This program will highlight flowers of the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian attire is welcome. Enjoy ukulele music by Don Sadler and
hula dancing by Allen Ogi and his partner Mili.
Irene Jenkins (Aratame) is a long time potter and began going to Ikebana shows to see what kind of vases were used. In 1997 she decided to take an adult education class in ikebana and she studied with Michiko Hosoda, a Wafu teacher for several years. She elected to study Aratame when it was formed in the U.S. and has studied with Sumi Metz ever since. She joined Ikebana International in 2001 and has served on various committees, participated In the Flower Shows and represented the chapter at Bouquet to Arts. In 2017 she was awarded a teachers certificate by headmaster Seigyo Aratame and given the flower name Waka. She encourages all potters to take up Ikebana and all Ikebana devotees to try pottery.
Sahshah Middleton (Sogetsu) was born in Singapore South East Asia and was discovered at the age of 8, by Mrs. Kasume Kim, the founder of the Sogetsu Chapter in Singapore. She has over 50 years of experience in flower arranging. She studies with Yoshiko Williams and has received the Master’s Degree “Jonin Somu”. She is a graduate of the Nang Yang Academy of fine arts. She received her Horticulture Certification from Singapore Botanical Gardens and is a certified arborist. She has affiliations with Strybing Arboretum, San Mateo Rose Society, Begonia Society, Epiphyllum Society, Sogetsu Bay Area Branch, Ikebana International San Francisco Chapter, OFAD and Floral Division Manager for San Francisco.
Yoshiko Grave (Ohara) was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to California in 1980. She has studied
with Mrs. Suiyo Fujimoto since 2009. She received the 3rd Term Master Course in December 2016.
She is a member of Ohara Ikebana School Northern California Chapter, a member of Ikebana
International, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. She has exhibited at Ohara Chapter Flower shows,
Ikebana International Flower shows and for other events. She received a teaching Degree from
Keisen Flower School in Tokyo in March 1980. In addition to ikebana, she loves cooking and baking
and also enjoys walking and reading.
Alka Bhargava (Ichiyo) is a formally trained event architect and floral stylist organizing weddings and
events since 1982. Her work has taken her from design school in New Delhi to workshops in Europe
and conferences in Japan. She has owned an event planning and floral design company for the past
fifteen years, and specializes in multicultural events. Her aesthetic pulls from both traditional and
contemporary designs, and fuses elements of both the East and West.