Hawaii Island Palm Society

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Upcoming events

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Panaewa Zoo and Tropical Botanical Garden

    We will meet at the cycad garden outside the entrance at 9:30 for our regular maintenance work day. We will be weeding the cycad garden, fertilizing palms, and pruning back overgrowth that is shading smaller palms. Bring a wide brim hat, work gloves, & pruning or weeding tools. HIPS will provide cold drinks, chips, and a sandwich to all volunteers.

    RSVP ricklkelley@att.net with your choice of Subway sandwich.








    • 2 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Join us at the zoo for what has become a HIPS arbor day tradition.  This year we have reserved the large pavilion next to the petting zoo and will once again celebrate arbor day by giving away palms.  We will have information tables and a variety of talks and demonstrations, as well as a walking tour of the zoo's palm collection. 

    • 7 Nov 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lise's House

    Board meeting to plan for February 2020 banquet and palm auction.  Full agenda to be sent out prior to the meeting.  Members are welcomed to attend.  Contact Rick Kelley at ricklkelley@att.net.  Time and location tentative.

    • 8 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University of Hawaii, Hilo

    Here in Hawaii we are blessed with both a climate that can support a wide range of palm species, and access to some of the world’s best palm growers with wonderfully diverse and affordable inventories.  But the possibilities are overwhelming when creating a garden, and often times we fall back on the familiar - the tried and true line of areca palms on a property boundary or the driveway lined with foxtail palms.  An evening with Jason will have you looking at your garden from a new perspective and send you to your favorite nursery with a list of palms you may have never considered.

    A member of the Northern California Palm Society and International Palm Society, Jason is the horticulturalist and palm expert at Flora Grubb in San Francisco, and works as a horticultural consultant for landscape designers and architects. His book featuring photographs by Caitlan Atkinson is winner of the 2019 American Horticulture Book Award, for both the Writer’s Award and Photographer’s Award.  Jason shares lessons from some of the best designers working with palms in the United States. The book includes inspirational gardens from Hawaii (you’ll recognize Lar’s and Irene’s garden originally planted by Jerry Hunter), Florida, California, South Carolina, and even the dessert southwest.  The book does not flinch from the more scientific aspects of palms as well.

    • 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

Contact Us:


P.O. Box 1585

Kea'au, Hi   96749

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