Hawaii Island Palm Society

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Upcoming events

    • 21 May 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Floribunda Palms, Hawaiian Acres
    • 7

    In a first for HIPS, we are offering an educational event in an outdoor botanical classroom. 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 conservation and taxonomic research.  Several new species of palm have been named in 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. 

    Shuttles will be provided from/to the Hawaiian Acres Community Center.  Shuttles hold 12 people and attendees must agree to wear a mask in the shuttle.  Masks are optional in the garden.  No parking will be available at Floribunda.   No sales will be made.  This event is limited to 30 registered members per session.  Your HIPS membership allows you to register 2 seats. 

    No place is like Floribunda Palms, where you can take a photo like the one on the left showing a Dypsis leucomalla in the foreground with the maroon crown shaft of a tall Lemurophoenix halleuxii and a trunking Masoala madagascariensis in the background.

    And no one wants to miss seeing this beautiful garden favorite in the photo on the right!  And check out the red leaf on that Geonoma conduruensis (pauciflorus) too.

    So grab your notebook and register now!

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Hawaiian Acres

     Expert plantsman Bill Austin will show us around his garden filled with extraordinary palms and other exotic gems of the plant world.  Bill runs a nursery where we will be able to purchase palms as well as other tropical plants that are difficult to find elsewhere.  Don't miss this opportunity to see a lovely garden and chance to purchase some of what you see.

    • 30 Jul 2022
    • 31 Jul 2022
    • Hilo

    Volunteers Needed to create and staff our information booth at the Hilo Orchid Show.  This is an opportunity to show off our creativity and share our enthusiasm for the chicest orchid display structures - palms.

    • 5 Nov 2022
    • Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Our popular arbor day event is our most effective community outreach program.  We will host demonstrations and talks about propagating and caring for palms at the Zoo's main pavilion.  We will distribute free seeds and literature, and of course give away some keiki palms.

    To volunteer or supply seeds or palms, contact Rick Kelley at ricklkelley@att.net

Past events

27 Mar 2022 2022 Rare Palm Auction
4 Dec 2021 Moani:Lundkvist Garden
30 Oct 2021 The Kalapana Garden of Robert Welsch and David Davenport
3 Oct 2021 October Plant Sale/Ice Cream Social/Open Gardens in Leilani Estates
28 Aug 2021 Garden of Robert Welsch and David Davenport
10 Jul 2021 Panaewa Zoo Work Day
10 Jun 2021 HIPS Board Meeting
3 Oct 2020 Master Class at Floribunda Palms
25 Jul 2020 Kelley Orchidland Garden Tour
7 Feb 2020 2020 Dinner & Palm Auction
17 Jan 2020 Extreme Botany - Discovering New Palm Species in Remote Locations of Colombia
14 Jan 2020 Hawaii State Public Libraries Present: Bringing New Palms to Local Cultivation, by Jeff Marcus
8 Nov 2019 An Evening With Jason Dewees, Author of Designing With Palms
7 Nov 2019 HIPS Board Meeting
2 Nov 2019 Palms 101 at the Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden
19 Oct 2019 Zoo Work Day
6 Oct 2019 Potluck and Palm Sale - at the Ferazzi's Farm
7 Sep 2019 Davis Dalbok Garden Tour Opihikao
28 Aug 2019 HIPS Board Meeting
11 Aug 2019 Hilo Garden Tour: Tim Brian and Bob Gibbens
20 Jul 2019 Hertzberg Garden and Armstrong Garden and Nursery Tours
27 Jun 2019 Palm and Orchid Display and Community Outreach
8 May 2019 HIPS Board Meeting
5 May 2019 Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Garden Plant Sale
8 Mar 2019 HIPS Information Booth at the BIAN Spring Horticultural Show and Plant Sale
8 Feb 2019 2019 Annual Dinner & Palm Auction
26 Jan 2019 Zoo Work Day
1 Dec 2018 The Thompson Garden : A Demonstration Garden in Kona
9 Nov 2018 Palms of Colombia the International Palm Society 2018 Biennial Slideshow

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P.O. Box 1585

Kea'au, Hi   96749

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