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  Red Saraca, Wahiawa Botanical Garden, 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

2019-2020 Calendar of Events

Sept 15 (Sun) -- Membership Luncheon (Ed)

3660 on The Rise

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Floral theme:  Mirai (the future)

Speaker:  Prof. Nancy Stalker 

Ikebana and the Avant-Garde


Oct. 20 (Sun) -- Ohara Moribana workshop with Grace Sekimitsu (Ed)

Mo`ili`ili Community Center, room 105

1 – 3 p.m.

Moribana (literally “piled up flowers”) is the hallmark of the Ohara School. It was developed by the First Headmaster Unshin Ohara at the end of the 19th century. Learn about the different Moribana styles of the Ohara School and enjoy creating your own arrangement in a suiban.


Nov. 10 (Sun) -- Ikenobo encore workshop with May Hiraoka-Tomita (Ed)

Mo`ili`ili Community Center, room 105

1 – 3 p.m.

Developed in the Muromachi Period over 550 years ago, Ikenobo is the oldest school of ikebana.  Come discover why this classical style has provided peace and harmony to its artisans over time.  Create your own arrangement in this workshop in the formal upright Shoka style.


Jan. 19, 2020 (Sun) -- New Year Luncheon (Ed)

Waialae Country Club

Floral theme:  Year of the Rat

Topic (tentative):  Osechi Ryoori (New Year Traditional Japanese Dishes)


Feb. 16 (Sun) -- Printing with Plants with Ann Asakura (Ed)

Mo`ili`ili Community Center, room 105

1 – 3 p.m.

Capture your arrangement of plants on fabric and washi handmade paper.  You will make a permanent record of your flowers, leaves, and herbs with two methods:  negative format with Sun Dyes on fabric and positive format with pigments applied to the flora and pressed onto washi.


NewMar. 15 (Sun) -- Toin Misho workshop with Viva Inouye (Ed)

Mo`ili`ili Community Center, room 105

1 – 3 p.m.

The Way of Tea- with emphasis on chanoyu (hot water for tea), and chabana (tea flowers). We will take a brief glimpse into a practice that influenced Japan's culture, architecture, garden design, ikebana, textiles, arts and crafts, etc.


May 17 (Sun) -- Aloha Luncheon - CANCELLED

Oahu Country Club

floral theme:  tba

“Looking to the Future as We Remember our Past”

Featuring Past Presidents of I. I. and Installation of new board for 2020-2022


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:

Moiliili Community Center -- hands-on sessions with Japanese students and arrangements for fundraiser dinners  CS/Ed

Japanese Consulate -- special floral arrangements CS

UH Manoa Dept of E. Asian Lang, Japanese Section's Culture Day -- demonstrations and workshop CS/Ed

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

Hawaii State Farm Fair at Kualoa Ranch -- arrangements for fund raising CS

  CS = Community Service

  Ed = Educational

Flowers for MCC Banquet

* 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.