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Hawaii Island Palm Society

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The Hawaii Island Palm Society, (HIPS), is a great group of people who simply love palms and who strive to promote their use in private gardens and the general landscape. Our goal is to perpetuate rare and endangered palms worldwide, through the sharing of seeds and plants. Our organization is affiliated with the International Palm Society and is dedicated to community outreach and education.  Among other community services, HIPS volunteers plan, plant, and help maintain the outstanding palm collection at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens in Hilo.  

Members enjoy private garden tours, lectures, electronic newsletter, an annual banquet and palm auction, use of an extensive reference library, and discount pricing with BEI Agricultural Products in Hilo.

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Upcoming events

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Panaewa Zoo Entrance Pavillion

    Our first work day at the zoo for 2019

    RSVP to Rick Kelley at 


    If you can help, bring work gloves, a wide brim hat, and pruning tools. We will split into teams to weed the front cycad garden, fertilize the palm collection, and cut away brush covering smaller palms. We supply cold drinks and lunch. RSVP to Rick with your Subway sandwich preference.  Bread, meat, cheese, toasted?, mustard/mayo, veggies, spices. 

    • 8 Feb 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Aunty Sally's Luau Hale, 799 Piilani Street, Hilo

    Registration Deadline

    February 1, 2019

    Schedule of Events

    5:00 pm 

    Silent Auction

    6:15 pm 


    7:15 pm

    Business Meeting and 2019 Elections

    Slate of Officers: President, Rick Kelley; Vice President, Rick Jones; Treasurer, Stephen Kling; Secretary, Mike Arends;

    Non-elected position: Membership Secretary Lise Dowd

    7:30 pm

    Live Auction


    Teriyaki Chicken or Vegetarian Lasagna

    Entrees include BBQ beans, cole slaw, brown rice, corn on the cob, hearts of palm salad, and dessert  

    Members $17.00, Non-members $19.00

Our 45th Anniversary T-Shirt will be sold at the Annual Dinner and Palm Auction February 8, 2019

Price, including tax:

Small to X-Large - $16.00 

2XL - $18.00

3XL - $19.00

Congratulations to Dale and Mari Vermeer on their winning design!  

Slide Show:  2018 International Palm Society Biennial in Colombia 

Click here to view! 

Planning for the next Biennial is underway scheduled for 2020 in RĂ©union an island off the coast of Africa.

Learn About IPS

Latest Newsletter:

November/December Newsletter

Cuddle up with a palm book this winter.  Click here to check out a book from the HIPS Lending Library.

Want to see Palms on Hawaii?  We've got ideas where you can go, click here.

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Contact Us:

P.O. Box 1585

Kea'au, Hi   96749

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