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Queen of Orchids

By Carol Zakahi
KDOC Historian

The queen of orchids are usually kept for the cattleyas. And usually, they are the ones that are the largest and they bring much attention to themselves.

In the case of our club’s “Queen of Orchids”, we are referring to a member that demonstrates all the qualities of one that is totally in love with orchids – Nancy Shibata.

I am so grateful that I had this opportunity to know this wonderful person for the past 30 plus years in the orchid club. Not bringing much attention to herself, usually just sitting in the same place….in the front where she wants to make sure she hears the officers, speakers and keep up to date of what is going around her.
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Daifukuji Taiko Drummers Perform

Watch a video of the Daifukuji Taiko Drummers performing at the 2014 KDOC Orchid Show in Honalo.
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Spring Cleaning

In addition to getting a thorough cleaning this past month, the grotto also gained a new full-time resident.

Nearly a dozen KDOC members assembled between the buildings of the Daifukuji Soto Mission on March 29, as group two was scheduled for grotto maintenance. Rev. Jiko was there to greet the group, and a nomadic Buddha finally found a permanent home, resting peacefully amongst the orchids in the grotto.

“The orchid garden is beautiful and healthy because of the love and care it regularly receives from KDOC members,” said Rev. Jiko. “The new Buddha statue exudes an aura of tranquility. I also send a BIG mahalo to your group of volunteers.”
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March Madness

March is finally here … which means spring is just around the corner, as is the best college basketball of the season. The NCAA tournament kicks off on Thursday, March 20, coinciding with the 2014 spring equinox. Anyway, I chose this bright orange orchid as a nod to my Oklahoma State Cowboys, which managed to finish strong and “sneak” in as a 10 seed.
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A Mission for Orchids

Ted Dailey is not just a man on a mission. He’s a man IN a mission.

Well, sort of. Twenty-seven years ago, Ted purchased the old Honwanji Temple in Holualoa and has been restoring it ever since.

“Our family’s house had sold and we were having a hard time house hunting here in Kona,” said Ted. “Every house was expensive and in not very good shape. So we decided to use the coconut wireless, and low and behold a friend suggested we speak to the Honwanji Temple Members and ask how they feel about us refurbishing the property and making it our home.
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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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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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Class is in session

At the end of the April meeting, after Bob’s presentation, Joyce mentioned to me that she had a rather large cymbidium at her house that she needed to move. Or she needed to re-pot? I wasn’t quite sure exactly which at the time, but of course I said I would help in any way I could, as she only lives a few short houses away. Although I must admit,
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Pana’ewa zen gardens a real orchid zoo

I go to Hilo about as often as I go to the mainland, which isn’t that often, but this time (well, this year) it was the Hilo Marathon that had drawn us over to the rainy side of the island.
Chanda was running in the half marathon, which was to be held on a Sunday in mid March. So on the Saturday before, Chanda, Sawyer and I departed Captain Cook early in the afternoon and made the long trek south on Highway 11. We arrived just in time for the 4pm registration at the Hilo Hawaiian on Banyan Drive, then later found ourselves driving around aimlessly on the strange yet scenic one way streets of downtown Hilo.
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June on George

Up to now, I just knew George as the man who took pride in his orchids. Every month it was a joy to see him introduce his beautiful orchids that one could see he had a passion for growing. It …
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