Two Schools Win a Year of Orchids. For the 2015 orchid show, we reached out to students and their families by distributing special free student/parent tickets at local schools. The two schools with the highest percentage of show attendance won a free orchid a month for the school year. The winning school was Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Dorothea Fendentz, who organized this outreach initiative, presented the first basket of cool-growing blooming orchids, provided by Orchid Eros, to Principal Ardith Renetria (left). Coming in a close second was Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences in Pahoa. Dorothea presented Principal Steve Hirakami with a Grammatophyllum provided by Island Sun Orchids (right). Hirakami plans to have his students mount this and future orchids on trees on the HAAS campus.
Volcano Art Center Workshop. On April 25, HOS conducted an orchid workshop at the Volcano Art Center for 20 attendees. Larry Kuekes gave a talk on what orchids grow best at what elevations in Hawaii. Shelby Smith and Ben Oliveros discussed examples of mounting orchids on various materials (pictured above); then Ben demonstrated how to repot Cymbidium orchids, which the attendees got to take home with them. Attendee feedback was very positive.
2014 Orchid Show Video. Beth Owen of Capturing Moments created an outstanding 7-minute video of our 2014 show. If you missed our special showing at the January meeting, check it out by clicking on the picture above.
Larry Kuekes and Julie Goettsch carrying Spathoglottis to plant outside the bayfront shops.
Orchids for the Bayfront. On Oct. 1, our Orchid Isle Project filled several planters outside the bayfront shops with everblooming, sun-tolerant Spathoglottis and Miss Joaquim-type Vandas. William McKnight of the Downtown Improvement Association filled the planters with cinders, and Julie Goettsch, Rick Kelley, and Larry Kuekes planted the orchids.
Orchid Isle volunteers, from left: Rick Kelley, Allyssa Cortez, Julie Goettsch, William McKnight, Callie Villanueva, Eden Patino, Larry Kuekes. Photo by Taylor Martin.
Placing Orchids in Downtown Hilo. On Aug. 20, our Orchid Isle Project began fulfilling its mission of placing orchids where residents and visitors can enjoy them. HOS volunteers, assisted by Americorps volunteers and William McKnight of the Downtown Hilo Improvement Association, mounted orchids in trees outside the Tsunami Museum (pictured) and in Kalakaua Park. This is just the start; more downtown Hilo locations will follow.
2014 Orchid Show Video. Taylor Martin has produced a stunning short video of our show, commissioned by the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association. Many thanks to the Association and to Taylor. Click on the picture to view the video.
Hilo Orchid Society annual picnic at Wailoa River Park
Hilo Orchid Society meeting
Hilo Orchid Society meeting
Don't miss our 63rd Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale, August 7-9, 2015. Click here for more information.