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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

Treasurer Position Open February 2020

We are currently looking for candidates for HIPS Treasurer starting February 2020.  If you have bookkeeping experience, or are just really organized and willing to learn on the job, please contact Rick Kelley at

Upcoming events

    • 4 Jan 2020
    • Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Boy Scouts will be planting out the new cycad garden at the Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden in October.  To follow the progress and get more information, check out the forum: Kristen McGrath Cycad Garden

    • 8 Feb 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Aunty Sally's Luau Hale, 799 Piilani Street, Hilo
    Registration is closed

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    Schedule of Events

    5:00 pm 

    Silent Auction

    6:15 pm 


    7:15 pm

    Business Meeting and 2020 Elections

    Treasurer Position Open, contact Rick Kelley

    7:30 pm Live Auction

    Last Year's Live Auction Palms:

New Slide Show Online:

Jason Dewees, Designing With Palms

Thanks to HIPS member Dean Ouer for creating a special online version of Jason's HIPS lecture November 8th, 2019.  Jason's talk and other HIPS lectures are available on Dean's website Tropiscape, a fantastic resource for anyone who is growing palms or other tropical plants.  

New Additions to the HIPS Library:


by Dr. Andrew Henderson (Author), Dr Nguyễn Quốc Dựng (Author)


Excerpt from New York Botanical Garden Website:

Learn more on the NYBG Website: The Palms of Vietnam: A Doubling of Numbers

The Palms of Cuba Hardcover – April 1, 2018

by Paul Craft (Author)


From the author of The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms, comes another wonderful palm book.

Considering its small size, Cuba is home to a extremely diversified group of native plants, which includes its palms. Most are native to Cuba and no where else. 'The Palms of Cuba' is the only comprehensive guide to all the 98 taxa of palms native to Cuba along with their classification and an identification key. Included are descriptions for each species, distribution maps, habitat types, conservation status, cultivation needs and other useful information. Both the novice backyard grower and the serious palm aficionado will find plenty of useful information on which species can be grown in the landscape. The 232 pages include over 420 photos of the palms in habitat and a glossary of terms as a reference for the reader.

These books and others are available for loan to our members.  To see the complete index of books in our Library and find out how you can check them out, click here.

Dalbok Garden Tour Highlights

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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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