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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.  New members are eligible for open garden days, a chance to meet with established HIPS members in their gardens.

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Open Garden Days for New Members

Established HIPS members welcome our newest members by inviting them into their private gardens for a more personal opportunity to learn about growing palms in Hawaii.  Find out full details in our March Newsletter.  If you would like to offer your garden or would like to participate in a tour, contact Rick Kelley at ricklkelley@att.net

Upcoming events

    • 3 Aug 2019
    • Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Boy Scouts will be planting out the new cycad garden at the Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden tentatively either August 3 or August 10th.  To follow the progress and get more information, check out the forum: Kristen McGrath Cycad Garden

    • 11 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Directions sent prior to event
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    HIPS last toured this inspiring city garden in 2015.  Planted on a steeply sloping two acre lot, the garden grants views into a canopy of palms whose size only becomes apparent as you make your way down to the base of the garden.


    The garden showcases a surprising number of strikingly exquisite palms. 

    There are water features and other tropical plants as well.  Sections of the garden have been reworked since our last visit.  Tim is very knowledgeable about palms and this is an good opportunity to learn and gain advice.

    NOTE:  This tour will be limited to 65 people.  Due to steep terrain, this garden is not accessible to those with limited mobility.  No animals are allowed.  Attendees wearing flip-flops or sandals will be turned away.


    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Lise's House

    Board Meeting will discuss board officer nominees, full agenda will be sent out closer to the meeting date.  Members are welcome to attend.  Time is tentative.  Contact Rick Kelley, ricklkelley@att.net

    • 7 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Sent prior to event

    Don't miss this special garden tour with landscape designer and owner, Davis Dalbok.  Davis will personally show us around his 24 acre garden that he has developed over the last 25 years - a collector's garden masterfully designed. The garden is home to extensive collections of palms, orchids, bamboos, cycads, bromeliads, and vireyas, organic gardens, and a native lowland tropical rainforest restoration project.  Find out more about Davis' landscape projects and the company he founded: Living Green Design 

    • 6 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Directions will be emailed prior to event

    Bob and Patty are hosting HIPS at their farm in Peepeekeo.  Bring your appetite for potluck and palms.  More information to come - save the date!  Interested in selling palms at the event?  Contact Rick Kelley, ricklkelley@att.net


Beware The Siren Call of Palms!

HIPS makes a big splash at the 2019 Hilo Orchid Show

Find out more in our June Newsletter



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Do you wonder who volunteers their time for board meetings?  Get to know your board members here.  If you are interested in joining the HIPS board, contact Rick Kelley at ricklkelley@att.net 

Contact Us:

Hawaiiislandpalmsociety@gmail.com  

P.O. Box 1585, Kea'au, Hi   96749


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