RAINBOW BONSAI CLUB AT THE 59th KUNIA ORCHID SOCIETY
The 59th Annual Kunia Orchid Show was the playground of RBC on March 22, 23, and 24th of 2013. RBC has supported this wonderful tradition by offering a bonsai display, knowledge and complimentary wiring of multiple trees of patrons. Ed M. wired innumerous trees, and Keith S. supported this effort with many trees, as well.
People love bonsai and the desire to create bonsai masterpieces, as presented in the bonsai display. RBC members bring those ‘dreams’ to fruition and provide hands-on experiences to future bonsai-ists. Styling and wiring cement those desires as enthusiasts sign-up for basic bonsai classes.
The background display is a sampling of the bonsai treasures. RBC member Lois and advisor Ed M. working diligently three days at the Kunia Orchard Show; as did Keith S. (bottom left). Bottom right is RBC President John A. and Sensei Ed M.
July, 2012 Meeting
Richard P./Steff M. Photos: James K. John A.
At the foot of the majestic Koolaus, members gather at the pristine and bountiful Yee nursery appropriately called The Plant Place. The Yees welcomed Rainbow Bonsai Club (RBC) to gather and create bonsai as well as garner knowledge, demonstrations, and hands-on assistance to a variety of cultural arts/traditions. Reciprocally, Mike U. is known to create bonsai on on-site trees to show their potential value. At the June - July meetings, member and artist lei maker David M., shared the art of making Maile leis with Ti leaves and Ti-leaf rosettes. Later, members were awestruck at the magnificent seed leis he crafted, while sharing the intricate processes involved in harvesting and preparing the seeds.
A brief bio shows that at the tender age of 13, David was singled out to carry on Hawaiian traditions and the secrets of lei-making for Hawaii’s Royalty. In fact, David is a descendant of the late Queen Emma. In years past, David was honored with awards from the governor and mayor of Honolulu for lei-making, especially for his lei of Ti-leaf rosettes. David shares that Queen Elizabeth of England gifted Queen Emma with a Gamble tree on her wedding day, from which a beautiful grey velvet lei (see photo) adorned Queen Emma’s crystal beaded dress. With 48 years to his credit, David is known as a Master Lei Sensei.
Above photo shows Keith S. giving demos on three bonsai (Wax Banyan, Koko fu-tan, and Nana Juniper). Keith joins Mike U. (35 years), Norman O. and Ed M. as Advisors to RBC. Keith established basic and advance classes under Bonsai Foundation Clinic (2010) held twice yearly. Free monthly support groups engender knowledge, skill and growth of its graduates.RBC boasts membership of more than 30. Founding members are 12+ graduates of HBA’s ABC classes from 1975-76. RBC fosters respect and appreciation for its sensei and members, and as such resolutions prevail over “challenges” inherent in all clubs. RBC’s elders taught “Bonsai no Kokoro”, or “from the heart”; a special quality necessary when creating beautiful bonsai. RBC’s annual Bonsai Exhibit/Fair was held December 16 at Noelani Elementary School. RBC’s diverse agenda is seen in trips to nurseries, koi ponds, garden tours, etc.