Flower arrangement

Japanese Flower Arranging - Ikebana Sogetsu

The art of Japanese flower arranging functions as a path for the creative spirit. A gift of Ikebana is to look at flowers from a perspective that provides tranquility and peace of mind from within. Use your aesthetic awareness to assemble materials, choosing their most beautiful aspects, assemble them in a different order, and endow them with a value transcending that which they had in nature. Students are required to provide their own supplies.

Instructor: Karen Kirk
Location: Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 115
Cost:  $80

Class meets: Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dates TBD        6 mtgs.

Class meets: Saturday, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Dates TBD      6 mtgs.
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Karen Kirk  earned the highest teaching rank in Sogetsu Ikebana, Riji, in 2018 after undertaking rigorous examinations. Karen joins two other sensei, in the State of Hawai’i, to earn this prestigious rank. Her Sogetsu studies began with Betty Hsu Sensei in 1989. Hsu Sensei was a student of Sofu Teshigahara the founder of Sogetsu Ikebana. Karen has taught Sogetsu Ikebana at Leeward Community College from 2003- 2010 and at Windward Community College since 2010.

She has conducted public ikebana demonstrations at the Blaisdell Honolulu Orchid Show, Waialae Country Club, Honolulu Hale, Tokai University, Honolulu Museum of Art School, and Windward Community College. Karen has exhibited major ikebana installations at Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu Museum of Art School, the Blaisdell Arena, Queen Emma Summer Palace, Neiman Marcus, Honolulu Hale, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and the Japanese Consulate.

Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Home Economics Retailing, Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Education Secondary Reading Disabilities, and Master’s degree from University of San Francisco in Private School Administration.