The Hilo Orchid Society presents a benefit Preview Party to kick off its 60th anniversary Orchid Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales.
“Preview Party guests will be surrounded by lush displays at their freshest expressing this year’s theme of ‘Islands of Orchids,’” said show chair Sandra Song. “Party-goers will have the first chance to purchase exciting new hybrids and exotic orchid species that growers will have for sale, as well as other unusual plants and orchid-related products.”
Libations include fine wine tasting, plus beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. Ticket holders receive a souvenir wine or beer glass upon entry. Coffee will be provided by Hilo Coffee Mill.
Delectable food will be available at various serving stations compliments of Island Naturals and AJ & Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of Audrey Wilson. A cookbook author, Wilson writes the weekly “Let’s Talk Food” column in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.
Throughout the evening, Hawaiian music by local artists will fill the stadium. The gala event will be “green,” with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling and composting stations.
Proceeds of the Preview Party benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center. The Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund offers financial assistance to students of tropical agriculture at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center provides affordable dispute prevention and resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.
Song recommends buying tickets early because they expect to sell out. “We want to ensure a fabulous, satisfying experience for all our guests.”
Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop on bayfront at 256 Kamehameha Avenue or Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2. Or call Linda Levine at (808) 963-6306 or Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 116. For more information, visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.