Welcome to the Society of Asian Art of Hawaii, Inc. (SAAH) and our new website. As president, I invite you to join our organization, which is dedicated to all the areas of Asian art. Our mission is not only to offer educational programs for our members, but also to provide scholarships to students studying in the complete gamut of Asian art. As a member you will not only be notified of all events but will help be advised on both of these areas of endeavor. This last year was quite a busy one with two outstanding events including the visit and lecture by Mira Nakashima speaking about her father, the celebrated woodworker George Nakashima.
One of the other outstanding events was the collaborative effort between Bonham’s auction house. The prestigious auction house, established in 1793, held a discovery day here in Honolulu. This event not only resulted in new discoveries but new members as well. This will now be an annual event held once a year with a generous donation by Bonham’s to our scholarship fund.
2015 promises to be a great year so I invite you to join us now or if you are already a member I hope to see you at the next event.
President, Society of Asian Art of Hawaii, Inc.
Our Mission Statement
We are a non-profit educational and charitable organization growing out of the Oriental Art Society of Hawaii, founded in 1974.
SAAH was established to (1) promote the appreciation, enjoyment, and understanding of Asian art; (2) promote and encourage the creation, preservation, and collection of Asian art; and (3) promote education about Asian art. Programs are held almost every month during the academic year, September through May, wherein experts give illustrated lectures or gallery walkthroughs to SAAH members and guests.
Also, an International Guest Speaker’s Forum is occasionally offered to the community at large, featuring an esteemed visitor from off-island. One or more annual fund-raising events, such as auctions and dinners, enhance the Society’s ability to provide scholarships and internships to worthy young university students. Finally, all these events take place in an informal social setting, with camaraderie, animated discussion among members, and often, refreshments.
SAAH 2014-2015 Officers & Directors
Mark Blackburn, President
Fayez Rumi, Vice President
Kristin Remington, Secretary
Ning Zhou, Treasurer
Dr. James Langworthy, Program Chair
Shengkai (Karl) Cheng, Venue Chair
William Pearl, Scholarship Chair
Dr. William Won, Director
Vivien Stackpole, Director
Li Lundi, Director