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In this file photo from last June, Chase Mawae looks at bonsai plant closely in the gallery at Wailoa Art Center in Hilo.
A new Big Island bonsai association aims to open more classes for prospective students of all ages.
Bonsai enthusiasts and instructors are working to form the Hawaii Island Bonsai Association, a group that will be offering more class and club opportunities for people interested at learning the craft at every experience level.
“We’re starting the association as a way to provide help to people interested in learning more about creating bonsai,” said Phil Hulbert, an avid bonsai enthusiast. “There are only a few classes available now, and most of them are for people 55 years old and up.”
According to Hulbert, bonsai classes through the Kamana, Keaau and Pahoa senior centers are some of the only classes available in East Hawaii, but they can fill up quickly and have a long waiting list.
Some of the instructors from the three senior centers said they would also teach classes through the Hawaii Island Bonsai Association, since there is growing interest in the community.
“There are at least four bonsai and penjing instructors that will teach classes at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels,” Hulbert said. “The goal is to provide more options, and we hope to share more information during our first event.”
The association is getting started quickly, with a bonsai exhibition today in Hilo. Members are showcasing several different bonsai that they have created and maintained over the years.
“The show features bonsai from people who have done it for a few years and should be a great way to show what someone can learn,” Hulbert said. “We’ll have more details on what we’re planning as far as workshops and meetings for anyone interested in signing up during the show.”
The exhibition is free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the pavilion by the Urasenke Tea House at Lili‘uokalani Park and Gardens.
For more information on the Hawaii Island Bonsai Association, email Hulbert at email@example.com.