Some of the best public botanical gardens to be found anywhere are located here in Hawaii.
Below, listed by island, are some great places to see palms and other tropical plants along with their websites.
WHERE ARE THE BEST PUBLIC GARDENS TO SEE PALMS IN HAWAII?
Our society has a nice collection of reference material available to members only that can be checked out on a monthly basis. Please contact Bob, our librarian.
To view what's available check out the library PDF.
There are a couple of handy reference books that are widely used by palmaholics and a small sample is listed below. There are general references as well as very specific publications that provide particular information that you are seeking. Some of these books can be found locally, but your best bet may be to order directly from the International Palm Society bookstore at palms.org or search online. These and many other books are also available through the HIPS library and can be checked out on a 60 day basis, demand permitting.
An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms by Robert Lee Riffle & Paul Craft. This is a good general reference with lots of colored photographs, glossary, pronunciation guide, and landscape lists. There is also a pocket guide of this book available.
Palms of Madagascar by Dransfield/Beentje. The bible for Madagascar palms.
Palms of Southern Asia by Henderson. A comprehensive look at palms in this part of the world.
Genera Palmerum by Dransfield/Uhl. A scientific reference with detailed information about palm morphology.
Growing Palm Trees in Hawai'i by David Leaser. A small useful limited handbook with lots of photographs.
Loulu, The Hawaiian Palm by Donald Hodel. Important reference on Pritchardia, Hawaii's only endemic genus. Great book!
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE PALMS FOR MY GARDEN OR BUSINESS?
Many members of the society grow palms and other plants commercially and their stock is available usually by appointment only. The sizes and variety of palms in these nurseries can be mind boggling, but it's a great way to see the many species all in one place. Most of these nurseries usually have mature specimens on the property and will give a good sense of the size, shape, and color that's right for your garden.
There are also a number of retail outlets that carry common or unusual palms that are worth checking out too.
Here's a PDF directory of nursery members.
Some of our dedicated members created this inventory of palms you can see in the main shopping district of Hilo. Since this was created in the early 1990's, many of the botanical names have changed, but many palm books still reference these names to the updated taxonomy. If you have the time this is a nice little field trip.
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HAWAI'I ISLAND PALM SOCIETY
HIPS provides a current membership roster by request to MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING ONLY.
Please call Mary Lock (808) 430-0401) or leave a message on the 'Contact Us' page on this website. Let us know if you want it sent electronically or by snail mail.
BEI, if you don't already know, is an excellent place to purchase your diversified agriculture products. I am attaching a partial list of their products here for your reference. One of the do-op benefits is the minimum $50 purchase is waived for our members! I was recently in to purchase a few items for our garden and found that my savings was 5-6% less per item than my last purchase a few months back with this co-op benefit. You can also visit the BEI website at: beihawaii.com
Their address is: 430 Kekuanaoa, Hilo, and 74-5223A Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. in Kailua-Kona.
Be sure to tell the receptionist that you are a member of the Hawaii Island Palm Society, or HIPS co-op.
We trust you will enjoy this new society benefit.
Bob Gibbens, HIPS Promotions & Advertising Secretary.
HAWAII ISLAND PALM SOCIETY and BEI CO-OP BENEFIT!