The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club donated a water feature to the Daifukuji Soto Mission as a gift for its 100-year celebration.
On Tuesday, September 30, Joyce, her husband Ron, June, Betty and Hunter met at the temple. Hunter brought the beautiful golden yellow ceramic pot that Rev. Jiko had selected.After setting up the pot, the group planted Vanda Miss Joaquin around the mission grounds and in the orchid grotto with orchids donated by the Orchid Isle Project.
The Hilo Orchid Society has launched a project to help the island of Hawaii more fully live up to its nickname, the Orchid Isle. This nickname was given to the island after World War II, when whole fields were devoted to growing Vandas, and millions of blooms were exported.
Today, although orchid growing is still an important industry, and orchids grow easily outdoors in our perfect climate, the sense that orchids make this island a special place has faded.
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.