Hawaii Island Palm Society

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Upcoming events

    • 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 sara.anslow@gmail.com

    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM

    David Hertzberg started planting on the one acre property in 2014 with his partner and well known plantsman the late DeArmand Hull.  This beautiful 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. The time of this tour may shift depending on whether we decide to do a single group, morning or afternoon sessions, or pair the tour with another garden in the area, so stay tuned.  Address and directions will be sent out a week prior to the event.

    • 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 to members 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, ricklkelley@att.net

    • 7 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • TBD

    Placeholder for last garden tour in 2019.  Do you have a garden that you would like to share with HIPS?  Contact Rick Kelley at ricklkelley@att.net.  Time and date negotiable.

    • 12 Oct 2019
    • Bob and Patty Ferazzi's Farm - directions will be mailed

    Talk story and meet new friends at the HIPS Potluck Social and Plant/Seed Exchange.  More information to come, date is a placeholder and is not yet confirmed.  

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden

    HIPS has traditionally given out Hawaiian native palms at the zoo entrance in celebration of Arbor Day.  This event may be moved to coincide with Arbor Day.  The event may include potting demonstrations, palm tour of the zoo, and community outreach question/answer sessions.  Stay tuned for date confirmation and final details. 

    • 8 Nov 2019
    • University of Hawaii, Hilo

    Past speakers include many widely recognized palm researchers, palm reference book authors, and industry experts discussing palms from around the world - Peninsular Malaysia, New Guinea, Madagascar, and the Americas.  Renowned speakers include Jeff Marcus, William Baker, John Dransfield, Scott Zona, and Paul Craft.  We are currently making arrangements with this year's speaker, stay tuned for more information and final date. 

    • 13 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.

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P.O. Box 1585

Kea'au, Hi   96749

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