World Authority on Vanilla Appears at HOS Meeting

World Authority on Vanilla Appears at HOS Meeting

Dr. Ken Cameron, world authority on the Vanilla Orchid, spoke at the February 13 meeting of the Honolulu Orchid Society.  His one hour presentation covered a wide gamut of topics on Vanilla from its history, uses, geography, grex, cultivation, pollination, economics, DNA and research.  The audience of about 50 members and guests were captivated by his expertise, demeanor and smooth style of presentation.  Dr. Cameron is a professor at the University of Wisconsin and the Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium.  He was hosted by Dr. Ingelia White, a professor at Windward Community College and HOS trustee.  Ronald Yamanaka, a resident of Kaneohe, brought a vanilla vine to the meeting that was about a 100 feet long.  The vine was cut into pieces for attendees to take home and grow.

HOS members and guests listened intently to Dr. Cameron's presentation.
HOS members and guests listened intently to Dr. Cameron’s presentation.  On this and other photos below, click on the photo to get a larger view.
Dr. Cameron was an excellent presenter--one of the best that the Society has heard.
Dr. Cameron was an excellent presenter–one of the best that the Society has heard.
Dr. Cameron is adorned with a haku lei made with vanilla vines.
Dr. Cameron is adorned with a haku lei made with vanilla vines.
Calvin Abe and Bradley Lau cut a vanilla vine brought by Ronald Yamanaka.  The cuttings were given to attendees to grow at home.
Calvin Abe and Bradley Lau cut a vanilla vine brought to the meeting by Ronald Yamanaka. The cuttings were given to attendees to grow at home.
Nancy Woltmon speaks to Dr. Cameron during the refreshment break.
Nancy Woltmon had an opportunity to speak to Dr. Cameron during the refreshment break.

 

 

 

 

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