Dead­line nears for palm so­ci­ety din­ner event tick­ets

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

The reser­va­tion dead­line is Jan. 27 for the Hawaii Is­land Palm So­ci­ety’s an­nual rare palm auc­tions, bar­be­cue din­ner and mem­ber­ship meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo.

Al­ways fes­tive, HIPS added the marimba mu­si­cal en­sem­ble Kun­zwanana to en­ter­tain, and the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy will give a pre­sen­ta­tion about its ef­forts to pro­tect and prop­a­gate the na­tive (aka lulu) palm on Hawaii Is­land.

A bar­be­cue din­ner will be served be­tween an ex­ten­sive silent and a lively rare palm auc­tions.

Or­ga­niz­ers in­vite the com­mu­nity to this op­por­tu­nity to so­cial­ize with other palm en­thu­si­asts and ob­tain new palms for your gar­den. The cost is $16 for mem­bers, $18 for non­mem­bers. No tick­ets will be sold at the event. Any­one can be­come a mem­ber of the Palm So­ci­ety for $15 per year.

The Hawaii Is­land Palm So­ci­ety is made up of peo­ple who sim­ply love palms and strive to pro­mote their use in pri­vate gar­dens and gen­eral land­scape. As an af­fil­i­ate of the In­ter­na­tional Palm So­ci­ety, it is the club’s goal to per­pet­u­ate rare and en­dan­gered palms world­wide through the shar­ing of seeds and plants.

The vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion is celebrating its 43rd an­niver­sary this year and continues to pros­per with more than 280 mem­ber­ships. Tours of pri­vate palm gar­dens each sum­mer are one of the high­lights on the club’s yearly cal­en­dar.

HIPS also is in­volved in the plan­ning, plant­ing and main­tain­ing of the palm tree col­lec­tion at the Panaewa Rain­for­est Zoo and Gar­dens in Hilo. In 2016, the so­ci­ety added new sig­nage to iden­tify more than 100 species of palms at the zoo.

For tick­ets to the din­ner and more in­for­ma­tion, call Bob Gibbens at 333-5626 or visit www. hawai­i­is­land­palm­so­ci­

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Tours of pri­vate palm gar­dens are one of the high­lights on the Hawaii Palm So­ci­ety’s yearly cal­en­dar.

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