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Arbor Day Palm Education and Give Away at the Zoo

  • Saturday, November 05, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Pana'ewa Zoo and Gardens Main Pavilion next to playground

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Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a palm and germinating some palm seeds!  

HIPS will be giving away young palms and palm seeds to all who show up at the main pavilion at the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens.  Demonstrations on germinating seeds and caring for palms in your nursery will help you grow what you bring home.  

Mike McDonald, manager of Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Gardens (HTBG) will talk about the HTBG's new Living Seed Bank Program.  Pick up a $5 coupon towards a yearly membership at HTBG valid through the month of November.  With a Hawaiian Driver's License and the coupon, the membership for an individual would cost $35 for the year.  

After the talks, Tim Brian will lead a tour of the mature palm plantings around the zoo so you might see what your young palms might look like one day.

So tell your friends and neighbors to join you in celebrating Arbor Day in Hawaii.


12:00:   Welcoming remarks, palm giveaway starts

12:15:   Mike McDonald, Manager of Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Gardens ‘HTBG’s New Living Seed Bank Program’

12:40:   Tim Brian former HIPS president ‘Germinating Palm Seeds’

1:10:     Rick Kelley HIPS president ‘Providing Palms with the Soil, Mulch, Fertilizer, Water, and Temperature They Need’

1:30:    Walking tour of the zoo lead by Tim Brian

2:00:    Palm Giveaway closes

Here is a partial list of the baby palms available to those who stop by, one per household, first come, first serve while supply lasts. Most are 4” pots, but a few are larger.

Areca macrocalyx
Areca vestiaria red
Bentinckia condapanna
Burretiokential hapala
Carpoxylon macrosperma
Chrysalidocarpus lastelliana
Chrysalidocarpus leptocheilos
Cyphosperma balansae
Dypsis basilonga 
Euterpe Orange Crownshaft
Hydriastele beguinii obi island 
Metroxylon vitiense
Neoveitchia storckii 
Pigafetta fillaris
Pinanga philippinensis 
Pinanga speciosa 
Pritchardia hillebrandii 
Verschaffeltia splendida 

To volunteer or supply seeds or palms, contact Rick Kelley at

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Hilo, Hi   96720

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