Hawaii Island Palm Society

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    • 28 Aug 2021
    • (HAST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Directions sent 1 week prior to event

     David Davenport and Robert Welsch purchased their 11.25 acre Kalapana property in 2005, then started selectively clearing and planting in 2007. Robert was working as a landscape designer back in New York. He would come to Hawaii each winter to continue the design and planting work until finally, in 2014, David and Robert built their home among the many new plantings. The planting never ends and the gardens continue to grow especially now that David and Robert are both retired and live full time in Hawaii. 

    Left: Double rainbow gracing the courtyard between the main house and ohana. Hedge planting includes Dypsis pembana, Dypsis laneofola, Caryota gigas, Roystonia oleracea, and Kerriodoxa elegans, among others.  Right: Incredible scale of a Caryota gigas leaf.

    Their Indonesian-inspired home is nestled in an ancient Hawaiian Ohi’a and Uluhe forest with extensive ornamental palm, bamboo, orchid, bromeliad, citrus and tropical gardens. 

    Over the years, the palm collection has been enhanced with purchases from the Lundkvist garden; Jeff Marcus at Floribunda; Jan Anderson; Bill Austin, Jerry Hunter at Rancho Soledad, and more. In 2017, David and Robert purchased most of the palm collection of former Palm Society member Joseph Tucker which added substantially to the depth and breadth of the palm collection. 

     HIPS will provide cold drinks.  Members will be informed via email when online registration opens two weeks prior to the event.

    As this will be our first in person meeting of 2021, we will be confirming the slate of officers of the board at the beginning of each tour session.  Confirmation is usually done at the annual dinner in February, however due to the pandemic that event was cancelled.  The slate of officers include:  President - Rick Kelley, Vice President - Sara Wagner, Secretary - Mike Arends, and Treasurer - Chris Friesen.  Learn more about the candidates and other board members here.

    • 11 Sep 2021
    • (HAST)
    • 2 sessions
    • TBA 2 weeks prior to event
    • 40

    Bob Carrere and Andy Pesce are the new owners of one of Hawaii's most celebrated gardens,  and keeping a tradition of welcoming visitors into the garden, have opened the gates once again for HIPS members.  Bob and Andy named the garden, Moani: Lundkvist Garden, "Moani" is a Hawaiian word meaning gentle fragrant breeze, and Lundkvist honors the garden's creators and in respect for the attachment many people have developed with the garden.

    The story of how Bob and Andy found their paradise can be found in the June HIPS Newsletter.

    We are tentatively having 2 sessions of 40 people pending COVID mandates.  As more variants of the virus are emerging, the owners would like to open their garden to vaccinated members only.  Registration will open August 11th.

    • 3 Oct 2021
    • (HAST)
    • Pavilion at Leilani Community Center

    Member plant sale and ice cream social at the pavilion in Leilani Estates.  Both Kim Cyr and Bo Lundkvist invite members to walk over for an informal visit to their nearby gardens.  Details will be emailed and posted on our website as they evolve.

    • 23 Oct 2021
    • (HAST)
    • Directions sent out 1 week prior to event

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    These two exceptional “urban” gardens in Hilo are relatively new and inspiring.  Karl’s garden backs into the Wailuku River and both are on narrow neighborhood streets so parking will be remote and HIPS will provide shuttle service to/from the gardens.  Details will be emailed and posted on our website.

    • 17 Nov 2021
    • (HAST)
    • TBD

    November 17 (tentative), we are hoping that we will be able to use the usual lecture hall at UH Hilo, but currently UH is not scheduling lecture halls due to Covid-19 restrictions.  More information will be sent out as the situation unfolds.

    HIPS is proud to present a slide show and lecture by Mike DeMota who has been instrumental to the discovery and collection of native Hawaiian plant species, including difficult to reach cliff dwelling Pritchardia species. 

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P.O. Box 1585

Kea'au, Hi   96749

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