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50 Year Anniversary
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Win 2 Free T-shirts and a Free Dinner at the 2024 Annual Dinner and Palm Auction in February.

Send your design in by December 1, 2023.

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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. Our goal is to perpetuate rare and endangered palms worldwide, through the sharing of seeds and plants. Our organization is affiliated with the International Palm Society and is dedicated to community outreach and education.  Among other community services, HIPS volunteers plan, plant, and help maintain the outstanding palm collection at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens in Hilo.  

Members enjoy private garden tours, lectures, electronic newsletter, an annual banquet and palm auction, use of an extensive reference library, and discount pricing with BEI Agricultural Products in Hilo.  New members are eligible for open garden days, a chance to meet with established HIPS members in their gardens.

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Open Garden Days for New Members

Established HIPS members welcome our newest members by inviting them into their private gardens for a more personal opportunity to learn about growing palms in Hawaii.  If you would like to offer your garden or would like to participate in a tour, contact Rick Kelley at

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Multimedia presentations created by Dean Ouer.  Click images above to view via his Tropiscape website.

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550 Akolea Rd, Hilo, Hi   96720

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