Scholarship winners. Each year we give scholarships to students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. See the Scholarships page for more info. This year's winners are (from left) Colin Conway, Paige Hamada, and Matthew Dye. Congratulations to the winners!
Hilo Orchid Show Cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Hilo Orchid Show has been cancelled.
On June 1, the Board of Trustees voted to cancel the show. Earlier, we had hoped that the show could be postponed to August or September, but the Board feels that there is still too much uncertainty about the COVID-19 situation, and there is also not enough time to adequately prepare for a show that we would be proud of;
We know that many people will be disappointed not to have a show this year. The Board is looking into the possibility of holding an alternative event later in the year.
Video presentation. Larry Kuekes created a new video presentation about the amazing ways that orchids trick their pollinators, with his trademark song and video clips to enliven things. Click on the picture to see the video.
Video presentation. Since our April meeting was cancelled, we're offering as a substitute this video presentation by Larry Kuekes. Click on the picture to see the video. Larry talks about orchid labels, orchid names, and those dreaded Latin names, with a few song and video clips to lighten things up.
2020 Hilo Orchid Show Theme. Show chair Karl Mendonca announced that the 2020 show theme is "Orchid Ohana: Blending Beauty and Aloha". This theme captures the special place that orchids have on this island, and we hope it will inspire exhibitors to create even more beautiful displays. Cindy Caldicott unveiled the show art, above, to be used on T-shirts and posters.
2020 Officers and Trustees. Board members for 2020 were sworn in at the holiday party and auction on Dec. 15. From left: Lillian Paiva, Tom Mirenda, Ingrid Mendoza, Dana Culleney, Joe Bush, Ben Oliveros, Lise Dowd, Larry Kuekes, Dorothy Imagire. Not pictured: Karl Mendonca, Shelly Nowaki.
Mountain View Library. Larry Kuekes gave a talk at the Mountain View Library on Nov. 12 called "The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Grow Orchids" at the Mountain VIew Library on Nov. 12, about how to grow orchids better by understanding how they grow in nature.
Photo Contest Winner. HOS members chose this photo of Rlc. George King "Serendipity' as the winner of our 2019 photo contest. Photographer Rick Kelley won 2 tickets to our holiday party and auction.
Fall Nursery Tour. This is a busload of happy orchid growers at the end of our nursery tour on Oct. 13, 2019. We visited Kalapana Tropicals, Newman's Nursery, and Carmela Orchids. Thanks to Jerome Siebenrock, front left, for organizing the tour. Thanks to Janice Williams, front right, for this photo.
Since we cannot meet as a group due to corona virus restrictions, we're trying something new. we are holding online Zoom meetings as a substitute for our physical meetings, and they are working well. The Zoom application can be used on either a computer or a smart phone. HOS members will get an email with an invitation to the Zoom meeting shortly before each meeting.
$8000 Donated to Volcano Relief
Many orchid growers and many of our friends were affected by the lava flows in Puna. Our Board of Trustees voted to donate the proceeds of the Silent Auction at the 2018 orchid show to volcano disaster relief. We raised $8000, which was donated as follows:
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 the next orchid show with just a few orchids. Your space is limited to 16 inches, but results are limited only by your imagination.