Wailoa Center hosting bonsai display

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The Mokuhonua Bonsai Club, along with the Hilo Bonsai Kyoshitsu, cordially invites the public to their display June 30 and July 1 at the Wailoa Center.

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The Mokuhonua Bonsai Club, along with the Hilo Bonsai Kyoshitsu, cordially invites the public to their display June 30 and July 1 at the Wailoa Center.

Bonsai display hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 30 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 1. The exhibition is free.

In addition to traditional bonsai, there also will be displays of ikebana and suiseki.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. Representing ikebana will be Mokichi Okada Association Sangetsu Kohrinka.

Suiseki (sui, meaning water, seki, meaning stone) is the study and enjoyment of naturally formed stones as objects of beauty. The art of suiseki involves the collection, preparation and appreciation of unaltered naturally formed stones. Suiseki usually is presented in two different ways. It is provided with a wooden base called daiza and placed in a waterproof tray. It also can be placed in a bowl of ceramic (suiban) or bronze (doban).

Bonsai and ikebana clinics are scheduled for each day, 2-4 p.m. June 30 and 10 a.m.-noon July 1, in the Visitor Information and Education Center on the lower lanai level. People can bring their plants for a bonsai analysis by club members. In addition, plants will be provided by club members for hands-on experience in creating a bonsai.

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Everyone is welcome to enjoy the variety and beauty of bonsai, ikebana and suiseki displays and talk story with club members who will be available to answer questions.

The Wailoa Center, which is observing its 50th anniversary, is located at 200 Piopio St. in Hilo. For more information, call 933-0416.

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