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The Honolulu Orchid Society will be holding its Annual Business Meeting and Installation Banquet at the Hale Ikena Restaurant on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  The meeting and banquet are scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM.  The Hale Ikena Restaurant is on the Golf Course at Fort Shafter.  The banquet will be a Sunday Brunch Buffet with an array of fresh fruits, assorted fresh vegetables, pastries, hot breakfast and lunch entrees, desserts and beverages.  The cost is $30 per person with special rates for children 10 years old or younger.  Those wishing to attend the banquet should complete and send in the reservation form contained in the January 2015 HOS Newsletter.  The deadline is January 7.  If you cannot get your reservation form in by January 7 but want to attend, call Carol De Witt at 808-597-4087 and inform her of the number and names of those attending.  Late reservations will be accepted up to the morning of the banquet.  The banquet will be a fun event with lots of food and plant give-aways.

There will be no general membership meeting at the Lanakila Elementary School on January 14.  The first general membership meeting will be held beginning at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Lanakila Elementary School Cafeteria.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Alec Pridgeon who will present “The Realm of Wonder”.  It is a popular talk on orchid pollination around the world.  Dr. Pridgeon is best known as the past Editor of the American Orchid Society Bulletin (now titled Orchids) and Founding Editor of the scientific orchid journal, Lindleyana.  He has traveled around the world, written numerous scientific papers, and has been an invited speaker to nine World Orchid Conferences.  Dr. Pridgeon will be speaking to HOS thanks to the efforts of Dr. Inge White.

The Honolulu Orchid Society’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Orchid Show will have some of the best orchid growers on the island teaching orchid culture.  The classes are geared for beginners who want to learn more about orchids and how to better grow them.  The classes are free and will be held in an air conditioned room.  The class schedules and instructors are listed below:

Friday, October 10, 2014
11:00 AM     General Orchid Culture by Walter Tsuda
2:00 PM     Honohono Orchid Culture by Callman Au

Saturday, October 11, 2014
11:00 AM    Dendrobium Orchid Culture by Roy Andrade
2:00 PM    Cattleya Orchid Culture by Calvin Kumano

Sunday, October 12, 2014
11:00 AM     Honohono Orchid Culture by Melvin Waki

The Orchid Show will be held at Washington Middle School located at 1633 South King Street.  The Show is free and there is ample free parking in front of the school.

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Orchid Gem Shirts Available

Tee shirts commemorating the Honolulu Orchid Society’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Orchid Show will be available for purchase during the Show.  The attractive shirts displaying the “Orchid Gem” theme will be available in small, medium and large sizes in blue or red color.  The tee shirts will sell for $13.  Polo shirts of the same design will be available for $18 for small, medium and large sizes and $20 for XXL size.  The shirts will be sold at the HOS general store.


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Focus Is Now on 2014 Show

The 2014 Honolulu Orchid Society Show is less than a month away.  Show co-chairs Williette Wong and Ben Sills are working hard to make this one of the best shows that the Society has had over the last several years.  Dubbed as the 75th Diamond Jubilee Orchid Show and Plant Sale, Williette and Ben are tinkering with ideas to improve attendance and interest.  The Show will be held from October 10 through October 12 at the Washington Middle School Cafeteria.  Show hours are shown on the poster below.  Society members and friends who wish to help at the Show should contact Williette at 488-2262.  More updates will follow.

The eye-catching poster was designed by Inez Brunson.

The eye-catching poster was designed by Inez Brunson.