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.
By Carol Zakahi, a memoir of her experiences relating to Vanda Miss Joaquim, the focus of her beautiful display at the 30th Anniversary Show and Sale In the year of 1957, little did I know of the world outside of …