2022 Hilo Orchid Show is On! After two years, we are finally able to hold our annual orchid show, the biggest such show in the state of Hawaii. The show will be open from Friday July 29 to Sunday July 31. More details to come.
Video of May 2022 Meeting. If you missed our May meeting, you can see it by clicking on the photo above. Larry Kuekes gave a presentation "Help" – Where to get orchid help and answer your questions." Larry's talk starts about 23 min. 30 sec. into the video.
Video of April 2022 Meeting. If you missed our April combined in-person and Zoom meeting, you can see it by clicking on the photo above. David Toyoshima talked about classic Cattleyas. His talk starts at about 31 minutes into the video.
Video of February 2022 Meeting. If you missed our February Zoom meeting, you can see it by clicking on the photo above. Nana Rach talked about the genus Sobralia. Her talk starts at about 10 min. 15 sec. into the video.
Orchid Isle Project. At our January, 2022 meeting, Julie Goettsch (seated at right above) gave us the background of our Orchid Isle Project, which puts orchids in publicly visible places all around this island. Then Ellen Train, the new head of the project, talked about recent orchid donations and what's planned next. Finally, we saw a video by Bill Merrill that also showed some of the hundreds of orchids donated to the project. To see a video of the meeting, click on the photo above.
2022 Officers Sworn In. The December meeting featured the swearing-in of board members for 2022. Karl Mendonca, above, is our new President. To see the other officers and Trustees, click here.
Photo Contest Winner. Lou Rhoades won our 2021 photo contest with his photo of Rlc. Toshie Aoki 'Pizazz' (above). Lou gets a $50 gift certificate good for purchasing orchids from any Big Island orchid vendors.
New Board members. Board members for 2022 were elected at the November meeting, including Sandra Dixon, left, and Kevin Evans, right. Sandra is active in AOS judging, and Kevin is the new owner of Kalapana tropicals.
Conservation Donation. The HOS Board has approved a donation of $1000 to support the Illinois Conservation Orchid Program in saving Peristylus holochila, an extremely rare native Hawaiian orchid (only 33 plants are left in the wild).
Video of November 2021 Meeting. If you missed our November meeting, you can see it by clicking on the photo of Tom Mirenda, above, in Matthias Seelis' greenhouse. Tom and Matthias gave demonstrations on how to pot and repot orchids.
Video of September 2021 Meeting. If you missed our September Zoom meeting, you can see it by clicking on the photo of James Keach above. James talked about the fascinating African genus Disa. His talk starts at about 10 min. 50 sec. into the video.
Tom's African Adventure. At our August 2021 meeting, Tom Mirenda gave a talk about his trip in 2019 to judge the Kenya Orchid Society show, also visiting Mauritius, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and Gabon, and the orchids, non-orchids, scenery and wildlife that he saw. To see a video of the meeting, click on the photo above. Tom's talk starts at about 13 min. 45 sec. into the video.
July 2021 Orchid Sale. In place of our 2021 Hilo Orchid Show, which was cancelled, we held an Orchid Sale. The Big Island is the center of orchid growing in Hawaii, and our commercial growers were there with a fantastic assortment of beautiful orchid plants for sale.
Video of July 2021 Meeting. If you missed our July meeting, you can see it by clicking on the photo of Jan Takamiya above. Jan talked about growing one of Hawaii's favorite orchids, the honohono (Dendrobium anosmum). Jan's talk begins about 12 min. 40 sec. into the video.