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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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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.

Wednesday, June 26th at 12:30 pm

Want to get a free pass to the orchid show?  We need volunteers to sit the booth for a short time during the show!

June 28th, 29th, 30th

Contact Sara Wagner at

Upcoming events

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

    HIPS returns to the Hilo Orchid Show to prove that palms are an orchid's best friend.  This year's theme is Odyssey.  Creative volunteers are 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

    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 2 sessions

    Registration for this event will be available starting July 4th. To allow you to fully enjoy your experience in this beautiful garden, David has graciously offered a morning and an afternoon tour limited to 35 people each. David Hertzberg started planting on the one acre property in 2014 with his partner and well known plantsman the late DeArmand Hull.  This wonderful garden has a nice variety of palm species laid out along gravel paths. David is a member of both HIPS and the orchid society so there are plenty of orchids, gingers, heliconias, and bromeliads in the garden as well.  We are working on pairing David's garden tour with another nearby garden.  Stay tuned for more information.

    • 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 will be sent prior to event

    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.  Membership will be notified when registration is open as this tour will be limited to 65 people.

    • 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,

    • 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,

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

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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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