Susan Nansei Okada is a native Hawaiian, receiving her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from the University of Hawaii. She moved to California in 1979 and began studying Wafu School ikebana with Mrs. Fusako Hoyrup in 1995. Susan earned her Teachers degree in 2001 and was awarded the Sanyo degree in 2009.
An active member of the California Chapter of Wafu School of Ikebana, Susan also participates in activities of Ikebana International and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. She has exhibited ikebana in flower show for all three organizations and also at the Cherry Blossom Festivals in San Francisco and Cupertino. Susan’s hobbies include swimming, quilting and bird watching with her husband.
Louise Ow Ling is Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana, 1st grade. She began her ikebana studies with Kinko Saiki and upon Mrs. Saiki’s retirement, Louise continues her studies with Mrs. Saiki’s daughter, Julie Nakatani.
Louise has traveled to Japan to study Ikenobo on tours and privately. She has exhibited ikebana in Japan, Taiwan and the Bay Area. Exhibits she has participated in include Ikebana International’s flower shows, Ikenobo’s Tanabata Festival, Asian Art Museum, and the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival. She presently serves as Treasurer for I.I. She also is a member of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. Louise enjoys playing the Gu Zheng, golf, ballet, and an occasional trip to the casinos.