Monthly Archives: August 2013

Grace Kaiawe passes away at 81

Grace Kaiawe passed away on June 24 with her family by her bedside. She was 81 years old. Grace’s son, Dean Kaiawe, and her daughter, Lani Ng, stopped by the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club meeting on July 10. “She really …
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Zen and the Art of Orchid Maintenace

We all know that orchids are beautiful, but what really sets one apart from the others?

Walter Scheeren, a judge for the American Orchid Society as well as an avid orchid grower, stopped by the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club meeting on July 10 to offer a few helpful tips on preparing orchids for exhibition.

“In general, it doesn’t matter what kind of orchid it is … worry about the roots,” Scheeren said. “If you have good roots, you will have a good plant.”
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A Rainbow of Orchids a big hit in Honalo

By Tad Sommers
West Hawaii Today

Sales were brisk at the 31st annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show held Sunday in Honalo.

”Cattleyas and Cymbidiums were hot potatoes,” said club member Phoenicia Zeller.

“Most people know to come early to the sale,” she added. Half the plants were sold within the first 30 minutes. An hour in, a constant trickle of customers walked through the sale tent in the Daifukuji Mission parking lot.
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Appleman immortalizes orchid grotto on canvas

KDOC president Sarah Fogelstrom commissioned local artist Bob Appleman to do a painting of the newly-completed orchid grotto, which was presented to the club at this year’s orchid show.

“Up until the show I really wasn’t sure if he was going to do it or not,” Fogelstrom said. “Then he surprised me by bringing the painting. He did such a beautiful job!”
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Vanda Culture

Karen Kimmerle of Island Sun Orchids will be giving a talk on vanda culture at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meeting on August 14. Karen and her husband, Dale, moved to the Big Island in 1975. They started Island …
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Memory Lane on Orchids in Hawaii

How did the Hawaiian islands become known as “the Orchid Isles?” According to Thomas J. Sheehan’s book Ultimate Orchid; in the U.S. commercial nurseries started in mid-1800 along the East Coast, working their way West to California by 1911.

Thanks to Y. Hirose of Hilo, numerous orchid species were introduced to the islands in 1930, causing the cut flower industry to thrive. Prior to statehood, Hawaii was the hub of the orchid growing industry and became number one in the world commercially, earning its name “the Orchid Isles.”
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Jeannette’s Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients: 4 eggs 3 c. mashed bananas 1 c. salad oil 1 t. lemon juice 1 ½ c. sugar ½ c. chocolate chips 2 ½ c. flour ½ c. chopped nuts 2 t. baking powder 2 t. baking soda 1 …
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