Images of a natural treasure: Lili‘uokalani Gardens calendar photo contest winner selected

  • “Path of Reflections” by Jared Goodwin.

    Courtesy image

Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens and Paradise Helicopters extend congratulations to photographer Jared Goodwin on selection of his image “Path of Reflections” as the cover photo on the 2018 Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens photographers contest calendar.

“Beginning at the age of 13, I found a way to capture the love I have for the uniqueness and beauty of our ‘aina — one frame at a time,” Goodwin said. “Photography is the window to my mind inspired by Madame Pele’s journeys and our beautiful shorelines.”


The grand prize winner’s award of a helicopter tour on Paradise Helicopters with Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber will be presented Jan. 13 during the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

“Paradise Helicopters is honored to support Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens who have dedicated so much effort to this worthy cultural and community cause,” said Cal Dorn, president of Paradise Helicopters. “Our employees, many of whom were born and live in Hilo, use and appreciate Lili‘uokalani Gardens and what this organization has done to maintain and improve the park.”

All photographs featured in the 2018 calendar will be on exhibit from noon-6 p.m. during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Copies of the 2018 calendar are being printed at Hawaii Printing Corp. and will be for sale in coming weeks at Banyan Gallery, near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and online from Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens.

The 2018 photographers contest was chaired by Vijay Karai.

“To say merely that I received 111 entries from 24 photographers is limiting in the scope of work,” Karai said. “What I saw in those images is limitless talent and artistic expression. Charles Wood did an excellent job at selecting those images to the calendar needs. Thank you, photographers, for working with the limited time frame.”

The calendar was designed by Ken Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat.

“I have a special appreciation for the artistic and technical skills required to create an image that celebrates the beauty of our environment and moves people to protect our natural treasures,” Goodrich said. “Hilo is lucky to be blessed with Lili‘uokalani Gardens and each photograph in this calendar reminds us just how lucky we are.”

The 13-month calendar also features 26 small thumbnail images from Hawaii Island photographers, a message from Mayor Harry Kim, messages from juror Charles Woods and Friends president K.T. Cannon-Eger, short biographies of each featured photographer, and a history page.

For more information, contact Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens through its Facebook page or call Cannon-Eger at 895-8130.


Garden shooters

Images by the following photographers were selected for the large photos of the 13-month Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens 2018 calendar:

Jared Goodwin

Debi Buck

Kornelius Schorle


Allison T. Yano

Daghild Rick

Chris butcher


Rita French

Cheri Groom