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Mel Waki assisted by senior orchid growers will give a demonstration on the repotting of overgrown orchid plants at the June General Membership Meeting.  The demonstration will include the extraction of overgrown plants from pots, removal of old media, excision of dead rots and stems, selection of  repotting media, and the modus operandi for repotting.  After the demonstration, the audience will be given an opportunity to repot adult orchid plants.  The Society will provide the orchid plants, pots and media.  The audience will take home all plants that are potted to grow and enjoy.  The June General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 10 in the cafeteria at the Lanakila Elementary School located at 717 North Kuakini Street.  The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.  Guests are more than welcome.  There is ample free parking in front of the cafeteria.  Refreshments will be served.


There will be no meeting of the Honolulu Orchid Society in April.  The Society which meets on the second Wednesday of each month will NOT have a meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 since the cafeteria at Lanakila Elementary School will be used for a school function that evening.  In lieu of the meeting, members are invited to attend a field trip on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  The field trip will be to Kawamoto Orchid Nursery in Palolo Valley and H&R Nurseries in Waimanalo.  Those interested in attending should meet in the parking lot at Kaimuki Longs Drug Store (on the side closest to 5th Avenue) by 8:00 AM on Saturday.  Carpooling is encouraged since there is limited parking at the nurseries.  This will be a half day field trip that should be over by noontime.  We will be joining the Aiea Orchid Club on the field trip.


The Honolulu Orchid Society’s display won the First Place Trophy for Large Displays at the 2015 Kunia Orchid Show.  The Show was held at the Leilehua High School Gymnasium during March 20-22, 2015.  The display setup was chaired by Carol DeWitt.  Several plants in the display won trophies for best of their categories.  Doug DeMoss’ C. amethystoglossa ‘Cathy’ won the Best Cattleya Trophy and his Ascda. Norma Majewski ‘Pupukea Sunset’ won the Best Ascocenda Trophy.  Ken and Aileen Ching’s V. Boonyarit Diamond won the Best Vandaceous Trophy; their Epi. schumannianum won the Best Epidendrum Trophy; and their Onc. obryzatum ‘SD #3′ won the Best Oncidium Trophy.  Calvin Kumano’s Cym. Little Black Sambo ‘Black Magic’ won the Best Cymbidium Trophy.  Ruth Chun’s Milt. Cream Puff won the Best Miltonia Trophy.  George and Judy Hidano’s Den. Paul Paquette ‘Bater’ won the Best Flowering Specimen Plant Trophy and their Epi. stamfordianum won the Best Species Trophy.  The display was beautifully laid out and deserving of the 1st Place Trophy as depicted by the following photos taken by Calvin Abe.

The workers from left to right:  Mel Waki, Judy Hidano, Robert Higuchi, Ben Sills, Carol DeWitt, Calvin Abe, JoAnn Higuchi and Sherry Abe.  Missing from the photo are Vivian McCoy and Inez Brunson.

The workers from left to right: Mel Waki, Judy Hidano, Robert Higuchi, Ben Sills, Carol DeWitt, Calvin Abe, JoAnn Higuchi and Sherry Abe. Missing from the photo are Vivian McCoy and Inez Brunson.

HOS' Display

HOS’ Display

HOS' Display

HOS’ Display

HOS' Display

HOS’ Display

HOS' Display

HOS’ Display

HOS' Display

HOS’ Display

HOS' Display

HOS’ Display


The first business meeting of the year, including the installation of the 2015 Board members, was held at Hale Ikena in Ft. Shafter from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  Due to a power failure upon arrival, the food service was delayed for approximately an hour.  The program was revised to meet the change, and 52 attendees waited patiently for the food to be ready while participating in the program.

Beautiful orchid plants, given away by “lucky name” drawings, covered the tables on one side of the room.  The room, filled with special guests, members, family, and friends, graciously waited to enjoy the popular Sunday Brunch that would followed the recognition of the invited guests, the President’s Annual Report, the introduction and rewarding of the outgoing Board, the installation of the 2015 Officers and Trustees by Dr. Ingelia White, the President’s message, the recognition of a few outstanding members, and the Invocation by Williette Wong.  Each special guest, 2014 Board member, and outstanding member received a blooming plant.  Each outgoing Board member also received a watering container filled with treats from their President in appreciation for serving the Society throughout the year.

Following the delectable meal and picture-taking of the 2015 Board, President Ruth Chun announced the Board’s choice of 2014 Orchidist of the Year as Brad Lau.  She presented him with a $100 gift certificate for his outstanding service to the society.

The Board’s decision to spend $1,000 for orchid plants as giveaways made orchid lovers in attendance a sight to see as their names were called.  It certainly was a very good way to start Year 2015!

This article was prepared by President Ruth Chun.  Photographs were taken by Calvin Abe.

2015 Officers and Trustees of the Honolulu Orchid Society.

2015 Officers and Trustees of the Honolulu Orchid Society.

2014 Officers and Trustees were recognized and presented with small tokens of appreciation by President Ruth Chun.

2014 Officers and Trustees were recognized and presented with small tokens of appreciation by President Ruth Chun.

Brad Lau was presented with the Orchidist of the Year Award by President Ruth Chun.

Brad Lau was presented with the Orchidist of the Year Award by President Ruth Chun.

Some of the plants that were given away by lucky number draw.

Some of the plants that were given away by lucky number draw.

Some of the plants given away by lucky number draw.

Some of the plants given away by lucky number draw.

Plant being delivered to a winning lucky number.

Plant being delivered to a lucky number winner.

Watering container filled with treats.

Watering container filled with treats.