• Click here for the above and additional links.
  • Pests and diseases that affect palms and their solutions. 
Welcome to our island on the web 



For a calendar of upcoming 
events, click here. 
There are several options available for society membership.
 For more information and membership benefits. click here.

The Hawaii Island Palm Society, (HIPS), is a great group of people who simply love palms and who strive to promote their use in private gardens and the general landscape. It is also our goal to perpetuate rare and endangered palms worldwide, through the sharing of seeds and plants. Our volunteer organization is a member of the International Palm Society and is dedicated to community outreach and education.  
The Society was born back in 1974 as an outgrowth of a landscaping class at the Hawaii Community College being taught by Norm Bezona. From the nine people that attended the first meeting, we have grown into an organization with close to 200 members. We meet on a regular basis and publish a newsletter and event mailings as needed. 
HIPS is also involved in the planning, planting, and maintaining the outstanding palm tree collection at the Panaewa Rain Forest Zoo in Hilo. Click  here to read more about the zoo and the evolution of it's extraordinary palm collection. 

  • A partial list and brief description of reference material available to enhance your knowledge. Click here.
  • HIPS library with books and periodicals available for checkout. Click here.
  • Botanical gardens and public places in Hawaii where you can see rare or uncommon palm trees. Click here.
  • Online palm information and photos of private gardens. 
Fruit of Bactris gasipaes, roadside stand, Cost Rica

Send us an email. Click here, 

Current copy of the Newsletter
 Volunteering for Upcoming Events!
We need your help!

There are several upcoming events where we could really use your help, plus you'll have a lot of fun we can guarantee!

August 7-9, 2015 , Orchid show
September 19, 2015 Hilo Gay Pride

August finds us participating for the first time at the Hilo Orchid Show in early August. Then in September we'll be at Hilo Gay Pride. We will have a display table at each event in an effort to tell the general public about who we are, what we do and and increase our community visibility. Not only will you interact with the public, you will also get free admission to one of Hawaii's premier orchid shows. The only commitment we be a two or three hour shift manning the info table. 
If you are interested in participating in any or all events, call the number below. 

Give a ring (808) 333-5626

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                   Since 1974

Hawaii Island Palm Society
P.O. Box 1585
Kea'au, Hi 96749
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