The 1st Meeting of the 2019-2020 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. 9 - 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.