Mayor Kenoi Proclaims First Week of August as Orchid Week – Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show Coming Up

Mayor Billy Kenoi has issued a proclamation naming the first week of August as  “Orchid Week” in recognition of the value orchids have to the people, culture, and economy of the County of Hawai‘i.

Kenoi explains that Hawai’i Island is known as the Orchid Island, and that “the orchid industry… spreads Aloha throughout the world.”

In the proclamation, the mayor encourages people “to enjoy the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and the beauty of the many varieties of orchids grown on Hawai‘i Island” over the weekend of August 3-5.

Nicknamed the “butterfly orchid,” this Psychopsis Mendenhall ‘Hildos’ is one of many blooms that may be seen during the Hilo Orchid Society’s 60th Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The show is themed “Islands of Orchids,” and runs August 3-5 at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo. Photo Credit: Lawrence Kuekes

This is the largest orchid show in the state, and is sanctioned by the American Orchid Society.  The orchids will be judged by American Orchid Society accredited orchid judges.  Ribbon judging of the orchid plants will also be conducted by the Hilo Orchid Society members.

The show takes place at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 4; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 5.  Daily admission is a $5 donation, with keiki ages 12 and under admitted free.  For more information, call (808) 333-1852 or visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

The night before the show opens, the Hilo Orchid Society presents a benefit Preview Party to kick off the show.  Held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, the gala event features wine and beer tasting, tea and coffee sampling, delicious catered food spreads, musical entertainment, and orchid pre-sales.

Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.  Get tickets in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop, Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, or by calling Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 116.

 PROCLAMATION:

Whereas, Hawai’i Island is known as the Orchid Island; and

Whereas, the appreciation of orchids is broadly based in Hawai’i; and

Whereas, education about the cultivation and culture of orchids continues to expand here on Hawai’i Island; and

Whereas, the production of orchids is an important part of our economy, both in local potted plant sales, cut flowers, and as a major export; and

Whereas, Hawai’i Island’s orchid exports account for more than 80% of all orchid plants and flowers shipped from the State of Hawai’i and

Whereas, the orchid industry creates jobs and income, and spreads Aloha throughout the world; and

Whereas, the Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show attracts visitors each year from across the State, the Mainland and overseas; and

Whereas, the 60th Annual Orchid Show, whose theme is “Islands of Orchids,” will be held August 3-5, 2012 at the Edith Kanaka’ole Multi-Purpose Stadium,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BILLY KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawai’i, do hereby proclaim the first week of August, 2012, which includes the weekend of August 3-5, 2012 as

ORCHID WEEK

In the County of Hawai’i and encourage our people to enjoy the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and the beauty of the many varieties of orchids grown on Hawai’i Island.

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