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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.  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 Oct 2020
    • (HAST)
    • Floribunda Palms, Hawaiian Acres

    Note:  Date tentative.  This is a rare chance to geek out with local legend Jeff Marcus as he guides us through his extensive palm collection to demonstrate interesting palm morphology and taxonomic mysteries. The Marcus garden is a wonderful example of how private gardens can play a role in taxonomic research.  Several new species of palm have been named from his garden, and herbarium vouchers made from palms in his garden have been sent to world renown botanical gardens including The Royal Botanical Garden at Kew in the United Kingdom. 

    We are working on ways to accommodate as many members who would like to attend, while insuring people can hear and see specimens up close.  We will email members with more information and when online registration opens.


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Multimedia presentations created by Dean Ouer.  Click images above to view via his Tropiscape website.

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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