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Calvin Kumano was the featured speaker at the April meeting of the Honolulu Orchid Society.  The meeting was held on Wednesday, April 9 at the Lanakila Elementary School Cafeteria.  One of the largest crowds of the year heard an excellent presentation on Phalaenopsis cultivation.  Calvin brought to the meeting more than a dozen blooming Phalaenopsis, most of which were bred by him.  He demonstrated potting of the plants from baby (community pot) size plants to mature, overgrown plants.  Many in the audience took notes hoping to retain and put into practice many of the things he does to grow healthy Phalaenopsis plants with beautiful cascading flowers.   (Click on the photos below for a larger, high resolution image.  Click on the enlarged image to return to the page.)

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The Honolulu Orchid Society will be joining the Aiea Orchid Club on a field trip to three orchid nurseries in Waianae.  Those interested in attending the field trip should meet at the Nanakuli McDonalds (87-2028 Farrington Highway) at 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 12.  Carpooling is encouraged as parking at the nurseries is limited.  The field trip will include visits to Kodama Orchid Nursery, Kogachi Orchid Nursery and Hawaii Pacific Orchids.  The field trip will end at around noontime.

Here are some photos taken at last year’s field trip to Waianae.  Click on the photo for a larger, higher resolution image and then when done click on the expanded image to return to the page.

The field trip provides members with a good opportunity to pick up an assortment of plants at very reasonable prices.

The field trip provides members with a good opportunity to pick up an assortment of plants at very reasonable prices.

Dress for the occasion.  It can be bright and warm in Waianae.

Dress for the occasion. It can be bright and warm in Waianae.

It is not unusual to leave the nurseries with boxes full of plants.

It is not unusual to leave the nurseries with boxes full of plants.

All kinds of plants, large and small, will be available for sale.

All kinds of plants, large and small, will be available for sale.

You will always leave smiling knowing that you have more plants added to your collection.

You will always leave smiling knowing that you have more plants added to your collection.

Sometimes it is hard to decide if it's his or my plant.

Sometimes it is hard to decide if it’s his or my plant.

If you have the time, join us on Saturday, April 12.

If you have the time, join us on Saturday, April 12.


The Honolulu Orchid Society put up displays at both the Kunia and Windward Orchid Shows held during the weekend beginning March 21.  The displays were constructed by two teams led by Williette Wong and Carol De Witt at the Kunia Orchid Show and Dr. Inge White and her students at the Windward Orchid Show.  The Kunia Orchid Show was held in the Leilehua High School Gymnasium in Wahiawa while the Windward Orchid Show was held at the King Intermediate School Gym in Kaneohe.  HOS received the second place trophy for best floor display at the Kunia Show and received the second place trophy for best table top display at the Windward Show.

HOS made a large floor display at Kunia.

HOS made a large floor display at Kunia.

The HOS team at Kunia was small but efficient.  Missing from the photo are Calvin and SherryAbe.

The HOS team at Kunia was small but efficient. Missing from the photo are Calvin and SherryAbe.

The table top display at Windward had several trophy winning plants.

Besides winning the second place trophy, the HOS table top display at the Windward Orchid Show had several trophy winning plants.

Fifteen students from Dr. White's class put up the very beautiful table top display. They were assisted by HOS members Laura Lui and Paul Corpuz (both not in the photo).

Fifteen students from Dr. White’s class put up the very beautiful table top display. They were assisted by HOS members Laura Lui and Paul Corpuz (both not in the photo).  Also missing from the photo is Dr. White.

 

 


The Honolulu Orchid Society held its annual silent auction on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Lanakila Elementary School Cafeteria.   More than 15 nurseries located throughout the State donated blooming and potted plants for the auction.  In addition, members donated baked goods, orchid plants and other items for the auction.  About 50 members and guests attended the auction.  Many went home with big smiles on their faces carrying boxes of flowering orchid plants, baked goods and other merchandise.  The auction was a great success thanks to the many donors who helped the Society.  The photographs below were taken by Mel Waki.  Click on a photo for a larger, higher resolution image.  When done, click on the expanded image to return to the page.

Ken and Aileen Ching inspect the plants before placing their bids.

Ken and Aileen Ching inspect the plants before placing their bids.

Baked goods made by the members generated a lot of interests and bids.

Everyone pitched in to set a minimum price for the baked goods.

There were many beautiful blooming Phalaenopsis to choose from.

There were many beautiful Phalaenopsis to choose from.

Many of the bidders consulted with each other before placing their bids.

Many of the bidders consulted with each other before placing their bids.

Members enjoyed the refreshments in between bids.

Members enjoyed the refreshments before the winning bids were announced.

Ben Kodama, Jr., was the chairman of the auction.  He said he was stressed out throughout the week.  He was glad when it was over.

Ben Kodama, Jr., was the chairman of the auction. He said he was stressed out all week. He was glad when the night was over.

Randy Tajima gives some expert advice during the bidding process.

Randy Tajima gives some expert advice on a Paphiopedilum that was on the bidding table.

Calvin Kumano and Margaret Lin discuss the qualities of the Phalaenopsis plants in the auction.

Margaret Lin consults with Calvin Kumano before placing her bid on a Phalaenopsis.

Cakes, cookies, bread and other items made by the members generated a lot of interests and bids.

Cakes, cookies, bread and other items made by the members generated a lot of interests and bids.  All the homemade items sold out.

In between the bidding, people talked story.

In between the bidding, people talked story.

Even the men (Calvin Kumano, Calvn Abe and Dave Bealer) took time to talk story.

Even the men (Calvin Kumano, Calvn Abe and Dave Bealer) took time to talk story.

President Ruth Chun was a big winner.  She calculates the damage after collecting her winning bids.

President Ruth Chun was a big winner. She calculates the damage after collecting her winning bids.