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 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.
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.