- Hi, all....
Glad this discussion has been started! As most of you know, my
original intent when I started this group over 2 years ago was to
establish a non-profit organization whose purpose would be three-fold:
To acquire DB-related memorabilia for display (permanent or traveling
To disseminate information about Blanding.
To offer scholarships or grants to promising students who wish to
pursue a writing or art career and who embrace the "aloha spirit"
that DB so loved.
I am now in a position to set up a non-profit, which would need at
least enough members to form a board of directors and elect
officers. Paid memberships and donations would provide both working
capital and investment funds.
Personally, I'd like to see a traveling exhibit, or smaller local
displays at libraries, historical societies, banks or other
businesses, and antiques/collectibles shows. Each venue would
provide an opportunity for new memberships and tax-deductible
At some point, a permanent museum (or collection within an existing
entity) might be feasible. To that end, my preference would be
Hawaii, specifically Honolulu where DB actually lived and worked.
(He also worked in Hilo, but has no direct connection with Maui or
other areas of Hawaii.)
A case can certainly be made for both the Oklahoma and California,
both being more accessible to travelers than Hawaii. However,
cultural museums tend to favor their local history and not a specific
individual who happened to be born in the area. The bulk of DB's
work was devoted to Hawaii, and that is where DB fans and collectors
would expect to find information about him.
The focus of the Bishop Museum is on natural science, not the arts.
On the museum's website, the sole reference to Don Blanding and Lei
Day leads directly to my website!
Let's get more discussion going -- I hope that group members who have
not participated lately will join in.
I think your efforts to this end are laudable. I would like to help but at
this point don't have an idea how. Perhaps I could help with finding a
location in Honolulu. Definitely I would like to support a traveling exhibit
to Maui. I would also be willing to offer assistance to the board.
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Great thoughts. I had a short talk with George Ellis, the
director of the Honolulu Academy Art tonight (at the
opening of a new show on Art and Antiques in private
collections, which will be a new book as well, and where a
sample of my blanding wares were prominently displayed)
and he expressed a keen interest in discussing the
possibility of putting together or taking care of a
permanent collection of Blanding materials. While the
Academy does not have a lot of free space (given their
huge inventory of stuff), they are by far the best
repository for art and antiques in Hawaii and would
safeguard anything that was given them. He thought that
it might be a great complement to their recent efforts to
collect exhaustive collections of John Kelley and Charles
Bartlett. So, there is one lead that might pan out and I
think it would be worth considering at least putting
together one collection of stuff for the Academy, even if
it is not the end all of "our" collective BLanding stuff.
I am happy to help out in any way that I can, Aloha,
On Wed, 10 Apr 2002 01:31:46 EDT
Michael T. Pfeffer
- I do like Cadia's ideas. We had discussion on this several years ago
also but we were too new to know what to do. In the last 3 years we have
seen our group grow. I personally prefer Hawaii as the location for some
kind of permanent or somewhat permanent museum or repository of our
collections. Whether we put our collections on loan or donate might be an
area for discussion as I don't know the policies of museums. I believe
Hawaii honors DB in a way that no other State can. Hawaii was DB's heart and
soul, even when he was not living there. We have a small museum here in
Vacaville and I will make it a point to got there and meet with the Director,
just to get information. We also have an Arts Council here and I'll check
into that, as I am very interested in Foundation Grants for the Arts, that I
think we could apply for if we are a Non-Profit.
As to drawing tourists. I can only speak from my personal experience of
the Carmel show. There were many many people in attendance that had not
heard of Don Blanding. However, by walking through the displays, reading
some of his poetry and seeing his artwork, they became enthralled with him.
I can't describe the reaction of some of the people that I met. They were
truely impressed with DB. I personally spoke to many of these people and
gave some personal tours of our collection. So, I do believe that with an
appropriate descriptive display and some brief literature regarding who DB
was, that we can draw other people into our group with our permanent display.
I believe the Non-profit idea would solidify the group and give us a
permanent presence that we don't have right now. And I think this will also
allow people to provide financial support to us, where that can't happen
right now. I think that with a Non-profit status, we might also be in line
for some Foundation Grants for the Arts that would allow us to go after other
DB material out there that invididually we cannot afford to purchase. As an
example....I am negotiating for the rights to some material I found in
Carmel, some of which was displayed in my show. I have not gone too high on
the money count because it's out of my own pocket but I will end up
purchasing it eventually at some $$ price. If we had the Non-Profit, we
could more easily go in and determine value and purchase it. Perhaps as a
venture for our Non-profit we can create our own Kovel's style book regarding
DB collectibles with valuations on each item that will serve the general
public and dealers as to the value of various items, as best we can do
that???? Just a thought....a money maker???
I am willing to assist on the development of the Board. I've not
created one from the ground up before, but I have sat on a lot of Non-profit
Boards before. So, whatever help I can be let me know. I am retired now and
I can spend some time doing some research and/or legwork as needed. This is
exciting to me and I support it wholeheartedly...............tj
- I think TJ has a point that Hawaii does honor Don every Lei Day. Perhaps we could make it a condition if we use a museum as a repository that they must do a Lei Day exhibit and send out a press release each year before lei day to insure his legacy is properly recognized.
- Maui Tom has a great idea on Lei Day.......it's a natural for DB to be
honored on that day. Also, I am still confused as to the status of DB in
Hawaiian history. I don't know that he was ever proclaimed as Hawaii's Poet
Laureate but he is ofter referred to as such in various articles, etc. Does
anyone have the answer on that?
I like Karen's analogy that we tie one flower at a time but end up with
a Lei. Thats sort of what we are doing, so lets not let the next flower sit
- Michael or Maui Tom: Perhaps for us mainlanders you could provide somekind
of brief description or a website we could visit for the Academy. How long
have they been around, how are they financed, and in so many words, how
secure is their future, as best one can predict this? This would help me a
- Hi, all...
If I'm remembering correctly, the Academy has been around since at
least the time DB lived in Hawaii. I think I've seen articles
about them in some of the old Star-Bulletin microfilm I've been
reading -- though nothing with Blanding's name in it.
Speaking of Lei Day, as many of you may know, DB always offered a
prize for "the best blue lei" in each year's competition.
Michael (or anyone else in Hawaii), can you verify if that prize is
still offered in his memory? If not, I would like to propose that,
as a group, we create such a prize (or 1st, 2nd, 3rd) starting now.
In the 1930s, I believe first prize was something like $15 and the
total of DB's contribution about $50.
I don't know what today's prize levels are (maybe $50-75 for 1st
prize?) but it's the thought that counts anyway.
We'll have to hurry, and I'm not sure who handles the competition
now, but I'd really like to see the "blue lei" as part of the
- Maui Tom,
I like it! Press is what we'll need...and now's a good time to
start. May I suggest that each of us, individually, send a
short "letter to the editor" to the Star-Bulletin (and/or
Advertiser), promoting DB's Lei Day legacy and mentioning this
group? Both have websites from which you can obtain their mailing
addresses. I'm not sure if they take e-mail submissions.
Perhaps as a group we could buy a small display ad in the Star-
Bulletin scheduled for May 1 or a day or two beforehand.
I am also working to complete transcription of DB's 1928 S-B articles
proposing and promoting the first Lei Day. In addition to placing
them on the group site (where some of them already reside), I am
going to publish them on my own website, at least for awhile if not
Promote, promote, promote. If nothing else, DB was a wonderful
publicist, and it's up to us to continue the tradition!
I love your idea of a "value guide" for DB memorabilia....of course
some things will always be "market price" but a guide of our various
finds would be useful.
As for the non-profit, I already have the paperwork, just need to dig
it out and put the details together. Writing bylaws is a little
tricky, but with some help from you guys and several other sources, I
think we can put something together within the next couple of months.
Meanwhile, some sort of promotional flyer or card for this group, as
it exists, would be great. Something simple, easily photocopied and
available as a stuffer or hand-out to as many people as possible. (I
routinely send show flyers and other promotional material with my
checks to eBay sellers and in outgoing packages, and provide them at
antiques/collectibles shows.) Postcard format would be ideal.
Anyone want to create one?
- Cadia: tj awaits your direction regarding the Non-Profit and a Board. Other
than the legal ends of this, I will help do whatever is needed. As any
Non-profit I've belonged to, we always had a mission statement of some kind.
Sounds kind of corny here, but maybe we need to review it a bit......tj
- Don't believe there is any continuing prize given in his name. Anywhere in
Hawaii. I am not sure where there is an annual lei competition on Oahu on
Lei Day. There is one on Maui at the Outrigger Wailea where Hula Moons
I am sure they would welcome this type of participation.
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- http://www.honoluluacademy.org/ 1927 was the year of its inception same as
Lei day cool ah!
Honolulu Academy of Arts
A Museum for Everyone
A Registered National Historic Place
accredited by the
American Association of Museums
In founding the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1927, Anna Rice Cooke wanted to
share her love of the arts with the children and people of Hawaii: "That our
children of many nationalities and races, born far from the centers of art,
may receive an intimation of their own cultural legacy and wake to the ideals
embodied in the arts of their neighbors…"
From that vision the Academy has become "A Museum for Everyone," both a
destination for international visitors and a magnet for the people of Hawaii.
The multiculturalism of Hawaii, so deeply appreciated by Anna Rice Cooke, is
reflected in the Academy's renowned collections of both Western and Asian
Among the most notable features of the Academy's permanent holdings of 35,000
works are the James A. Michener Collection of ukiyo-e prints and the Samuel
H. Kress Foundation collection of Italian Renaissance paintings. Traditional
arts of Africa, the Pacific and the Americas are also well represented, as
are textiles and 17,000 works on paper.
In celebration of its upcoming 75th anniversary in 2002, the Academy recently
opened the Luce Pavilion Complex which adds two, 4,000 square-foot galleries
to the museum's 30 other exhibition spaces. The second floor gallery is the
permanent home for the Academy's collection of indigenous and traditional
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is a private, non-profit institution located in
a historic building not far from downtown Honolulu or Waikiki. With its full
schedule of studio art classes, gallery tours, school programs, family
activities, as well as a film and performance series, the Academy is dynamic
and ever-changing--fulfilling the dream of Anna Rice Cooke and distinguishing
itself as Hawaii's premier arts institution.
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- --- In aloha-donblanding@y..., TJMarkle@c... wrote:
> Cadia: tj awaits your direction regarding the Non-Profit and aBoard. Other
> than the legal ends of this, I will help do whatever is needed.As any
> Non-profit I've belonged to, we always had a mission statement ofsome kind.
> Sounds kind of corny here, but maybe we need to review it abit......tj
I agree with this and I believe a mission statement would help focus
a group of this size into being more effective.