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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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