Annual bonsai exhibition slated this weekend

  • Courtesy photo The Mokuhonua Bonsai Club and Hilo Bonsai Kyoshitsu will host a bonsai exhibit this weekend at the Wailoa Center in Hilo.
  • Courtesy photo The Mokuhonua Bonsai Club and Hilo Bonsai Kyoshitsu will host a bonsai exhibit this weekend at the Wailoa Center in Hilo.

The Mokuhonua Bonsai Club, along with the Hilo Bonsai Kyoshitsu, cordially invites the public to its annual exhibition Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, at the Wailoa Center in Hilo.

Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

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Complementing the bonsai display there also will be ikebana and suiseki.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Like bonsai, it is a long-established and beloved living art form, bringing nature and humanity in a unique expression by the individual designer. Presenting ikebana will be Nancy Locke, a Sogetsu artist who lives in Hilo and who has more than 20 years of experience teaching and demonstrating. She is a member of the Sogetsu Ikebana Branch in Honolulu and the Soho Study Group in San Francisco.

Suiseki (“sui,” or water, “seki,” or 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 natural formed stones.

There will be a bonsai demonstration at 2 p.m. Friday by a bonsai instructor, as well as an ikebana demonstration at 10 a.m. Saturday presented by Locke. Both demonstrations are slated in the lower level of the Wailoa Center.

The public is invited to bring their plants for a bonsai analysis by club members. In addition, plants will be available for hands-on experience in creating a bonsai.

Come and enjoy the variety and beauty of bonsai and ikebana displays and talk story with club members as well as Locke, who will be available to answer questions.

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Admission is free.

For more information, call the Wailoa Center at 933-0416.

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