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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

THE GOLD TREE IS BLOOMING...AGAIN

We have a very active photography club at 15 Craigside.  Behind our building on this shot to the left is Craigside, where I lived for 32 years.  Our assignment for sharing at our next gathering is to take photos on an excursion.  I noticed that Pearl's Gold Tree was again blooming (this is now at least the third time in 2016), so off I went to complete my homework.

I first visited the Queen Kapiolani Garden, a rarely visited gem located across the street on the Makai side of Honolulu Zoo.  First a most unusual black elephant ear plant:


This is not a Gold Tree, but is a gold-colored tree.  Just a block in the Diamond Head direction is a true Gold Tree:


Driving up Ward Avenue I noticed a Gold Tree at Thomas Square in the foreground of Coronet, an apartment where Pearl and I owned our first penthouse 44 years ago.

These Gold Trees can also be found next to my Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (POST) building on the Manoa Campus, among a spectacular blooming of rainbow shower trees:


The parking lot of the POST building is now the most beautiful parking lot in the world.  Just go up East-West Center Road from Dole Street.

Let me close with a visit of our 15 Craigside photography club to Arcadia, our sister seniors community partner, to interact with their photo club.  They have almost twice the number of residents and have been around for almost half a century.


In their pond they had a gold koi that looked exactly like Pearl's Gold Koi at Matsumoto Castle.

Below, the 15 Craigside members and the shot below that those from Arcadia, with our display behind us, produced by Takeo Ito (to the extreme right).


Eight of us have these panels now in exhibit at Arcadia until June 30, then they will be returned home to be displayed on the Craigside Artistry Wall from July 3-31.  Above is my contribution showing a recent visit to Japan.   Here are the original photos.  Note the musk melon (about as large as a cantaloupe, with flesh like a honey dew, but mushier) costs around $120.


Wagyu beef can cost $250/pound in a typical Japanese basement market.  Below, Shinjuku Park, Mount Fuji and Osaka Castle.


Finally, this exhibit will be displayed at the Honolulu Museum of Art (formerly known as the Honolulu Art Academy) School Hallway Gallery of their Linekona building from August 2-16.  Thanks to our mentor, Scott Kubo, who is on their staff, we are attaining world class status.  Below, Scott with Irene Zane, our 15C photography club leader, who once lived at Arcadia and  resides on my floor,


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