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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

    • 5 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Entrance, Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden, Hilo

    Join us again for this wonderful event that supports the Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden.  There will be a wide variety of plants for sale by local vendors, and Tim Brian from HIPS will lead a popular tour of the garden's palm collection.  HIPS will have an information booth to answer palm questions, distribute seeds from the Zoo's palm collection, promote this year's garden tours, and sign up new members.  

    • 8 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Lise's House

    Board Meeting will finalize garden tour details, full agenda will be sent out closer to the meeting date.  Members are welcome to attend.  Contact Rick Kelley,

    • 25 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Information will be sent to members prior to event

    Placeholder until final confirmation of date, time, and location.  Stay tuned!

    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hilo Orchid Show

    HIPS will again create a beautiful display and prove that palms are an orchid's best friend.  This year's theme is Odyssey.  Creative volunteers needed to build the display and to donate material.  Volunteers that work the booth during the show will get free admission to the event.  Contact Sara at

Embark on an Odyssey

Get a behind the scenes view at the Hilo Orchid Show and be part of the pre-show excitement helping to build our own fabulous exhibit.

Thursday, June 25th at 10:00 am

Handy with tools, flower arranging, or pushing a broom? We need you! 

Contact Sara Wagner at

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

Thank You!

The HIPS annual banquet and palm auctions were a big success.  We appreciate the generosity of our vendors and our members.  

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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 

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P.O. Box 1585, Kea'au, Hi   96749

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