This month’s Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday—celebrating “homegrown” art and featuring Artists of Hawai‘i 2015’s Lauren Trangmar—lands on Father’s Day, and the Museum Shop has a special gift for dads in line with the theme.

Visit the shop to find mixed-media artist Kahi Ching’s artfully grown bonsai trees, available at a range of affordable prices. Among the “living sculptures” will be several of Ching’s special Hawaiian varieties called ʻumeke lāʻau, which feature bonsai-style kalo plants sprouting from miniature island landscapes. The Hawaiian name means “plant in a bowl,” reflecting the Japanese meaning of bonsai, “planting in a tray.”

Ching, will also put several of his larger bonsai creations on display in Central Courtyard. And in the Palm Courtyard—which used to be called the Banyan Courtyard, he will unveil a five-year-old bonsai banyan descended from the tree that gave the courtyard its former name (it was removed when it outgrew its pot). The removal team reached out to Ching who happily agreed to salvage a graft.

Left: The namesake banyan tree in the Banyan Courtyard (now Palm Courtyard). Right: The bonsai-style graft Kahi Ching cultivated after the banyan's removal.

Left: The namesake banyan tree in the Banyan Courtyard (now Palm Courtyard). Right: The bonsai-style graft Kahi Ching cultivated after the banyan’s removal.

Join us with Dad as we welcome back an old friend.

See the full schedule of events and activities at Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday.

Photos courtesy of Kahi Ching.