagerly and joyfully fulfilling our mission.

Me Ke Aloha, (With warm regards)
Gail Atwater