A workshop on honohono culture was held on July 18 at Callman Au’s residence in Mililani Town. The workshop was attended by 26 students, 22 of whom were Honolulu Orchid Society members and guests. The workshop began at 9:00 AM and ended with lunch at around noontime. The workshop was very well organized with a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on work. In addition to Callman Au, presentations were given by Kunia Orchid Society members Bernard Cabilao, Larry Yamamoto, Brad Lau and Warren Inaba. Each attendee went home with boxes of plants and an abundance of information about honohono culture.
The workshop was held at Callman and Frances Au’s residence in Mililani Town. The Au’s two car garage was converted into a classroom setting with tables and chairs.
Callman welcomed the group and gave an overview about honohono culture.
The workshop was not all serious.
The first exercise was installing 3-prong hangers onto plastic pots. Each student had to attach hangers onto three 6-inch plastic pots. They had to cut the hangers to size and punch holes in the pots.
Bernard Cabilao and Warren Inaba gave personal instructions on cutting and bending the wire hangers.
Cutting the wire hangers to size and attaching them to the pots were probably the most difficult part of the workshop.
Brad Lau helped the ladies attach the wire hangers to the pots.
Bernard Cabilao gave a lecture on how to plant honohono keikis.
Pam Waki planted her keikis after listening to Bernard Cabilao’s lecture and watching his demonstration.
Bernard Cabilao and Danny Govina gave a demonstration on transplanting infant honohonos into a larger pot.
Jackie Lai and Charlotte Yamamoto graduated with honors. They show off their plants as proof that they completed the course.
Marisa Maemori, Carol De Witt and Williette Wong also passed the course.
Jackie Lai watched as JoAnn and Robert Higuchi posed with their honohono plants. Every student went home with a 4-inch pot and three 6-inch pots filled with freshly planted honohono seedlings. The plants in the 6-inch pots should bloom during the next blooming season (March-April 2016).