Robert and JoAnn Higuchi were announced as the Honolulu Orchid Society’s 2016 Orchidists of the Year. Past President Ruth Chun presented the husband and wife team with the award at the Society’s Annual Banquet held on Sunday, January 29 at the Hale Ikena Restaurant. For the past two years, JoAnn chaired the HOS display at the Manoa Orchid Show and co-chaired the HOS Sales Table at the HOS Annual Orchid Show while Robert chaired the Election Committee. They donated refreshments at each monthly meeting. Having joined the Society three years ago, they became Board members for the past two years. Chun praised the Higuchi’s for their dedication and commitment. She indicated that the Higuchi’s exemplified members who do outstanding service for the Society and are truly GEMS who are very precious to the Honolulu Orchid Society.