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.
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.
Video of March 2021 Meeting. If you missed our March, 2021 Zoom meeting, you can see it by clicking on the photo of Molly Gearin above. Molly talked about the Orchid Recovery Program at Illinois College at which she is a student working under Dr. Lawrence Zettler. Last year, HOS made a conservation donation to this program to help fund the propagation of the endangered Hawaiian native orchid Peristylus holochila, which is what Molly's talk was about. The goal is to eventually reintroduce the propagated seedlings back into the wild in Hawaii.
The video starts a minute or two into the meeting, with Tom Mirenda describing the work of Dr. Zettler.
2021 Hilo Orchid Show cancelled. With regret, the Board of Trustees voted to cancel the 2021 orchid show. The show has to be planned months in advance, and there is still too much uncertainty about what the pandemic situation will be, and even whether the County will permit the show to be held at all. The County has already changed the date of the show (which we thought we had reserved) twice already, and there is no guarantee that they will not change it again or cancel the show at the last minute. Under such conditions, planning for the show is impossible.
UPDATE: In place of the show, we held an orchid sale at the end of July.
New Corresponding Secretary. Amy Friesen has replaced retiring Corresponding Secretary Dorothy Imagire. We welcome Amy and we thank Dorothy for her service to the Society.
Conservation Donations. In some good news in an otherwise discouraging year, the HOS Board has approved two donations to support orchid conservation. We donated $500 to support the Writhlington School Orchid Project, which is helping establish orchid conservation in Sarawak, Malaysia. We also donated $500 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). Click here for more information on these programs.
New Board members. Board members for 2021 were elected at the November meeting, including two who are new to the Board of Trustees but long familiar to HOS members. Ellen Train (left) has been our Membership Chair for several years. Matthias Seelis (right) is the owner of Shogun Orchids, known for breeding and growing spectacular Cattleyas.
Photo Contest Winner. Lou Rhoades won our 2020 photo contest with his photo of Dendrobum tangerinum 'Iso" (above). Because the holiday party was cancelled, Lou won a $50 gift certificate good for buying orchids from any Big Island orchid vendor