The 3rd Meeting of the 2019-2020 Season

Date & Time: Monday, Nov 4, 2019, 6:30 PM
Venue & Parking: Linekona Art School Room 101, street & paid parking available  
The program: The State of Chinese Art in America
Guest speaker
: Mary Ann Rogers, scholar of Chinese art history, teacher, museum adjunct, Kaikodo gallery owner

Since her university student days and then as a professional in the field of Asian art, Mary Ann Rogers has seen immense changes in the world of Chinese art in America.  The materials that she had access to in American museums during the 1960-70s were a godsend.  The early 20th century activity that built those collections, and led to critically important literature in the field, have either slowed immensely, stopped altogether, or shifted from the hallowed traditional arts that were at the core of her education to photography and contemporary painting.  Collecting Chinese art in America, in fact, has experienced a seismic disruption, most intensely felt during the last decade.  This talk will try to elucidate the background and developments that brought us to where we are today in this engaging field.

A highly respected expert in Chinese art, Mary Ann received her BA in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley; an MPhil in Chinese Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; and worked toward a PhD in Chinese painting at UC Berkeley.  In 1993, her PhD work informed the seminal essay she wrote for the exhibition catalog on early Ming dynasty painting, shown at the Kimbell Art Museum in Texas and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.  A frequent contributor to journals of Asian art and culture, exhibition catalogues and conferences, she also taught Chinese art both in the States and Japan.  She worked for the Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Tokyo for a decade and during that time, in 1983, she and her husband Howard established a company, Kaikodo, in Kamakura.  In 1996, they opened their gallery in New York City and themselves relocated to the Big Island. Today, they travel back and forth between Hawai'i, New York and Japan, while presenting several exhibitions a year in NYC and producing the gallery’s Kaikodo Journal.

A rare opportunity! We look forward to seeing you!

A Famille-rose Porcelain Vase, Qianlong mark and period, h. 7 1/4 in., former J.T. Tai Collection; sold at auction in 2010 for USD18,149,677.

A Famille-rose Porcelain Vase, Qianlong mark and period, h. 7 1/4 in., former J.T. Tai Collection; sold at auction in 2010 for USD18,149,677.


The 2nd Meeting of the 2019-2020 Season

Date & Time:   Monday, October 7th, 2019, 7 PM
Venue:  Linekona Art School Room 101 (street & paid parking available)
The program: India and its Horizons: Material Culture and Trans-Indian Ocean Collaborations in Women’s Clothing
Guest SpeakerProf. Ned Bertz, Associate Professor of History, UH Mānoa

‘I Shall Partake of My Neighbor’s Coconut’

Expand your horizons! In this presentation, Professor Ned Bertz will speak about artistic and cultural exchanges across the Indian Ocean world. The rich and vibrant cotton textile industry of India historically has clothed residents of the vast and interconnected world of Indian Ocean. While colonial oppression significantly deindustrialized India, patterns of textile exchange across the ocean persisted in altered form. The quotidian kanga – colorful and ubiquitous garments worn by women in East Africa – is a perfect example. To the present, much of the market share of kangas belongs to entrepreneurs based in India, who influence fashion styles and print Swahili proverbs on garments that have tremendous cultural value for East African women.  In this relationship of commerce and collaboration, we see an important form of daily material culture complicate categories like ‘Asian’ and ‘African’ art.  Instead, this talk will suggest that conceiving of western India and eastern Africa as historical neighbors reveals items like the kanga, which symbolizes the shared production and consumption of art and culture across the western Indian Ocean.    

Prof. Ned Bertz, author of Diaspora and Nation in the Indian Ocean: Transnational Histories of Race and Urban Space in Tanzania (2015), was awarded the Kenneth W. Baldridge Prize for 2014-2016 and was shortlisted for the International Convention of Asia Scholars Africa-Asia Book Prize for 2015-18. His research interests include the circulation and meaning of Indian popular culture, notably cinema. He teaches a class on film in history about Bollywood, and has written on the history of Indian movies throughout Africa. He offers other courses involving the history of South Asia, Africa, and the Indian Ocean, world history, sports history, history and literature, and historiography. In 2010, he was awarded the University of Hawaiʻi Regents Award for Excellence in Teachin



The 1st Meeting of the 2019-2020 Season

Date & Time: Tues, September 3, 2019, 7 PM
Venue & Parking:  East-West Center Gallery; paid parking available  
The program: We have a two part program:
I. SAAH scholarship awards to two graduate students: Mary Kim and Marina George 
II. Inside Out – A talk and highlight tour by Dr. Michael Schuster, Curator of EWC Gallery 

Inside Out is a retrospective of the East-West Center Gallery’s visual presentations of the past 15 years, curated by Dr. Michael Schuster and designed by Lynne Najita, highlighting the diverse cultures, customs, art, crafts, geography and social issues of the Pacific and Asia region. Following its guiding principle – to promote better relations between America and Pacific Asia – the Gallery has presented over 50 exhibitions with aesthetic beauty and quality. It has served as a bridge, a window to the cultures and social conditions in the region and provided immeasurable visual and learning experiences to the local community. 

Dr. Schuster, an expert in Pacific Asia theater and folk arts, has served as folk arts coordinator for the State of Hawai’i, and as folklorist for the National Organization for traditional artist exchange. He will share his insight in the curatorial process to reveal the intrinsic values of the selected objects and the people who produced them. 


May 3, 2019 Annual Meeting and Banquet

Date:         Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time:        Registration: 6:30~7:00 PM.  Dinner at 7pm.
Venue:    Maple Garden

6:30 – 7:00 Registration
7:00 – 8:00 Dinner served. Opening remarks by President Bill Zanella
8:00 – 8:20 Scholarship recipients’ reports: Taylor Twadelle, Mary Kim,Bianca Rajan
8:20 – 9:00 Business meeting:President’s report; Vice President’s report, Treasurer’s report
Chairs’ reports: Scholarship; Membership; Program; Venue
Announcement of election result by Vice President
Remarks by New President and Vice President
9:00 --9:15 New business

May 2019 Slate of Directors, Officers, Chairs

Current Directors:
Dr. Don Hibbard          2017-2020
Dr. Diane Perushek     2017-2020
Dr. Ernest Lee 2018-2019 (term ends )
Dr. Cyndy Ning 2018-2019 (term ends)
Dr. Bill Won          2017-2019 (term ends)

President: Dr. William Zanella
Vice-President: Dr. James Langworthy
Co-Secretaries: Deidre Lau; Sanna S. Deutsch
Treasurer: Carolyn Haik
Venue Co-Chairs: Vivien Stackpole, Darryl Wong
Membership Chair: Chih Chen
Program Chair: Li Lundin
Scholarship Committee Chair: Dr. Don Hibbard

President: Li Lundin
Vice-President: Roberta Sullivan
Co-Secretaries: Didi Lau
Treasurer: Carolyn Haik

Venue Co-Chairs: Dana Yee, Darryl Wong
Membership Chair: Chih Chen
Program Co-Chairs: Li Lundin, Dr. Bill Zanella, Roberta Sullivan
Scholarship Committee Chair: Dr. Don Hibbard

2019-2020 Directors:
Diane Perushek    2017-2020
Don Hibbard         2017-2020
James Brow 2019-2021
Amb Ray Burghardt 2019-2021
Amb Charlie Salmon 2019-2021


The 7th Meeting of the 2018-2019 Season

Date & Time
:  Monday, April 1, 2019, 7 PM
Venue:  Linekona Art School Room 101 (street & paid parking available)
The program: The program: Ancient Bronzes and Ceramics of Vietnam
Guest SpeakerMr. James Brow

Mr. James Brow, who retired from U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2018 and moved to Honolulu recently, will discuss his research based on his family collection of ancient Dong Son culture bronzes and Vietnamese ceramics.

 From about 700 BCE to 100 BCE, a wide variety of bronzes were produced in Viet Nam, which included weaponry, household implements, farm tools, decorative objects and drums.  In 1924, bronze artifacts were discovered in Dong Son village along the bank of the Ma River in Thanh Hoa province in north-central Viet Nam by French government officials.  Subsequent archaeological work conducted revealed an existing Bronze Age culture.  The Dong Son culture flourished until the colonization of Viet Nam by the Chinese Han Dynasty in 111 BCE. Bronze production continued but with distinctive Chinese designs and decorations.

 Ceramic production has an even longer and equally rich history in Viet Nam. Since the discovery of 10,000-year-old pottery shards in mountain caves of northern Viet Nam, ceramics took its place as one of Viet Nam’s most important artistic expressions.  Mr. Brow will discuss the evolution of Vietnamese ceramic production through the major dynastic periods.

Mr. Brow and his wife Betty spent 24 years working in Asia, including Mr. Brow’s 12 years in Viet Nam as CEO/part owner of a foreign-invested company. They collected and researched objects that reflect the broad range of Vietnamese art.


The 6th Meeting of the 2018-2019 Season

Date & Time:  March 4, 2019, 7:00 PM
Venue:  Linekona Art School Room 101 (street & paid parking available)
The program:  Wabi Sabi: The Aesthetics of Spirituality
Guest Speaker:  Gregory Pai, Ph.D

Dr. Gregory Pai will talk about the history and meaning of wabi sabi as a way of seeing the world, its basis in the Buddhist contemplative tradition, and its relevance for our everyday experience of the world.

Dr. Pai has studied and practiced meditation since the mid-seventies in the Tibetan Buddhist, Zen Buddhist, and Vipassana or Insight Meditation traditions. He was also trained at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and has taught meditation at Hawaii State Hospital, Kahi Mohala, Queens Hospital, the Institute for Human Services, Tripler Hospital and the Center for Alternative Medicine of the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. He currently teaches a public meditation class every Saturday afternoon at the Broken Ridge Korean Temple in Palolo Valley. He is a practicing artist and performing jazz percussionist. His paintings are exhibited at the Manoa Gallery and Nohea Gallery in Kahala Mall.

While pursuing a spiritual life, Dr. Pai also served in the administrations of Governor Benjamin Cayetano and John Waihee, as well as Commissioner for the Hawaii State Public Utilities Commission and Chief Economist for the First Hawaiian Bank. 



Chinese New Year’s Banquet: Year of the Boar

Sunday, Feb. 3 2019
House of Wong Restaurant, 477 Kapahulu Ave. Honolulu, HI
Doors open at 6 pm, Dinner - 6:30-7:15 pm, followed by guest talk

Map, directions, photos etc.:

Price: $60 per person for members and guests; $15 is tax deductible (cancelled check or credit card statement is your receipt).

Menu: rainbow appetizer combination platter, sautéed fresh scallops & chicken with greens, rice paper-wrapped shrimp rolls, dried scallop soup with enoki mushrooms, Maine lobster in ginger & green onions, sliced abalone with black mushrooms in King oyster sauce, golden crispy chicken, steamed whole fish, house e-mein and red bean soup with lotus seeds for dessert.

Parking: Free at First Hawaiian Bank parking lot or $2 validation at Hee Hing building underground lot.

Guest speaker: Dr. Christian E. Peterson, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Archaeology at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa; Topic: “Understanding Hongshan Society: Two Decades of Archaeological Research in NE China”

Abstract: Hongshan period (4500-3000 BCE) societies of northeastern China's Western Liao River Valley are well known for their ritual architecture and burials accompanied by jade artifacts carved in supernatural themes—including so-called "pig-dragons." Over the past two decades, systematic regional-scale settlement surveys and intensive surface collection of ancient household garbage have provided new information about the social, economic, and ritual organization of the Neolithic communities that made and used Hongshan ritual monuments and paraphernalia.

In this presentation, Dr. Peterson will summarize and compare the results of these surveys, surface collections, and other research, and discuss its relevance to understanding the emergence, organization, and development of Hongshan period society.

Prof. Peterson has helped design, direct or implement most of the Hongshan settlement survey and surface archaeology of the past twenty years. He specializes in Chinese prehistory, the comparative study of early complex societies, regional settlement patterns and demography, household archaeology, and in quantitative and spatial analysis. Some of his most recent publications include: "A Place of Pilgrimage? Niuheliang and its Role in Hongshan Society," 2017; "Hongshan Households and Communities in Neolithic Northeastern China," 2017; and "Comparative Analysis of Neolithic Household Artifact Assemblage Data from Northern China," 2016.

Reservation deadline: Friday, Feb. 1 (only 70 seats available; 7 tables seating 10 each) , BYOB—plastic cups will be provided.

 Note: this is the first time for the Society to use this venue. A portion of the restaurant will be screened off for our group and regular patrons will be in the other part of the restaurant.

Reservation Payment Procedure

 1. Mail check, made out to SAAH, Inc., to treasurer’s residence. Contact us for more info.

 Indicate separately your name and the names of any guests for whom you are paying. If you prefer to sit with someone, list the names. Seating requests will be handled on a first come, first reserved basis.

   2.   Pay by check or credit card at the door, night of the banquet

If you choose this option, you are still required to email Carolyn and state the same information as requested above. This is needed in order to confirm attendance for the restaurant.     



The 4th Meeting of the 2018-2019 Season

Date & Time: Monday, January 7, 2019, 7 PM
Venue & Parking: Linekona Art School, Room 101; parking available  
The program: Member’s Talk Story
Guest Speakers: Gene Doo, Chih Chen, Millie Liu,

 This meeting will revolve around an informal talk-story session with three of our members presenting different topics:

  • Gene Doo will be sharing a painting by Qi Baishi, one of the most famous and influential Chinese modern painters of the 20th Century. 

  • Chih Chen will be showing a documentary that was created by the Taiwan government about her father, Chen Chi Kwan, esteemed artist and architect.

  • Millie Liu will be showing her Mandalay style 19th Century Buddha Head from Myanmar.

 Happy New Year and Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!


The 3rd Meeting of the 2018-2019 Season

Date & Time: Monday, November 5th, 2018, 7 PM
Venue & Parking: Linekona Art School, Room 101; parking available  
The program: The Feel of Heaven – Jades of China and the Pacific
Guest Speaker
: Tusha Buntin, Co-owner and director of Robyn Buntin of Honolulu Gallery

Tusha Buntin, son of Judy and Robyn Buntin, original founders of the elegant and prestigious antique store on S. Beretania Street, will present a talk on Chinese and Maori jade toggles and ornaments. Treasured as the Stone of Heaven, Jade has one of the longest histories of the world's precious gems.  The Chinese have been carving Jade for over 6000 years. In Polynesia, the Maori grew to appreciate and revere it for its “Mana” and energy. Emphasizing its feel, Mr. Buntin will invite the audience to handle and examine the jade samples he brings to help illustrate the essence they epitomize. Please look forward to a sensory and interactive evening with jade!  

Tusha Buntin grew up on the Big Island, Japan, and Honolulu. At the age of 12, he entered Japanese public school in Fukuoka and his experiences in Japan changed his life. He learned another culture, its art forms and its history which has inspired a lifelong pursuit.

Tusha's father Robyn is an artist and sculptor who founded the art and antique gallery that Tusha and his sister Aisha run today, the Robyn Buntin of Honolulu Gallery. Watching the family antique store from the age of 10, he has been immersed in the world of art and antiques.  He studied at the University of Hawaii for Fine Arts and Asian Art History. Over 30 years of practice and study of the Japanese martial art of Kendo has led to a deep personal passion and appreciation of many traditional arts and philosophies.  His favorite areas of specialty include Chinese jade carvings, Polynesian weapons, Maori greenstone and adzes, as well as Japanese paintings and calligraphy.


The 2nd Meeting of the 2018-2019 Season

Date & Time: Monday, October 1st, 2018, 7 PM
Venue & Parking: Linekona Art School, Room 101; parking available  
The program: The Art of Daoism
Guest Speaker
: Dr. Shawn Eichman, Curator of Asian Art, Honolulu Museum of Art

During its long history, Daoism has had a pervasive influence on Chinese material culture. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in ceramics, where Daoist motifs abound. The golden age of ceramics during the Ming dynasty saw an especially strong presence of Daoist inspired decorations, which reveal not only a great deal about the roles of Daoism in Chinese culture during the time, but also about interactions between Daoism and other spiritual traditions, from Buddhism to various regional movements. In this lecture, Dr. Eichman will trace the evolution of a specific Daoist artistic subject, that of the Eight Immortals, from their early origins; through their emergence as a group connected with the Quanzhen sect of Daoism and the rise to power of this sect in the Mongol Yuan dynasty; to the spread of the Eight Immortals throughout all levels of Chinese culture during the following Ming period. The lecture will emphasize ceramics, but will also include examples of painting, sculpture, architecture and textiles.

Shawn Eichman is Curator of Asian Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Prior to this, Dr. Eichman worked at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago. He has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, master's degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Waseda University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Eichman participated in the seminal exhibition Taoism and the Arts of China organized by The Art Institute of Chicago, and was co-author of the exhibition catalogue. Recent projects include Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art currently on display, and an upcoming exhibition on the contemporary Chinese landscape painter Li Huayi in 2019.

Come enjoy an evening of intellectual food for thought and celebrate the beginning of a new year!



2018 Fall – 2019 Spring Programs

Sept. 4
- Dr. Michael Schuster: Lost and Found: Jewish Communities of India; SAAH scholarships awards; EWC Art Gallery

Sept 23 - Zen Buddhist Monk-artist Hetang Kongyi talk& demo 2-3 PM, Moore Hall #112

Oct. 1 - Dr. Shawn Eichman: Daoist Subjects in Ming Ceramics, Linekona Art School Rm101

Oct. 5 - Tour of Liljestrand House, 3 PM

Nov. 5 - Tusha Buntin: The Feel of Heaven - Jades of China and the Pacific,
Linekona Art School Room 101

Dec. Holiday Break

Jan. 7 - Members’ Talk Stories, Linekona, Room 101

Feb. 3 - Chinese New Year Celebration. Prof. Christian Peterson: Jade Pig-Dragon, Hongshan Culture of Liaoning & Inner Mongolia, House of Wong

Mar. 4 - Dr. Greg Pai: Wabi Sabi - Essence of Traditional Japanese Aesthetics,
Linekona Art School Room 101

Apr. 1 - Prof. Ned Bertz (topic TBA), Linekona Room 101

May 4 Annual Meeting (Venue TBA)




2018 Annual Meeting & Banquet

Date:         Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time:        Registration: 5:30~6:00 PM.  Dinner at 6:30pm. Please arrive on time.
Venue:    Jade Dynasty Restaurant, 3rd Floor, Ala Moana Center
Cost:        $60 ($20 tax deductible). BYOB. The restaurant has a per table corkage charge.         However, SAAH will absorb this fee so please bring your own wine, if desired.

Tentative Menu:
1. shredded chicken and pomelo salad with roasted pine nuts
2. Jade Dynasty minced fish soup
3. honey and garlic ribs
4. braised black mushrooms and Shanghai boy chow
5. “pei par” roasted duck
6. pan-fried noodles with assorted meats and seafood
7. deep fried prawns with salty egg yolk
8. mochi balls
9. goji berry gelatin

Price: $60 per person for members and guests; $20 is tax deductible (cancelled check or credit card charge is your receipt).
Your donation helps fund the Society’s annual scholarships. Reservation deadline: Monday, April 30 (only 70 seats available)


1. mail check, made out to SAAH, Inc., to treasurer

  • Carolyn Haik.

Indicate separately your name and the names of any guests for whom you are paying. There is no reserved seating so please come early to claim a table.

2.   pay by check or credit card at the door, night of the banquet.

If you choose the credit card option, you are still required to email Carolyn and state the same information as requested above. This is needed in order to confirm attendance for the restaurant.

Note: all reservations MUST be submitted directly, in advance, to Carolyn in order for us to get an accurate account of persons planning to attend and record payments.

As of April 19 we have about 40 reservations so please make reservations for yourselves and guests as soon as possible.


a. Welcome Remarks by president, Dr. William Zanella

b. Election: introduction of voting procedures, announcement of candidates for next term (2018-19) and distribution of ballots.

Nominations for all positions are accepted from the floor—president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.
Board members Roberta Sullivan’s term is expiring and she declines to be re-nominated., and Millie Liu also will not stand for re-election.
Therefore two new Board members need to be elected.

Note: The 2017-18 SAAH officers listed below have all agreed to stand for re-election and this slate will be presented for nomination. Additional candidates are, of course, welcome to be nominated.

c. Dinner, ballot collection and bidding on Silent Auction Items

SILENT AUCTION INSTRUCTIONS - Since we need to plan for auction space and prepare bid sheets, those bringing items are requested to complete the information below for EACH and email this to the president at:

Donor name:
Contact address, phone, email:
Estimated value of item:
Suggested starting bid amount:
Country of origin:
Item description:
Additional relevant information:

NOTE: to date we have verbal commitments from donors who will bring Items for the auction, however, none have yet submitted  the requested descriptions. Therefore we may not know until the banquet date what specific items will be available for bidding, creating some logistical problems. Therefore please help out by submitting your descriptions ASAP.

Even if you do not submit the above-requested information, PLEASE bring your item(s) to the event and fill out a description/starting bid sheet available that night.


d. Reports:

Scholarship students, Yuanhsin Tung & Yunshan Feng
Officers: president, vice-president, treasurer
Committee chairs: Scholarship (Zanella, outgoing), Program (Li Lundin), Membership (K.T. Yao, outgoing), Venue (Vivien Stackpole) et al.

e. Announcement of election results

f. New business

g. Auction conclusion—payments, item removal etc.


Current Directors, Officers & Chairs,  2017-2018

President: Dr. William Zanella
Vice-President: Dr. James Langworthy
Co-Secretaries: Diedre Lau; Sanna S. Deutsch
Treasurer: Carolyn Haik

Venue Co-Chairs: Vivien Stackpole, Darryl Wong
Membership Chair: K.T.Yao, to be replaced by Chi Chen
Program Chair: Li Lundin
Scholarship Committee Chair: William Zanella, to be replaced by Don Hibbard

Board of Directors
Diane Perushek     2017-2020
Don Hibbard         2017-2020
Millie Liu              2017-2018
Roberta Sullivan   2015-2018
Dr. Bill Won         2017-2019



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Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: Registration: 5:30~6:00 PM. Please arrive on time.
Venue: KCC Ka’Ikena Dining Room, Ohelo Building
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816

Cost: $65 ($25 tax deductible). (BYOB and your own cork screw opener!)
**Please make your check payable to SAAH by April 26 and mail to: Leona Hee)
(Scroll down for parking map)

For reservation, seating and food allergies, please see the form below.

Entrees: Boneless Kalbi; Stuffed Chicken Roulade with Supreme Sauce; Roasted Pork with Red Wine Gravy; Grilled Vegetable & Pasta.
Salads: Traditional Caesar Salad; Thai Beef Salad.
Starches: Japanese Style Vegetable Rice; Chef's Signature Vegetable Mix.
Fruit Platter: Pineapple, Assorted Melons and Berries.
Dessert: Caramelized Pineapple Coconut Cake
Beverages: Iced Water, Iced Tea, Kona Coffee, Decaf Coffee, & Hot Tea

Invite your family and friends and help make this evening a successful fundraiser for the SAAH scholarships!

Vegetarian or food allergies, please make a note when paying.

Reservation can only be made upon receipt of payment. Please indicate your seating preference if you have one.

Annual Meeting Agenda

5:30 – 6:00 Registration

6:00 – 6:15 Welcome by President Li Lundin Past President Millie Liu introduces voting procedures, candidates for next term and distributes ballots.

6:15 – 7:15 Dinner starts /collecting ballots

7:15 – 8:00 Scholarship recipients’ presentations: Baixin Chen; Katie Patrick (each 15-20 min.)

Business meeting:

President’s report (2 min); Vice President’s report (2 min)
Treasurer’s report (2 min)
Chairs’ reports: Membership; Program; Venue (2 min each)
Announcement of new officers & board members
Remarks by New President and Vice President (2 min each)

Clean up.

Election information:

Current Board Members:

Dr. Ernest Lee 2014-2017
Dr. William Zanella 2015-2018
Roberta Sullivan 2015-2018
Darryl Wong 2015-2018
Sanna Deutch 2016-2019
Dr. James Langworthy 2016-2019

Current Officers:

President: Li Lundin
Vice President: Dr. William Won
Treasurer: Leona Hee
Secretaries: Dierdre Lau (program meetings), Sanna Deutsch (board meetings)

Outgoing Board Members:

Dr. Ernest Lee 2014-2017
Dr. William Zanella 2015-2018 (if elected as President)
Dr. James Langworthy 2016-2019 (if elected as Vice President)

Outgoing Officers:

President: Li Lundin
Past President: Millie Liu
Vice President: Dr. William Won
Secretaries: Dierdre Lau (program meetings), Sanna Deutsch (board meetings)
Treasurer: Leona Hee

Nominations for 2017~2018:

Board Members:

Diane Perushek 2017-2020 Don Hibbard 2017-2020


President: Dr. William Zanella
Vice President: Dr. James Langworthy
Secretaries: Dierdre Lau (program meetings), Sanna Deutsch (board meetings)
Treasurer: Carolyn Haik


Program: Li Lundin
Venue: Vivien Stackpole, Darryl Wong
Membership: KT Yao
Scholarship Committee: Dr. William Zanella, Li Lundin, Jeffrey Hackler, Diane Perushek



















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2015 Annual Meeting/Banquet

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 5:00 P.M. Please arrive on time.
Venue: KCC Ka’Ikena Dining Room (Ohelo Building)
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 (Please see map)

Cost: $65 per person ($20 tax deductible). BYOB. (Corkage fee included)  Please make your check payable to SAAH and mail to Treasurer Zhou Ning by April 20 at: 1010 S. King Street, #804, Honolulu, HI 96814.

Please let Venue Chair Karl Cheng know before April 20th if you have a special request regarding food, or plan to invite guests or wish to sit with friends. He can be reached by email at

Menu: Entrees: Chinese Style Steamed Snapper with Ginger Sauce;
Chicken Marsala; Eggplant Parmesan;
Salads: Hawaiian Caesar Salad; Nitsuke Salmon Tofu Salad;
Veggies: Sauteed or steamed seasonal vegetables;
Starches: Japanese Style Vegetable Rice; Roasted Potato Medley;
Desserts: Fresh Hawaiian Fruit Platter; Haupia Bread Pudding,
Iced Tea, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea and Water

Please invite your friends and help make this a successful fund-raiser for the SAAH scholarships this coming 2015- 2016 season!

Number of people attending_______x $65.00 pp = $________________(check payable to SAAH)

Your name, names of guests and/or other comments:

I,_____________________, am unable to attend, but wish to donate $_____________(payable to SAAH) for the Scholarship Fund.


5:00 – 5:30 Registration
5:30 – 5:45 Presided by outgoing director Millie Liu - Introduction of Annual Meeting, Candidates for next term and Distribution of Ballots.
5:45 – 7:00 Dinner and collection of ballots.
7:00 – 8:00 Scholarship recipients’ presentations
Business Meeting:
Treasurer’s Report
Chairs Reports: Membership; Program; Venue
Announcement of New Officers
Remarks by incoming president and vice president.
8:00 – 9:00 Clean up.


President: Li Lundin
Vice President: Dr. William Won
Secretary: Susan Burghardt
Treasurer: Leona Hee
New Directors:
Roberta Sullivan, William Zanella, Darryl Wong 2015-2018


The 7th Meeting of the 2014-2015 Season

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: The Honolulu Museum of Art School (Formerly Linekona)
1111 Victoria St, Honolulu, HI 96814

Parking available behind the art school

The Program: A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation
Guest Speaker: Dr. William Chapman, Professor of Preservation and American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

The ancient ruins of Southeast Asia have long sparked curiosity and romance in the world’s imagination. They appear in accounts of 19th-century French explorers, as props for Indiana Jones’ adventures, and more recently as the scene of Lady Lara Croft’s fantastical battle with the forces of evil. They have been featured in National Geographic magazine and serve as backdrops for popular television travel and reality shows. Drawing from his recent book A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation (2013) William Chapman will explore the varied roles these monumental remains have played in the histories of Southeast Asia’s modern nations.

Based on more than fifteen years of travel, research, and visits to hundreds of ancient sites, the book shows the close connection between “ruins conservation” and both colonialism and nation building. It also demonstrates the profound impact of European-derived ideas of historic and aesthetic significance on ancient ruins and how these continue to color the management and presentation of sites in Southeast Asia today. Angkor, Pagan (Bagan), Borobudur, and Ayutthaya lie at the center of this cultural and architectural tour, along with less visited sites, including Laos’s stunning Vat Phu, the small temple platforms of Malaysia’s Lembah Bujang Valley, the candi of the Dieng Plateau in Java, and the ruins of Mingun in Burma and Wiang Kum Kam near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.