Lei Day. HOS had a booth at Hilo's Lei Day festival on May 1 in Kalakaua Park. We sold T-shirts, notecards, and tickets for our upcoming orchid show and answered questions about orchids. Pictured: Julia Hoskins (left) and Dana Culleney (right).
Orchid Show Art Contest Winner. Al Yano of Hilo won our orchid show art contest, with his entry (above) depicting the show theme "Kaleidoscope of Orchids".
Orchid Workshop at Volcano Art Center. Two attendees show their enthusiasm for their creation as others work in the background at the workshop on designing and building a mini orchid display, conducted by Donna Barr and Shelby Smith on January 27. These mini displays are a popular feature at our annual orchid shows.
Julie Goettsch Receives Orchid Digest Diamond Award. Rick Kelley presented Julie with the award in recognition of her outstanding service to Hilo Orchid Society. The full award citation is in the Jan. Feb. Mar. 2018 issue of Orchid Digest magazine.
2018 Officers and Trustees. The officers and trustees for 2018 were sworn in at the holiday party. From left: Ben Oliveros, Cindy Caldicott, Nathan Sherwood, Rick Kelley, Lillian Paiva, Dana Culleney, Larry Kuekes, Joe Bush, Dorothy Imagire. Not pictured: Ken Armour.
Photo Contest Winner. Lou Rhoades contributed this beautiful photo of Denrobum amethystoglossum which was selected by popular vote as the favorite of the over 500 pictures submitted by members. Lou and his wife won a pair of tickets to the holiday party.
Plant Table Winner. Shelby Smith won two free tickets to the holiday party for bringing the most plants to the monthly meetings in 2017. Dana Culleney is also a major contributor to the monthly plant table.
Scholarship winner. Scholarship Committee chair Shelly Nowaki (left) presented 2017-2018 scholarship winner Joyce Lilly (right) at the October meeting.
2017 Fall Nursery Tour. On Sept. 24, Hilo Orchid Society members got to visit five local orchid nurseries, several of which are normally closed to the public, and purchase orchids at discount prices. Thanks to Jerome Siebenrock (left front) for organizing the tour. Click on the photo above for an album of photos from the tour, taken by Dana Culleney.
Orchid Conservation. President Rick Kelley presented our donation of $1000 to Peter Tobias, President of the Orchid Conservation Alliance, an organization that protects threatened orchid habitat.
Our 65th annual orchid show, "Jewels of the Jungle", was held June 2-4 in Hilo's Edith Kanaka'ole Stadium. The show is the largest orchid show in the state of Hawaii. Attendees got to see tens of thousands of orchids on display and for sale. Above, the Hilo Orchid Society's exhibit, designed and built by Shelby Smith, filled with orchids lent by Society members.
Mini Displays Make a Big Hit
Karen Kimmerle's mini-display made such a hit at our 2016 show that it was featured on the cover of Orchids magazine. You can create your own great mini-display for this year's show with just a few orchids. Your space is limited to 16 inches, but results are limited only by your imagination.