Archive for the ‘Bonsai’ Category

Feature Article in Hana Hou! Magazine 2014/15 Winter Edition

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Kahi is featured in this December 2014/January 2015 Hana Hou! magazine.  Check it out if you can.  Great story by Lee Cataluna, and awesome photos by Olivier Koning!  Mahalo to editor Michael Shapiro and the gang at Hana Hou! Magazine.  And, Mahalo to all of you for your continued support!  Happy Holidays!

Contemporary Bonsai Studies – Fall 2011 Course

Thursday, September 1st, 2011


It’s that time again!  Kahi will be offering bonsai classes this fall at the Academy Art Center.  Please see the following link, to register.  Classes start September 8th.  Shown below is Richelle working on sumi painting techniques.  Drawing and painting aids students in designing bonsai trees.

Peace of the Rainbow – OC16

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Mahalo to Sonia Fabrigas for inviting me to talk story about my bonsai, art, and other happenings, on Peace of the Rainbow.  Additional Mahalo to Radio Tiny, and Native Books/Na Mea Hawai’i.  For more stories, tune in every Monday – Friday from 7-8am on TV OC16, Live, K108 Radio AM 1080.

Contemporary Bonsai Studies – Summer Class

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Aloha All!  Kahi will be returning this Summer to teach his Contemporary Bonsai Studies Class at the Academy Art Center, see attached Schedule of Courses for class info.  The Spring Class had lots of fun!  Thank You to Josh, Neil, and Roxane!  What makes this bonsai class different from other traditional bonsai classes is that Art is incorporated into the sessions such as bonsai pot and tray making, as well as drawing and painting.  Give Bonsai a try using Kahi’s simple teaching methods, you will learn a lot in different areas that correspond with the craft.  Registration is taking place NOW!  First class is on Saturday May 28, from 9 am – 12 noon, tuition is $175 for 10 sessions.Academy Art Center Summer 2011 Schedule

William and Susan Calso Wedding

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to William and Susan Calso (my brother/Kahi’s brother-in-law and our new, official sister-in-law), Married on April 30, 2011!

We put all of our experiences in the arts, signage, bonsai, & baking into helping setting the stage for our beloved newlyweds.  More pics to come soon!

Kahi Ching in Honolulu Weekly

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Kahi is in this week’s Honolulu Weekly, Feb. 23 – March 1, 2011, with an article by wonderful writer, Karen Iwamoto.  It reveals Kahi’s concept on ‘Umeke La’au or Hawaiian Bonsai.  If you are no where near that infamous red newsstand, where the issues are free, you can see the article online at:

(In my opinion, the paper spread looks better, and has more photos! -Diana)

Faculty & Staff Exhibit @ HAA Center at Linekona

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Now that Kahi will be teaching Bonsai at the Academy, he is officially part of the faculty, and will be participating in the 2nd Annual Honolulu Academy of Arts Faculty & Staff exhibition.  We have worked as vendors with the Academy for 10 years now and we have discovered many talents within the HAA family.

Opening reception:  Friday, January 7, 2011, 5.30–9pm, Artist presentations, Pecha Kucha #12: 6.30pm, Art demonstrations by faculty, Music by: Heart & Soul, Cultural Nation, and others

Exhibition will remain on view through:  January 28, 2011

The Academy Art Center at Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu, HI 96814

Download —>FS Flyer

Contemporary Bonsai Studies Course by Kahi Ching

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Kahi will be teaching at the Academy Art Center this Spring 2011.  He will be incorporating the Art of Bonsai and 2-Dimensional Art in this class.  This will be a new approach from a fine artist’s point of view, and his own steps in documenting, studying, and creating bonsai using “artist” techniques.  See link to view the catalog, to learn more about the course, and how to register.  We are very excited about this course, he has taught drawing and painting before, but this course will be combing his art knowledge with his love of Bonsai.

Contemporary Bonsai Studies by Kahi Ching

Weds 6–9pm / Jan 26–May 4 / $260 / Rm 102

Students will create contemporary bonsai. Kahi will introduce bonsai history and contemporary theory. Cultivation, design and documentation (drawing, painting and photography) are included.

Eco-friendly techniques for finding, salvaging and collecting bonsai specimens will be discussed.  Mame (miniature) bonsai and ceramic container projects will be explored. Includes a field trip to observe trees and collect specimens.  

Course Catalog-Spring 2011

Maoli Art in Real Time (MAiRT) 2010 Collector’s Show

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Maoli Art in Real Time 2010 Collector\’s Show

Lucky Banyan I @ HAA

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Lucky Banyan I is at the Honolulu Academy of Arts!  It is the most remembered tree from the HI Luxury issue.  See it at HAA’s beautiful courtyard before it comes back home!