Dear Orchid Lovers,
As you probably know, the Big Island has had another long-time nickname, “The Orchid Isle”. We in the Hilo Orchid Society have begun working on a renewed effort to place orchids all around the island in as many public places and outdoors in nature as possible. We have named this effort “The Orchid Isle Project”. The Hawaii County Council along with Mayor Billy Kenoi has proclaimed 2014 as the Year of the Hawaii Island Orchid. This project is designed to improve quality of life among our island residents, support our 70+ commercial orchid growers, and attract visitors to come here and see orchids growing outdoors in nature.
As a pilot project we have placed around 600 orchids in trees at the County’s Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens. We are currently working with the Downtown Hilo Improvement Association to place orchids in trees all around downtown. We plan to work with our airport, Akaka Falls State Park, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, restaurants, hotels, homeowners, and service clubs to place orchids outdoors wherever they will have a good chance of surviving and where visitors and kama’aina can enjoy them.
We want to invite your clubs to join this effort, and since most of the commercial growers are on the east side, we are offering to get enough donated orchids into your hands to complete any goal you set forth in this regard. We are hoping folks within your organizations will have ideas and contact names for the Kona Airport, the hotels, restaurants, businesses, and condominium grounds where sprinkling systems are available and where your members could tie orchids on trees, etc.
Please let us know at your earliest convenience, if you would be so kind, if you would like to participate in any or all of this project. And let us know how many orchids you would like to have us arrange for you.
We are looking forward to the possibility of all three clubs working together, perhaps for the first time, to truly show off the Big Island as “The Orchid Isle”! We will do everything in our power to help any efforts you might decide to make. Please let us know the response of your Boards and membership to these ideas.
Yours in the Love of Orchids!
Julie Goettsch, Immediate Past President
Orchid Isle Project Chairperson
Hilo Orchid Society