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HIPS has set up a Co-op with BEI agricultural products in Hilo and Kona. Save on your Ag. needs with discount pricing. Click here for more info. 
Tales from Colombia: 
Explorations with the International Palm Society
​                                 November 9th at 7:00pm UH Hilo room UCB100

Hawaii Island Palm Society members Bo Goran, Kim Cyr, Jerry and Cindy Andersen, Mike Merritt, Jeff and Suchin Marcus, Norm Bezona, Voltaire, and Michael and Mary Lock will contribute photos and share stories from the IPS 2018 Biennial trip to Colombia.  The trip was led by famed palm expert Rodrigo Bernal who co-described the new genus Sabinaria and new species Sabinaria magnifica found on the Colombian and Panamanian border in 2013.  With the help of Rodrigo’s research team the IPS group many of the country’s diverse ecosystems in search of some of Colombia’s 252 species of palms.  Come share the adventure through photos taken along the way. 

For more info, contact Mary Lock :(808) 430-0401. marylock@sbcglobal.net 
Thompson Palm Garden in Kona
December 1, 2018 
                                             Group 1:  10 am       Group 2: 1:00 pm

Thirteen years ago, Stosh Thompson had a notion to plant a garden that demonstrates the diversity and versatility of palms in a home garden.  Cleverly planted vignettes show interesting comparisons between similar species, leaf forms, and the surprising range of colors found in the family Palmae.  Explore at your own pace with a self guided map, or walk through with Stosh and pick up tips and lessons he’s learned over the years growing palms.  Participate in the bring a few/take a few seed exchange, or if you are from the east side, drop in on your way to Costco or just get out of the rain.  

To create a more enjoyable and interactive environment, we are offering two tours.  Space is limited to 30 people in each tour, check your email for RSVP instructions.  We are certain that you will have fun, get motivated about your own garden, and learn something new. 

For more info, contact Mary Lock :(808) 430-0401. marylock@sbcglobal.net 

 Annual HIPS BBQ & Rare Palm Auction 

                When: February 8, 2019    Where: Aunty Sally's Hale, Hilo
                                      Time: 5:00 PM Sharp!
Join us for our Society's largest yearly event!
Good food, good friends, live and silent palm auctions. 
This will be your chance to pick up some rare and unusual palms for your garden and to meet people who share your passion about palms. Look for further information and updates SOON!