Hilo Orchid Show Postponed
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 Hilo Orchid Show will not be held in June as previously scheduled. It may be possible to hold the show in September, depending on the corona virus situation.
The Board of Trustees discussed the possibility of holding the show in early September (Sept. 4-6, just before Labor Day), if the virus situation is sufficiently under control and large gatherings are permitted by the State. If not, the show may be cancelled entirely for 2020. At this point, there are too many unknowns for the Board to make that decision. Stay tuned, and mahalo for your patience while this difficult situation unfolds.
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.
Scholarship Winners. Each year we give scholarships to students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. This year's recipients were introduced at the September 2019 meeting. They are Aaron Shipman, left, and Lael Bukoski, right.
Since we cannot meet as a group due to corona virus restrictions, we're trying something new. Last month, we tried holding an online Zoom meeting as a substitute for our physical meeting, and it was great. Tom Mirenda gave a talk about his trip to Costa Rica and the orchids he saw there. 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 the next 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.